Busch Gardens Williamsburg
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
General Park News - (6/28/17) Busch Gardens Williamsburg has posted their Summer Nights Concert schedule on Twitter. Check it out below.
(6/14/17) J-Forces has posted a new video from Busch Gardens Williamsburg showing off details about the park's Food & Wine Festival.
Howl-O-Scream 2017 - (7/15/17) Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced FrostBite as a new haunt for this year's Howl-O-Scream. The interesting thing is that FrostBite will be a new haunt set inside the park's epic DarKastle dark ride attraction. FrostBite will tell the story of how a castle's guardian passed on and the frost and creepy cold monsters outside have now taken over the castle and grounds. To experience this guests will actually get to venture "into the pit" where the DarKastle ride exists, but on foot apparently. It sounds like an awesome experience, though the unfortunate side effect means that the normal Curse of DarKastle ride experience wont be available after the summer season to allow for the transformation into FrostBite.
According to the park's website, other returning haunts from last year include Catacombs, Circo Sinistro, Cornered, Deadline, Lumberhack and Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge.
The park's official Howl-O-Scream website also mentions that the park will also feature an Escape Room style experience as well called No Escape. I think they may have had this last year, though I don't remember hearing about it then, but they did confirm that this year's No Escape will offer two possible adventures to choose from: the returning "Case of Mr. Karver" and a new one called Case of the Haunted Hotel. (Details are TBA for this second adventure). As you would expect, this is an upcharge attraction and not included with general admission.
2018 - Battle of Eire / VR Simulator - Under Construction - (9/13/17) I discovered a new trademark application filed by SeaWorld Entertainment in the past month for something to be called “Battle of Eire”. With an Irish sounding name, this sounds like a sure fit for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s mystery new VR Simulator attraction project that was announced earlier this year as replacing the park’s closed Europe in the Air simulator attraction with a new Irish themed attraction full of mythical characters, more in the vein of the previous popular ride there, Corkscrew Hill.
(3/21/17) Busch Gardens Williamsburg has chosen to spill the beans early about what they are working on for the 2018 season. According to the park they will open a "first of its kind" ride experience, that will blend the use of VR headsets with the use of a true motion simulator platform, to be built on the site of the park's former Europe in the Air simulator. The new ride hasn't been named yet, but it was a given that with the location in the Ireland section of the park, the park has confirmed that once again this attraction area will take guests through a portal into a hidden world of mythical characters, all set with an Irish theme.
While VR on Coasters have been seen by many as somewhat of a new and probably temporary gimmick or fad... to put the VR gear to work on a motion simulator platform is something else entirely, and could provide for a very cool and unique experience, especially if accompanied by 4D style in-theater real-world effects enhancements. Look for the portal to the "Otherworld" to open in Spring 2018.
2018/2019 - Madrid / New Country / New Coaster - (8/12/17) Good news for Busch Gardens Williamsburg... the Board of Supervisors approved the park's request to build their new 315 foot tall attraction. Now if only we knew what this was, or when it might be coming...
(8/3/17) The local news reports that Busch Gardens Williamsburg will request the height variance for a new 315-foot tall attraction at a 5pm meeting on August 8th at the County Government Center Board Room (101 Mounts Bay Road). If anyone is local to the area and wants to attend, you might get a sneak peek. If granted, the park has 36 months to begin construction, so this doesn’t necessarily mean that attraction will open in 2018 attraction. According to a local news report, photos submitted of the height balloon test show that the new attraction would be no more visible than Mach Tower, Griffon or Apollo’s Chariot from outside the park.
(7/7/17) Some interesting news has come to light regarding the future expansion plans of Busch Gardens Williamsburg over the past few days. For starters a permit for an attraction height wavier was submitted by the park for a staggering 315 feet, which is kind of surprising for BGW. As rumored, the location for the permit is a site referred to as "Festa Field" which is currently used for animal use between Festa Italia and the Rhine River.
You can see an image of the permit posted to Facebook on the BGWFans page, which is where the next interesting factoid comes up... the title of the permit is "Busch Gardens Madrid". It's been no secret that the park has long been rumored to have plans to expand by building a new country area themed to Spain. Over the past decade I think Screamscape has posted rumors that a Spain themed expansion was on the way no less than three times, only for the project to get delayed or be put on hold for a variety of reasons. As I recall, the last time we had heard about a Spain expansion, the rumor was that it would be built up in two phases, one phase would include the majority of the themed land and some smaller attractions while the other phase would involve the construction of a very large roller coaster. Could this finally be coming to pass?
And could we be seeing a new B&M Gigacoaster at last?