Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Remembering Busch Gardens Los Angeles

Upon reading the title of this post, I'm sure that more than a few of you did a double take. Busch Gardens where? Yes, the Busch Gardens family used to have a sister park in California! It was located in Van Nuys, to be exact, although the branding seen on old park literature seems to indicate that it probably went by the moniker "Busch Gardens Los Angeles".

Popular Los Angeles blog site LAist recently published an article covering this park's all too brief history. While the California incarnation of Busch Gardens was famous for its brewery tours, gardens, and exotic birds as opposed to high-tech thrill machines, it did feature a handful of traditional rides, including a log flume. Unfortunately the article is light on photos, but it's still a good read for those interested in learning more about this long lost park.

If you make it through the history lesson and you're still thirsting for more, check out this blog post from Vintage Disneyland Tickets, which contains the full-size brochure images that were used in the article. I just love a blogger who appreciates not only brochures, but the frustration that ensues when they are not dated!