Busch Gardens to Add Great Coasters International Wooden Coaster in 2017

There has been much speculation about what exactly #Project2017 would be for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Many people (including the guys at BGCabana) speculated that the project would turn out to be a new coaster, and today, we have an answer.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced at their passholder preview day that #Project2017 will be a wooden roller coaster, built by Great Coasters International. (GCI)

Normally by this point in the post, we would have told you the new attraction’s name. But here’s the thing. We don’t have one yet. That’s because the new ride will be the first “crowd-sourced” ride in the world. Fans will have the opportunity to shape various experiences for the coaster, starting with the ride’s name. You’ll have until April 1, 2016 to vote for the new name of the wooden coasterViking Raider, Invadr, or Battle Klash.


According to Busch Gardens, the ride will have a “Viking” theme. “A great battle will ensue in the trappers’ village of New France. Vikings will invade, forcing the trappers to defend their village.  The 74-foot drop makes it a force to be feared and nine airtime hills wait to be conquered by bold warriors. Chart a course through the winding frontier at 48 mph and claim eternal glory for your crew.”

Though many details have not be released, we can confirm that the ride will be located in the New France area of the park, near the Le Scoot Log Flume attraction. The ride’s lift hill will actually go over Le Scoot.

The track length will be approximately 2,000 feet long, and will have a metal sub-structure, similar to The Voyage at Holiday World.

And here is an overlay of the new coaster layout on the current park overhead view, from our friends at BGCabana.

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For more information, be sure to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Official Project 2017 Website, and follow the park on Facebook and Twitter. And of course, stay tuned to Coaster101.com for progress!

Are you excited to ride? What’s your vote for the new name? Let us know in the comments below!



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