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Busch Gardens’ Kicks Off Annual Howl-O-Scream Event

BGW_HOS_002.JPGFrightful creatures have taken up residence at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream®.  Buccaneers, vampires, fiery fiends, legendary villains and mythical beasts are waiting for the first guests to arrive Sept. 12. At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday, the ghouls and haunts come out to play and the park becomes a seriously scary place. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

A curse has spread over Busch Gardens in the form of a song.  The only way to lift it is to spend a night exploring Howl-O-Scream’s five Terror-tories™, including the new Wendigo Woods™  and six haunted houses. 

The park’s newest Terror-tory, Wendigo Woods, explores the frightful nature of the unknown through psychological scares that lets a guest’s imagination run wild. Other seasonal park offerings include a spooky lineup of shows, featuring Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® in the park’s Globe Theatre and Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park. Dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the park’s Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Ireland provide a refreshing break from the chills and thrills.

Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.  

ACE Members can enjoy  an informal get together at Howl-O-Scream on Saturday, August 20.   We’ll ride roller coasters during the day and Howl-O-Scream (and roller coasters at night).   Meet by the clock tower in front of The Globe Theater at 10:00 am on September 20. If you only want to come for Howl-O-Scream, you can catch up with the group at 4:00 in front of Apollo’s Chariot. If you want to catch up with the group at a different time, register, and there will be a contact number where you can reach the event organizer (Wesley Friend) To register, just like our Facebook Event Page or send a e-mail to acemidatlantic@yahoo.com.

Announcing ACE Howls! An Informal Get Together For ACE At Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream!

ACE LogoACE Mid-Atlantic is putting together an informal get together of ACE Members to enjoy coasters by day and Howl-O-Scream (and coasters at night) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Meet by the clock tower in front of The Globe Theater at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 20. If you only want to come for Howl-O-Scream, you can catch up with the group at 4:00 in front of Apollo’s Chariot. If you can’t make either time, please register, and there will be a contact number where you can reach the event organizer (Wesley Friend) and catch up with the group later. To register, just indicate your going on the ACE Mid-Atlantic Facebook Event page (link below) or send a e-mail to acemidatlantic@yahoo.com.

ACE Mid-Atlantic Opens Registration for Kings Dominion and Six Flags America events

ACE LogoSome of the best coasters in the ACE Mid-Atlantic region will be showcased in two seperate events on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, the traditional weekend of ACE Mid-Atlantic’s Fall Thrillfest and Celebrate America events.

ACE Mid-Atlantic Assistant Regional Representative Stephen Peeples has been working with Kings Dominion to put together an exciting Fall Thrillfest event in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Your day of fun at Kings Dominion includes:

  • One hour of ERT that includes Dominator, Intimidator 305 and Volcano: The Blast Coaster
  • “Informal Takeover Time” (ITOT) on the rest of the roller coasters in Kings Dominion.
  • Our Traditional “Boo Blasters on Boo Hill” tournament and Whac-A-Mole Competitions.
  • Picnic Lunch with complimentary beverages and door prizes.

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Six Flags America to Open Bourbon Street Fireball in 2015

SFAM Bourbon Street Fireball Key ArtSix Flags America today announced the addition of its 10th roller coaster, Bourbon Street Fireball, which will stand a stunning seven stories tall and reside in the new Mardi Gras section of the park.

“The addition of our tenth roller coaster, Bourbon St. Fireball, takes the nail-biting anxiety of coaster riding to a totally new level,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “This new coaster is the perfect complement to the new Mardi Gras section that opened earlier this year to rave reviews and promises to offer thrilling experiences for our guests each season.”

Bourbon Street Fireball adds a unique ride experience to Six Flags America:

  • Loop coaster seating 24 passengers
  • Seated in forward and backward, face-to-face position
  • Pendulum style takeoff with multiple 360⁰ revolutions
  • Train reverses course mid-ride for addition 360⁰ revolution
  • Seven-stories tall
  • Approximately two minute ride time

Bourbon Street Fireball is one of three new roller coasters to be added to the park in four years. In 2014 Six Flags America added its ninth roller coaster, Ragin Cajun. Apocalypse, Maryland’s only standing roller coaster, was the parks eighth roller coaster and it opened in 2012.

Kings Dominion announces Major WaterWorks Expansion for 2015

kd40yrlogoDOSWELL, VA (August 21, 2014) – Kings Dominion is adding a splash to its 40th anniversary celebration with a major expansion to its 20-acre water park, WaterWorks. The newly expanded water park will open to the public in the spring of 2015.

In addition to the water slides, rides and wave pool that have been a part of WaterWorks, the new expansion features elements that spell fun for the whole family including a mega water slide complex, a family-friendly splash zone, expanded cabana accommodations and amenities that will enhance the overall water park experience for guests.

The 65-foot tall slide complex features three thrilling new attractions. On Paradise Plunge, thrill-seekers will step into one of three chambers and wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them in a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Aqua Blast will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re dropped out into a pool of water. A wet and wild adventure will await guests on Thunder Falls as they climb into a single or double raft before being launched down a series of intense drops and turns.

Splash Island will be a space geared toward younger guests and their parents and will double the current size of the children’s options available in WaterWorks. Features include small slides designed for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they get soaked underneath large cascading flowers, take a trip down a slide, or pump and direct water that shoots out from one of the many splash pad creatures.

Splash Island will also offer options for parents and family members looking to relax and soak up the sun in the adjacent lounge area while they watch the children play.

In addition to expanded pool-side cabanas, upgraded bath houses and additional restrooms are also part of the water park expansion plans.

“This major expansion to WaterWorks will allow family members of all generations to experience water park fun together with our new splash zone,” Kings Dominion’s vice-president and general manager Pat Jones said. “We are keeping with our traditions of providing entertainment and fun to all ages. We chose this six-slide complex to give our thrill-seeking guests a completely new water slide experience and Splash Island to provide a relaxing environment for more family fun.”

WaterWorks will continue to be available at no extra charge for Kings Dominion visitors. “We’re happy to offer two parks for the price of one,” says Jones. “The improved look and feel of WaterWorks will add to our guest’s experience. We can’t wait to share that with them.”

Guests who want to be among the first to experience the exciting new additions to Kings Dominion’s water park can purchase a 2015 Season Pass now at the absolute lowest price online at kingsdominion.com or at the park during public operating days through November 3.


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