Busch Gardens says bye-bye to DarKastle

Busch Gardens has announced that they are closing the doors on DarKastle, a dark ride attraction at their Williamsburg park, which is very similar in technology to Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure. The attraction opened back on May 1, 2005 and closed for good on September 4, 2017.

BGW DarKastle Farewell.mp4

We thought we'd say goodbye to Curse of DarKastle with this final ride (digitally of course). The ride building will transform into a special events venue starting this year. While the ride maintained a loyal following over the last 13 years, we will be able to now offer new & exciting opportunities for Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Town & other events. With that said, we want you to choose the name for the new event space. Which would you prefer: Gartensburg Castle, NewKastle or Oktoberfest Palaste? Comment below with your choice from these 3 (only 1 vote per person)… poll ends Jan. 26 at noon.

Posted by Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The park shared the above Facebook video giving fans of the ride one last chance to “ride” the attraction.

The building that DarKastle was located in won’t be demolished, but will instead be transformed into a special events building for seasonal events, such as Howl-O-Scream and their annual Christmas Town event. You can vote on what name the new venue will have on their Facebook page here.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news, photos and more from Busch Gardens Williamsburg!




Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed