InvadR Roller Coaster Opens At Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Earlier today, a horde of Viking invaders marched into Busch Gardens Williamsburg to christen InvadR—the park’s first wooden coaster. In typical opening ceremony fashion, David Cromwell, President of Busch Gardens spoke, but his speech was interrupted by a group of Vikings led by Magnus The Red. “It is a day for the brave! A day for the bold! It is a day for the Vikings!” Magnus declared. Check out the video below!
Magnus later urged his followers, some draped in war paint, capes, weapons and shields, to be among the first to ride InvadR. They were joined by members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, the Fenvald Vikings living history group of Virginia Beach, and select fans who voted online to choose the coaster’s name and certain elements. Other park guests were allowed to line up for their turn on the ride as well.
InvadR is Busch Gardens’ first wooden coaster. With a 60 foot tall lift hill, a 74 foot drop into the terrain complete with a tunnel, a speed of 48 miles per hour, and a 46 inch height requirement, it is definitely a family friendly roller coaster.
It is built with steel supports and a wooden track, allowing for a smoother ride with less required maintenance. It was originally announced in March 2016 as the world’s first crowd sourced roller coaster, allowing fans to vote on the name, ride sign, and other elements of the theme and ride throughout the year. It was also announced that the trains from Gwazi, Busch Gardens Tampa’s closed wooden coaster, were relocated to InvadR, after a complete refurbishment.
Busch Gardens is known for it’s unique and thrilling rides and “InvadR undoubtedly will continue that tradition,” park president David Cromwell said. “With a 46-inch height requirement, InvadR is designed as a true family attraction. It’s perfect for children ready to ride their first big coaster – a ‘Ride of Passage,’ if you will. But trust me, this is a big-time thrill.”
The ride is located in New France Village and is now open to the general public. We can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of the new wooden roller coaster! Let us know via our socials.
For tickets and more information, visit the official Busch Gardens Williamsburg website by clicking here.
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