Those that have already visited Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, have already seen the signs of a new invasion in the New France area of the park. Located between the Caribou Train station and Le Scoot, you will find yourself immersed in a setting ready for battle and surrounded by a wall of logs. From the larger than life dragon headed battering ram to the Viking shields and arrows everywhere you look, it could only mean one thing: Invadr has arrived! This will be the first wooden roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and they want to deliver.
Invadr will feature a 74- foot drop and nine airtime hills. Busch Gardens’ Vice President of Design and Engineering, Larry Giles, mentions, “the track shape will use centrifugal energy to create great airtime during the drop. The initial drop will include another first for us at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, a covered drop!” This is not the only tunnel on this coaster. As you fall in the first drop and come out of the tunnel, riders will see brief daylight before entering a second tunnel going under a service road. Designed and manufactured by Great Coasters International (GCI), Invadr will take you on an adventure over 2,218 feet of track, over the trapper village, across the railroad train tracks three times, around the flume ride, and into a double helix. The top speed is 48 mph and will have two trains of twelve cars holding 24 passengers per trip.
Water dummies are currently testing out the coaster now that construction has fully been completed. “This really is a fan coaster,” said Ron Vample, Communications Manager at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.