Busch Gardens Williamsburg New Ride – DarKoaster

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January 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am - December 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CST

Rollercoaster with a purple lightnight lit sky with a monster in the clouds and a castle in the background at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Pack that survival kit, ‘cause a storm’s coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg! The highly anticipated DarKoaster is set to open in 2023. However, we must warn you: there’s no calm when you’re in the eye of the storm on the Busch Gardens new ride Williamsburg.

The curse has finally lifted. The location of the former Curse of DarKastle attraction will now re-open to guests with the debut of DarKoaster, North America’s first indoor straddle coaster.

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Featuring four launches that reach speeds up to 36 mph, this Busch Gardens Williamsburg new ride excites the bravest among us. So, if racing on a snowmobile around 2,454 feet of track in total darkness sounds like your kind of fun, save the date for the launch of this new ride.

Follow along as we share all the details about the Busch Gardens new ride Williamsburg!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg DarKoaster

Can’t wait to try the new ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Members are among the first guests to try DarKoaster in 2023! They'll be granted access to the storm on May 11th. Non-members can embrace the darkness on May 19th.

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About Busch Gardens Williamsburg DarKoaster

An unusual weather condition is experienced in King Ludwig’s deserted castle, and the park calls all the bravest to uncover everything about the strange occurrence. Do you have what it takes to embark on a dark ride through the cursed fortress?

If so, then mark your calendar for the launch of DarKoaster!

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Taking the place of the Curse of the DarKastle that's also home to Christmas Town events, the park’s newest ride pays recognition to the former attraction, showing appreciation for all the loyal theme park enthusiasts.

This all-indoor straddle coaster will feature a total of 2,454 feet of track and a 48-inch requirement, making it a family friendly addition to the growing list of Busch Gardens Williamsburg rides.

So, hop aboard the snowmobile and encounter four hastening launches with speeds of up to 36 miles per hour through the raging storm. But beware: the strange weather isn’t the only thing you’ll encounter here.

Other Thrilling Rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Looking for new rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg? Pantheon is now open to the public. No visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg is complete without experiencing Pantheon, the world's fastest multi launch roller coaster.

This 180-foot-tall ride is sure to impress all the daredevils with its four launches, 73 miles per hour speed, a 95° drop, two inversions, and five air-time hills.

The multi-launch roller coaster harnesses the speed and intensity of the greatest Roman gods, so run to the Festa Italia village to challenge yourself.


Brave nine airtime hills, plus a 74-foot drop that gets as far as 50 mph. InvadR is one of the extreme Busch Gardens Williamsburg rides with speed and strength beyond compare.


Located in the Oktoberfest section of the park, Verbolten is both an indoor and outdoor roller coaster that takes you through the Black Forest in the most compelling way.

Apollo Chariot

Hold on tight when you experience the Apollo’s Chariot®, the park's award-winning hypercoaster. This thrill drops passengers from 210 feet and surprises them with air-time hills.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg DarKoaster Date and Details

The long-awaited Busch Gardens new ride Williamsburg is about to debut in the spring of 2023. We will update this page with more information about the exact opening dates. For more details on the latest, you can also email, call, or chat with Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Experience the Busch Gardens New Ride Williamsburg

Whether you're a daring thrill-seeker or a fan of the Curse of the DarKastle, Busch Gardens Williamsburg DarKoaster: Escape the Storm should be on your radar.

The Busch Gardens Williamsburg new roller coaster, also known as North America’s First All-Indoor Straddle Coaster will take you on an unforgettable expedition where you’ll have to escape a powerful storm and paranormal forces lurking near the cursed fortress.

Meanwhile, you can embark on another thrilling adventure or wild expedition with a Busch Gardens Williamsburg vacation package!


January 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST
December 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CST
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
1 Busch Gardens Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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There’s no calm when you’re in the eye of the storm on the Busch Gardens new ride Williamsburg! Hop aboard the exhilarating DarKoaster.