Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s First Wooden Roller Coaster Coming In 2017

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburg Busch Gardens announced today a new wooden roller coaster is coming to its collection of world-class thrill rides in spring 2017.  The family thriller will be the Virginia theme park’s first wooden coaster and eighth roller coaster in total – and will be designed as the world’s first “crowdsourced” ride.

In an unusual industry move, the park is announcing the new attraction much earlier than typical so that fans will be able to help “decide the ride” including opportunities to vote on attraction details, contribute to theme elements and shape the marketing campaign.  The first such opportunity kicked off today, inviting fans to select the ride’s name.

“Busch Gardens has a reputation for creating unique ride experiences, and our new family coaster will certainly continue that tradition,” said Larry Giles, vice president of engineering.  “The dynamics of a wooden coaster, combined with the many ways it will interact with the terrain and nearby attractions, will make this a one-of-a-kind thrill.”

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Six Flags America Begins 2016 with Largest Addition of New Attractions in More than a Decade

americaSix Flags America is ready to open on March 25 as the closest destination for Spring Break fun. This is the beginning of a season full of surprises for thrill-seekers and the entire family. Guests will be delighted to discover the largest addition of new experiences in more than a decade.

Throughout the year, guests will enjoy:

  • SUPERMAN Ride of Steel – this 215 feet tall coaster, one of the region’s favorite, will open with beautiful new trains and a fresh facelift in preparation for the summer launch of…
  • SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster — available this summer, the rush of this emblematic hyper roller coaster, plus the adrenaline of being in the middle of a realistic 360-degree virtual world, will transport thrill seekers to an entirely new dimension. Riders will soar through Metropolis and join the fight as SUPERMAN uses his heat vision to destroy Lex Luthor and his Lexbots, all while traveling at speeds of up to 73 miles per hour.

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Busch Gardens® Williamsburg Opens for the 2016 Season March 20

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburgThrill-seekers and vacation-needers: rejoice! Busch Gardens® Williamsburg opens for another season of fun and adventure on March 20.

For those looking for a spring getaway, Busch Gardens has it covered. From March 20 through April 10, the Virginia theme park is open every day for spring break. That’s three weeks of rides, shows, animal encounters, games, food and memories for the making.

The adventure doesn’t end after spring break. A year packed full of exciting events and thrilling attractions awaits visitors of all ages.

Busch Gardens invites guests to Spring Into Fun with special entertainment and activities for children and families.  Elmo Rocks!, a live stage show featuring everyone’s favorite furry friends, kicks off the season with a special engagement at The Globe Theatre through May 1.  Throughout April and May, the park comes alive with special performances by popular children’s acts in the KIDsiderate® Concert Series, top contemporary Christian artists at Glory at the Gardens and world-renown animal expert Jack Hanna with amazing creatures.

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Seaworld Parks and Entertainment names David Cromwell Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

davidcromwellBusch Gardens Williamsburg, voted the world’s most beautiful theme park for 25 consecutive years, today announced the promotion of David Cromwell, current Vice President of Aquatica San Diego, to Park President Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, effective April 1.

Prior to assuming his current position, Cromwell served as Vice President of Water Country USA from 2010 to 2012. He succeeds Carl Lum, who was recently named San Antonio Park President.

Cromwell began his career with the company in 1997 at SeaWorld San Diego. He has led teams in a variety of positions across the company, including the information technology group where he aided in the development of new guest arrival technology. In 2006, he became SeaWorld San Diego Director of Park Operations and was then promoted to Vice President of Park Operations and held that role from 2008 to 2010. More recently, he successfully led the project team for the opening of the Aquatica park in California.

Cromwell attended San Diego State University (SDSU), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from SDSU. David is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the World Waterpark Association.

Six Flags America’s Superman: Ride of Steel to go Virtual Reality

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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced a broad marketing partnership which appoints Samsung as the “Official Technology Partner” of the world’s largest regional theme park company. The partnership includes the debut of ground-breaking experiences coming to nine Six Flags parks – North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.

In partnership with Samsung, Six Flags is taking its signature brand of thrills to the next level and beyond in fully immersive, virtual riding experiences using Samsung Gear VR. Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped to allow riders wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, inverted loops and powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in an incredibly realistic 360-degree virtual reality world.

“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world,” said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. “With the addition of these virtual reality coasters, Six Flags will be introducing more than double the number of new coasters and rides than we did in 2015, and more than any year in the last decade. Innovation is part of our DNA, and news in every park every year is driving higher guest satisfaction and building strong momentum for our company.”

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