Busch Gardens Williamsburg has revealed exciting details about its new virtual reality ride, debuting in spring 2018. The park’s newest attraction will be called Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.
The revolutionary VR attraction will feature a fierce fairy warrior named Addie, who will lead riders on an unforgettable adventure through her homeland, Ireland.
A host of characters, some heroic and some villainous, join Addie in a thrilling story fit for the whole family. Addie’s goal is to rescue the Heart of Eire, which represents the magic of Ireland, but she needs a little help from the park’s guests.
Located in the Ireland village of the park, Battle For Eire is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating an innovative experience unlike any other in the attraction industry. 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.
“We are taking guests on an incredible journey,” said Larry Giles, Vice President of Engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “The movement of the simulator combined with interactive special effects from the VR headsets will deliver an exciting, high-energy experience, with a great storyline.”
The opening of this attraction will kick off another exciting season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, which has been named the “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association for 27 consecutive years. From its thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining options and kid-friendly attractions, Busch Gardens offers fun for the whole family.
Following the addition of InvadR™, the park’s first-ever wooden roller coaster, in 2017, Busch Gardens is demonstrating its continued commitment of investing in new, innovative experiences for the second consecutive year with Battle For Eire in 2018.
“Battle For Eire will be the type of experience that only Busch Gardens can deliver,” said David Cromwell, Park President at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “The combination of innovative VR headsets with our flight simulator will create an immersive, exciting environment for guests of all ages.”
A standard version of the video will be available to view for those interested in a more traditional experience.
Please visit the ride’s website for a more detailed synopsis of the storyline and check back for monthly updates, including a closer look at the story and its entire cast of characters. You can also sign up for monthly email updates here.
Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride is scheduled to open spring 2018.