Did someone say coasters? Although neither of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA’s new additions is a roller coaster, both offer some of those roller coaster features that we love so much.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg features a S&S Worldwide Screamin’ Swing, Finnegan’s Flyer. It’s not just an airtime monster, but a beautiful addition to the Ireland area with fantastic theming to blend it into the area. Beauty abounds in the view high over Ireland. Rising next to the Ireland bridge, riders are catapulted to 115 feet above the creek (80 feet above the loading platform) at 45 miles per hour. Two pendulum-like arms lift 32 riders to above 90 degrees. Want a more powerful ride? Ride in the orange arm, which has more propulsion due to the ride design.
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Just a little west, riders can be found swishing down Cutback, the new Proslide RocketBLAST slide. This 850-foot slide features 3 drops and 5 flying-saucer turns where you will reach the maximum speed of 35 feet per second and all the g-forces you love in a helix. Cutback will power you downhill from the tower previously used by Meltdown. It is always admirable for parks to reuse old equipment to reduce the impact on the environment and the cost of installation. And are you ready to get wet? The RocketBLAST propulsion system will blast you uphill so that you can go down again using water sprayed into the pockets on the sides of the 4-person raft, so prepare for a quick cool down on a hot Virginia day.
The wait is over for guests looking to get their thrill fix on Kings Dominion’s newest roller coaster, Twisted Timbers. Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on the park’s newest coaster, which is set to open to the public on Saturday, March 24.
Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster. The coaster was designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, a company renowned for reimagining wooden coasters. Features of the ride include:
- 109 foot tall barrel roll drop
- Over 3000 feet of track
- Top speed of 54 miles per hour
- Three loops
- Three overbanked turns
- 20 airtime moments
Twisted Timbers is located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is themed to an abandoned apple orchard on the edge of town. The story behind the coaster is that an unknown force – supernatural or natural– destroyed the harvest years ago and froze the orchard in time; now the strictly “off-limits” orchard has reopened for tours, with the twisted ride as its highlight.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has revealed exciting details about its new virtual reality ride, debuting in spring 2018. The park’s newest attraction will be called Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.
The revolutionary VR attraction will feature a fierce fairy warrior named Addie, who will lead riders on an unforgettable adventure through her homeland, Ireland.
A host of characters, some heroic and some villainous, join Addie in a thrilling story fit for the whole family. Addie’s goal is to rescue the Heart of Eire, which represents the magic of Ireland, but she needs a little help from the park’s guests.
Located in the Ireland village of the park, Battle For Eire is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating an innovative experience unlike any other in the attraction industry. Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.
This winter, the Santa tracker will have a new destination: Six Flags America, just minutes from Washington, DC. Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides will magically transform the popular theme park into a winter wonderland for the region’s first-ever Holiday in the Park® celebration. The park will be open weekends and select days November 19 through January 2, 2017, giving visitors a completely new way to enjoy the most magical time of year.
Holiday in the Park will provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the shopping rush, and a way for guests to create their own magical, memorable holiday moments. A visual feast will await just inside the gates, as six areas of the park undergo a massive makeover that showcases the world’s best holiday traditions. Each area will be an emotional journey and bring the warmth of the season to guests in an entirely new way.
“Holiday in the Park will be a winter spectacular on every family’s must-do list and is included with every season pass and membership,” said Six Flags America President Rick Howarth. “We have invested years of research into making this the most incredible and immersive seasonal experience it can be, combining holiday traditions with thrills that are uniquely Six Flags.”
Stunning light displays; illuminated, towering trees; the iconic smells of fresh pine and crisp peppermint filling the air; and festive vendors offering sweet and savory treats will provide a multi-sensory journey of winter delights. Kids can join Santa in his workshop for a fun photo opportunity. A new entertainment program will feature a grand stage production, hilarious stunt show, live carolers and of course a special show just for kids.