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roller coaster
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, LLC.
Type Wooden
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height60 feet
Drop74 feet
Top speed48 mph
Length2118 feet
Steepest drop65°
InvadR's Logo.jpeg

InvadR is a GCI 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, the name of the attraction was revealed to be InvadR. In March 2017, the ride began testing and the opening date was announced as April 7, 2017.

History[edit | edit source]

In March of 2016, the park asked guests to submit a name for 'Project 2017' a new roller coaster opening the following year. They also asked guests to submit a logo for the ride. On April 4, 2016, the name was revealed to be InvadR. They also revealed that it would be a wood coaster with steel supports from Great Coasters International.

Groundbreaking for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's new coaster began in August 2016. Construction fences were set up near the Le Scoot Arrow Dynamics log flume attraction and Caribou Hills Train Station.

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

The ride went vertical in December.

InvadR opened on April 7, 2017.

Design[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

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

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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

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