Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans massive 2017 with new coaster, festivals and more!


Busch Gardens will open on March 25th for the 2017, which is shaping to be the biggest yet. The park will unveil their first wooden coaster with Invadr, and a slew of other happenings.
The park has released the first commercial for the new coaster, in which Vikings take over the neighborhood.

There’s also this one, where Vikings invade a BBQ.

Invadr will mark the first wooden coaster Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and will be the eighth coaster in the park. The Coaster has an April opening date, but the park hasn’t released an exact date in April.

While Invadr marks a huge step for 2017 at BGW, there are certainly tons of other new and returning favorites coming later this year.
Returning favorites

Busch Gardens has many favorite traditions, including Howl O Scream and the Food and Wine Festival. All of those will be returning in 2017. Here’s a rundown of the dates for each.

Food & Wine Festival

Weekends from May 26 – July 2

Expect new additions to this favorite, with tons of great food and beverage options, as well as unique new flavors.

Bier Fest

Select dates Sept. 1 – 17

As the air is cooling off, it’s the perfect time to sample craft beers, and amazing German food. Guests can also hear authentic German Polka bands as well.
Select dates Sept. 23 – Oct. 29

Screaming, terror, blood and guts. The fun is back again.

Christmas Town

Select dates Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 2018

The bigges Christmas celebration in Virginia will return with 8 million lights and more festive surprises.
New This Year

Busch Gardens Williamsburg will hit the ground running with tons of new stuff happening. Opening day is March 25th, and guests can meet up with Jungle Jack Hannah.

In May BGW is bringing back the Kidsiderate Concert Series.

Here’s the line up:

Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6

The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13
Announced Soon – May 20

Busch Gardens will also bring a fun new festival in July and August with Summer Nights. New shows, new entertainment, special dining options and concerts will bring a new level of fun. Saturday nights will see huge concerts from a variety of bands and acts.

Here’s the lineup so far:

Chase Bryant – July 8
Cassadee Pope – July 8
Josh Turner – July 15
Jeremy Camp – July 22
Rend Collective – July 22
MercyMe – July 29
38 Special – August 5
Kool & The Gang – August 12
Announced Soon – August 19

Announced Soon – August 26

We did mention new shows right?

Two new shows will be coming to the park during Summer Nights.

First, the park’s British musical show, London Rocks seems to be gone for good. There will be another new show in the Globe Theater beginning on June 30th called Britmania. The new show will be a review of British music from the 1960’s up till today.

The second show will take place in Das Festhaus, and does not yet have a name. It will feature traditional German music and dance with a modern twist. This new show will debut ahead of Summer Nights on March 31st.

2017 is shaping up to be a massive year at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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