Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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General Park News - (12/5/16) Our friends at CoasterRadio have put together a nice little video package about the sights and sounds of ChristmasTown at Busch Gardens Williamsburg this year. Check it out below.
2017 - InvadR / Wooden Coaster - (1/2017) In addition to the new InvadR wooden coaster opening this season, Busch Gardens Williamsbrug will also bring back the Elmo Rocks! Live show to the Globe Theater for a limited run starting Mar. 18 and the park has also promised a new yet-to-be-named German musical/dance show will start in the Festhaus on Mar. 31.
(1/7/17) With Busch Gardens Williamsburg now closed until Spring, Coaster Studios has posted a final look at the park shot in the last day(s) of the season, including our last in-park look at the progress on InvadR.
(1/2/17) New pictures of InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg were posted to the BGWFans Facebook page this week. The big news this week is that InvadR's track has now bridged over Le Scoot, the brake run, the railroad track and the Caribou Station storage track.
(11/30/16) A new video construction update showing off the progress on InvadR at BGW can be found below from CoasterStudios.
(11/16/16) The themed coaster cars for InvadR coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg were put on display at IAAPA on Tuesday. It seems each will have a different theme as well as there was one that looked like it had a giant bear head on the front and another that looked like the front of a Viking warship.
(11/4/16) A good new construction update for the InvadR wooden coaster coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been posted to BGWFans this week.They’ve got lots of new pictures from the construction site as well as a look at the trains in the shop.
(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.