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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment



General Park News - (7/23/16) Our friends at In The Loop have posted a fun video that shows off details and footage of every coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This is especially helpful for all of you who have never visited the park before, but you really should make plans to visit it someday as one of the best theme parks on the East coast outside of Florida.



icon_STOPHowl-O-Scream 2016 - (10/8/16) Our friends at CoasterRadio have posted a ScreamCam video showing off a trip they took through the Circo Sinistro haunt at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

    (9/29/16) Midway Mayhem has posted a couple of videos from Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The first shows off a look at the new No Escape: Case of Mr. Karver experience, while the next takes a look at the rest of the opening day activities, along with additional videos showing off the mazes and even a ScreamCam tour of Circo Sinistro.

    (7/20/16) Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced Circo Sinistro as both a new haunted house and new terror-tory for Howl-O-Scream this fall.
    (7/4/16) I thought I mentioned this before, but seems I only mentioned it on social media... but Busch Gardens Tampa and Williamsburg have posted their initial theme for this year's Howl-O-Scream event which they are calling Evil Encore. No details are posted on the individual park pages other than event dates for 2016. (BGW seems to have all their shows and mazes from last year listed however still...) With a name like Evil Encore however, it does sound as if 2016 may be a throw-back themed event, perhaps bringing back Icons and popular mazes from the past once again. Meanwhile the construction spotted in the old Drachen Fire area may very well be for Howl-O-Scream.


2017 - InvadR / Wooden Coaster - (8/18/16) A construction video from Midway Mayhem takes a look at all the construction progress being made at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on the new InvadR wooden coaster.

    (7/28/16) A new construction update from BGW from Midway Mayhem gives us a look at the new InvadR coaster under construction for 2017. Check it out below.

    (7/12/16) A new look at the InvadR construction site was posted by our friend JohnnyUpsidedown this week as it looks like they may have begun working on the station's foundation.
    (7/4/16) A video showing off all the land clearing done so far for InvadR was posted this week.

    (6/28/16) A new construction update about InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and other new signs of construction has been posted by Theme Parks and Travels. They also noticed some land clearing over in the Festhaus Park area as well, but is this for a new project or just clearing out space to store something?
    (6/1/16) A brief look at some of the land clearing taking place at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the InvadR coaster can be found here.
    (5/27/16) A new report about InvadR and the trains it will use has been posted by the park. As rumored, the old Gwazi trains have arrived on site at the park, to be shown off in the new blog report. Check it out.
    (5/17/16) I missed it earlier this month but a video construction report from Busch Gardens Williamsburg shows off a lot of newly cleared land for the new InvadR coaster coming in 2017.

    (4/19/16) Busch Gardens Williamsburg released the animated POV video for InvadR a few hours ago. You can see it below, but keep in mind that this is a family sized wooden coaster experience, now with a first drop of 81 feet and a run around the hilly Busch Gardens landscape. If it wasn't mentioned before, they also confirmed that InvarD will have a steel support structure instead of wood.

    (4/8/16) Update - GCI did confirm on their Facebook page that the new InvadR wooden coaster coming to BGW in 2017 will be a GCI. According to Screamscape sources, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is expected to receive the old Gwazi GCI-made Millennium Flyer trains as well as other various expensive parts from Gwazi (lifthill motors, brakes, etc...) to use on their 2017 InvadR coaster, which would also seem to confirm rumors that the project is also from GCI.
    (4/5/16) The online pole to name the 2017 coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is over, and it will be called InvadR.
    (3/20/16) Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that their 2017 project would be a new compact wooden coaster that would feature a theme all about Vikings attacking the trapper's village of New France.
   Now manufacture was given, though I've heard it said elsewhere that it is likely a GCI design, but I haven't been able to get a confirmation of that yet. The coaster will feature a 74 ft first drop and hit a maximum speed of 48mph and hit 9 airtime hills. The odd thing about the teaser video (see below) is that it mentions guests can "Attach with the Viking or Protect the Village", but I'm not sure how that will play out on a wooden coaster experience. The website also calls it the "world's first crowdsourced ride" where we will all be able to "decide the ride" and help co-create the experience starting with voting for the ride's name between "Viking Raider", "InvadR" or "Battle Klash".


???? - Water Country USA Expansion - Planning - (11/22/11) The expansion plan proposed by Water Country USA was given unanimous approval from the local Board of Supervisors. No timeline was given as to how the expansion will take place, other than it will be done over five phases.
    (10/14/11) BGWFans has posted a nice map showing off the new proposed master plan for Water Country USA over the next decade.
    (10/12/11) The local news reports that Water Country USA has filed paperwork seeking to expand the waterpark’s size by 43 acres, in addition to the park’s current 41 acres of attractions. Keep in mind, this is for a new overall master plan for the entire park site that will shape everything that is to come over the next decade or two and not a plan for one giant expansion that will happen over the next year or two.



Track Record

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

Tickets: as of 8/25/14
Adults: $72
Child: $62
Parking: $15

Abbreviation: BGW

Formerly known as: Busch Gardens: The Old Country and Busch Gardens Europe

Read our trip report & reviews of Howl-O-Scream 2007 and
Howl-O-Scream 2006.

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2015 - Tempesto

2012 - Verbolten

2011 - Mach Tower

2010 - Europe In The Air

2009 - Sesame Street 4D & Forest Of Fun

2007 - Griffon

2005 - Curse of DarKastle




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