Anyone heard anything about Christmas town tickets for the park it seems very late for busch gardens not to offer a discount on tickets for this event for passholders last year end of july I snagged a good deal and even going to the site now nothing is showing yet
Slip on your magic lenses, hop aboard a dragon and join the battle to save the Magic of Ireland. Experience 360 degrees of adventure on the new Battle For Eire ™ — Action VR Ride at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg. The Otherworld needs a warrior. Team up with the last fairy guardian, Addie, and set out to rescue the sacred Heart of Eire. Hang on tight as you soar above the lush landscapes and mystifying powers of the Otherworld. Prepare to battle the dark forces. Will you be a hero? Take flight and fight the evil Dark Lord, Balor, to bring light to the darkness. Test your courage and send your spirit soaring on this one-of-a-kind, virtual reality thrill.
BATTLE FOR EIRE QUICK FACTS
State-of-the art 360-degree virtual reality headsets combined with a motion-based theater simulator will create an innovative experience unlike any other in the attraction industry
Head mounts will be distributed to guests before each ride and will be sanitized after every use (similar to 4D glasses at attractions such as Curse of DarKastle)
Head mounts are adaptable to many sizes
VR headsets, which are tethered to the motion simulator seats, will connect to guests’ head mounts via magnetic closure
A standard version of the video will be available for those interested in a more traditional experience
Yes, it's my favorite time of the year at Busch Gardens. Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London, vampires terrorize Germany, and demons get down with their bad selves (and their chain saws) in France. Those are the constants of Howl-o-Scream in Williamsburg (at least over the last few years). So, what's different this year?
If you were hoping to fight traditional vampires in tuxes, opera capes, and evening gowns, I regret to inform you that the park's oldest maze, Bitten, is no more. Perhaps too much sunlight leaked in during the earlier part of the season, thus reducing the bloodsuckers to dust and bones (or perhaps there was a garlic epidemic). It was about time. The maze was getting a bit long in the tooth (yes, pun intended), and it was time to dump some holy water on it. I will miss the pounding James Bernard/Hammer Films Dracula music that reverberated from the old Drachen Fire station.
But there is a new maze to replace it: Frostbite (in the DarKastle building). One thing I like about Howl-o-Scream is that it can't depend on existing IPs for mazes; they have to be "original" concepts. The backstory of Frostbite concerns the death of a dragon that once lived within a cavern and provided heat and light for the people in the castle above it. But now some sort of "frost demon" has taken over and turned the once warm dwelling into an icy palace of doom. BGW used the DarKastle space (and some of its projection equipment) pretty well, and they cranked up the AC to make it appropriately chilly. It's a fun walk-through, but I thought the "ice king" in the pre-show looked a bit silly. It drew a big crowd, but the wait was only about 30 minutes, even with a full queue.
The Wendigo Woods Terror-tory is gone, although the Wendigo is still around. Now you have to survive Axe Alley, where you're harassed by the ghosts of the Vikings who invaded New France. It's doesn't have the elaborate back story of the old Terror-tory, but it fits in well with Invadr, and the Vikings are pretty active at banging their axes and chasing unwary guests.
So, what else is new at Howl-o-Scream this year? They've decreased the amount of gore in the Ripper Row Terror-tory in England. The random bloody body parts are gone. They reconfigured the Lumberhacks outdoor maze (behind Verbolten). You now enter through what used to be the exit, and I thought it was an improvement--the scares are better hidden now. Cornered, the other outdoor maze, has changed, too--the mirror-maze section has been replaced with rather close rows of corn, making it more claustrophobic. They made some tweaks to Deadline (Escape from Pompeii building. There's a new No Escape room, too: Jack the Ripper has bee replaced with the Case of the Haunted Hotel (this is an upcharge).
Let's have a look around.
Just in case you’re forgotten where we are.
Nothing creepy here. Nothing at all. Right?
Ripper Row is a low on gore compared to previous years. Where are all the body parts?
At least the Headless Hearse Driver is still here--and you don't have to tip him, because he's dead.
Hmm . . . where to go first? Let’s consult this handy map . . .
. . . or ask this crazy ghoul woman. I like this gimmick with the maps, and there are a few other video-screen surprises in the park.
Being as the ghoul woman wasn’t much help, let’s just follow this sign to the new Terror-tory: Axe Alley.
First, we must cross the Valley of the Spiders. (Not an official Terror-tory, but my pet name for the path from Ireland to France.)
Just follow the ghosts. They'll never lead you astray . . . if you're looking for Hell, that is.
Ghouls will try to distract you with booze and ice cream.
And later this evening, they will succeed with me.
Do not fall for the tasty deceptions of the Children of the Night (even in broad daylight). Focus on your objective.
Demons will be out in a out another 15 minutes.
Welcome to the Terror-tory formerly known as Wendigo Woods.
Now it’s been taken over by murderous Viking “Invadrs.”
But the Wendigo is still around.
Hmm--looks like a good spot to scare people. We’ll find out later.
Bitten is now officially “dead,” but the undead still roam Vampire Point in Germany.
“I sparkle. I also bite and suck!”
Sheesh! That security guard just let two vampires walk by without as much as a “who goes there.” At least the trash can is safe.
The Mr. Karver No Escape Room us back, but Jack the Ripper has been replaced by the “Case of the Haunted Hotel.” If I were Jack, I’d be a bit miffed. More to come.
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