invadr-logoBusch Gardens has announced the logo for InvadR,  its first wooden roller coaster coming in 2017. In a Decide the Ride vote, the red shield with dragon emblem won in a narrow decision.

For the first time in the park’s history, fans were able to decide the logo for a roller coaster. The winning emblem edged out the blue shield with dragon logo by only 33 votes. Here’s the voting percentage breakdown:

Red dragon: 27.2%

Blue dragon: 26.8%

Blue crossed: 25%

Red crossed: 21%

Fans are urged to stay tuned for the next Decide the Ride opportunity.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Retains Honor As “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park”

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburgBusch Gardens Williamsburg has earned the distinction of “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” for the 26th consecutive year.

The National Amusement Park Historical Association recently bestowed the honor upon Busch Gardens, continuing an annual tradition that dates back to 1990.

“This is a great honor for Busch Gardens and the team members who work so hard to ensure that our park is looking beautiful for our guests every day,” said Busch Gardens® Williamsburg President David Cromwell. “To continue the tradition of being recognized for this honor is something we’re very proud of.”

The award was part of the 30th annual NAPHA Amusement Park and Attractions Survey, the oldest of its type.

The NAPHA is an international organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and enjoyment of the amusement and theme park industry—past, present and future.

Six Flags America opens Superman: Virtual Reality Coaster

americaSix Flags America welcomes the addition of an all-new, ground-breaking experience incorporating the most innovative and cutting-edge technology—the world’s first Superman-themed Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster. Six Flags America is taking roller coaster thrills to the next level and beyond in a fully immersive, 360-degree experience on the 200-feet tall SUPERMAN Ride of Steel hyper coaster. Wearing VR headsets, riders will feel the rush of the coaster’s steep drops and powerful twists and turns plus the adrenaline of being in the middle of a realistic 360-degree virtual reality world. Whatever thrill-seekers have experienced before… This Changes Everything!

On the new SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster, once riders take their seats and fasten the headsets, they will be fully immersed in the comic-book world of Metropolis. Guests will be taken on a leisurely (or so they think) tour of the city of Metropolis, courtesy of Metropolis Sky Tours. Just after departing the station riders encounter Lex Luthor who uses an anti-gravity gun, along with his army of LexBots, to create chaos throughout the city with cars, taxis and buses floating in mid-air around the rider’s vehicle. As the LexBots continue to attack the vehicle, SUPERMAN soars into action. Riders will be taken through hairpin twists and turns, dips and dives all while Superman fights to save the day from Lex and the LexBots.

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Trimper’s Rides adds Zamperla Endevor for 2016 Season

Trimper Rides has announced their new Zamperla Endevor ride has passed Maryland State Inspection and is ready to ride.  The Zamperla Endeavor will replace the Chance Freakout.

According to the Zamperla website, the Endevor is inspired from an old classic, the execution of the new Zamperla’s Endevor took the premise of a now nostalgic yet exciting thrill ride combining it with cutting edge technology to introduce an updated version of a much beloved thrill ride.

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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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