WILLIAMSBURG — Do you want to own a piece of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s (BGW) history? An organization is working with the park to auction off iconic pieces of BGW’s past.
Give Kids the World (GKtW), based out of Kissimmee, Fla., is auctioning off several items from BGW, including ride vehicles from three major attractions and signage from another.
“We are grateful for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s generous support,” said Give Kids The World President & CEO Pamela Landwirth. “This charity auction, together with their participation in Coasting for Kids, will help us create priceless memories and unforgettable experiences for children and families facing unimaginable challenges.”
What is Up for Auction
From July 4 through 11, a car from the legendary Arrow Dynamics suspended coaster, Big Bad Wolf, will be available for auction. Running from 1984 to 2009, Big Bad Wolf was a beloved roller coaster for its thrilling, high speed adventure through a Bavarian village. The coaster was closed due to the ride reaching the end of its service life. Big Bad Wolf was replaced by Zierer’s Verbolten, a partially dark coaster that utilized the same queue building and some of the same layout as Big Bad Wolf.
Those wishing to bid on the vehicle can do so by clicking here.
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From July 11 through 18, a car from the history making roller coaster, Loch Ness Monster, will be up for auction. Designed by legendary coaster designer, Ron Toomer, and built by Arrow Dynamics, Loch Ness Monster made its debut at the park in 1978. It broke records to include being the first interlocking looping roller coaster. It has since been designated by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) as a Coaster Landmark for its historical significance.
From July 18 through 25, fans can bid to win a boat from the park’s log flume, Le Scoot. Opening in 1975, Le Scoot is one of the older rides still in use at the park. Situated in the New France section of BGW, the ride harkens to Canada’s early lumber heritage. The boats were design with the appearance of being a log as it takes riders and a winding and wet ride through a saw mill.
Finally, from July 25 through August 1, hard hats, memorabilia, pins and ride signage will be up for auction. The star item will be a 13 foot sign from Curse of DarKastle. A simulated hybrid dark ride which opened in 2005, passengers boarded vehicles that passed through the halls of a castle all while trying to escape the ghost of Mad King Ludwig. Riders experienced elements that included, fog, 3D simulations, water, and wind. The ride closed in 2017 after it was decided that the space would be better utilized as an event space rather than ride.
Give Kids the World and Its Mission
Give Kids the World is a nonprofit organization situated on a sprawling 89-acre campus. The whimsical resort is devoted to providing a magical experience for critically ill children and their families through weeklong wish vacations at no cost.
Founded in 1986, the idea for Give Kids the World started when a little girl named Amy, who was battling leukemia. It was her wish to take a trip to Orlando. Henri Landwirth, an Orlando-based hotelier, offered to provide complimentary lodging for Amy and her family. However, the remainder of her wish trip took too long to plan and Amy passed away before ever being able to have her wish fulfilled.
Landwirth was moved to build a resort for children with critical illnesses and their families. He worked with partners in the hospitality industry to launch Give Kids the World. As the program expanded, Give Kids the World opened its Village in 1989, providing a wonderful place to stay that met the needs of the children and their families, all right on the organization’s campus.
Today, the resort includes 166 villa-style accommodations, accessible attractions, entertainment venues, and other fun things to do, all designed with the needs of critically ill children and their families in mind.
Give Kids the World has since welcomed to its resort more than 160,000 families spanning all 50 states and from over 75 countries. Guests receive accessible accommodations and donated tickets to all three major theme parks in the Orlando area (DisneyWorld, Universal Studios, and SeaWord, which is owned by the same parent company as BGW). Additionally, guests receive breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort’s onsite eatery, ice cream available throughout the day, and more magical experiences and surprises.
Families are also provided with airfare, car rental, spending money, and other needs of the child, including medical. All of this is provided at no cost to the families through their local wish organizations.
Coasting for Kids Event
On August 21, 2021, BGW is participating in Give Kids the World Coasting for Kids event. This fundraiser combines theme park fun while donating to support Give Kids the World. Those who donate or raise a minimum of $100 for the organization will receive a special Coasting for Kids t-shirt and exclusive pass, granting several park perks throughout that day’s visit. BGW has been participating in this event since 2017. To find a list of the parks participating in this year’s Coasting for Kids event, click here.