08/21/2012 | BY MOLLY MacLAREN
Field Trip Destination
Ready to begin your Busch Gardens journey? Start by climbing aboard Verbolten. But beware — what begins as a lovely autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside quickly takes a hazardous detour. Families are pushed to the edge of their seats as they twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest, whirling past shadowy creatures and through dark caverns.
“Verbolten is a next generation roller coaster that incorporates the latest in coaster technology,” said Park President Carl Lum. “It has a storyline inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales. From Verbolten’s unique free-fall drop to its multiple launch elements, Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction is destined to be a favorite among coaster enthusiasts of all ages.”
Verbolten is definitely not your average roller coaster. Think of it as an immersive thematic attraction — exhilarating but not totally overpowering. With a low 48-inch ride-height requirement, it appeals to extreme coaster aficionados as well as to parents who want to introduce their children to the thrill of a roller coaster ride.
If you’re interested in learning more about the technology behind Verbolten’s ride elements, sign up for one of our daily behind-the-scenes roller coaster tours. Guides provide little-known facts about the ride, while giving you an opportunity to peek inside the special effects building that houses Verbolten’s eerie Black Forest. Plus, you’ll get exclusive ride time.
Verbolten is the capstone attraction of a two-year rejuvenation project in the park’s Oktoberfest village, part of the largest capital expansion in Busch Gardens’ history. So don’t forget to check out Mäch Tower, the park’s new 240-foot tower that sends you spiraling towards the sky — and then plummeting toward earth. Grab a delicious bite to eat at our new award-winning pretzel-themed restaurant; then visit Germany’s Das Festhaus to enjoy the music and dancing of our new live show. It’s fun family entertainment you won’t find anywhere else.
All year long, Busch Gardens dazzles. Visit in summer when IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore transforms the park with nightly light shows, unique performances, and a spectacular fireworks show. Enjoy our sensational lineup of concerts and performances — all included in park admission.
And if you’re visiting in fall, beware. Busch Gardens’ bone-chilling Halloween event — the incredibly popular Howl-O-Scream — returns from the grave for another attempt at revenge. Gruesome creatures lurk in the Dark Side of the Gardens, waiting for guests who dare to brave the shadows after night falls. It’s a park-wide spooky celebration that’s sure to thrill.
Even the winter months are magical. Discover your favorite park in a whole new light during Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration — a holiday wonderland featuring millions of Christmas lights, holiday shows, delicious treats and amazing animal encounters. Now in its fourth year, Christmas Town has become a beloved tradition for families. It’s a way to forget about the hustle and bustle of the season, and to focus on creating memories that will last a lifetime. Watch your children’s eyes light up when they meet Santa in his amazing workshop, filled with treasures he has collected from all over the world. Take in a live holiday show, or watch a 50-foot Christmas tree dance to a booming musical score.
We’re also unveiling Festa Italia in 2012. This all-new area features a holiday vibe from the 50s and 60s, with larger-than-life toy soldiers and trees adorned with tinsel. You’ll quickly discover: Seeing the world’s most beautiful theme park decked out for Christmas is an unforgettable experience you’ll treasure for years to come.
With so much to see and do, you’ll want to experience Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia all year long.