Corkscrew Hill
Website: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Homepage
Ride Type: Interactive Movie
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.9091
TPC Overall Rank: #194 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 50
Last Review: 7/1/2009 4:52:00 PM
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up IconHBK2 on 8/30/2005 2:46:00 AM
This was one of the best simulators. The queue line is one of the best(not as good as E.T.s though) and the 3-D is great.

5 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gb on 8/10/2005 8:26:00 PM
I know many of you hate simulators...but I love them. I find them to be relaxing, entertaining, and very interesting to analyze in regards to how they operate. When it comes down to it, simulator rides are a work of technological art...the theming, pre-show, and ride all have to fit the storyline perfectly, and on top of it all the actual mechnical and computer mechanisms have to work in synch...this ride is really a beauty!

As far as the storyline and pre-show, bgw did a wonderful job with both...the story is easy to follow (unlike darkastle, which youre on mainly just to enjoy the ride), and it isnt structured around "reality" know its fantasy/cartoonish which allows you to have more of a fun time as opposed to critiquing "how gay the movie/ride is"...the only negative thing about the preshow i found is that busch hasnt grasped the concept of rear projection in thier preshows...the preshow was presented with what looked like a regular pro-sumer projector suspended from the ceiling, which is fine and dandy except the resolution isnt great (you can see pixelation and it is obvious to the eye that its a projection)

The ride itself is top-notch as far as non-track-guided simulators go....In most simulators one of two things generally happen. 1- the screen is stationary and your seats/vehicles (back to the future) move...or 2- the entire room (including the screen) moves (akabars adventure tours, star tours)...this ride is somewhat unique...the whole audience moves as a whole, but the screen stays as youre seeing an image of falling off a cliff, the entire audience moves forward with the screen remaining still--but the screen is large enough that no matter how far you move, you NEVER see off of the screen--thus it surrounds you in the action and feels very convincing. The 3D is also great and doesnt try to pull off cheesy gimmicks--it strictly just adds to the effect of the overall experience...

This ride is perfect for all ages and WILL NOT give you motion sickness unles you are EXTREMELY sensitive--so this is definately pretty much safe for anybody. Make sure you ride this!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gyk182 on 6/26/2005 8:44:00 PM
A nice ride. I dont quite like the way they made it a simulator, though. it was interesting to have something other than the usual "Star Tours" version cabins (Which I love), but Im not quite sure i like the way that the entire audience moves as a whole. I would much prefer something along the lines of "Spongebob 3D" at Kings Dominion: Same principle: the whole audience moves, but all the chairs move seperately, but in synch with the screen and other chairs. The seats are also padded. Nice ride, though.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Scott on 6/25/2005 9:34:00 PM
This was okay. Im getting sick of these 3d simulator things though. There are like 4 of them at this park! The biggest problem I had with this ride was the bumping around. I also thought they overused the horse back riding part. Thankfully, there was only a 15 minute wait.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up viking78 on 6/17/2005 1:54:00 PM
Fun ride, nice simulator but another 3D ride? Come on Busch how many is that in your park alone, THREE! Jeez! I miss "Questor". For those of you who dont know this was a smaller more personal NON 3D simulator. It was exactly like "Star Tours" at Disneyland except you were going underground with some weird old troll man. It was really cool. Corkscrew Hill is good, better than I thought It was going to be, but Ill take "Back to the future" or "Star Tours" over this one.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 5/12/2005 7:43:00 AM
Corkscrew Hill is a good ride, but I found it to be somewhat rough in some portions, especially during the sequences while riding the horse. And on top of this, the seats are pretty padding on these things! The story is good, the theming is interesting, the 3-D is pretty well done, and it truly captures an Irish-feeling to it. Overall, its a very good motion simulator, but DarKastle is obviously superior

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up WAR2174 on 5/10/2005 3:39:00 PM
This hasnt always been called Corkcrew Hill. Many years ago when it was first built, this was called Questor. It was a thrilling, ground breaking simulator ride that had people talking. Over the years, it got boring and ridership fell off. It closed for a year and re-emerged as King Arthurs Challenge. That was a total flop. It is was really cheesy and everyone hated it. Busch then changed the area of the park into Ireland and they had a new version of the simulator ride, Corkscrew Hill. This is by far the best version. It has some good computer effects and a simple easy to follow story line that turns you into leprauchan size. You will face witches, monsters and ride horses. It is a little rough and intense for the small thrill seekers. Even some adults will find this ride bumps you around rather hard. But is has some rather scary moments and some cool sequences of falling and flying. I dont want to give away too much, becuase a ride like this has more effect when experienced for the first time, when everything is a surprise. With new technologies incorporated in rides like Spiderman and DarKastle, this will seem kind of old school but it still packs a decent punch and is a very fun ride.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 4/11/2005 9:48:00 AM
APPEARANCE-9 I really like the theming on the outside and the tunnel going in is nice. On a long line day I do think the tunnel could be a little annoying. CAPACITY-6 It appears as if the line would move pretty quick since they have two pre show areas to sort of keep you from standing around, but when you think about only having one ride that could be dreadful. RIDE QUALITY-8 A little too much horse, even though it was well done. The end was nice. FUN-9 I really liked it and tried to make it back but I ran out of time. RERIDE-9 I will ride again but I Didnt go 10 because even the best of this type eventually lose some zip. OVERALL-41 AVG-8.1 I will go with the 8 however it is a very solid 8.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RaptorFan on 3/27/2005 8:59:00 PM
This was a fun ride, and a neat storyline for the 3-d movie. The simulator was even better than some others

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 3/22/2005 8:37:00 PM
Well, after reading these reviews, I suppose you either hate it or love it. I think that giving it a 9 puts me on the "love it" team. Corkscrew Hill was done by the same people as Spiderman at IOA, which is amazing. I looked at this in two aspects: the film, and the simulator. The film was amazing, and I would rate it a step above Spiderman. Not to spoil, but it shared some similarities to Spidey also. The story was nice, and the perspective from the box was well done by the folks at Kleiser. Between the storyline and the 3D animations, Corkscrew Hill would get a 10. However, the simulator was not all that good. Perhaps the cars that Spiderman had spoiled me, but at least DarKastle will have similar vehicles. The simulator was actually intense, and very jarring. That would probably lower the score a bit, just because it seemed to be too rough at times, though it was executed very well in coordination with the film. The simulator part probably gets a 9, but overall, I didnt think that Corkscrew Hill was worth a 10. I dont see why Corkscrew Hill has a much lower average than Spiderman... I thought it would be closer, and to me, it was a close second. A fun attraction with a nice theme and queue, certainly nothing that you want to miss while at BGW.

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