Land of the Dragons – Williamsburg, VA


Land of the Dragons is an interactive children’s attraction at Busch Gardens, a 383-acre theme park located in James City County, Virginia, about 3 miles southeast of Williamsburg. Opened in 1994, the Land of the Dragons is home to Dumphrey the Dragon, the area’s mascot.



Not far from the Octoberfest Village in the Germany-themed section of the park, the Land of the Dragons boasts statuary and rides with mythological dragons, including a 3-story dragon tree house called the “Dragon’s Nest” with a suspended rope obstacle course; a dragon-egg Ferris wheel named Eggery Deggery; and the Flutter Sputter where children fly high in cars shaped like smiling baby dragons.


There was a mini-flume that ran under the treehouse called “Riffle Rapids” with dragon-shaped boats, but it was relocated to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and renamed “Bert and Ernie’s Loch Adventure.”


Other attractions withing the Land of the Dragons include a ladybug ride called the Bug-a-Dug, Chug-a-Tub, a kiddie boat, and the Brook Water Playground area.

In 2014, as part of the 20th anniversary of Busch Gardens original kid-friendly attraction, Land Of The Dragons received some exciting upgrades and revitalization, including:

  • A renovated water play area.
  • A remodeled stage with a new reptile-inspired animal show called Scaly Tails: Myths Understood.
  • Rejuvenated with fresh paint, new colors.
  • The reintroduction of the dragon roar (a recording of a dragon roars – The roar was part of the original LOTD when it opened in 1994).
  • Replacement of shade structures and the addition of fans at select locations.

NOTE: Opened on May 16, 1975, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia (formerly known as Busch Gardens Europe and Busch Gardens: The Old Country) is now owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. It was originally developed by Anheuser-Busch and is located adjacent to Anheuser-Busch’s brewery.

There was also a Land of the Dragons in Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. It ran from 1995 until 2010 when it was closed and re-themed as Sesame Safari of Fun. All of the Land of Dragon rides remained but were re-purposed for the new Sesame Safari addition. The Williamsburg Land of the Dragons attraction replaced a children’s area formerly called Grimms Hollow.


Within Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, there is another reptilian ride called “Loch Ness Monster.” Opened more than 30 years ago, the ride is still one of the most popular rides in our park’s history. It features an interlocking, double-looping coaster stretching a monstrous 13 stories tall before racing those who challenge it down a 114-foot drop, with speeds as fast as 60 miles per hour.

Busch Gardens
c/o Land of the Dragons
One Busch Gardens Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8785

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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