Saturday, April 20, 2024

Nessie Resurfaces in May at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Loch Ness Monster opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 1978 as the world’s first interlocking looping coaster. (Wikipedia)

WILLIAMSBURG — Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that the world’s first interlocking loop coaster, Loch Ness Monster, will be reopening in May, including all new thematic and experiential elements.

In the year 564, the mythical Loch Ness Monster is believed to have been first spotted in the Highlands of Scotland. Centuries later, in 1978, the Loch Ness Monster came alive at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a coaster, and the attraction has garnered so much notoriety for originality that it has since become a registered landmark with the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization.

Originally designed by Arrow Dynamics, Coasterpedia says that at that time, it was one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters and cost $5 million to build.

Busch Gardens had announced back in October 2023 that in 2024, the Loch Ness Monster would resurface as a fully-restored experience loaded with all-new thrilling elements, dramatic storytelling, and innovative effects, as it takes riders on its journey through the Scottish terrain via “Nessie’s” newly refurbished signature steel track.

Guests will also visit a Loch Ness Monster Sighting Center from April 4-21. Busch Gardens says the sighting center will be an immersive experience located in Scotland that will provide guests with an in-depth look at the history and story of the record-breaking attraction featuring archived photos, attraction milestones and more.

Busch Garden also notes that members will be allowed exclusive early ride times, though details have yet to be announced. For more information, visit the Busch Gardens Williamsburg official website.

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