Busch Gardens Presents A Terror-tory Terror-story: Ripper Row

WILLIAMSBURG (September 9, 2013) – Ripper Row is one of four unnerving Terror-tories awaiting guests when Howl-O-Scream opens Friday the 13th of September.  This immersive area will greet guests when they enter Howl-O-Scream through what was once a quaint English village, but now resembles another time and place. Loosely based on the terrifying reign of the Whitechapel Murderer, Ripper Row envelops guests into a cinematic experience infused with new horrifying plot twists and turns. As the main attraction in Ripper Row, beware or become the Ripper’s next victim during this autumn of terror.

Ripper Row: The Story

Tendrils of fog curl lazily around those who walk the dark streets and cling to tattered bits of black parasols, forlorn reminders that the denizens of this forsaken place are in mourning. The wailing keens of those who’ve lost someone dear punctuate the air of a city shrouded in darkness and despair. Shadows lurk everywhere.  Everyone is a stranger and no one can be trusted. The yellowed newspapers plastered on sides of buildings shout the dire news in bold headlines:  patrons of the Ten Bells Pub are disappearing.  Whispers permeate every shadow-filled corner and foreboding alleyway, rumors of a dark figure stalking the streets plucking unsuspecting souls who fall victim to his nefarious whims.  


Bobbies rush in and out of Scotland Yard, their brows furrowed with anxiety and their eyes averted from the citizens they are helpless to protect.  Their efforts to warn away potential victims has all been in vain as more and more people seem to flood the streets each day. The locals are starting to call it the Autumn of Terror and no one knows when the horrors will stop and England will be safe once more.  How do you save people from a villain with no known identity? For weeks he has been taunting the police by mailing them grisly notes detailing his murderous crimes, all signed with the same shudder-inducing name: Jack the Ripper.  One thing is clear, this is his city now and the suffering is far from over for those who visit Ripper Row…

The horrors of Ripper Row and three equally-frightening experiences await those brave enough to become the main characters in Howl-O-Scream’s thematic Terror-tories where spirits and fiends walk amongst the living. France, Italy, Germany and England will be transformed into an over-the-top experience that transports guests to another time and place full of startles and frights.

There’s plenty to see and explore during Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream. The mad doctor returns in Fiends at Ireland’s Abbey Stone Theatre®, along with Dig It Up! in Il Teatro di San Marco and the coolest night club this side of the afterlife, Night Beats, in Das Festhaus.  Cut Throat Cove joins the line-up of haunted houses that offer frightening surprises at every turn. Busch Gardens’ selection of spooky shops offers up a scary array of gifts to help guests relive the thrills of Howl-O-Scream long after the terror-filled adventure has ended, including new store Captain Barghbie’s Booty.Visit the Open CASKet bar, Demon Drinks Inoculation Station or Pirate Baarrrgh for drinks that will makes guests’ blood run cold.

The frightening fun begins this Friday. During the day, Busch Gardens is full of fall fun for families, but at the stroke of 6 p.m. the park becomes a seriously scary place.  Guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during the event.

Purchase a Fall Fun Card and enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, including Howl-O-Scream, for the price of a one-day admission. Howl-O-Scream offers scares and thrills weekends through October 27. For tickets and more information including shopping, visit www.howloscream.com/va.