Roller coaster in the United States
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since April 7, 2017
Height restriction 46 inches
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Designer / calculations Jeff Pike, Skyline Design
Type Wooden - Hybrid
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 60 feet
Drop 74 feet
Top speed 48 mph
Length 2118 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 65°
Duration 1:50
G-Force 4

InvadR is a GCI wooden hybrid roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It was announced by the park at a pass holder preview event on March 19, 2016. On April 4 of the same year, the name of the attraction was revealed to be InvadR. The ride then opened on April 7, 2017.


In March 2016, Busch Gardens Williamsburg asked guests to submit a name for 'Project 2017' a new roller coaster opening the following year. Guests could choose between Viking Raider, InvadR, or Battle Klash. They also asked guests to submit a logo for the ride.[1] On April 4, 2016, the name was revealed to be InvadR. They also revealed that it would be a wooden roller coaster with steel supports from Great Coasters International.[2]

Groundbreaking for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's new coaster began in May 2016. Construction fences were set up near the Le Scoot Arrow Dynamics log flume attraction and Caribou Hills Train Station.[3] The ride went vertical later that year.

At IAAPA 2016, the park revealed that the coaster would reuse Gwazi's old Millennium Flyer trains.[4]

Testing of the ride began in March 2017. InvadR opened on April 7, 2017.[5]


InvadR is a wooden coaster from Great Coasters International. It has a 74 foot tall first drop, reaches 48 mph and features nine airtime hills. Although the drop is 74 feet tall, the ride's height only reaches 60 feet.[6] The ride's final helix is also the second-fastest part on the ride due to the fact that it dives partway into a valley.

The ride supports are actually made of steel, as opposed to wood.


2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 16 riders per train.

InvadR uses the former trains of Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa. This was confirmed by the park in May when the trains arrived at the park. The trains were refurbished and rethemed before their placement on InvadR.

The front cars from both trains were on display at GCI's IAAPA booth in 2016.


The name InvadR is derived from Norse mythology. This is the reason for the capital R at the end.



  1. "Busch Gardens: First Wooden Roller Coaster Coming in 2017".
  2. "New wooden roller coaster at Busch Gardens aims to be family friendly".
  3. "InvadR Construction Update #1 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg".
  4. "Busch Gardens' latest coaster, InvadR, appeals to ride enthusiasts".
  5. "Busch Gardens opens for season, InvadR not far behind".
  6. "InvadR Roller Coaster Opens At Busch Gardens Williamsburg".

External links

Articles on Busch Gardens Williamsburg