2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Curse of DarKastle
Published: January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM
Today, the spotlight falls on the 13th seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket, Curse of DarKastle from Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Come aboard your "golden sleigh" for an encounter with King Ludwig (and his, uh, "mommy issues") in this 3-D adventure. Your sleigh will pitch and rotate through the 40,000-square-foot show building, as you ride through the Ludwig's castle and the woods around it. Here's a highlight reel, prepared by Busch Gardens:
This Falcons Treehouse-designed attraction opened on May 1, 2005 and immediately won raves from theme park fans, winning Theme Park Insider's Best New Attraction Award that year. Curse of DarKastle's closest theme park cousin is The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando. DarKastle's debut at Busch Gardens helped draw attention to the Williamsburg park from some Disney and Universal fans, who weren't accustomed to seeing such immersively themed dark rides from regional theme parks.
But is Curse of DarKastle the best themed ride in the country? You'll get your chance to vote in March, when the Best Theme Park Attraction tournament begins. Until then, share your thoughts about Curse of DarKastle, in the comments.