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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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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