Discordant violin strains waft through the chilled, fog-laden air as macabre figures slowly gather in front of four-inch thick, ice gates. Ashen, cloaked in medieval attire, five couples dance a ghostly minuet as the black-frocked symphony plays.

Suddenly, dead silence and the ghoulish creatures freeze where they stand.

The event that seemed to be focused on death was actually a birth – of sorts – of a new ride at Busch Gardens. DarKastle is the latest among the theme park’s 3D simulators.