Busch Gardens Williamsburg is coming off of their huge 40th anniversary celebration in 2015. While the park doesn’t have a massive new coaster opening for this year, it is doing some major preparations for next year, as the Viking themed InvadR is getting ready to take over! The park gave fans the chance to name the coaster, from a list of three different names, and InvadR was the hands down choice.
InvadR will be Busch Gardens Williamsburg first wooden coaster. They went with world-renowned Great Coasters International to design this ride. The top speed will only be 48mph with a height of the first drop maxing out at 74ft. The real charm of this coaster comes from the location and integration with the terrain and two existing family favorite rides, the log flume ‘Le Scoot’ and the Busch Gardens Railroad. This ride will fit in perfectly with BGW collection of fantastic thrill coasters since it will appeal to families as well as the thrill seekers.
The construction site can best be viewed from the Caribou train station platform. Lots of land has been cleared on both side of the train tracks and many construction markers can be seen.
The park will be using wood from the now defunct coaster, Gwazi, at Busch Gardens Tampa. That coaster was the largest and fastest dueling wooden coaster in Florida, but was closed after several tries at trying to make it smoother failed. The park brought in some brand new coaster trains, just before the coaster closed. Those trains will be rethemed and used at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Before you start wondering if it’s going to be rough, because of the wood and the trains, don’t worry. The coaster will be fine, as the park is adding all new parts to the train, and the wood used will be just for the structure. New rails and other components will be used for InvadR.
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