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    Virginia’s Theme Parks Boast New Rides for 2012

    by Casey | Posted on February 28th, 2012

    Alpengeist iat Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    Alpengeist is just one of the thrilling coasters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    If you’re crazy for coasters and lament the loss of Busch Gardens’ Big Bad Wolf in 2009, no worries. Verbolten is a brand new thrill ride through the Black Forest of Germany that you’re sure to love.

    Busch Gardens writes …

    “A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an exciting autobahn touring experience where an unexpected detour launches riders into the verboten Black Forest. Set in the re-envisioned Oktoberfest section of the park, this all-new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster utilizes electromagnetic technology to propel riders through a high-speed thrill packed with twists, turns and plunges. This exhilarating new coaster will feature many ‘firsts’ when it debuts.”

    The last piece of Verbolten’s track was installed on January 17, 2012, completing the 2,835 feet of the ride. With special effects and thematic to-do’s left to complete, look for Verbolten to open late spring. Get a flavor for the ride by watching the clip below.

    Kings Dominion in Doswell has a couple of fun new things to show you this season as well – most notably, WindSeeker, a 301′ spinning tower of swings. Take a friend up with you to enjoy the two-person swing, and hold on tight. Kings Dominion writes …

    “WindSeeker is a ride that is fun, thrilling and relaxing at the same time, making it an attraction that families enjoy riding together.  It’s also one of the best night ride experiences around.”
    WindSeeker at Kings Dominion

    WindSeeker at Night, Kings Dominion

    At 25-30 mph, tilting at a 45-degree angle, and more than 300 feet in the air, I’m not sure that I would call WindSeeker relaxing. (If I try it out, I’ll let you know.) One thing KD claims and I feel confident in, is this …

    “A ride on WindSeeker will provide riders with a birds-eye view of the park and surrounding countryside.  On a clear day, riders will be able to see 18 miles out into the region.  Incredible!”

    The view from on-high must be epic. With an 18-mile view, you just might be able to see Richmond’s skyline.

    For information about Virginia’s theme parks, visit Virginia.org/ThemeParks.
    Be sure to see family friendly packages that include theme park visits, too!



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    Williamsburg Aglow for the Holidays

    by Casey | Posted on November 18th, 2011

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Yesterday I gave you the scoop on Richmond’s amazing lights for the 100 Miles of Lights event that covers multiple cities every year. Today, Williamsburg’s up!

    Kick off the festivities in Colonial Williamsburg on December 4 with the Grand Illumination event. First, it’s free – no ticket or reservation is required – and second, there are THREE fireworks displays and multiple stages of musical performances. The show starts at 5:15 p.m. Arrive early for good parking.

    If you care to stay the night, there are enticing travel packages to be had, and they cover more than what you might think.

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is entering its second year. If you’re imagining just a few lights to decorate BG, think again. There are now FIVE MILLION lights (up from a mere two million last year), a 50′ Christmas tree with animated lights, and I hear the park even smells like Christmas with the scent of warm sugar cookies and pine wafting in the wind.

    If you “do” Christmas Town, know these things in advance:

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    1. You must buy the peppermint fudge hot chocolate. It’s mandatory and you won’t be sorry. (Really it’s not mandatory, but let’s pretend it is.)
    2.  There are real penguins. You will fall in love, no questions asked.
    3.  Santa is there, and he’s a good Santa, too. Not a mall Santa at all. And he’s building toys.
    4. Elmo and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun gang are in on the Christmas action, too.
    5. The shows are heartwarming, traditional, and just what you expect at Christmas time.
    6. While not all of the rides are available in the winter, plenty are, and the one you mustn’t miss is Flight of Lights.
    7. The dining menus change to reflect a traditional Christmas meal.
    8. Christmas Town is not open daily. The schedule:
    - Begins November 25
    - Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m.
    - Daily from December 16 through 31, 3 to 10 p.m. Exceptions: Close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
    9. Christmas Town is an affordable gift (and will no doubt be very much appreciated). A single evening ticket is $24.99. If you can and want to go three consecutive nights, I suggest the Discovery Ticket for $32.99.

    Back to those travel packages …

     A Williamsburg Christmas Experience * Three days of unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens * Choose your own accommodation * from $119.99/person for two nights

    Christmas in Williamsburg from Country Inn & Suites * Two tickets to Busch Gardens for one day * $20 restaurant gift certificate valid at over 60 area restaurants * Christmas gift * breakfast * from $139/night

    Decked Out with All the Trimmings * Three-day Discovery Ticket to Busch Gardens * Two Busch Gardens Parking Vouchers * Dining certificate for a traditional meal and hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug * Choose your own accommodation * rates dependent upon number of guests and lodging choice 

    Hungry for more 100 Miles of Lights info? Go to Virginia.org/100MilesofLights/.



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    Halloween’s a-Comin’!

    by Guest | Posted on September 6th, 2011

    What words come to your mind when you think about Halloween?  Ghosts?  Goblins?  Costumes?  Candy?   Those words probably work for you!   However, when I think about Halloween in Virginia, I think of words like Howl-O-Scream, Halloween Haunt, Halloween Madness, Fright Light Laser Show, and even NASCAR.  You see, my words are actually events. 

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

    Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays here in Richmond.   Kings Dominion is about 30 miles north and it constructs a Halloween Haunt every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.  There are haunted mazes and shows and all of the rides are “thrilling.”  They do have a non-scary atmosphere during the day but the atmos-fear definitely changes at night!    Sixty miles east of Richmond, there is Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.  Again, this is on weekend nights but it is amazing. Along with shows, mazes, and lurking creatures, the rides are also open, weather-permitting.  See the fright come to life!  It’s worth the scare.   

    If you’re looking for a smaller-scale scare, there are plenty of options around the state.  At Big Gem Park in Page County, there’s the Terror Trail.  Children must be accompanied by an adult on this tour since it is one of the scariest you will go on.   There are more than 20 acres at the aptly named Fields of Fear at Cox Farm in Centreville.  This also isn’t recommended for children under the age of 12.   

    Looking for family-friendly?  How about a laser show?  The Virginia Living Museum has the Fright Light Laser Show that includes music from the likes of Garbage, The Who, and Black Sabbath set to an eclectic mix of terror-istic images.   Historic Marion has a trick-or-treat fest all during the day before the “Halloween Madness” begins at night    At Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, the Oatlands after Five Paranormal Tours begin at 5:00pm.  These evening tours feature different ghost tales and unexplained happenings fit for the whole family.   

    Talk about some scary stuff … high speeds and fast cars! Martinsville Speedway even has a NASCAR race, the TUMS Fast Relief 500, on Sunday, October 30.  The track is the only short-track stop in the Chase!  NASCAR and scary-yes, they pretty much fit right together. 

    So between the large amusement parks and the small town events, this Halloween is sure to be spooktacular around our great state!  For additional events, check out the entire listing here:  www.Virginia.org/Halloween  Happy hunting for a haunting Halloween!!!

    Jane Govoruhk is the Assistant International Marketing Manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation, avid Hokie and Steelers fan, NASCAR enthusiast, music junkie, and author of this post.



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    The “Most Beautiful” is in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on May 2nd, 2011

    We’re pretty biased about Virginia’s beauty, but we’ll have you know that there are others who have caught the bug, too!

    Busch Gardens' AlpengeistFor the 21st consecutive year Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA has been named “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association’s annual survey.

    See for yourself why Busch Gardens in consistently top-ranked among amusement park enthusiasts when you book a vacation package.

    • Spring Forward: Two-day admission for the price of a single day ticket, hotel, and a dining certificate for each ticket holder. $128 per person for a family of four with a three-night stay. Valid through May 26th.
    • Blasts of Summer Fun: Discovery ticket to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, hotel, and a dining certificate for each ticket holder. From $178 per person for family of four with a three-night stay. Valid May 27 – September 5.

    Learn more about the Williamsburg area and request your free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide.

    Corrected 5/3/11 – This is 21 years in a row for Busch Gardens to receive this honor, not the sixth, according to their blog. We apologize for the incorrect information we received and passed on to our viewers.



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    2011 Vacation Plans Start NOW!

    by Casey | Posted on December 27th, 2010

    Virginia Travel Guide CoverThe Virginia is for Lovers 2011 Travel Guide is now available. It’s 200 pages jam-packed with getaway suggestions wrapped around amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure. Family fun and small town discoveries will let you dive in a little deeper to make plans for places you have yet to experience.

    Expect to see Virginia’s timeless icons as well as new attractions and destinations where loved ones can completely connect on a memorable vacation. Four different cover designs – beach fun, history and heritage, wine travel and kayaking, showcase the diverse beauty of Virginia.

    Virginia Travel Guide Cover2011 major milestones including the 75th anniversaries of Shenandoah National Park and Virginia State Parks are an opportunity for families to reconnect in Virginia’s great outdoors. The new Virginia travel guide also marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation, with commemorative events and new exhibits planned throughout Virginia.

    Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org for more information or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

    Connect with Virginia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VisitVirginia.



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