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December 15, 2004

Busch Gardens To Open State-Of-The-Art 3-D Dark Ride

Williamsburg, VA -- Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the European-themed park today announced "Curse of DarKastle" as the latest addition to its stellar lineup of thrill rides.

Artist works on Visual Components
Buckling up for this sleigh ride to the dark side is a must! Engineering experts inspect ride vehicle components of Busch Gardens' newest attraction, "Curse of DarKastle: The Ride."

Dark Ride vehicle development
A graphic artist designs digitally projected 3-D visual components to Busch Gardens' newest attraction.

Themed Element Artist
A theming expert prepares key elements for the new Busch Gardens ride.

"Never before has this combination of innovate theme park technology, state-of-the-art motion-based engineering and visual projection come together to deliver an incredible theme park ride," said Donnie Mills, executive vice president and general manager for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. "This is truly a cutting-edge ride and will give our guests an experience like no other," added Mills.

Curse of DarKastle is the Williamsburg park's foray into the next generation of theme park thrills. Busch Gardens assembled a crew of expert ride engineers, compute-generated graphic media artists, audio and visual projection system designers, and theming architects. The park began construction on Curse of DarKastle in February 2004 with ride completion scheduled for Spring 2005.

The ride will transport guests through a grand Bavarian castle frozen in time. Following a one-minute-40-second pre-show that hints at a mysterious legend, guests will board eight-passenger golden sleighs for a mesmerizing three-minute-20-second journey through the castle's ghostly chambers. Elements of the dynamic ride include 3-D imagery, special effects, and a bone-chilling chase.

"The integration of elaborate theming, eye-popping visuals and wicked effects will be seamless," said Cecil Magpuri, Curse of DarKastle creative director. "Curse of DarKastle will offer a fantastic ride," added Magpuri.

State-of-the-art ride technology sends passengers on their journey through Curse of DarKastle. In addition to the pulse-pounding ride experience, digitally projected 3-D media will immerse guests in the ride's story.

Curse of DarKastle is located in the park's Oktoberfest section of Germany. Busch Gardens Williamsburg will reopen for the 2005 season on March 20.

Artwork ©2004 Busch Entertainment Corp.