Busch Gardens Williamsburg celebrates 40th anniversary of nostalgic roller coaster

Five-Day Anniversary Celebration Planned for Nessie and Her Fans

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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (June 1, 2018) – The iconic Loch Ness Monster roller coaster at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg has thrilled more than 58 million riders over many years. The park will commemorate the coaster with a five-day, 40th anniversary celebration June 6 – 10. 


Busch Gardens will feature a number of special activities and offers marking the celebration including a $40 single-day admission ticket in honor of the Loch Ness Monster. The Busch Gardens Thrill Ticket is available to purchase online only June 1 through June 10, and will be valid for a one-time use through July 1.


The anniversary festivities include a variety of in-park deals like a summer drink special as a nod to the park’s rich heritage, Loch Ness Monster pretzels, doughnuts, Dippin' Dots, a souvenir cup and unique photo opportunities. Guests also can experience a smoother ride on refurbished coaster trains and see the renovations made to the Loch Ness ride station. 

The world’s only interlocking, double-looping roller coaster hurls passengers along more than 3,200 feet of steel track into the air, over water and through a dark cave. Dormant for years, the mountain cave will come alive again as Nessie’s anniversary gift to park guests.

“The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most iconic roller coasters in the world, and it deserves a worthy celebration,” said park President Kevin Lembke. “The legend of this magnificent coaster has only just begun. This celebration sets the stage for an incredible summer filled with all-new events and experiences.

“Nessie” also is celebrated by the American Coaster Enthusiasts club (ACE). This thrill-seeking club, made up of more than 5,000 members, was founded in 1978 at the base of the legendary roller coaster. The club recognized the Loch Ness Monster as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark in 2003. 

Busch Gardens’ oldest roller coaster still excites thrill seekers from around the country, just like the day it opened four decades ago. For more information on the Loch Ness Monster’s 40th anniversary, consumers can visit buschgardens.com/lochnessmonster40.


Busch Gardens wants guests to share their favorite moments about the iconic coaster. Loch Ness Monster photos and memories can be shared on the park’s social media channels by tagging @buschgardensva and using #sharemyBGWstory and #LochNess40.

Key Dates:

  • June 1 – June 10: $40 Busch Gardens Thrill Ticket available online only (visit by July 1)
  • June 6 – 10: Loch Ness Monster in-park festivities
  • June 6 – Aug. 12: Busch Gardens summer retro drink special.


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