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From the Backseat…

elizabethHappy New Year!

Over the course of 2015, I have been asked many times why I love roller coasters so much. Have you ever given this much thought? After dwelling on it, I’ve came up with an answer.

Inspire – what a powerful word. Recently, someone told me that if she ever rode a roller coaster, it would be with me because of my passion. She really made me think about the love I have for the hobby and how that had inspired her to try something that she viewed as scary.

That conversation inspired me to really think about other people’s passion for roller coasters. I realized that my own love for it has evolved over the years. As I have aged, they now fulfill three things for me – a family activity that we can all share, friends who get my passion for riding, and something that seems daring and scary in my heart, except, logically I know it isn’t.

Once I had this realization, I found this new desire to inspire others to find their passion, to try a new hobby. So in my YEAR OF INSPIRE, I want to make 2016 about the year of inspiring new friendships, new adventures, and new memories by inviting guests to join us at our regional ACE events — this will be a year for the guest.

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Busch Gardens Announces New Additions Coming in 2016

bg40logoBusch Gardens today announced new guest experiences for the 2016 season including a new restaurant, craft beer room and show, in a special preview to pass members.

The current Italian restaurant (Ristorante della Piazza) in the park’s San Marco village is transforming into an international market-style restaurant next spring that will eliminate buffet lines for a more relaxing dining experience. The theme of the yet-to-be-named restaurant is based on the travels of Marco Polo and will feature classic Italian, Mediterranean and Asian entrée, salad and dessert stations. It also will include a new stone hearth oven for artisan flat breads.  Work on the new restaurant begins in early November.

 “We’re bringing the flavors of the world to the world’s most beautiful theme park,” said Busch Gardens Culinary Vice President Franz Kitenko. “And, we are excited to introduce a new open design that will enhance the dining experience for our guests with less wait and more options.”

Beer aficionados will delight in a new craft beer room inside Das Festhaus opening in the spring and will serve 30 local and regional craft beers along with a variety of snacks.

The park also teased a new evening show to debut next summer that will light up the night sky at the open-air Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The show is a contemporary spin on the classic French tale of the three musketeers, as audiences join the trio on a quest to save king and country. This live performance embraces new technology and takes advantage of the night sky to bring guests into the story.

“An evening performance opens up a world of possibilities for an open-air venue like the Royal Palace Theatre,” said the park’s Entertainment Director Peter Dunklee. “Playing with light and shadow in the night air lets us immerse the audience into the storyline like never before. It’s definitely something worth staying late for.”

Giant Interactive Water Attraction Coming to Six Flags America in 2016

Splashwater Falls LogoSix Flags America today announced the addition of Splashwater Falls in spring 2016.  The giant new interactive water playground will feature dozens of slides, nets, sprays, geysers and thrills for the whole family to enjoy. To top off the fun a super-sized, tipping bucket atop the huge play structure will dump water on guests throughout the day.

Parents can relax on a freeform deck surrounding Splashwater Falls complete with new lounge chairs and umbrellas. The little ones will enjoy exploring a variety of water play platforms, fountains, jets and water curtains, plus open and enclosed slides keeping everyone cool in the hot Maryland summer.

“Our guests recognize Six Flags America as a favorite destination for having fun with friends and family, and our Hurricane Harbor water park is the perfect place to play and beat the heat,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “The addition of Splashwater Falls demonstrates our commitment to giving guests something new to experience every year.”

Splashwater Falls will complement the variety of experiences for the whole family including thrilling attractions like Tornado, a six-story funnel of fun; Bonzai Pipelines, the high altitude drop slide, Castaway Creek lazy river and the largest wave pool in the region. With the addition of this new attraction, Hurricane Harbor will keep its place as the favorite summer destination for families from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and beyond to cool off. Continue reading

Delirium is coming to Kings Dominion in 2016

Doswell, VA (August 20, 2015) – Get ready to defy gravity on Kings Dominion’s new ride, Delirium. The thrill ride will be located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is set to open in the spring of 2016.

KD15-347 Delirium Logo_BK_CDelirium is a powerful, spinning pendulum on which 40 riders will be strapped into their seats, facing outward on a giant ring. As their feet dangle, they begin slowly swinging back and forth while the ring starts to rotate. The ride quickly gains momentum and before they know it, riders are getting swirling views of the park. On Delirium, guests soar to a height of 115 feet at a maximum arc angle of 120 degrees.

Delirium will delight thrill seekers of all ages as they fly through the air, experiencing gravity defying hang time.  “Thrills come in all different sizes here at Kings Dominion and the addition of Delirium reflects our commitment to providing exciting experiences for our guests,” says Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. “We pride ourselves on being home to a variety of rides and attractions that offer something for all generations to enjoy. Delirium will make a great addition to our park.”

Guests who want to be among the first to experience Kings Dominion’s newest addition can purchase a 2016 Kings Dominion Season Pass starting today at the lowest price of the year. Gold Passes are available for just 9 easy payments of $9.75. Passholders enjoy many benefits, including: Bring-A-Friend discounts, food and merchandise discounts, early access to select rides and Kings Dominion’s all-inclusive water park, Soak City.
Construction on Delirium is set to begin in the fall.


Busch Gardens, Water Country USA Ranked Top U.S. Amusement Parks

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburgBusch Gardens and Water Country USA were recently recognized as winners in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards and in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

TripAdvisor recognized Busch Gardens as one of the Top Amusement Parks in the United States, and Water Country USA among the nation’s top five water parks. The leading travel site highlights the world’s top attractions, based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.

Adding to the excitement, Busch Gardens’ Celtic Fyre show was ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Amusement Park Entertainment. Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com, expert contributors and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Voters are then given four weeks to vote for their candidate of choice.

Busch Gardens offers fun for the whole family with thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining options and kid-friendly attractions. Voted the world’s most beautiful theme park for 25 consecutive years, Busch Gardens is celebrating 40 years of family entertainment in 2015 with in-park displays, special remembrances and memorable experiences. Busch Gardens newest thrill coaster, Tempesto, features three launch experiences and signature loop-the-loop. Guests daring enough to take on Tempesto will race into unbelievably tight turns at 63 miles per hour and defy gravity as they roll through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air.

Water Country USA is Virginia’s largest water park. The park offers fun for the entire family with a retro surf theme, resort-style amenities and more than 40 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, including Colossal Curl. This colorful slide combines funnel and wave elements for an exciting ride sure to get heartbeats racing. Colossal Curl can hold up to four passengers in its cloverleaf-shaped rafts and features a 48-inch ride height, making Colossal Curl the first family thrill ride at Water Country USA.


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