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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.


Busch Gardens Opens March 27! New attraction opening date announced and Free tickets for anyone born in 1975

Busch Gardens® opens March 27 for its 2015 season and is celebrating its 40th anniversary with free park tickets for anyone born in 1975. The three-day promotion kicks off March 27 and begins a season of events and celebrations in honor of Busch Gardens’ four decades of thrilling family entertainment.

The free ticket offer is only available at Busch Gardens’ ticket window situated at the front of the park. People interested in taking advantage of the Busch Gardens free ticket offer must show a valid picture ID that indicates their year of birth.

On April 25, Busch Gardens will debut a 21st-century thrill coaster that stands alongside Griffon® and Verbolten® as marvels of modern engineering. Tempesto™ opens April 25 and is Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction. Tempesto’s three launch elements speed the train through the ride’s station house and past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour.

 “Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

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Busch Gardens Announces Tempesto Thrill Coaster that features multiple launch elements

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced Tempesto on March 21, 2015WILLIAMSBURG (March 21, 2015) – Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto™, debuts April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21.

Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

Work on Tempesto began in fall 2014. The construction team bolted the final piece of track in place in late January. The construction phase will come to an end in the next few weeks and the the park’s operations team will begin ride testing.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the expression on our guests’ faces when they watch Tempesto in action,” said Park President Carl Lum. “The speed of this launch coaster, combined with its compact footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”

Now through March 31, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal to enjoy Tempesto over and over with a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75 – the same price as a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens – guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7. The offer represents a 25 percent savings off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card. For more information, visitwww.buschgardens.com/va.

The above was from a Busch Gardens Williamsburg Press Release on March 21, 2015.

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Second Annual Spring Bloom Festival at Kings Dominion

kd40yrlogoSpring fever is in full effect at Kings Dominion! Celebrate the return of warmer weather at the second annual Spring Bloom Festival April 3 – May 3. From International Street through Planet Snoopy, thousands of flowers are planted by Kings Dominion’s very own landscaping department, transforming the park into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. 

Spring Bloom features live entertainment, free family-friendly concerts, unique food offerings, and hands-on children’s activities. Spring Bloom is a month long celebration that spells fun for the whole family with these special events:

  • Easter EGGstravaganza – Celebrate Easter with Snoopy and his friends. Make sure to get your picture taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny or visit our petting zoo. Little ones can test their egg hunting skills with our Easter EGGsploration scavenger hunt or learn from our hands-on craft making classes. Easter activities will be held April 3-5.
  • Spring Break – Take a break from the books and get ready for fun! Kings Dominion will be open April 6-10 for the most thrilling spring break in the region.
  • Debby Ryan & The Never Ending– Disney star Debby Ryan along with her band, The Never Ending will perform at Kings Dominion. Debby Ryan stars in the Disney Channel Original Series, “Jessie.” The concert is free with park admission. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Concert will be held at Kingswood Amphitheater on Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Choo Choo Soul – For the younger ones, Choo Choo Soul is a children’s entertainment act featuring a hip-hop train conductor and her partner, a dancer and beatboxer dressed as a railroad engineer. The concert is free with park admission. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Choo Choo Soul will perform at the Peanut’s Showplace Theater on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Spring Bloom: An International Culinary Celebration – Take a culinary trip around the world with Kings Dominion’s Executive Chef! New food stations and restaurants will feature international food items from Switzerland, Italy, Jamaica, and many more! These delicious delicacies will be created using fresh spring ingredients from local Virginia farms.
  • Live Entertainment – Strap on your dancing shoes and enjoy toe-tapping entertainment from local Country and Bluegrass bands every weekend!
  • Happy Birthday KD! – Kings Dominion opened over the course of two years, with the official grand opening on May 3, 1975. Time to cut the cake and blow out the candles as the park officially turns 40 on May 3, 2015. The day will be filled with surprises, entertainment and more!

There is something for everyone at Kings Dominion’s Annual Spring Bloom festival! 2015 Season Passes are on sale now. 

The above is from a Kings Dominion Press Release on March 3, 2015.

All-New Soak City to replace WaterWorks at Kings Dominion

10959633_10152556823761875_8006494431628925775_nDOSWELL, VA (February 5, 2015) – The 40th Celebration continues at Kings Dominion as WaterWorks transforms into Soak City. An expansion and renovation of Kings Dominion’s all-inclusive water park is well underway.

Soak City will feature many of the park’s popular water rides and attractions while incorporating all-new attractions and elements including:

• A 65-foot tall slide tower that features three thrilling attractions, each one providing a unique riding experience. Paradise Plunge sends thrill-seekers into an almost vertical free fall as the floor drops out from underneath their feet. On Aqua Blast, riders are sent twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring 360-degree turns. Thunder Falls launches riders KD_Slides_Preview03 (2)(3)in a tube down a series of intense drops and turns.

• Splash Island, a new children’s area that will double the size of the current children’s options in the water park. The family-friendly splash zone will create a magical play environment for children of all ages and abilities. Features include small slides for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Splash Island allows family members to play, socialize and enjoy the water park experience together.

• Improved Guest Amenities: Upgraded family changing areas, an additional restroom complex, expanded deluxe cabanas featuring WiFi and television, and new restaurant concepts designed by Kings Dominion’s Executive Chef.

• The Soak City makeover will include an updated entrance area and landscaping throughout the 20-acre water park.

“The Soak City expansion shows our investment and commitment to being home to Virginia’s premier water park. We are thrilled to offer two parks for the price of one, which is a great added-value to our guests who appreciate a chance to cool off during our hot summer season,” says Pat Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. “The new water park will have thrills and chills for every age, creating memories that last a lifetime.”

Kings Dominion would love for you to weigh in! Starting Thursday, February 5, you can visit our park’s Facebook page to help name the new mega slide tower that will be home to Paradise Plunge, Aqua Blast, and Thunder Falls. Vote for either Hurricane Heights or Tsunami Summit. Voting ends at midnight on Monday, February 9. The name with the most fan votes will be officially announced on Tuesday, February 10.

Soak City is set to open in the spring of 2015 making this the first expansion at Kings Dominion’s water park since 2007.

14217_01 Kings Dominion - Spray PadGuests who want to be among the first to experience these exciting additions at the park can purchase 2015 Kings Dominion Season Passes now. Passholders enjoy many benefits, including: Bring-A-Friend discounts, food and merchandise discounts, and early access to select rides and the water park. Soak City is included with general park admission. The 2015 season begins on Sunday, March 29. For more information visit www.kingsdominion.com.


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