InvadR - New Wooden Coaster

InvadR is now open

The Vikings are invading New France as Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg adds InvadR ™ to its collection of world-class coasters. Rise up to be the hero in this epic conquest. Hold on to your viking helmet and feel the wind in your beard on the park’s first-ever wooden coaster. Fly over InvadR’s nine air-time hills, including a 74-foot plunge that reaches speeds of almost 50 miles per hour. Blaze through the tunnels and let the world hear your battle cry as you race through the high-banked turns. Grab your family and run for the hills aboard InvadR.

This roller coaster is the next step for any young thrill seeker and great for coaster enthusiasts. Enjoy air-time hills similar to Apollo's Chariot ® with the feel of a wooden track. Afterward, take a ride on our log flume, Le Scoot, in New France or venture through the snow covered hills of Bavaria on Curse of DarKastle's 4D ride in Germany.

There Goes the Neighborhood | The Vikings Invade

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at InvadR | See more exclusive content

Take a closer look at the making of InvadR. Our Design and Engineering team gives us some insight into the construction of our first wooden coaster. See more exclusive content and get ready for this all-new family ride.


InvadR Quick Facts

InvadR ride stats

   Located in the New France village

   Must be 46" or taller to ride

   Designed to integrate seamlessly with existing attractions and nature in the park

   Hybrid wooden coaster with steel supports

   9 air-time hills

   74-foot drop

   48 miles per hour

   For more information about ride requirements, please read our Accessibility Guide

Fan Involvement | You Decided it, now Ride it

#BGProject2017 was the world's first crowd-sourced ride, where we invited consumers to Decide the Ride and become co-creators with the park team for our first wooden roller coaster. Park fans had the opportunity to shape the ride experience through various surveys and means of participation. Stay in the loop with our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat) and email.

InvadR's opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony

On April 7, guests gathered in New France to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's first wooden roller coaster. Select fans who participated in previous voting opportunities joined members of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Fenvald Vikings living history group of Virginia Beach and our Faces of InvadR to invade the event. Together they marched with Magnus into battle and were among the first to ride InvadR.

InvadR fan hard hat tour

February 2017

Fan Hard Hat Tour

Fans had the chance to go on a fans-only hard hat tour of the InvadR construction site.

Fans voted on InvadR's logo

August 2016

Logo Design

For the first time in our park's history, we left the final decision up to you. You were able to choose your favorite logo design.

InvadR wall art with fan names

April 2016

Construction Wall Artwork

Your names were featured in artwork that was displayed on the fence that surrounds the construction area.

Fans voted on the name for Busch Gardens' new wooden roller coaster

March 2016

Ride Name

Every legendary battle has a name. We asked for your help to decide the name of our first wooden roller coaster.

Faces of InvadR

In October 2016, we asked you to submit your fiercest battle face on social media for the chance to become the face of this new attraction. We received a great number of submissions, narrowed it down to our top twelve, and turned it back to you to vote on your favorites. Six finalists were selected and transformed into true Vikings, periodically taking over our social media channels and making their presence known in the park as the Faces of InvadR.