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Late April Height Survey

Two Balloons Appear Over Festhaus Park

Here’s a wild twist: There was a height survey in Festhaus Park today. Wilder yet, there were two different balloons flown. Oh, and it gets weirder: We don’t think this is Drachen Spire. Before we get to that though, here are a few photos showing both of the height survey balloons in the air earlier […]

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Food & Wine's 2022 Lineup Reveals Encouraging Trends

It Appears Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Signature Culinary Festival Has Largely Recovered from COVID

Before Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Food & Wine Festival opens on April 28th, we thought it would be interesting to compare the published booths and menus to last year’s options. Because of the sheer number of beverage options, we will focus primarily on the event’s savory and sweet dishes, rather than its specialty drinks and […]

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Drachen Spire Height Waiver Extension Details

Just over a week ago, we reported on the renewal of the notorious 355 foot Festhaus Park height waiver that was originally requested for the controversial, Intamin-made, multi-launch, giga, shuttle coaster we’ve dubbed Drachen Spire. In last week’s article, we were very careful to leave the door open for a currently anticipated opening in either […]

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The Battle for Eire Appears Lost

Busch Gardens' Ill-Fated VR Sim Seems to be Extinct

We’ve assumed this day was coming for a while now, but that doesn’t make it any less newsworthy. After less than two seasons of operation, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s first of its kind, Falcons Creative Group-produced, virtual reality, simulator attraction, Battle for Eire, appears to be no more. Guests attending Busch Gardens Williamsburg this weekend arrived […]

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Late February 2022 Attraction Status Update

A Brief Survey of the Current Status of All of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Attractions

As promised in our general photo update on Tuesday, we’re circling back today to provide status and maintenance updates on all of the park’s main attractions. This is especially important right now given the recent delays in ride reopenings that have plagued Busch Gardens Williamsburg. When the park originally announced their March attraction lineup a […]

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Drachen Spire Stirs

Tales Tell of a Dragon in the German Countryside

Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You Back in November, we wrote about Project Drachen Spire’s COVID-induced slumber. In that article, we discussed the history of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s thoroughly-leaked, Intamin-made, multi-launch, shuttle, giga coaster that was originally slated to debut just one year after Pantheon in 2021. As described in our November piece, COVID derailed […]

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Late February 2022 General Photo Update

DarKoaster, Pantheon, Bridges, Rhinefeld Controversy, & More

Given the overwhelmingly positive response to last month’s photo update, it seems that our readers may still be interested in this sort of broad, general park changes-focused, Busch Gardens Williamsburg content. We still don’t plan to post updates like this on any set schedule, but whenever there’s a plethora of small projects ongoing, we’ll be […]

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Go-Karts Plus Planning Multi-Level Track

Family Entertainment Center Near Busch Gardens Williamsburg Proposes Major Attraction Addition

We’ve never written about Go-Karts Plus here on BGWFans, but our partner community, ParkFans, has long had a corner of the forum dedicated to the park’s discussion. For anyone who may be unaware, Go-Karts Plus is a family entertainment center located about 20 minutes west of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It features a small roller coaster, […]

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Good & Bad News Regarding the Proposed Special Event Building

Back in May of last year, Busch Gardens Williamsburg filed paperwork with James City County requesting permission to build an absolutely enormous special event and storage facility on the former site of the park’s Festhaus Park-adjacent greenhouses. This addition, as we understand it, was designed to allow the entertainment department to vacate Curse of DarKastle […]

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Project DarKoaster

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is Developing a New, Unique, Intamin-Made, Quad-Launch, Indoor, Family Roller Coaster to Replace Curse of DarKastle

Psssst. Before we get into today’s story, I just have a few requests. Please read all of the colored text boxes (like this one). The white boxes just offer a bit of cheeky fun—but the colorful ones only contain important information, I swear. After (and only after!) you read the whole article: Feel free to […]

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BGWFans Leaks SeaWorld Orlando's Project Penguin

Sibling Gossip So Juicy We Just Had to Share

Hey you—yeah, you. I know you’re probably planning to skip past all this text as you go lookin’ for photos and videos. Though I’d certainly prefer that you read the whole piece, I know it’s fairly likely that you won’t. With that in mind, before you get goin’, could I ask for just a couple […]

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Drachen Spire's Slumber

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Long-Planned Giga Shuttle Coaster Still Has Yet to Recover from COVID

Thanks to a treasure trove of newly-obtained, internal SEAS documentation, we can now say with a high degree of certainty that Busch Gardens Williamsburg is not currently planning to pursue their long-sought giga coaster project in time for a 2023 debut. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s thoroughly-leaked, Intamin-made, giga, shuttle coaster known to BGWFans readers as “Drachen […]

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Full Howl-O-Scream 2021 House & Show Lineup Leaked

Ahead of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream 2021 Announcement, BGWFans Has Obtained Details on All of the Park's New Houses & Shows

August 10th Update:Most of the lineup has now been officially announced! Check out the update at the end of this article for more details! Oh boy, this is gonna to be a blockbuster… BGWFans has now sourced, corroborated, and, through examination of internally-sourced documentation, essentially confirmed the house and show lineup for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s […]

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Howl-O-Scream 2021 Details Begin to Bubble to the Surface

Details Ooze Forth Regarding the Upcoming Resurrection of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Signature Halloween Event, Howl-O-Scream

Earlier today Busch Gardens Williamsburg pushed a handful of blockbuster changes out to the Howl-O-Scream website. Most notably among them was a basic skeleton for this year’s event. Howl-O-Scream 2021 Lineup Howl-O-Scream 2021 is slated to feature five houses, four terrortories (read: scarezones), and four shows. Of those five houses, three will be new with […]

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Project  ♊︎

Newly Revealed Plans Depict Water Country USA's Next Big Attraction Addition

Back in February we published a story outlining the early signs indicating to us that something notable was in development for the current site of Water Country USA’s Aqua Skoot, Rampage. In the months since, Water Country USA has reopened for the first time since 2019 and both Rampage, and its neighboring tube slide, Wild […]

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Enormous Event Building Proposed Near Festhaus Park

The Single Most Interesting Article About a New Warehouse Imaginable

I know this article isn’t short and the title sounds like a snooze-fest. Give it a shot though. I assure you, there’s something for everyone in here. Howl-O-Scream? Project Madrid? Pantheon & Drachen Spire? This piece has it all. Part I: Background Busch Gardens Williamsburg has morphed a lot over the years, but there are […]

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Is Busch Gardens Surrendering the Battle for Eire?

After Just Two Short Years of Operations, Could this Innovative, Immersive, One-of-a-Kind, Virtual Reality Attraction Have Already Given its Final Rides?

This post is going to feel hauntingly familiar. Back in late 2017, we wrote The Curse is Fading, an article outlining the early, tentative evidence suggesting to us that Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s beloved darkride, Curse of DarKastle, may have already seen its final riders. Back then, Battle for Eire was right on the horizon—in fact, […]

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WCUSA Project 2022...?!

New Evidence Suggests Water Country USA Could be Evaluating Rampage's Site for Future Development

There’s a winter storm pummeling much of the country, we just marked Valentines and Presidents Day off our calendars, and we’re still in the midst of a devastating, world-altering, global pandemic. Taken together, I think it’s reasonable to conclude that February 16th, 2021 is an odd time to talk about Water Country USA—yet here we […]

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Will Pantheon & Aquazoid Amped Open in 2020?

New Evidence and Rumors Suggest the Two Major 2020 SEAS Projects in Virginia May See Substantial Delays

As eyes slowly turn towards reopening a post-COVID-19 world, we’ve been inundated with one question over and over again: “Will Pantheon and/or Aquazoid Amped open in 2020?” Obviously, until Busch Gardens Williamsburg makes an announcement one way or the other, we’re unlikely to know for sure. What we do know, however, is that there is […]

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COVID Compensation Complications

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's New Coronavirus Membership Upgrade Plan Introduces Issues

In this weird pandemic-induced dystopia, I was not expecting to find myself sitting down to write an article about park passes for BGWFans. Everyone in the world is self-isolating, deaths across the country continue to climb, and theme parks are ghost towns. But this week, some interesting news arrived in our inboxes, setting off a […]

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