New ride, new show mark kickoff at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® are kicking off 99 days of summer fun this Memorial Day weekend with the premiere of a new ride, a new show and the return of Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival. These new family-friendly options spread over two theme parks makes for one colossal weekend in Williamsburg.
Nothing fosters family togetherness better this Memorial Day weekend than a trip down Colossal Curl™, Water Country USA’s first family-thrill attraction. Opening May 23, this high-adrenaline, action-packed water slide adventure features a funnel element that swishes and swirls up to four riders aboard a cloverleaf-shaped raft before whisking them through the slide’s enclosed tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park.
The unique combination of funnel and wave thrill elements makes Colossal Curl the only attraction of its kind in North America. The attraction will have the same 48-inch ride height requirement as Vanish Point®, which opened in 2011 and has thrilled guests with its drop-away floors and speed slides.
Once the thrill seekers have had their fill, guests can head over to Busch Gardens and eat their way across the continents at the 2014 Food & Wine Festival. Featuring authentic tastes from around the world, the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival offers more than a dozen distinct menus from Europe, the Caribbean and North America. This year, the park enlisted the help of Busch Gardens’ Facebook fans to help develop two new menus. Caribbean and American Southwest topped the fan favorite list and will be represented at this year’s festival.
Guests can finish out the day in the park’s England village to catch the premiere of London Rocks™, Busch Gardens’ newest live show that transports guests to the heyday of the British rock invasion. An international team of more than 500 artists and craftsmen created this rousing 25-minute live-action and multimedia rock spectacular.
A new stage was constructed for the show, along with a monochromatic set representing London’s pre-rock era that bursts into colorful psychedelic displays that carry audiences on a journey through the British rock music revolution. Concert-style lighting and nearly 2,000 audio speakers provide immersive surround-sound experiences for guests regardless of where they sit.
There are roughly 99 days of summer fun from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Park guests can make the most of the 99 days with a Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Fun Card. With fantastic food, rocking shows and thrilling rides and slides, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA offer triple the reasons to make Williamsburg the go-to memorial day weekend destination for families looking to unwind and unplug. Start planning a naturally fun vacation at www.buschgardens.com/va or www.watercountryusa.com