The rumors were true. In 2017, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will debut the park’s first ever wooden roller coaster. The park announced the plans during a special event this morning (3/19). The ride will be located in the New France section of the park, and will sport a Viking theme when complete. Busch Gardens posted to their website a piece of backstory to the ride:
“In 2017, a great battle will ensue in the trappers’ 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 airtime 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.”
Here is the reveal video for Project 2017:
With such elements as an approximately 60ft lift hill, 74ft drop into a ravine, a top speed of 48mph, and a track length of 2,000ft, the ride will be one of the smaller coasters in the park, providing a thrilling family experience for all ages.
As of now, the ride is without a name. The park has put in place a very unique way of choosing the ride name: a poll! That’s right, YOU will be able to vote on your favorite name for the ride! The potential names are: VIKING RAIDER, BATTLE KLASH, and INVADR. You will have until April 1st to Vote for your favorite name here!
As the world’s first “crowdsourced” ride, the park will allow guests to give their feedback through surveys, polls, and other ways of participation, and will be able to help the park create the ride experience.
We are very excited to see more of this ride be developed and constructed over the next 12 months, and can’t wait to ride it in 2017!