Howl-O-Scream & InvadR Construction Update #4

The last month of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s daily summer operations is already here, which means we are getting closer to the two big events we’ve all been waiting for. The spotlight is now shining on Howl-O-Scream 2016 with the announcement of several new attractions for this year’s event, and construction on the park’s first wooden coaster, InvadR, is well underway. Let’s take a look!

Howl-O-Scream

The beans have finally been spilled; Busch Gardens recently announced that two new circus-themed attractions will join Howl-O-Scream’s lineup this fall. Replacing Cut Throat Cove is Circo Sinistro, a new maze in the Festa Field location. The maze will culminate in a special feature called “Room Roulette,” where the trail breaks off into multiple different paths and you must pick one to go through. Nearby, the village of Festa Italia will transform into a macabre carnival called Sideshow Square, taking the place of San Marco’s Ports of Skull as Howl-O-Scream’s fifth Terror-tory.

Circo Sinistro’s construction has already begun, with land being cleared and fresh asphalt being poured throughout Festa Field. It looks like the layout for Circo Sinistro will differ from its predecessors, marking the first change in Festa Field’s layout since 2008. However, Circo Sinistro will have seven rooms, the same number as its predecessors. The only news we’ve heard about Sideshow Square is that it will likely reuse some of the thematic billboards from Holiday Hills, Festa Italia’s Christmas Town overlay.

Beyond Festa Italia, progress on Howl-O-Scream is popping up left and right throughout the park. Cornered has been almost completely constructed behind Curse of Darkastle, although the layout looks a bit different, with a few of the main buildings having switched places. In Festhaus Park, Bitten’s signature red cloths have shown up outside the maze’s entrance, and the old snack stands as well as a new fence have appeared around Lumberhack’s entrance.  

You can view pictures of all of the preparations that have occurred thus far below.

WANT TO ZOOM IN OR SEE MORE? CLICK “VIEW FULL SIZE” IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE PREVIEW IMAGE TO VIEW THE FULL IMAGE.

InvadR

The concrete footers for InvadR’s underground tunnel are nearing completion, but construction crews have focused much of their effort lately on the outside plaza. In the future plaza area near Caribou Station, lamp posts have appeared, and the first wall of what will eventually become the souvenir photo building has been erected. Additionally, the new wheelchair accessible exit-ramp for Caribou Station is gaining hand-rails. Farther back, the small building that will sit directly under the coaster’s lift hill is taking shape. Take a look at the construction in the pictures below!

WANT TO ZOOM IN OR SEE MORE? CLICK “VIEW FULL SIZE” IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE PREVIEW IMAGE TO VIEW THE FULL IMAGE.


That’s all we have to share about Howl-O-Scream and InvadR for now, but don’t fret—there are plenty more updates coming soon. To stay up-to-date, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you have a question, don’t be shy! Drop us a comment below, or join the discussion on The ParkFans Forum.

Matthew

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