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STAR SPANGLED NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH EXTENDED FIREWORKS

– Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015. Guests can enjoy patriotic themes throughout the park during the day. The sky lights up at night with fireworks choreographed to a moving original soundscape. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

This Friday and Saturday, guests will enjoy an extended fireworks show in honor of the July 4 weekend.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens March 27 for 2015 season

Busch Gardens®  Williamsburg VA opens March 27 for its 2015 season and is celebrating its 40th anniversary with free park tickets for anyone born in 1975. The three-day promotion kicks off March 27 and begins a season of events and celebrations in honor of Busch Gardens’ four decades of thrilling family entertainment.

imageThe free ticket offer is only available at Busch Gardens’ ticket window situated at the front of the park. People interested in taking advantage of the Busch Gardens free ticket offer must show a valid picture ID that indicates their year of birth.

On April 25, Busch Gardens will debut a 21st-century thrill coaster that stands alongside Griffon® and Verbolten® as marvels of modern engineering. Tempesto™ opens April 25 and is Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction. Tempesto’s three launch elements speed the train through the ride’s station house and past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

In addition to multiple launch elements that propel the train forward and backward through the station house, Tempesto’s riders will experience the ride’s signature loop-the-loop, featuring a high-speed inversion soaring 154 feet above the park. Tempesto details are included in a fact sheet provided at the end of this news release.

Busch Gardens has a full lineup of events planned for its 2015 season.

Roll Out The Barrel debuts March 27. This new live performance takes place inside Das Festhaus®. Live musicians, singers and dancers join high-flying acrobats in this interactive musical about intrepid brewers living in a small German village.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival returns May 22 through June 28 with two new menus. The addition of Asia and The French Quarter kiosks expands the culinary cultural reach to 14 geographical regions.

Star Spangled Nights honors the country’s roots with fireworks, all-American food and patriotic décor. Fireworks light up the night’s sky every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 3 through Sept. 6.

Of course, Howl-O-Scream® and Christmas Town™ are returning later this year with new experiences for guests to enjoy.

Many more events are taking place throughout the year, including the special Elmo Rocks! live show this weekend, appearances by renowned animal expert Jack Hanna in April and a new Bier Fest this fall. Visit Buschgardens.com/events for a complete listing of Busch Gardens’ events.       

Now through March 31, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal on a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75 — the same price as a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens — guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7. The offer represents a 25 percent savings off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card. For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.

$12 CHRISTMAS TOWN™ TICKET THE BEST DEAL OF THE SEASON

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.
     The limited-time, online-only sale starts Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18.  The Christmas Town $12 single-day ticket is redeemable on any one of the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30.
     “The $12 Christmas Town ticket is the best deal of the Christmas Town season,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo. “Pick one of the 12 days to visit and discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest.”
     Visit ChristmasTown.com/VA to take advantage of the offer. 

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens Nov 21 for 2014 season

Yes, I know Halloween isn’t even here yet but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already putting away Howl O Scream and making preparations to open Christmas Town on Nov 21st

The Williamsburg theme park’s annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 21, 2014 and runs select days through Dec. 31. Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. image
     A night at Christmas Town lets guests take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. True to its European heritage,Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions.
     Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Christmas Town at a special Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s eight million Christmas lights. An aerial photographer will capture the moment when Busch Gardens Christmas Town transforms into the place where Christmas shines brightest.
Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
     Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season.
     Annual pass members can save even more with an exclusive offer designed just for them.  Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases.  Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.
     Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and an operating schedule. While there, sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates and be the first to know about upcoming special offers on Christmas Town tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

50% Off Admission to Howl O Scream for Veterans

Just a reminder that  Veterans and Active Duty Military can get 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg single day tickets!

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought.  For your courage, valor and sacrifice, we thank you.

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In addition to the current Waves of Honor complimentary program for active military, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is celebrating our heroes for bookings through October 26, 2014 with 50% off single-day admission tickets (off front gate price) for qualified service members and veterans.  This offer can be redeemed from September 2 – October 26, 2014.

This offer is available to veterans and military members from U.S. only.  This offer is available exclusively online or at participating military bases. This offer is not available at the front gate.  Up to six (6) single-day admissions can be purchased.

Active duty military who have already visited our parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary program in the last 12 months can take advantage of this offer.

Click here to check out all the details!

For non military Busch Gardens is still offering several coupons for discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Visitors can find coupons for $5 off admission ($10 off if tickets are purchased online) at Wendy’s locations and through Papa John’s Pizza

Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens for 2014 season this Friday

Frightful creatures have taken up residence at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream®.  Buccaneers, vampires, fiery fiends, legendary villains and mythical beasts are waiting for the first guests to arrive Sept. 12, 2014. At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday, the ghouls and haunts come out to play and the park becomes a seriously scary place. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.
     A curse has spread over Busch Gardens in the form of a song.  The only way to lift it is to spend a night exploring Howl-O-Scream’s five Terror-tories™, including the new Wendigo Woods™  and six haunted houses.

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     The park’s newest Terror-tory, Wendigo Woods, explores the frightful nature of the unknown through psychological scares that lets a guest’s imagination run wild. Other seasonal park offerings include a spooky lineup of shows, featuring Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® in the park’s Globe Theatre and Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park. Dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the park’s Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Ireland provide a refreshing break from the chills and thrills.
     Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.

Fall discounts at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA

The sun has set on summer and a curse has descended on Busch Gardens® in the form of a song. The park has been transformed into Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream®.  Guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park will navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™ or experience  a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row®. The curse spreads Sept. 12 and continues weekends through Oct. 26.
During the day families can enjoy the same natural fun offered year-round but with a fall harvest twist.  However, when the clock strikes 6 p.m., park guests must get ready for the serious scares as they become the main attraction.  Fall into fun at Busch Gardens and plan your next daycation or weekend getaway with our frightfully fantastic deals to help save a few dollars on park tickets, meals and extended vacations. Check out this month’s deals below.
September Deals

  • Wendy’s  Single-Day Ticket Deal – Visit participating Wendy’s locations in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Northern Virginia and Raleigh for $5 off a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens®.  Double the discount to $10 by entering the promo code found on the Wendy’s  in-store coupon online at www.buschgardens.com/va.  Offer expires Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Papa John’s Single-Day Ticket Deal – Visit participating Papa John’s locations in Hampton Roads and Richmond for $5 off a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens®.  Double the discount to $10 by entering the promo code found on the Papa John’s in-store coupon online at www.buschgardens.com/va.  Offer expires Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Groupon Single-Day Ticket Deal – Save 40 percent off a single-day ticket for select dates Sept. 12-Oct. 24, 2014. Limited time offer, while supplies last. Visit www.Groupon.com for more information.
  • Meal Deal – Make mealtime a breeze and get your lunch and dinner all in one delicious package for only $24.  Upgrade to the Meal Deal Combo for only $5 more and get a souvenir cup, then pay only $.99 for refills for the remainder of the year.

On-going Deals

  • Busch Gardens® Fall Fun Card – Pay for a day and get unlimited admission to the park for the price of a single day admission, Sept. 6 through Oct. 26, 2014.  Enjoy the frights by night at Howl-O-Scream® or come during the day for a fun fall day of play. The Fall Fun Card does not include parking and is not valid for Christmas Town™.
  • Busch Gardens® + Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket -  Enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg for up to seven consecutive days from date of first use with the Busch Gardens  + Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket. Online only.  Price: $97 (ages 13+), $77 (ages 6-12) & FREE (ages 0-5). Valid through Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Christmas Town™ Fun Card – Enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town on regular operating days Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2014. The Christmas Town Fun Card does not include parking. To purchase, visit www.ChristmasTown.com/va.

Fall Vacation Packages

  • Play by Day, Fright by NightClick here to save on a Busch Gardens® getaway.  Fall into fun with a family getaway package starting at $45 per person per night for a family of 4*
    • Offer valid for visits to Busch Gardens weekends  September 12 through Oct 26 and includes:
      • A Busch Gardens Fall Fun Card valid for unlimited admission to Busch Gardens until Oct 26
      • Your Choice of hotel  accommodations
      • Free dinner certificate with each park ticket purchased
      • A 6-inch-8-inch family photo for only $10

*Based on a standard room for a 3 night stay for a family of 4 for the Play By Day, Fright By Night package.Price is subject to availability and change without notice.
Pass offers and benefits

  • Pass Members Bring A Friend Free to Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® – Active Busch Gardens Williamsburg 1-Park, 2-Park & Platinum Pass Members can Bring a Friend FREE to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for one single-day visit to Howl-O-Scream on Sept 12, 19 or 26. To redeem the offer, visit www.bgwpass.com
  • Purchase a 1-Park Annual Pass for just $10 per month on EZpay (or a one-time $120 payment) and watch the savings add up. Annual Pass members receive free parking, in-park discounts on food and merchandise and reduced pricing on single-day tickets for friends and family. In-park discounts and other perks of being a member, including invitations to exclusive events like ride nights and appreciation weekends, discounts on single-day Christmas Town™ tickets and unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream®, makes owning an Annual Pass a no brainer for people who enjoy the park.
  • Pass members who sign up for email through buschgardens.com/emailva will receive updates on the latest park news, exclusive email-only offers, invitations to exclusive events and other information that will help you make the most of your membership.

Enter to win

  • Howl-O-Scream® Scare, Share & Win Contest – A curse has descended on Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream and we want to see your cursed #HowlOSelfie.  Enter Sept. 12 through Oct. 5 on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to win one of four Howl-O-Scream prize packages:
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and dining for two at Igor’s Fright Feast 
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and two pass for Monster Stomp Ripper Row: A Backstage Experience
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and $50 Busch Bucks
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and two Eerie Insider tours

The entry process, official rules and submission criteria are available on howloscream.com/scaresharewin. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.

Howl O Scream opens Sept 2014 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The cursed will take over Busch Gardens Williamsburg when Howl-O-Scream® opens Sept. 12, 2014 The Williamsburg Virginia theme park will present an all-new Terror-tory™ and will revive a fan favorite show to celebrate the 16th year of this popular fall event.
            Guests will notice the change almost immediately when they travel through the park’s haunted villages beginning at 6 p.m. A new song was produced this year to coincide with the park’s frightful offering. Rumor has it the song curses its listeners who must survive a night of paranormal horrors at Howl-O-Scream to lift it.
            Entertainment Vice President Scott Gasparich has one piece of advice for guests when the song plays over the park’s sound system.
            “Don’t listen,” he said. “The song is an integral part of this year’s Howl-O-Scream offerings. It is said that strange things start happening when guests hear that haunting melody.”
     Playing on the popularity of last year’s addition of Terror-tories™, the park’s scare experts are developing a new area in the park’s New France section called Wendigo Woods™. This new Terror-tory explores the frightful nature of the unknown.
“The startles in Wendigo Woods are more psychological than physical,” Gasparich said. “Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that scares you the most.”
      Wendigo Woods joins the park’s four other Terror-tories and six haunted houses comprising the park’s main Howl-O-Scream thrill elements. Other seasonal park offerings include Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park; dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Oktoberfest as well as live entertainment inside the park’s performance venues.
     As the park’s teams of startle experts finalize details of Wendigo Woods, another production team is putting a new twist on a popular live production that has been silent since 2011.
Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row is a modern rock-and-rhythm spectacular featuring Jack the Ripper in an electrifying percussion, dynamic dance and sensational singing revue in the park’s Globe Theatre.

 

“Our guests tell us time and time again to bring back Monster Stomp,” said Park President Carl Lum. “Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is a complete revision to the classic production with high-tech thrills that can only be created on the Globe Theatre stage.”
     Like the rest of Howl-O-Scream, the Busch Gardens’ team is ramping up the thrills of every element in this Howl-O-Scream production and encourages parents to think twice before bringing their children to the show.
“Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is not for the faint of heart,” said show production manager Phil Raybourn. “Monster Stomp in 2014 has a much darker theme than any production we’ve ever produced.”
     Video-mapping technology, 3-D soundscapes and other technology available inside the Globe Theatre transports the audience to London’s East End where the Ripper’s horrifying acts occurred.
     Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place.
Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.
 

Free Yard Makeover Compliments Of Busch Gardens Landscaping Experts

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has teamed up with Bad Boy Mowers, the official mower of Busch Gardens, to send the park’s expert horticulturalists on the road to give one lucky winner a front-yard makeover. The Busch Gardens Landscape Giveaway Presented by Bad Boy Mowers kicks off March 1.

Busch Gardens is inviting the park’s Facebook fans to submit a photo of their front yard and a brief explanation about why they deserve to have their yard transformed by Busch Gardens’ landscape experts. Submissions will be accepted until March 10 at 10 a.m.

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Starting at 5 p.m. on March 10, Busch Gardens’ fans can vote on who they think should receive the custom landscape package. The entry process, official rules and submission criteria are available on Busch Gardens’ Facebook page. The giveaway is open to legal residents of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Delaware.

Busch Gardens hosted the landscape giveaway for the first time in 2013. North Carolina resident Tammy Bennett won last year’s giveaway by receiving more than half of the Facebook fan generated votes. To see last year’s yard transformation, visit Busch Gardens’ official YouTube channel.

For the past 23 years Busch Gardens has won the “Most Beautiful Park” award from the National Amusement Park Historical Association.  See Busch Gardens lush landscapes firsthand when the park opens for the season on March 16.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg–DEALS FOR 2014

Busch Gardens opens for the 2014 season March 16. With so many great deals, a trip to Busch Gardens is more affordable than ever. A Free 2-Park Preschool Pass is a great way for families with young children to save a few dollars on a trip to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Or consider an annual pass and start enjoying Busch Gardens starting at just $10 per month. Want more? How about a buy-one-get-one-free deal on a 2-Park Fun Card. Starting Feb. 1, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card get unlimited admission to Water Country USA FREE. Check out the details below on the 2-Park Fun Card and all the other great deals and see why a trip to Williamsburg this spring should be on your bucket list this year.

Busch Gardens opens for the 2014 season March 16.February Deals

*** BEST DEAL*** Buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card, get Water Country USA for free– Purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card online at http://bit.ly/1kmFAdL by March 31 and get Water Country USA free. The 2-Park Fun Card is valid at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 1, 2014.

Pampers Kids Free Promotion –Back again for 2014, get one free child’s single-day admission to Busch Gardens through the Pampers Gifts to Grow rewards program at www.pampers.com. Enter the Busch Gardens promotional code provided by the rewards program and receive one free child’s admission with the purchase of one regularly priced adult single-day ticket. The child’s ticket is valid for children up to age 9, and the purchase must be made online using the promotional code provided at www.pampers.com.

Free 2-Park Preschool Pass – Visit http://bit.ly/1lqlx1X before May 31 to register for a Free 2-Park Preschool Pass for children ages 3-5. Proof of the child’s age is required at the time the passes are redeemed and the passes must be redeemed at either park by May 31, 2014. Children ages 2 and younger receive complimentary admission and do not need to register.

Admission and tour discounts this March – Get $15 off single-day admission to Busch Gardens and 50 percent off one of the park’s popular behind-the-scenes tours during the month of March with the Williamsburg Insider Access promotion. Enter the promo code BGWIAW at the www.visitwilliamsburg.com/insiders-access/ website for this great deal. Choose one of the following tours: Birds of Prey, Clydesdales and Collies Up Close, Wolf Training Up Close, Ultimate Animal Insider, Animals Up Close, Family Fun, Landscape Life, Roller Coaster (Observer and Participant, Ultimate Busch Gardens Insider.

Spring Vacation Packages

Whether you’re coming for a weekend or during spring break week, a vacation in Williamsburg will put some spring in your step. Click here to review Busch Gardens’ best Springtacular vacation package that includes a Busch Gardens Fun Card, your choice of hotel accommodations, a free dining voucher and a Quick Queue pass.

Christmas Town Opens This Friday at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Nov. 19, 2013—All throughout Busch Gardens®, hundreds of “elves” are scurrying to prepare the park for Christmas Town™, which opens Friday, Nov. 22.  They may not have pointy ears and jingle bells on their feet like the elves recently featured in the #sELFies hashtag on the park’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, but their work is equally as important.

 

In late October, Busch Gardens wrapped up its annual Howl-O-Scream event and now the park has taken on a stunning new look for the holidays. Teams of fast-paced “elves” began illuminating the park’s 300 acres of holiday fun. Down came the spider webs and pumpkins and in their place, park employees  began assembling  more than six million lights, hundreds of wreathes, garlands and lighted trees, including O Tannenbaum, a fifty-foot tree whose  many twinkling lights dance in time to music.  From big changes to tiny details, it takes help from all park teams to get Busch Gardens into the holiday spirit.

clip_image004[4]Shops full of toys for good girls and boys start to sparkle with a little “magic” from the Merchandising team, including Assistant Visual Merchandiser Allison Duncan. Duncan, who recently moved to Virginia from North Carolina, is directing a team who is in charge of store decorations in the England, Italy, Scotland and New France areas of the park.

 

“It’s my first time at Christmas Town so I don’t know what to expect,” said Duncan, “but I think our team’s done a good job executing the designs we’ve developed .”

 

Some stores, like the Emporium shop will be getting yuletide makeovers. “This year it’s going to be very Victorian and just gorgeous,” said Duncan, hinting that the store is likely to be her favorite and a hit with guests as well.

 

In the bakery, the culinary teams are preparing to bake cookies for Santa as well as park guests who will visit Christmas Town.

 

“We’re doing a whole lot of cake and baked goods testing,” said Durell Council, a supervisor at the bakery. “We have newclip_image006[4] menus in our restaurants and Christmas Town breads and cakes to prepare.”

 

Along with gingerbread cookies, snowman cupcakes and red velvet cake, guests visiting Christmas Town will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with a new Black Forest cake dripping with chocolate ganache and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry.

 

For Maria Rubino, an entertainment technician from New York working on the installation of Christmas Town, a day’s work may require hanging wreaths and stringing garland or checking light bulbs on Big Ben.

 

“During Christmas Town I also maintain the lights by walking through the park troubleshooting and repairing decorations,” said Rubino, “so I get to see Christmas Town from a guest perspective too.”

 

clip_image008[4]Rubino said she is most looking forward to guest’s reactions to the holiday celebration, “because as fun as it is putting up all these decorations, I love the reactions from people when they see everything, especially the kids.”

 

“I’m so happy to be here now working with this team,” said Rubino, “because we really do feel like little elves.”

 

Allison Duncan, Durell Council and Maria Rubino represent the hundreds of the team members involved in transforming the scares of Howl-O-Scream into the winter wonderland of Christmas Town.  The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days through Dec 31. 

 

Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to the holiday celebration with a Christmas Town Fun Card.  For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

 

New ride unveiled for Water Country USA in 2014

Water Country USA’s guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride – Colossal Curl™, set to debut at Virginia’s largest water park this spring. Park officials announced details about the attraction today via Busch Gardens’ official YouTube channel.

Visit www.youtube.com/buschgardensva to watch the official video as well as teaser videos the park released over the past several weeks leading to today’s announcement. Make sure to click on the subscribe button to stay up-to-date on Colossal Curl developments.

True to its name, this mega slide promises to deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure. Colossal Curl features a funnel element that will swish and swirl guests before whisking them through the ride’s enclosed colorful tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park.True to its name, this mega slide promises to deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure. Colossal Curl features a funnel element that will swish and swirl guests before whisking them through the ride’s enclosed colorful tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park.

“Hanging ten will have a whole new meaning for Colossal Curl riders,” said Larry Giles, vice president of engineering for Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA®. “There is nothing else like it in North America.”

Colossal Curl is being built near the park’s main guest entrance. Construction will begin by the end of the year. By spring, many of the ride’s features will be visible to guests as they arrive at the park.

Water Country USA Vice President Jeff Thomas said the company decided to build Colossal Curl because of increased guest interest for the park’s first family thrill attraction. Colossal Curl will have the same 48-inch ride height as Vanish Point®, which opened in 2011 and has thrilled guests with its drop-away floors and speed slides.

“Vanish Point was our first big thrill slide that had riders saying ‘Wow’ and Colossal Curl will now will get the same reaction,” Thomas added.

Theme park fans began speculating about a new attraction on Oct. 28 when the first of three teaser videos appeared on Water Country USA and Busch Gardens official social media sites. Click here to view the videos.

Colossal Curl will be making a splash at Water Country USA in spring 2014.  For more information, visit www.watercountryusa.com/colossalcurl.

2013 CHRISTMAS TOWN™ FUN CARD OFFERS UNLIMITED VISITS TO BUSCH GARDENS’ HOLIDAY TRADITION

For the same price as a one-day admission, holiday visitors can purchase a 2013 Christmas Town™ Fun Card and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with unlimited visits to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town through Dec. 31.

imageCelebrating its fifth season, Christmas Town features more than six million glittering lights, breathtaking shows, unique shopping experiences and traditional culinary delights. With unlimited visits, families can slow down and create their own holiday traditions all season long. Guests can take a step into the not-so-distant-past at Holiday Hills™, visit Santa at his North Pole workshop or just stroll through the park and let the warmth of the season take over while they sip a mug of Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate.

The 2013 Christmas Town Fun Card costs the same as a single-day admission to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town and provides unlimited visits to the park during the holiday event. For more information, including the operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

The Christmas Town Pass is the best deal available for active Annual Pass members. The Christmas Town Pass combines unlimited admission to Christmas Town with pass member benefits like free parking, in-park discounts and discounts on single-day Christmas Town tickets for friends and family. Annual Pass members can add a Christmas Town Pass to their membership for the price of a single-day ticket to Christmas Town. Complete details on the 2013 Christmas Town Pass are available at www.bgwpass.com.

The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days until Dec. 31. Visit www.christmastown.com/va for complete details.

Free passes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Military.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg & SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor™ military salute program. The program provides free admission to the SeaWorld® ,Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents through 2013. Waves of Honor follows Here’s to the Heroes. Created in 2001, the program has awarded more than 6.7 million theme park tickets to service members and their families.

 “It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year,” said Jim Atchison, President and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Waves of Honor is our way to say ‘thank you’ to these dedicated service men and women who sacrifice so much to preserve the freedom we share in this country.”
The Waves of Honor program includes the following parks SeaWorld® Orlando,  SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens® Tampa, Busch  Gardens Williamsburg, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, Sesame  Place® and Aquatica San Diego*. For information on operating hours and schedules, please see below: SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld San Antonio SeaWorld San Diego Busch Gardens Tampa Busch Gardens Williamsburg Adventure Island Water Country USA Sesame Place Aquatica San Diego* (Monday – Friday Weekday admission only)
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor™ military salute program.
The program provides free admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents through 2013. Waves of Honor follows Here’s to the Heroes. Created in 2001, the program has awarded more than 6.7 million theme park tickets to service members and their families.

 
Any active duty military, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsman representing any of the five service branches is entitled to one complimentary admission to one of the participating parks under the program. He or she need only register, either online at www.wavesofhonor.com or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a valid active military identification. All dependents 10 and older must present a valid military dependent identification for entry into the park. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents.
 
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park’s operating schedule is available online.
 
Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica® Orlando. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.
 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg launches new mobile site

Busch Gardens WilliamsburgBusch Gardens Williamsburg has a new mobile website providing guests and fans with a convenient and easy way to plan their vacations and purchase and redeem tickets directly from their mobile devices.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are some of the first in the theme park industry to effectively use mobile sites with geo-location capabilities. When a guest is near one of the SeaWorld or Busch Gardens parks and connects to the website, the guest’s phone will immediately default to driving directions. However, if the guest is actually in the park, the site will automatically default to a park map so they can find their next adventure without missing a beat. Receiving the most relevant content, products, offers and promotions based on their location to the parks are just some of the many intuitive features mobile users can now experience.

The sites provide guests with a simplified mobile purchase experience with images, text and easy steps for the entire process. Once the purchase process is complete, guests will receive their digital admission ticket directly on their phone, allowing them to proceed directly to the front gate for entry to the park.

Busch Gardens guests can not only purchase single day tickets, but also multi-park and season passes, allowing guests to save money and time. Based on the tickets purchased, the sites will suggest additional experiences and adventures, including behind-the-scenes tours, up-close animal interactions or dining options to make their visit to the park even more memorable.

The new sites were designed to work with Apple, Android and Windows smart phones.

In other news for 2013 @ Busch Gardens , coming this year will be the first ever food festival.  During this immersive event you’ll find special and unique foods and beverages. Enjoy the authentic tastes of Europe paired with family-friendly activities and entertainment that will make this event as fun as it is delicious.

 

More info here

Job Fair for Busch Gardens/ Water Country this weekend

imageMake plans now to come to our Job Fair on Saturday January 19, 2013 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg VA will hold a job fair this  Saturday.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Das Festhaus restaurant in the Germany section of Busch Gardens. Applicants should use the employee and  entrance off Route 60.

 

For directions and other information, go to www.bgwjobs.com or call 757-253-3020. 

 

More info here

Jobs for Seniors

Are you retired and looking for a second career or do you just want to get out of the house? Do you live close by or do you visit the warmer climates to avoid the winter weather?
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA  recognizes the experience and talents that you possess. We will work with you to provide an exciting opportunity that will fit your lifestyle whether you are interested in a full time, a part-time or a seasonal position. By joining our team you will:

  • Meet people from around the world and around the corner .Have flexible work hours
  • Receive free admission to all of our parks (with the exception of Discovery Cove)
  • Receive complimentary tickets for your family and friends
  • Receive free uniforms

More info here

Christmas Town opens for 4th season at Busch Gardens

imageThis year marks the fourth season of Christmas Town and we’re decking the halls with six million twinkling lights. It’s a Christmas tradition like no other, and this year we’re expanding by transforming Festa Italia into Holiday Hills– a nostalgic nod to the classic American Christmas.
We’re opening many rides, including Verbolten and our steam-powered train at Jingle Junction. Get a Santa-eye view of Christmas Town from the park’s observation station, Nacht Tower. Riders will be lifted 240 feet above Oktoberfest and slowly descend as they take in 360 degree views of the holiday celebration.
With dazzling live shows, gorgeous decorations, and delicious foods, Christmas Town is a winter wonderland you’ll never forget. Christmas Town opens Friday, Nov. 23 and will continue on select days through Dec. 31, 2012.
Explore Christmas Town

The haunting begin Sept. 14 2012

Busch Gardens'  Williamsburg annual horror fest, Howl-O-Scream, has been expanded to seven chilling weeks. Busch Gardens' celebration of the macabre features bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park.  Busch Gardens Updates –August 2012

Busch Gardens’  Williamsburg annual horror fest, Howl-O-Scream, has been expanded to seven chilling weeks. Busch Gardens’ celebration of the macabre features bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park. 
The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun. The haunts begin Sept. 14 and continue to terrify through Oct. 28, 2012
Will you brave Howl-O-Scream?

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Last week of IllumiNights
If you haven’t seen the nightly summer extravaganza yet, you have until Aug. 19 to experience live performances, music and special effects that culminate in a park-wide firework spectacular. Enjoy special shows in each country including the new Wunderbarn and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

Find out more here

Adopt a pet and get free passes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Heritage Humane Society and the Peninsula SPCA are thrilled to announce that every imagecompleted, full-price adoption comes with two FREE day passes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
This amazing offer is made possible through a partnership between Heritage Humane Society, the Peninsula SPCA and Busch Gardens. After completing your full-price adoption, you will receive two passes, valid for one year, to any regular Busch Gardens operating day (not valid for admission to Christmas Town).
If you have been considering adding a four-legged family member, this is the time. Visit our gallery of pets online to view animals available for adoption and hurry in for a day of fun.

For a limited time, adopt a dog or cat from a participating shelter and get two free single-day tickets to Busch Gardens.*  It’s our way of saying thanks for opening your heart and home to an animal in need.

Adopt a dog or cat from one of the shelters below and receive two single-day tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg valid for one year during regular operating days, excluding Christmas Town.

Participating shelters:

Peninsula SPCA
523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601

Heritage Humane Society
430 Waller Mill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

*Certain restrictions apply.

Verbolten Coaster Opens to the Public

The anticipation is over. On May 18, guests will finally experience Verbolten, the most technologically advanced roller coaster ever built at Busch Gardens. The anticipation is over. On May 18, guests will finally experience Verbolten, the most technologically advanced roller coaster ever built at Busch Gardens.

Verbolten is not a typical roller coaster. It is an immersive thematic attraction that sends passengers twisting and turning through the verboten Black Forest. Verbolten’s low 48-inch ride-height requirement and exhilarating but not overpowering ride experience, will appeal to extreme coaster aficionados as well as to parents who want to introduce their children to the thrill of a roller coaster ride.

“Verbolten is a next generation roller coaster that incorporates the latest in coaster technology with a storyline inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales. From Verbolten’s unique free-fall drop to its multiple launch elements, Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction is destined to be a favorite among coaster enthusiasts of all ages,” said Park President Carl Lum.

Guests interested in learning more about the technology behind Verbolten’s unique ride elements can sign up for daily behind-the-scenes coaster tours. Tour guides will provide little-known facts about the ride and let guests peek inside the special effects building that houses Verbolten’s Black Forest. Tours will start soon. Interested guests should check www.buschgardens.com/va for a complete park tour schedule.

Verbolten is the capstone attraction of a two-year rejuvenation project in the park’s Oktoberfest village. Mäch Tower, the park’s 240-foot drop tower, joins the launch coaster as the park’s newest thrill attractions. An award-winning pretzel-themed restaurant, and a new show inside Germany’s Das Festhaus, round out the largest capital expansion in park history.

Busch Garden Williamsburg Notes for 2012

Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be open March 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Pass Member Preview Day. You must have a pass in order to come to the park. They will open to all guests on March 24, 2012

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Here’s to The Heroes

FREE ADMISSION SUMMARY
Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to free admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg under the Here’s to the Heroes program. He or she need only register, either by clicking here  As many as three direct dependents of military personnel also are entitled to free admission. \

Check 2012 operating schedules. Click here for Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Other military discounts at Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg VA

imageTwo Amazing Parks. One Low Price.
$120.00
Buy a Busch Gardens 1-Year Pass and get Water Country USA for FREE. At Busch Gardens your family will find world-class coasters, up-close animal encounters and imaginative playlands like Sesame Street® Forest of Fun. Coming this spring, you’ll also brave the Black Forest on Verbolten, our new multi-launch coaster. Then, dive into Water Country USA for zipping slides and plenty of splish-splashing fun. Together they’ll make your adventure complete.
Offer expires May 31, 2012.

More info here

Visit your MWR/ITT office for these savings and other discounts on passes and tickets.

Busch Gardens Quick Links: Homepage | Calendar | Events | Kids | Directions

Sneak Peak at Verbolten Coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA

One of Verbolten’s main surprises is a free-fall drop hidden within the ride’s massive indoor special-effects building. Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of design and engineering, promises this innovative drop will take riders’ breath away.Busch Gardens opened the construction gates today for an exclusive first look at Verbolten℠, the park’s new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster. When the coaster debuts this spring, it will feature design elements never before seen in the United States.

One of Verbolten’s main surprises is a free-fall drop hidden within the ride’s massive indoor special-effects building. Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of design and engineering, promises this innovative drop will take riders’ breath away.

“It will be like someone pulled the track out from under you,” he said of the sensation riders will feel when the entire train drops 16 feet in complete darkness.

The drop’s design uses high-powered magnets to suspend the coaster train and a special section of track at the top of the special-effects building. To the surprise of riders, the magnets release and the train and track drop to the floor. They come to rest momentarily before the train is launched out of the dark Black Forest at speeds approaching 55 mph.

Other highlighted design features include a covered bridge that plays into the ride’s Black Forest-inspired theme. The bridge is one of the final elements of the attraction and sits atop a nearly 90-foot drop over Busch Gardens’ Rhine River. The drop pays homage to the final drop experienced on The Big Bad Wolf, which previously operated on the site. Recreating the drop also allowed design engineers to minimize Verbolten’s environmental impact by reusing the existing concrete foundations along the banks of the river.

Verbolten is unlike other coasters at the Virginia theme park. The ride narrative draws guests in from the time they enter the ride’s station house until they see their expression on the on-board video system when they exit the ride.

As riders enter the ride area, they will meet a German brother and sister team who run a small inn and visitor center at the edge of the Black Forest. Dire warnings of supernatural happenings within the forest dare riders to enter. Brave passengers are whisked away for a scenic tour of the German countryside only to fall into the clutches of the Black Forest’s inhabitants when they make a verboten detour.

Audio-visual special effects, scenic elements and other controls inside the darkened special-effects building create the illusion of a forest that has come to life. Verbolten’s two electromagnetic launches provide a zero to 55 mph rush of adrenaline at key times during the ride to advance the ride’s narrative.

Verbolten is the capstone attraction of a two-year rejuvenation project in Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village. Mach Tower, the park’s 240-foot drop tower, joins the launch coaster as the park’s newest thrill attractions. A new pretzel restaurant and new performance spaces that opened in 2011 completes the Oktoberfest village transformation.

More info here

New Coaster @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg On Track For Spring Opening

Verbolten Construction on Schedule and Ready to Open Late Spring  

 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg, reached a major milestone Jan. 17 when a team of engineers and contractors bolted the final piece of Verbolten’s 2,835 feet of steel track into place. When it’s complete, Verbolten will take riders on an adrenaline-filled adventure through two high-speed electromagnetic launches, stunning sensory effects and a dizzying array of twists and turns for an out-of-this-world coaster experience. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, reached a major milestone Jan. 17 when a team of engineers and contractors bolted the final piece of Verbolten’s 2,835 feet of steel track into place. When it’s complete, Verbolten will take riders on an adrenaline-filled adventure through two high-speed electromagnetic launches, stunning sensory effects and a dizzying array of twists and turns for an out-of-this-world coaster experience.

“Work on Verbolten is progressing on schedule,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering. “Completing the track is a major achievement. We still have a lot of work to do on the ride’s theme elements and special effects, but we anticipate the ride will be ready for a late spring opening.”

Construction on Verbolten began last summer. Crews worked day and night to prepare the grounds for Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction. Like the park’s other coasters, Verbolten uses the park’s natural hills and valleys to create a one-of-a-kind guest experience. The team poured concrete support structures and began installing the track last fall. They also constructed a special effects enclosure that conceals much of the coaster’s theme elements.

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Special Event Dates For Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2012

imageBusch Gardens Williamsburg has announced their special event and concert dates for the upcoming 2012 seasons in Williamsburg VA.

This year, the series also includes a gospel component.

"This really is a family-friendly event–the concerts themselves are for families to enjoy together," Crossett said.

Glory at the Gardens returns for another year in May and June with a sensational line-up of the top contemporary Christian and Gospel artists. This year Glory at the Gardens will only be on Sundays. The concerts will take place on  Sundays May 6 & 20, June 10 & 24, 2012.

Glory at the Gardens began in 2008 and has grown into the largest Christian music event in the region.

Christian and Gospel artists. Third Day, Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and newsboys will perform Sundays this spring at the Royal Palace Theatre.

Schedule 2012

newsboys (May 6)

·Kirk Franklin (May 20)

Chris Tomlin (June 10)

·Third Day (June 24)

imageThe Busch Garden Live concert series and Ramp Jam will also make a return in 2012 with the Live concert series on – Sundays May 13, June 3 & 17, August 26, 2012

Artists appearing this year include  Cobra Starship, Kellie Pickler and Hot Chelle Rae. And later this summer, Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon’s Victorious, will take the stage as part of her first U.S. summer tour.

2012 Schedule

· Cobra Starship (May 13)

· Hot Chelle Rae (June 3)

· Kellie Pickler (June 17)

· Victoria Justice (August 26)

As always, every concert or event is free with park admission.

All concerts will be presented in the Globe Theatre or the park’s Royal Palace Theatre. For up to date  special event info and schedule , visit www.buschgardens.com

This spring, stars from the ASA Action Sports World Tour (ASA ASWT) will thrill fans with their own special brand of excitement when Ramp Jam opens at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA on April 22nd.This stars from the ASA Action Sports World Tour  will thrill fans with their own special brand of excitement when Ramp Jam opens at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA on April 22nd.

Performances by the action sports industry’s elite skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters will be featured on two weekends – April 22 & 23 April 28 & 29, 2012 – along with a lineup of local concerts between shows, interactive booths and activities to entertain the young, hip, thrill-seeking fans.

They will perform multiple shows daily on the 14-foot-tall half-pipe designed especially for Ramp Jam. All shows are included in the price of admission to the park each weekend. Show times and inform will be posted soon. Stay tuned…

 

Admission for all events is free with a park ticket. But if you know you’ll want to go back to Busch Gardens for at least one more day, the park recommends a Fun Card, which is the same price as single-day admission but lets you return as many times as you’d like until Sept. 3.

Parking, which costs $13, is not included in that pass,so an annual pass may be a better deal because it does include parking costs.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens for the 2012 season on March 24th

Free Admission To Busch Gardens Williamsburg For Kids

imageFor the 3rd consecutive year Busch Gardens is offering kids ages 5 and younger, who are Virginia residents, a Free Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass, valid for unlimited admission through Oct. 28, 2012. Begin the registration process with step one here

Offer valid for Virginia Residents only.

More Busch Gardens Info here

Christmas Town Opens At Busch Gardens-$12 Tickets Thru Sunday

Get ready for evenings filled with warm holiday memories when Christmas Town @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens for the 2011 season on Nov. 25.2011 and will continue, select days through Dec. 31, 2011

SPECIAL TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $12  THRU SUNDAY 11/20/2011 by clicking here (tickets are normally $25)

imageExperience Busch Gardens in a whole new light during Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Holiday traditions, dazzling shows and one-of-a-kind gift ideas will make everyone say, "Now this is Christmas." Gaze at more than five million twinkling lights while enjoying Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. A complete Christmas Town experience includes a visit to Santa’s workshop and the parks’ 50-foot tall, light-animated Christmas tree. .

For more information visit www.christmastown.com  or call (800) 343-7946

 

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Williamsburg VA

Check out the deal here

Benefit Concert @ Busch Gardens 11/11/11

imageThe first annual James River Jam will be held Friday, November 11, 2011, at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia. The charity jam session is presented by Tempus Jets and Busch Gardens, and will benefit An Achievable Dream Academy, Folds of Honor Foundation and Eastern Congo Initiative, organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children and young adults.

Event organizers chose the Veterans Day holiday in honor of the local military personnel living and working in the region. A portion of the concert tickets will be given to local military bases for complimentary admission to the James River Jam.

The following artists will appear at the James River Jam on November 11:

  • Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist
  • Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist
  • John Oates, singer/songwriter and co-founder of Hall & Oates
  • JD Souther, legendary singer/songwriter
  • Micky Dolenz, lead singer of The Monkees
  • Jerry Eubanks, former member of the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Sam Bush, musician, vocalist and Father of Newgrass
  • Joe Horowitz, musician and Canadian professional golfer
  • Special video appearance from actor and Eastern Congo Initiative founder Ben Affleck

Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.jamesriverjam.com or by contacting Amanda Johnson, 757-875-7779 or ajohnson@orionairgroup.com

( NOTE, I would love to go but $200 for a ticket ?, I know it’s a benefit but really guys ?)

Howl-O-Scream Opens Sept 23, 2011 @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg

imageYesterday Busch Gardens Williamsburg pass members were given an exclusive preview of the 13th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream, which begins Sept. 23.

VP of Entertainment Scott Gasparich introduced pass members to a menagerie of creepy characters representing the Dark Side of the Gardens that make up this year’s Howl-O-Scream. Most haunted houses, scare zones and shows are new, Gasparich said, while the rest are resurrected guest favorites.

“Busch Gardens pulled out all the stops for Howl-O-Scream’s 13th anniversary,” Gasparich said. “There is nothing in this year’s event that hasn’t been intensified, including new takes on old favorites.”

Great new haunted houses like Dead Line offer a modern spin on some classic scares. Howl-O-Scream fans suffering from coulrophobia take note that the evil clowns are back and have taken over Festa Italia in Fear Fair and Grin and Scare It. Finally, Fiends is back in the Festhaus by popular demand. Gasparich and his creative team have breathed new life into Busch Gardens’ classic show that debuted during the first Howl-O-Scream in 1999. It is always “Code Pink” in Dr. Weirdstein’s laboratory, and the good doctor is once again feverishly working on his latest and greatest invention.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg begins Sept. 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30, 2011.

NOTE:  Too scary for your family?

Visit during the day to experience family-friendly rides, Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Land of the Dragons children’s areas, and up-close animal encounters perfect for fall fun. Once the clock strikes 6 p.m., the Howl-O-Scream scares begin which may not be suitable for young children.

 

Busch Gardens Howl O Scream tickets are $63.99 for adults. There are several options to save money:

Multiple visits:

If you are a Virginia resident and want to go multiple times, get the Virginia Resident Fall Fun Card for $63.99, valid for unlimited admission September 11-October 31.

If you’re not a Virginia resident and would like to visit multiple times in a weekend, get the Fall Discovery Ticket for $63.99, which is valid for 7 consecutive days from first use (Busch Gardens is only open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

One visit:

If you’re only going one day, pick up coupons for $15 off admission at Wendy’s or Papa John’s (These might be valid on the Fall Discovery ticket, above, as well)

OR If you’re only going one day, you can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com for $47.95 for an adult, or $37.95 for a child. There is an additional convenience fee of $2.50 charged

For more information about  Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, click here

Busch Gardens Announces Verbolten As New Roller Coaster For 2012 Season

imageBusch Gardens’ officials unveiled the name of the Williamsburg theme park’s 2012 roller coaster during an exclusive pass-member appreciation event Saturday morning.

Verboltenoffers the latest in roller coaster technology,” said Park President Carl Lum while addressing an enthusiastic crowd inside Busch Gardens’ 2,000-seat dining facility. “When Verbolten opens in spring 2012, coaster fans will feel the exhilaration of multiple launches and a few surprises that can’t be found anywhere else in the United States.”

Saturday’s announcement naming Verbolten as the Williamsburg park’s new roller coaster ended months of speculation among coaster fans who have been eagerly awaiting official news about the new thrill ride.

imageIn addition to the name, park officials unveiled a few technical details about the roller coaster and a way for fans to learn more about Verbolten over the next several months. Guests with smartphones or other Internet-connected devices can download exclusive coaster details using a unique Quick Response Code, a.k.a. a QR code. Content will be updated regularly, but it can only be accessed by reading the in-park QR code.

Saturday’s event also offered pass members an exclusive preview of the 13th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream, which begins Sept. 23.

Busch Gardens’ Mäch Tower Is Open

Mäch Tower's℠ first riders experience the thrill of Busch Gardens' newest attraction situated in the park’s redesigned Oktoberfest village. The tallest ride in the park, Mäch Tower lifts 30 riders nearly 240 feet and drops them at breathtaking speed8.19.2011 Busch Gardens’ Mäch Tower officially opened today, ending months of anticipation from guests eager to ride the parks’ newest and tallest thrill attraction.

“We know our guests have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Mäch Tower,” said Park President Carl Lum. “During the manufacturer’s initial testing, some mechanical issues were discovered that caused the delay. Now that the ride is open, we are excited to share this amazing experience with our guests.”

Mäch Tower offers an incredible view as its 30-seat rotating carriage climbs nearly 240 feet above the park’s Oktoberfest village. Thrill elements experienced during the ride keep riders from becoming complacent on their journey to the top. Once riders get a few seconds to take in the view, the carriage plummets at breathtaking speed straight down the massive maypole-themed tower attraction.

“We’re pleased our guests will be able to ride Mäch Tower before the summer comes to a close,” said Lum. “We allowed our guests a sneak peek earlier this week and the overwhelming comments have been, ‘it’s been worth the wait.’”

Ray Beyer and his son Brandon were some of the lucky guests who experienced Mäch Tower during the sneak peek.

“I thought it was great,” said Brandon, adding that the drop took his breath away. “Not being able to look down sort of freaked me out.”

 Mäch Tower anchors a newly rejuvenated Oktoberfest village featuring new game areas, performance spaces and a pretzel bakery serving some of the best pretzel-themed cuisine in the region.