For the first time in the park’s history, park guests will be able to experience a wooden roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Teaming up with Great Coasters International (GCI) for the first time at its Virginia park, Busch Gardens is looking to provide a new thrilling roller coaster that fills the gap between kiddie rides and adrenaline-packed extreme roller coasters. In addition, the park has been looking at ways to diversify its roller coaster lineup, and moving away from steel for a change could be just what they need. According to park officials, “In 2017, a great battle will ensue in the trapper’s village of New France. Vikings will invade, forcing the trappers to defend their village. Invade new territory on the first wooden coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The 74-foot drop makes it a force to be feared and nine air-time hills wait to be conquered by bold warriors. Chart a course through the winding frontier at 48 mph and claim eternal glory for your crew.” The Viking-themed roller coaster should be ready to thrill families in spring of 2017. Until then, there should be many construction updates. Do you think Busch Gardens Williamsburg was in dire need of a wooden roller coaster? Does this announcement surprise you? With the park announcement so early [more on that later], park enthusiasts have nearly one year to sit back and see the progress on this wooden coaster!
[Images courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.]