April 13, 2018 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened Battle For Eire – Action VR Ride, the park’s new attraction which is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360° virtual reality headsets, creating an innovative experience unlike any other in the theme park industry.
Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.
“With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride,” said Kevin Lembke, park president for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “That’s what’s going to keep people coming back over and over again.”
Battle For Eire is located in the park’s Ireland-themed Killarney section and replaces the simulator attraction Europe In The Air, which was closed after the 2016 season. It’s also a nod to the very popular Corkscrew Hill, which was replaced by Europe In the Air in 2010 and also featured an Irish theme.