Top 5 Roller Coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Coaster Round Up

Barnaby Cross Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful amusement parks in the world. With its sprawling hilly layout, it has some truly one of a kind coasters that are amazing and work themselves in perfectly with their surroundings.

As part of our ongoing Coaster Round Up series, we are looking into the top five roller coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This is an opinion-based list, so if you disagree with our ranking, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

5. InvadR

InvadR Wooden coaster Building Busch Gardens Williamsburg

This is the newest coaster at the park, and the only wooden roller coaster at the park. While nowhere near as intense as the rest of the famous coasters at the park, it serves a necessary role in the park, as a quality, but more family-friendly coaster.

Station InvadR Wooden Coaster Busch Gardens Williamsburg

It still does have various reasons to ride it, notably the great airtime that it provides and the imaginative Viking themed ride vehicles. It was a great addition to the park and a worthy first wooden roller coaster.

4. Apollo's Chariot

Apollo's Chariot Hyper Coaster Train On Drop Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Apollo's Chariot, after a rocky opening involving Fabio killing a bird while riding the coaster on its opening day, it became one of the biggest success stories of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This was the first hyper coaster, helping to create one of the most popular types of coasters around the world. While by no means the best of its kind, it manages to pack some incredible drops into its layout by utilizing the hilly terrain of the park.

This coaster represents many of the advantages of the park by utilizing its beautiful surroundings to create a thrilling coaster that couldn't really be located anywhere else in the world, with great airtime throughout the entire layout.

3. Loch Ness Monster

This is the iconic signature coaster of the park, and it is a tribute to how far the park has come that it is this low on the list. It is a classic Arrow looping coaster with two interlocking loops over a body of water in the park that serves as a brilliant visual icon for the park.

This ride features a great first half, with the first drop and loop, but it isn't as strong in its second half. Nevertheless, this ride is an icon in the park and a must ride at the park.

2. Verbolten

Verbolten Coaster Leaving Station Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Verbolten is by far the most themed coaster at the park, but it also one of the most thrilling coasters in the park. Utilizing parts of the design of previous roller coaster Big Bad Wolf, this coaster takes you through the Black Forest in one of three different show scenes that leads you into a drop element that mimics the feeling of a drop tower on a coaster.

Verbolten Entrance Sign Coaster Busch Gardens Williamsburg

It features two powerful launches, as well as an 88-foot tall drop with a brilliant view of the rest of the park. These elements all come together to make for an experience unlike anything else at the park that tells a complete story without sacrificing any thrills.

1. Alpengeist

This coaster is my all-time favorite inverted coaster, with its massive 170-foot first drop, smooth layout, and 6 forceful inversions. Not only is a great coaster, but it features all the best elements of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, both incorporating itself into the terrain, and features just enough theming elements with snow ditches and chalet themed buildings throughout the layout.

The layout is intense, and that is intensified by multiple moments near the ground all with your feet dangling with no track beneath you. This in my mind is by far the best ride at the park.