Busch Gardens Williamsburg
The Busch Gardens amusement park in Virginia opened as Busch Gardens: The Old Country in May 1975.
It was owned by Anheuser-Busch for over 30 years. The park's name changed to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in
1992 and to Busch Gardens Europe in 2006. The name reverted back to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2008. After
Anheuser-Busch was purchased by InBev, all 10 of their amusement parks, including the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks, were sold.
Busch Gardens is
presently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, a division of the Blackstone Group.
The park is currently divided
into 10 lands representing countries of 17th-century Europe. It is often voted
as the "Most Beautiful Theme Park" thanks to its lovely design, wonderful theming, and gorgeous
addition to the great coasters, the park has entertaining shows and plenty of great places to eat.
Since my last visit, three coasters have been built in Williamsburg (I'll be visiting soon, so check back for pictures of the new rides!):
- Grover's Alpine Express (2009) is a Zierer "Force 190" family coaster that sits in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun section of the park.
- Verbolten (2012) is a custom Zierer ride with a LIM launch, an indoor show area, and a section where the train and the track freefall about 15 feet!
It drops down to the water in the same area where Big Bad Wolf's famous left-turning drop used to occur.
- Tempesto (2015) is a Sky Rocket II model built by Premier Rides. It features a LSM launch and one loop.
Some of its previous coasters include:
Glissade was a Schwarzkopf Jet Star that opened in 1979. In 1993, it became Tornado at La Feria Chapultepec Magico in
The Drachen Fire (see below) was built by Arrow Dynamics in 1992. The ride closed
in 1998 and was demolished in
February 2002. No official reason for the closure was given, but some people speculate roughness, maintenance problems, noise, or poor park
location were to blame.
Wild Maus (see below) was relocated to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2004. It presently operates as Sand Serpent.
Big Bad Wolf (see below) was removed from the
park at the end of 2009.
Die Wildkatze was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model that ran from here from 1976 to 1983. After that it ran as Wildcat
at Playland Park in Rye, New York, Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Williams Grove in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The ride has been
running at Adventure Park USA in New Market, Maryland since March 2007.
Big Bad Wolf
Loch Ness Monster
|Wild Maus (formerly Izzy)