Curse of DarKastle now closed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

by Brittani Tuttle
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Curse of DarKastle is set to close after 13 years of operation.

Busch Gardens Willamsburg announced yesterday that their fan-favorite dark ride, Curse of DarKastle, has closed after operating for 13 years.

The Virginia theme park made the announcement on their Facebook page, accompanied by a video of a “final” ride-through. Busch Gardens said that the Curse of DarKastle ride building would soon be transferred into a special events space later this year, to be used for Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Town and other seasonal events.

Busch Gardens also announced a poll to rename the new event space, and gave three choices for guests to choose from: Gartensburg Castle, NewKastle, or Oktoberfest Palaste.

The poll for the new building’s name ends on Jan. 26 at noon, and guests can vote on their Facebook page.

For more information on Busch Gardens Williamsburg, visit seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/.

Check out our ride-through video of Curse of DarKastle below:


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Celine July 9, 2019 - 4:38 pm

Horrible I been coming to this park with my family for the past 16 years!!!!! And this particular one, was one of my favors! Too bad! This is my last time!! Never again!!

Brenda July 30, 2019 - 12:03 am

I really hate to hear that. This was one of my favorite rides in the park and I was really hoping to ride it again when I visited. Such sad news. Really wish they would bring it back. 😞

Lisa July 31, 2019 - 11:30 am

Closing this ride is like Disney closing down Haunted Mansion. Extremely disappointing.


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