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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Announces DarKoaster Launch Dates

DarKoaster: Escape the Storm will be open to the public on May 19 (WYDaily/Jillian Appel)

WILLIAMSBURG — Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that DarKoaster, North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster, will be available exclusively to Members for early ride access on select dates starting May 11.

According to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the park’s tenth roller coaster will open to all visitors on May 19. Voted one of the most anticipated roller coasters of 2023 by USA Today, DarKoaster is an unprecedented, family-friendly addition to Busch Gardens’ thrill-ride portfolio.

Manufactured by Intamin Worldwide, Busch Gardens’ newest family thrill is a steel coaster design with four accelerating launches and over 1,400 feet of track. As the weather strikes, riders will race through total darkness to evade the elements, experiencing a total of 2,454 feet of track.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg also revealed that in commemoration of the opening of DarKoaster, it collaborated with The Virginia Beer Company to develop the DarKoaster Black Lager, a limited-release beer.

To celebrate the opening of DarKoaster, Busch Gardens collaborated with the Virginia Beer Company to develop DarKoaster Black Lager (Provided by Busch Gardens)

“DarKoaster is an unprecedented addition to Busch Gardens’ lineup of thrills. As the park’s tenth coaster, this attraction will immerse riders like never before in an all-new dark ride experience, said Kevin Lembke, Busch Gardens Williamsburg park president. “We are excited to open DarKoaster on May 19, pairing with the launch of the exclusive DarKoaster Black Lager. It’s a privilege to partner with The Virginia Beer Company, a staple to Williamsburg and the craft beer community.”

At 5.2% ABV, this all-new brew is described as a traditional German-style Schwarzbier with hints of chocolate and coffee notes. Featured at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, this limited-edition pour will be available on draft and in commemorative cans to visitors 21 and older beginning on DarKoaster’s Opening Day.

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