Aug 16

Fun Coaster Facts for National Roller Coaster Day

It’s no secret that Busch Gardens Williamsburg is jam packed with thrills for every thrill type and just in time for National Roller Coaster Day, we're sharing some of our favorite facts about our world-class coasters:

Tempesto: Opened in 2015, Tempesto is the park's second magnetic-launch coaster. This makes for a much faster launch experience as you zoom through the station forwards, backwards and forwards again at 63 mph.

Apollo's Chariot: Named for the Greek god of the sun, Apollo's Chariot features a whopping nine air-time hills that drop you a combined 825 feet and provide that "I'm flying!" feeling.

Griffon: Busch Gardens’ dive coaster was inspired by the mythical beast that combined feline ferocity with avian aerial grace. Climb 205 feet to the edge of a 90-degree drop that leaves you hanging in suspense before plunging you over the edge.

Alpengeist: Roughly translates to "ghost of the alps" in German. The park's only inverted coaster is also one of the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world.

Verbolten: This magnetic launch coaster takes you on a wild ride through the Black Forest and features a free-fall drop - the first of its kind- where the entire train car drops vertically 18 feet. Hold on to your lederhosen!

Grover's Alpine Express:The park's smallest coaster brings big smiles. It's 600 feet long, 24 feet tall and perfect for young thrill-seekers.

Loch Ness Monster: Named after a legendary creature, the park's oldest coaster has become a legend in its own right: it is the first and only roller coaster still in existence to feature interlocking loops.

InvadR: Sweeping the park in 2017, InvadR will not only be the park's first wooden coaster, but also the first roller coaster to have fan-chosen features, theming and advertising. Even the name of the coaster was picked by fans!

Have all these fun facts given you roller coaster fever? Maybe it's time for a trip to the park. Visit to find tips, info and tickets to start your adventure.

And remember that while Busch Gardens Williamsburg is home to some of the most thrilling, exciting and adrenaline-inducing coasters around, your safety is always our top priority. Busch Gardens meets or exceeds all safety guidelines set forth by state agencies and industry organizations, as well as our ride and slide manufacturers. And please be sure to know before you “go.” Each ride has a posted safety warning sign at the entrance, and that warning may be different for each attraction. Be sure to always review these safety requirements and our park safety protocols before experiencing any of our attractions.

Happy National Roller Coaster Day from Busch Gardens Williamsburg!