Fall discounts at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA

The sun has set on summer and a curse has descended on Busch Gardens® in the form of a song. The park has been transformed into Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream®.  Guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park will navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™ or experience  a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row®. The curse spreads Sept. 12 and continues weekends through Oct. 26.
During the day families can enjoy the same natural fun offered year-round but with a fall harvest twist.  However, when the clock strikes 6 p.m., park guests must get ready for the serious scares as they become the main attraction.  Fall into fun at Busch Gardens and plan your next daycation or weekend getaway with our frightfully fantastic deals to help save a few dollars on park tickets, meals and extended vacations. Check out this month’s deals below.
September Deals

  • Wendy’s  Single-Day Ticket Deal – Visit participating Wendy’s locations in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Northern Virginia and Raleigh for $5 off a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens®.  Double the discount to $10 by entering the promo code found on the Wendy’s  in-store coupon online at www.buschgardens.com/va.  Offer expires Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Papa John’s Single-Day Ticket Deal – Visit participating Papa John’s locations in Hampton Roads and Richmond for $5 off a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens®.  Double the discount to $10 by entering the promo code found on the Papa John’s in-store coupon online at www.buschgardens.com/va.  Offer expires Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Groupon Single-Day Ticket Deal – Save 40 percent off a single-day ticket for select dates Sept. 12-Oct. 24, 2014. Limited time offer, while supplies last. Visit www.Groupon.com for more information.
  • Meal Deal – Make mealtime a breeze and get your lunch and dinner all in one delicious package for only $24.  Upgrade to the Meal Deal Combo for only $5 more and get a souvenir cup, then pay only $.99 for refills for the remainder of the year.

On-going Deals

  • Busch Gardens® Fall Fun Card – Pay for a day and get unlimited admission to the park for the price of a single day admission, Sept. 6 through Oct. 26, 2014.  Enjoy the frights by night at Howl-O-Scream® or come during the day for a fun fall day of play. The Fall Fun Card does not include parking and is not valid for Christmas Town™.
  • Busch Gardens® + Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket –  Enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg for up to seven consecutive days from date of first use with the Busch Gardens  + Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket. Online only.  Price: $97 (ages 13+), $77 (ages 6-12) & FREE (ages 0-5). Valid through Oct. 26, 2014.
  • Christmas Town™ Fun Card – Enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town on regular operating days Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2014. The Christmas Town Fun Card does not include parking. To purchase, visit www.ChristmasTown.com/va.

Fall Vacation Packages

  • Play by Day, Fright by NightClick here to save on a Busch Gardens® getaway.  Fall into fun with a family getaway package starting at $45 per person per night for a family of 4*
    • Offer valid for visits to Busch Gardens weekends  September 12 through Oct 26 and includes:
      • A Busch Gardens Fall Fun Card valid for unlimited admission to Busch Gardens until Oct 26
      • Your Choice of hotel  accommodations
      • Free dinner certificate with each park ticket purchased
      • A 6-inch-8-inch family photo for only $10

*Based on a standard room for a 3 night stay for a family of 4 for the Play By Day, Fright By Night package.Price is subject to availability and change without notice.
Pass offers and benefits

  • Pass Members Bring A Friend Free to Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® – Active Busch Gardens Williamsburg 1-Park, 2-Park & Platinum Pass Members can Bring a Friend FREE to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for one single-day visit to Howl-O-Scream on Sept 12, 19 or 26. To redeem the offer, visit www.bgwpass.com
  • Purchase a 1-Park Annual Pass for just $10 per month on EZpay (or a one-time $120 payment) and watch the savings add up. Annual Pass members receive free parking, in-park discounts on food and merchandise and reduced pricing on single-day tickets for friends and family. In-park discounts and other perks of being a member, including invitations to exclusive events like ride nights and appreciation weekends, discounts on single-day Christmas Town™ tickets and unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream®, makes owning an Annual Pass a no brainer for people who enjoy the park.
  • Pass members who sign up for email through buschgardens.com/emailva will receive updates on the latest park news, exclusive email-only offers, invitations to exclusive events and other information that will help you make the most of your membership.

Enter to win

  • Howl-O-Scream® Scare, Share & Win Contest – A curse has descended on Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream and we want to see your cursed #HowlOSelfie.  Enter Sept. 12 through Oct. 5 on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to win one of four Howl-O-Scream prize packages:
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and dining for two at Igor’s Fright Feast 
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and two pass for Monster Stomp Ripper Row: A Backstage Experience
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and $50 Busch Bucks
    • Two single-day general admission tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and two Eerie Insider tours

The entry process, official rules and submission criteria are available on howloscream.com/scaresharewin. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.

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Howl O Scream opens Sept 2014 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The cursed will take over Busch Gardens Williamsburg when Howl-O-Scream® opens Sept. 12, 2014 The Williamsburg Virginia theme park will present an all-new Terror-tory™ and will revive a fan favorite show to celebrate the 16th year of this popular fall event.
            Guests will notice the change almost immediately when they travel through the park’s haunted villages beginning at 6 p.m. A new song was produced this year to coincide with the park’s frightful offering. Rumor has it the song curses its listeners who must survive a night of paranormal horrors at Howl-O-Scream to lift it.
            Entertainment Vice President Scott Gasparich has one piece of advice for guests when the song plays over the park’s sound system.
            “Don’t listen,” he said. “The song is an integral part of this year’s Howl-O-Scream offerings. It is said that strange things start happening when guests hear that haunting melody.”
     Playing on the popularity of last year’s addition of Terror-tories™, the park’s scare experts are developing a new area in the park’s New France section called Wendigo Woods™. This new Terror-tory explores the frightful nature of the unknown.
“The startles in Wendigo Woods are more psychological than physical,” Gasparich said. “Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that scares you the most.”
      Wendigo Woods joins the park’s four other Terror-tories and six haunted houses comprising the park’s main Howl-O-Scream thrill elements. Other seasonal park offerings include Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park; dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Oktoberfest as well as live entertainment inside the park’s performance venues.
     As the park’s teams of startle experts finalize details of Wendigo Woods, another production team is putting a new twist on a popular live production that has been silent since 2011.
Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row is a modern rock-and-rhythm spectacular featuring Jack the Ripper in an electrifying percussion, dynamic dance and sensational singing revue in the park’s Globe Theatre.

 

“Our guests tell us time and time again to bring back Monster Stomp,” said Park President Carl Lum. “Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is a complete revision to the classic production with high-tech thrills that can only be created on the Globe Theatre stage.”
     Like the rest of Howl-O-Scream, the Busch Gardens’ team is ramping up the thrills of every element in this Howl-O-Scream production and encourages parents to think twice before bringing their children to the show.
“Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is not for the faint of heart,” said show production manager Phil Raybourn. “Monster Stomp in 2014 has a much darker theme than any production we’ve ever produced.”
     Video-mapping technology, 3-D soundscapes and other technology available inside the Globe Theatre transports the audience to London’s East End where the Ripper’s horrifying acts occurred.
     Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place.
Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.
 

Sneak Peak at Verbolten Coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA

imageBusch Gardens opened the construction gates today for an exclusive first look at Verbolten℠, the park’s new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster. When the coaster debuts this spring, it will feature design elements never before seen in the United States.

One of Verbolten’s main surprises is a free-fall drop hidden within the ride’s massive indoor special-effects building. Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of design and engineering, promises this innovative drop will take riders’ breath away.

“It will be like someone pulled the track out from under you,” he said of the sensation riders will feel when the entire train drops 16 feet in complete darkness.

The drop’s design uses high-powered magnets to suspend the coaster train and a special section of track at the top of the special-effects building. To the surprise of riders, the magnets release and the train and track drop to the floor. They come to rest momentarily before the train is launched out of the dark Black Forest at speeds approaching 55 mph.

Other highlighted design features include a covered bridge that plays into the ride’s Black Forest-inspired theme. The bridge is one of the final elements of the attraction and sits atop a nearly 90-foot drop over Busch Gardens’ Rhine River. The drop pays homage to the final drop experienced on The Big Bad Wolf, which previously operated on the site. Recreating the drop also allowed design engineers to minimize Verbolten’s environmental impact by reusing the existing concrete foundations along the banks of the river.

Verbolten is unlike other coasters at the Virginia theme park. The ride narrative draws guests in from the time they enter the ride’s station house until they see their expression on the on-board video system when they exit the ride.

As riders enter the ride area, they will meet a German brother and sister team who run a small inn and visitor center at the edge of the Black Forest. Dire warnings of supernatural happenings within the forest dare riders to enter. Brave passengers are whisked away for a scenic tour of the German countryside only to fall into the clutches of the Black Forest’s inhabitants when they make a verboten detour.

Audio-visual special effects, scenic elements and other controls inside the darkened special-effects building create the illusion of a forest that has come to life. Verbolten’s two electromagnetic launches provide a zero to 55 mph rush of adrenaline at key times during the ride to advance the ride’s narrative.

Verbolten is the capstone attraction of a two-year rejuvenation project in Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village. Mach Tower, the park’s 240-foot drop tower, joins the launch coaster as the park’s newest thrill attractions. A new pretzel restaurant and new performance spaces that opened in 2011 completes the Oktoberfest village transformation.

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Busch Gardens

BuschgardensvaBusch Gardens Williamsburg is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 350 acres of fun-filled exploration.
The park is home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including Griffon, the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coaster. A new Sesame-Street themed area features four new KIDsiderate rides and shows that will delight young and the young at heart. Stage shows, culinary delights and world-class shopping experiences provide fun for the whole family.”

GPS Driving Directions
Busch Gardens
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187

We are located in Williamsburg, VA at Exit 243A on I-64. Alternative local routes include US Route 60, and State Routes 143 and 199. Major nearby cities include Virginia Beach (55 miles), Richmond (55 miles) and Washington, DC (150 miles).
Flying? Three airports are situated within a 45-minute drive of Busch Gardens.

  • (ORF) Norfolk International Airport
  • (RIC) Richmond International Airport
  • (PHF) Newport News-Williamsburg International AirportTaking a train?The Williamsburg Amtrak Train Station is just 10 minutes from Busch Gardens. For more information about routes and schedules, visit Amtrak’s website.

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