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Battle for Eire Virtual Reality Ride Opens at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

An exhilarating new adventure is underway at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg with today’s grand opening of its innovative virtual reality attraction, Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.

“With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride,” said Kevin Lembke, park resident for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “That’s what’s going to keep people coming back over and over again.”

Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. This one-of-a-kind ride is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other in the theme park industry.


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Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.

“Battle For Eire is a phenomenal new experience. It’s something that has never been done before,” said Larry Giles, vice president of design and engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “You really feel like you’re there. You’re not just watching it. You’re part of it.”

Busch Gardens is open April 13-16 for an extended Battle For Eire Fest weekend. Join us for fun and activities in Ireland throughout this four-day opening weekend of our newest thrill ride.


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Unwind Oceanside at Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival

Showcasing Central Florida’s most-renowned chefs, restaurants and breweries, the second annual Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival takes place April 28-29 at Alan Shepard Park.

The two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beer offers attendees a chance to indulge in the finest tastes the region has to offer, while unwinding along Cocoa Beach’s spectacular oceanfront.

Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to enter one hour earlier and exclusively experience the Moet & Chandon bubbly bar in the Grand Tasting Village, where they also can have access to additional seating for relaxation and mingling.

Guests at the 2018 festival will be treated to a variety of interactive experiences, tastings, and cooking demonstrations and competitions, as well as a special appearance by celebrity chef and cookbook author Doreen Colondres.


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“Cocoa Beach Uncorked provides attendees a delicious culinary experience that highlights the different cuisines the Space Coast has to offer,” said Eric Garvey, Executive Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “After a successful inaugural event a year ago, we look forward to further spotlighting the area’s culinary scene. And there’s no better place to enjoy some sweeping Atlantic views while sampling all this magnificent food, wine and beer.”

“Cocoa Beach last year was the ideal launching pad for the first ‘Uncorked’ festival on Florida’s East Coast,” said Tammy Gail, the event’s producer. “This is a one-of-a-kind showcase for the culinary treasures of this region. We’re excited to be back for another unforgettable weekend and we look forward to a sellout event.”

Cocoa Beach Uncorked is sponsored by Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, the City of Cocoa Beach, Publix, and the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel. General admission tickets for each day of the event are available for $55 per person, while VIP tickets for each day are $75 per person.

Alan Shepard Park is located at 299 East Cocoa Beach Causeway, at the east end of State Road 520. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocoabeachuncorked.com/cocoa. For more information about Florida’s Space Coast, go to www.visitspacecoast.com.


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Kings Dominion Debuts New “Hybrid” Roller Coaster Twisted Timbers

Kings Dominion is now opened for its 44th season!

The wait is over for guests looking to get their thrill fix on Kings Dominion’s newest roller coaster, Twisted Timbers. Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on the park’s newest coaster, which opened to the public on Saturday, March 24.

Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster. The coaster was designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, a company renowned for reimagining wooden coasters. Features of the ride include:

  • 109 foot tall barrel roll drop
  • Over 3000 feet of track
  • Top speed of 54 miles per hour
  • Three loops
  • Three overbanked turns
  • 20 airtime moments

Twisted Timbers is located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is themed to an abandoned apple orchard on the edge of town. The story behind the coaster is that an unknown force – supernatural or natural– destroyed the harvest years ago and froze the orchard in time; now the strictly “off-limits” orchard has reopened for tours, with the twisted ride as its highlight.


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To learn more about Twisted Timbers, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.


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Record-Breaking Innovations Highlight New Rides and Attractions Coming to Six Flags Parks in 2018

Six Flags Entertainment Company, the world’s largest regional theme park company, announced the most spectacular lineup of world-record breaking roller coasters, rides and first-of-its-kind attractions in its 56-year history, debuting at Six Flags parks from coast to coast for the 2018 season. Six Flags is recognized throughout the world as a leader in innovation—pioneering a long list of industry firsts, including the world’s first hybrid roller coaster and North America’s first virtual reality (VR) coasters. Nobody delivers thrills like Six Flags and next season the thrills are taller, faster and BIGGER than ever.

“Many of the rides and attractions we are introducing are ‘world’s firsts’ and record breakers as we deliver fun-packed innovation at the highest level. Innovation is in our DNA and our guests expect and deserve one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit our parks,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Our strategy of providing something new in every park, every year, continues to delight our guests and has resulted in attendance growing to over 30 million guests annually.”

Six Flags, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is launching a thrilling collection of new rides and attractions themed after the most famous Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the world. Here’s what’s coming to a Six Flags near you…

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Maine Rings In the Winter Recreational Season With More Than A Foot Of Snow

As Bob and Doug would say, “So, like take off to the Great White North”.

This past week marked the official start of the Maine Office of Tourism’s weekly snow reports, sent in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows the majority of Maine has between 18 and 24 inches. The coastal regions show less snow, while areas in the Maine Highlands region and Aroostook County show up to two feet or more.

According to a Bangor Daily News article, the Christmas day storm left more than a foot of snow covering much of the state, with heavy winds contributing to near whiteout conditions and snow drifts.

Christmas vacation week presents a busy time at ski centers throughout the state. Mt. Abram will host a variety of activities that range from beer tastings to a family ski race and après celebration. At Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, their Winter Festival will take place and feature equipment demos and open mic nights. Live music, movie nights and a New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks and live music will be happening at Sugarloaf. In Newry at Sunday River, there is fun for the whole family including dining with Eddy the Yeti at North Peak, River Nugget Jam and New Year’s Eve fireworks. For the first time ever, Lost Valley was able to open their entire terrain for Christmas week.

“Every ski center in the state, both alpine and Nordic, has spectacular conditions with some areas reporting up to 22 inches in the last week,” said Greg Sweetser, Ski Maine’s executive director. “Many areas are operating on vacation week hours, so it’s a great week to hit the slopes.”

To celebrate the start of 2018, Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain will be running their Tour de Titcomb with a Classic Sprint and Hill Climb.

For snowmobilers, MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers said, “This winter’s snowmobile season is shaping up exceedingly well, with ample snow depth across most areas of the state and with cold temperatures helping to create a solid trail base.”

There are snowmobile trails groomed and ready throughout Maine. Some trails with excellent conditions include: Limestone, known as the “Border Trail” from Limestone to Van Buren; Coburn, between The Forks and Jackman; Madawaska, with a clubhouse occasionally open and serving chicken stew and ploys; and East Kennebago 1 and 2, with views from the summit of East Kennebago Mountain in Rangeley.

The MSA snowmobile trail conditions page went live on the website yesterday, and will be updated daily throughout the season. As a special caution for the coming week, some regions of the state are expected to experience an extended period of cold weather, especially in the Caribou area where there are warnings of a dangerous wind chill of negative 20 to 30 degrees during the day.

“Take it easy, bundle up and be sure your gear is in good working order if you venture out,” said Meyers. “Be smart and safe. Now is not a good time to end up having to walk!”

“We’re thrilled to see a lot of fresh snow covering much of Maine as we get ready to kick off the new year,” said Maine Office of Tourism’s senior tourism officer, Phil Savignano. “This season’s ski and snowmobiling season appears to be promising, and we also look forward to a winter filled with other outdoor activities and events. With Maine’s size and varied geography, keep in mind there is always good snow somewhere in Maine even if it’s not in your backyard.”

For weekend plans, bundle up to go ice skating at The Rink at Thompson’s Point, or for Nordic skiers and snowshoers, Pineland Farms of New Gloucester has freshly groomed trails and loops and to warm up at the end of the day, a kitchen and deli serving soups, salads and sandwiches. Get out of the cold by checking out one of Maine’s farmers markets in Portland or Brunswick, both open Saturdays.

The snow reports will be released each Wednesday throughout the season. Visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events on VisitMaine.com.


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