WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (July 20, 2018) – The past is not dead and buried. Busch Gardens® Williamsburg is inviting back some old friends to unleash on unsuspecting guests as part of the scary 20th anniversary celebration of Howl-O-Scream®.
These classic characters will usher in a new Era of Terror this fall within the park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows.
As the clock counts down toward the start of Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens will reveal elements of coming attractions on the 20th day of each month through Aug. 20 until the full line-up is announced. Details can be uncovered at HOWLOSCREAM.COM/VA
Here are the July Howl-O-Scream reveals:
New Haunted House: The Vault: XX™
Favorite creatures of the night from past Howl-O-Scream experiences are locked up in one location in The Vault: XX™. Classic characters such as Executioner from Dark Tower; Mummy from Curse of Pompeii; Pirate Captain Ghost from Sea Dog Cemetery; Little Dead Riding Hood from Deadtime Stories; and Werewolf from Hunted, just to name a few, are dying to frighten you again. Park-goers can look forward a walk down memory lane.
New Terror-tory™: Garden of the Souls™
Welcome to Funeral Gardens, the setting for Garden of the Souls™. Here guests may visit the graves of the deceased, but this garden has a dark secret. The dead roam free, and they’d love to show park guests what waits in the afterlife.
No Escape Room: Jack’s Nightmare Room
No Howl-O-Scream anniversary would be complete without Jack, the original Busch Gardens trickster. He’s back in the all-new No Escape: Jack’s Nightmare Room, and he’s had plenty of time to sit in the dark and come up with new ways to surprise and startle fans. Explore the terrors that keep Jack up at night. It’s a new era of chills, and this escape room will bring the SCREAM back to Howl-O-Scream.
New scares coming in 2018 include:
3 Haunted Houses – 7 total
3 Bars – 5 total
2 Terror-tories™- 6 total
2 Party Zones
1 No Escape (Escape Room Experience) – 2 total
Plus more frightening fun
August 20 Reveal – A third haunted house, party zones, bars and other frightening features.
Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.
The best way to enjoy Howl-O-Scream and other events all year long is through the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program. Get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA®, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town™ for as little as $12 per month. Plus, exclusive discounts and monthly Member Rewards valued at over $250. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/joinBGW.
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