Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

With lands themed to several nations in western Europe, Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened in 1975 as Busch Gardens: The Old Country, switching to its current name in 1992 before a brief change to Busch Gardens Europe from 2006-08.

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Roller coasters

The new coaster for 2022 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is Pantheon, a 3,328-foot Intamin coaster featuring four launches, two inversions, a maximum height of 180 feet, a 95-degree drop, and a top speed of 72 mph.


  1. Apollo's Chariot
    A 4,882-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster with a 210-foot drop and top speed of 73 mph. Height requirement: 52 inches
  2. Alpengeist
    A 3,828-foot Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster with a 170-foot drop, top speed of 67 mph and six inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
  3. Griffon
    A 3,108-foot Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster with a 200-foot drop, top speed of 71 mph and two inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
    Read Russell Meyer's Griffon review.
  4. Tempesto
    A 863-foot-long, 150-foot tall Premier Rides Sky Rocket II coaster, with a multi-pass LSM launch and top speed of 62 mph. Height requirement: 54 inches
    Read Russell Meyer's Tempesto review.
  5. Loch Ness Monster
    A 3,240-foot Arrow custom looping coaster with a 114-foot drop and top speed of 60 mph. Known for its unique, interlocking vertical loops over the water. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Robert Niles' feature on Loch Ness Monster.
  6. Verbolten
    A 2,835-foot Zierer coaster themed to a drive through the Bavarian forest, with an 88-foot drop and top speed of 53 mph. (Follow the link for a spoiler that might be needed for sensitive riders.) Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Russell Meyer's review of Verbolten.
  7. InvadR
    A 2,118-foot Great Coasters International wooden coaster with a 74-foot drop and top speed of 48 mph. Height requirement: 46 inches
    Read Russell Meyer's review of InvadR.

In addition to these "grown-up" coasters, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers Grover's Alpine Express, a Zierer Force coaster in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun children's land.

Other rides

Other notable attractions include Escape from Pompeii, a shoot-the-chutes flume ride; Le Scoot Log Flume, the Mach Tower drop ride, the Rhine River boat ride, and Finnegan's Flyer, a Screamin' Swing with a height of 80 feet and speed of 45 mph.


Our top recommended show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is Celtic Fyre ★ ★ ★, a celebration of Irish music, dance, and culture.


Top recommendations

  1. Das Festhaus
    Cafeteria serving German food, often with an Oktoberfest show playing
  2. Trapper's Smokehouse
    Counter service barbecue located in New France
  3. Marco Polo's Marketplace
    Market-style Italian food, often accompanied by live entertainment


Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located off Interstate 64, about five miles south of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.