A bit of Erin comes to Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open a theme area devoted to Ireland this spring, with a target date of May 15.

It will be the sixth such theme area at the 100-acre park, joining areas focusing on England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Covering several acres, Ireland will include a marketplace with strolling musicians; Corkscrew Hill, a 3-D simulator adventure ride; a grill and pub, and shops.

The 900-seat Abbey Stone Theater will be home to an Irish step-dancing show; the Enchanted Castle will have a musical show with special effects, and the Killarney Sound Machine with feature interactive exhibits.

"Ireland will deliver an unparalleled journey for our guests," said Daniel Brown, the park's executive vice president and general manager.

"The combination of European charm and mythical folklore along with Ireland's reputation for hospitality made it a natural choice."

Single-day tickets to the park are priced at $39 for adults and $32 for children ages 3 to 6.

Multiday and season passes also are available starting at $50 for both adults and children.

The park, located three miles east of Williamsburg, and Water Country USA, its sister park, receive 3 million visitors a year.

For more information, call Busch Gardens Williamsburg at (800) 772-8886.

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