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New expansion plans at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Published: September 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and its water park, Water Country USA, are to announce an expansion and renovation plan later this month. The park's website claims they are "re-imagining the look and feel of some of the most recognizable areas of Busch Gardens and revitalizing both parks with new attractions for your enjoyment". Details will be released on September 18.

Here is a teaser video. And I mean teaser... It tells nothing. But here you go:


Any ideas what they mean by re-imagining the look and feel of some of the most recognizable areas of Busch Gardens?

Readers' Opinions

From Robert Niles on September 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM
We know that there is a tower thrill ride going into the current Germany for next year. Anyone search the USPTO database to find a name yet?
From 70.118.38.42 on September 8, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Spain
From Nick Markham on September 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM
Also rumors of a flying coaster where Big Bad Wolf formerly was.

What I am intrigued with is what would be going into Water Country, as this seems like it too will be something big.

From Formula 40 on September 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM
Where'd you hear about a flying coaster?
From Russell Meyer on September 8, 2010 at 7:40 PM
A tower ride of some variety is almost a lock, and is hinted at in the video with all of the people looking up. The real question is will the tower be part of a new land and expansion of the park, or just a new ride.

A B&M flier has been rumored for BGW for some time now, and would make sense considering the success of Manta at Sea World, and Busch's recent track record of building two similar B&Ms a year or two apart (Montu/Alpengeist, SheiKra/Griffon, and Apollo's Chariot/Kraken).

From Robert Niles on September 8, 2010 at 10:56 PM
How about a twin of Cheetka then?
From Michael Grebo on September 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM
I think I am more addicted to the build up of these expansions rather then what is actually produced, although I think this may be big, at least I hope it is.
From Barry Wallace on September 10, 2010 at 1:52 PM
Current Rumors coming out about new Busch Gardens: Williamsburg expansions:

We will see a new, er, "Larry Botter" land in the England section, the story of a young wizard boy who, in the company of his two magical friends "Don" and "Lermione" fight the evil wizard "Coldemort". No relation to that super-successful new attraction down in Orlando but reports are that officials are expecting an "O.W.L.ing" success.

An animatronic Nessie will now rise up and eat a passenger out of every third set of cars in The Loch Ness Monster...

Daily live shows in the Irish area (in the tradition of the old Sheriff vs the bank robbers in Old West amusement parks) will pit goofy N. Ireland loyalists against wacky Irish Republicans. Hilarity ensues when fake pipe bombs sporting sparkler fuses are tossed through the crowd.

Italy will see an expansion to "Escape from Pompeii" entitled "Return to Pompeii". No word on rumors that it will somehow just involve the boat going backwards up the water ramp.

Germany's new replacement for The Big Bad Wolf will be The Big Bad Hindenburg. Thrill as the new coaster traces the journey of the ill-fated zeppelin from launch in Frankfurt to its fiery end. Guests will be required to sign a waiver to ride, as the possibility will exist that outer garments could catch on fire.

Nothing ever changes in New France.

Adults will have their own interactive playground - while the kids frolic in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, their parents will find some frolicking of their own in the new, adults-only "Avenue Q" area. The less said about this land, the better.

Finally, the French area will see a free fall ride constructed to look like the Eiffel Tower. American riders will finally have a chance to turn the tables and look down on France for a change.


Again, these are totally unsubstantiated rumors at best, and should not be taken as fact, fiction, or wanderings of a demented mind more than any other internet stories ;)

From Mike Gallagher on September 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM
Barry, your post is freaking HYSTERICAL!!!!

I'm driving to Williamsburg tomorrow and will be at the park Saturday. I'm gonna put my name on the volunteer list to be eaten by Nessie many times next season. I hear she's really good at eating people...

Oddly enough, I actually used to DATE a woman named Nessie (that's not a joke)

If they do the Hindenburg thing, I think the humanity will enjoy it. However, does that mean they'll build a New Jersey Land? After all, that's where the airship went up (down?) in flames. Also happens to be my home state.

From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso on September 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM
An Avenue Q land? I would want a vacation there so I can see a show based on that. *laughs*
From Frank Forrester on September 11, 2010 at 8:59 AM
I will be going on that Saturday as it is Passholder Appreciation Weekend. I will also be going to the special announcement that day as they will be allowing the first 1500 pass members into the announcement that morning.
From 173.73.69.80 on September 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM
I always wondered if Disney would purchase Busch Gardens once it was sold from AB to the Blackstone Group. BG has many accolades as being a great park, and Disney America fell through in Northern Virginia. Having a good park which can be picked up and re-branded with Disney would fall in line with expansion aspirations. The location is less than 3 hours from DC (which is pretty much recession proof) would be good for business.

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