Location: Williamsubrg, VA (USA)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced on March 19, 2016 during Season Pass Member preview day that a new for 2017 wooden coaster is coming. The park invited fans to pick out the name and logo for the new coaster. Invadr is a new coaster being manufactured and constructed by Great Coasters International of Sunbury, PA. The new attraction will reach a height of 60 feet and plummet riders down a 74 foot drop. Riders will reach a top speed of 50 mph at the bottom of the first drop. 9 airtime hills will follow after along with many twists and turns before arriving back into the station. Invadr will debut as the first crowd sourced rollercoaster ever. The 2017 season will begin very soon and we had an opportunity to check out the progress on Invadr and interview key personnel that are a part of this new attraction.

Courtesy: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator

What is the current progress on Invadr? The ride is still on schedule to open in April. Crews have currently constructed a good amount of track and are close to completing the track circuit. Once that is completed, all of the electrical work will be completed before testing begins. Invadr will use the former Gwazi trains from the sister park in Tampa. The trains have been refurbished and rebuilt to debut with the theme of the ride. The all steel structure is a concept that was used at Fun Spot in Orlando for their White Lightning roller coaster. The park is going with this concept to cut down on overall ride maintenance and provide for a smoother wood coaster experience. The track is all wood supported by the steel structure.

Courtesy: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

What is happening at the park in 2017? Another action packed year is planned for Busch Gardens. The park will open March 25 with Spring into Fun where Elmo rocks! will have limited showings in the Globe Theater. Also Jack Hanna will be at the park March 25-26. Heading into the summer time season don’t miss Food & Wine Festival on weekends May 26-July 2. Summer Nights presented by Coca-Cola will run in July and August which will give guests more reasons to visit in the evenings. There will be special entertainment, culinary presentations, and more. Bier Fest will run from Sept 1-17 focusing on many craft beers available. The park has many more exciting experiences coming later this year from Howl-O-Scream to Christmas Town. More information on those events will be available later this season.

Here are some photos of the tour from Invadr:

Invadr tour photos

Courtesy: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator

Here is a video clip of the tour from Invadr:

Courtesy: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator

The park also has special offers available if you are visiting. You can purchase a fun card and get admission to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA through Sept 10 for $80.00. The offer is valid online only through March 31. For more information click here.

For families with younger ones, the 2 Park Pre-School Pass is the best value. This limited time online only offer will give children ages 3-5 free unlimited admission to both parks through Sept 10. Parents must register online by May. 31. For more information click here.

For more information about Busch Gardens Williamsburg, visit https://www.buschgardens.com.

Logo and image credits:

Logo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Feature image courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator

Disclaimer: The Amusement Wire is not affiliated with the park or attraction mentioned in this article. All photos and video are courtesy of the individual parks or outlets and used for publicity reasons. The Amusement Wire does not own the rights to photos or video used unless otherwise noted.

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