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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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 4:52:00 PM
Interesting, but not the best. Children would, I sense, enjoy the story more than adults might, although the effects were good.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 8/19/2008 11:14:00 PM
this was a fun little ride tucked away in Ireland. I loved the queue underground and air-conditionned. The show was cute and not scary so it was great for the whole family

2 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Steve NY on 5/2/2008 8:43:00 PM
I might be a bit biased here, but Im not Irish! Therefore I didnt have the enjoyment on this that some others have had in seeing a movie about their native land. Anywho, the cave queue is cool for the first minute or so until you realize that you are sweating like crazy in there. The preshow was abysmal in my opinion and it really was disappointing, but at least the ride was somewhat better. While the motion was pretty well synched with the film, a lot of the motion was too jerky for my taste and the animation used in the film wasnt my favorite. Also, the plot was really bad as well and it really just made the ride pretty uninteresting. I can see Irish possibily liking this ride, but I just wasnt feeling the "luck of the Irish" on this ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Princess on 9/22/2007 8:05:00 AM
Crokscrew hill was a rather poor attraction and not nearly as good as I had expected. I had seen SpongeBob and Hannah Barbara the day before at Kings Dominion so I was expecting a fun-filled and good movie like I had the previous day. Well, let me start off by saying that I wasnt in the best of moods when I was riding. I was at the park on a 100 degree day and the wait was brutal. Though I only waited 20 minutes, it was in a stuffy cave that felt like it was 120 degrees (Busch said their air-conditioning broke). Well, the preshow was sort of unique because you traveled to different rooms and watched different clips. The actual ride itself wasnt all that good. All of the motions were decent and synchronized well with the film, but the problem was the movie. Honestly I expected much better as the film wasnt that interesting and the plot was pretty sad. Corkscrew Hill is worth a ride if the wait isnt bad, but just dont expect too much like I did.

2 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 10/17/2006 5:47:00 PM
The Irish will forever be proud of their rich and illustrious culture. From their crazy holidays, to wacky antics, to their mythical legends, the Irish always have something to boast about, and they sure do boast. Busch Gardens is a park rich in mind-blowing, multi-sensory attractions, but Ireland had always been lacking that signature attraction that each of the other countries seemed to feature like Scotland with Nessie, or Italy and Apollo, or even Germany and Alpengeist. Well, Busch and many others think they’ve hit a homerun with Corkscrew Hill, but is it really as good as everyone else says? I wish the answer was yes, but it simply was one of the biggest disappointments of my visit.

Located in the Ireland section towards the back corner of the park, the attraction itself is completely hidden from view off-ride, with just a nice-looking entrance greeting future riders. Not only that, but the incredibly favorable reviews of the attraction and hype increases the ride’s popularity (it’s just so mysterious prior to your first ride). But the logo definitely makes the attraction look inviting and draws the people in and boy does it ever. Featuring an extremely long, winding queue line through a very-nicely themed cave that really captures the atmosphere of the attraction by separating riders from the outside world, I only rode this once due to a slow-moving half hour wait. Maybe it was just a bad day, but to add insult to injury, the AC was burnt out when I visited leading to a horridly uncomfortable wait.

Finally I escaped the stifling cave and entered the attraction’s very elaborate pre-show which is unlike any other I’ve experienced, and I really mean it! Greeted by a leprechaun in a dimly lit room, you follow him from room to room where the plot of the attraction is slowly introduced building up the suspense. At last, everyone stands on a brightly-lit circle where the anticipation slowly builds for the attraction that follows. It’s just too bad the ride failed to live up to the hype and wasn’t nearly as innovative as the pre-show.

Once seated in the nicely themed theater that really maintains the ominous tone sustained through the pre-show, the film begins, where I could easily see the high quality animation utilized during the attraction, which is definitely the high point of the attraction. Along with the beautiful picture, the crisp audio really enhanced the experience significantly. However, this motion simulator has two major weaknesses- the motion itself and a rather ridiculous story. In my opinion, the motion was just too repetitive and it seemed to be recycled throughout the whole film and really lack any originality. Because of this, I was unable to get completely immersed in the attraction, which really sapped the enjoyment from such a promising attraction. Also, the story was just pretty wacky and hard to follow in my opinion, leading to most of the attraction being extremely confusing.

Corkscrew Hill is undeniably one of the park’s most mysterious attractions; however, the atrocious wait for a rather poor motion simulator really stood out in my opinion. Simply put, it flat out just wasn’t as enjoyable for me as it seems to be for others. But that being said, the attraction does have some good points, namely the great 3-D animation, the audio, and the unique pre-show. So do I recommend this motion simulator? Well, because of its uniqueness, it’s worth giving a shot after you’ve hit all of the park’s other major attractions first.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/19/2006 10:12:00 PM
This is a good motion simulator ride. I loved the simple and unique storyline. I thought that the movie was excellent. The theatre helped set the theme for the adventure. On these first few elements I would rate this experience a 9 or 10. However, the motion simulator wasnt as good as these other elements. Most of the motion was very repetitive and a little boring.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Hercules on 9/18/2006 3:19:00 PM
This one is mildly entertaining. I think the pre-show is done very well. Its not the normal stand on a thing and go to the seat - at least there is a story to it (unlike something like SpongeBob). But once I sat down and straped up, I got lost. I didnt really think that the effects were that great and the motion of the ride wasnt really in sync with the film. It wasnt the worst, but it wasnt that great. The theme was good, but the story lacked and left me saying, meh.

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 1/11/2006 8:41:00 PM
This was an interesting ride. I really knew nothing about it going into it, except that it was a movie-esqe ride that I figured would include movement of some kind of another, so basically a simulator similar to Akbars Adventure Tours @ BGT. This assumption turned out to be pretty much correct. First you enter the room where you are shown the preliminary movie to get you acquainted with the story line, characters, etc. Then you enter the next room, where you stand on dots and get sprinkled with the fairy dust to turn you into little people and so be able to experience this magical adventure. The dot concept was very clever, because it lined everyone up perfectly to enter the final room, so there was minimal jostling and jockeying for position. The simulator/movie itself was fine, and the tale brought back a nice feeling of nostalgia for an animated old Irish adventure. Unfortunately, much of the movement involved the supposed riding of a horse, which left everyone in my party a little winded. I myself did not feel so much sick by the end of it, but rather as though I had just been punched in the gut. All in all, a good ride for families to ride together, with a plot that contains enough adventure to be engaging while at the same time not frightening children. I just wish there had been more of a variety of movement as opposed to riding the horse so much, since it took its toll in the end!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 10/27/2005 10:52:00 AM
The theming on the outside and tunnel going into the ride is nice. Overall a very good motion simulator. It is fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Waitj786 on 10/10/2005 6:35:00 PM
it was good, and a very interesting story. but they could have done SO much more with it. it was also a little too short. very fun though

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