Built in 1964, the Crown Colony is a four-story building offering both a full-service restaurant and quick-serve café. If the stories are true, the building also harbors a few ghosts.
In 2008, officials at Busch Gardens invited Haunted South and select members of the media to explore the park’s Crown Colony House. According to a rep from Theme Park Review, one of the outlets invited to the investigation, strange events at the Crown Colony include unexplained cold spots, disembodied voices, an elevator that constantly malfunctions, and full-body apparitions. A woman clad in a white night gown once appeared to a long-time employee, while a strange mist occasionally forms in the dining room. Some staff members believe the misty figure is Wendy, the spirit of a child known to lurk around the restaurant. Tales of elderly bartenders and disappearing pianists also surround the property.
(Submitted by Christy G.)
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