Riptide Race

· Riptide Race, an all-new attraction, will be Virginia’s First Dueling Pipeline

· This adrenaline-pumping family water slide opens at Water Country USA® in 2023

· Purchase Membership today to get early access to Riptide Race next year

· Best deal! Purchase a 2023 Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA Fun Card, get now through the end of Howl-O-Scream® FREE

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Water Country USA, voted one of the country’s top ten water parks by USA Today is splashing into 2023 with Riptide Race, the first dueling pipeline in Virginia. This family-friendly water slide will be the park’s tenth slide when it opens next year, complimenting relaxing areas to unwind, including Hubba Hubba Highway, Rock ‘n’ Roll Island, plus kid-friendly spaces like the all-new Lil’ Surfers Splash Pad, which opened earlier this year at Virginia’s largest water park.

Riptide Race is an adrenaline-pumping water slide race that pits teams against each other in a splash to the finish line. Riders challenge friends and family members to see which team feels the rush of victory. Speeding through each turn in a down-to-the-wire finish, this fast-paced, high-speed adventure is one that guests will want to experience again and again.

It all starts atop a 54-foot tower, where visitors grab a two-person raft before racing through 520 feet of slide, with low walls to keep an eye on the competition. It’s a dash to the splash when competing in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists and turns.

“The addition of Riptide Race will elevate our guest experience in a unique and unprecedented way”, said Kevin Lembke, Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. “With a 42-inch height requirement, Riptide Race was designed with the whole family in mind. We are excited for our guests to enjoy this fast-paced adventure together and look forward to the debut of Riptide Race next year.”

Water Country USA will open for the 2023 season on Saturday, May 13. Additional details about Riptide Race, including an opening date will be shared in the coming months.

The thrills continue in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with the addition of DarKoaster™, North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster. Traveling on snowmobiles across 2,454 feet of track, daring explorers race through total darkness while changing course to avoid the elements. As the weather strikes, riders encounter four accelerating launches and speed through the storm on this family-friendly dark ride experience. Opening next year, the new attraction is the park’s tenth coaster and an unprecedented, family-friendly addition to Busch Gardens’ thrill ride portfolio.

The best way to experience DarKoaster and Riptide Race is with a Busch Gardens and Water Country USA 2-Park Membership. Prior to the official opening, Members will receive exclusive ride access and be among the first to ride both new attractions in 2023. In addition to receiving unlimited admission all year long, unbeatable benefits and monthly rewards, Members enjoy amazing park perks including free parking, up to six free guest tickets, savings on merchandise and more.

Best Deal of the Season — 2023 2-Park Fun Card with Howl-O-Scream FREE

For a limited-time, guests who purchase a 2023 2-Park Fun Card to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA will get unlimited visits now through October 31 for FREE! Guests can enjoy free admission to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, one of the top four Halloween Events by USA Today’s 10Best Awards, and The Count’s Spooktacular, offering family-friendly daytime fun. Plus, unlimited admission in 2023 from January 9 through September 4.

Hurry before prices go up October 3!

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About Water Country USA

Water Country USA® is Virginia’s largest family water park featuring fun for the entire family in a cool beach vibe, with resort-style amenities and more than 40 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions including Cutback Water Coaster® the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast. For more information, visit WaterCountryUSA.com. Water Country USA is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 40,000 animals in need over the Company’s history.

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