PHOTO: A Viking outside the new InvadR roller coaster (photo courtesy of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)
WHY IT RATES: Busch Gardens Williamsburg debuts an all new wooden roller coaster with the help of some Vikings - Eric Bowman, TravelPulse Senior Editor
A horde of Viking invaders marched into Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Friday and christened InvadR, the park’s first wooden roller coaster.
An official opening ceremony included a surprise twist when Busch Gardens President David Cromwell’s speech was interrupted by a group of Viking actors led by Magnus The Red.
“It is a day for the brave! A day for the bold! It is a day for the Vikings!” Magnus declared during the “invasion.”
He later urged his followers, some draped in war paint, capes, weapons and shields, to be among the first to ride InvadR. The invading group included members of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula; Fenvald Vikings living history group of Virginia Beach; and select fans who voted online in choosing the name and other elements.
Park guests also followed Magnus to the ride platform, where they lined up to experience the thrills of Busch Gardens’ eighth roller coaster, located in New France village.
InvadR packs a lot of excitement with a 74-foot drop, nine air-time hills, two tunnels and speeds reaching nearly 50 miles per hour, Cromwell said.
He added that the park has a number of award-winning coasters, each offering a unique ride experience guests will only get at Busch Gardens.
“InvadR undoubtedly will continue that tradition,” Cromwell said. “With a 46-inch height requirement, InvadR is designed as a true family attraction. It’s perfect for children ready to ride their first big coaster – a ‘Ride of Passage,’ if you will. But trust me, this is a big-time thrill.”
For more information about InvadR or to purchase tickets, please visit buschgardens.com/va or call (757) 229-4386. “Like” Busch Gardens on Facebook, and follow @BuschGardensVA on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram
SOURCE: A SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment press release.