Friday, December 1, 2023

Ride with Roman gods: Busch Gardens teases Project 2020 coaster theme

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is dropping hints about the identity of a new coaster through clues both in the park and on the internet.

For three weeks, Busch Gardens has released vague details on its social media channels referring to mythological Roman gods, including Pluto, Mercury and Neptune.

Each hint comes with a themed video: Pluto is the Roman underworld, Mercury is fire and Neptune is water.

There is also a sign in the park with blacked-out areas for the release of future clues, according to photos posted on

The videos give roman numerals for 7/30/2019, which is the reveal date for the attraction, according to the sign.

Busch Gardens has identified the ride in its advertising by the Roman numerals MMXX — or “2020.”

While the ride has a 315-foot height waiver, it will top out at about 180 feet, Busch Gardens officials said during a James City County Board of Supervisors meeting in May.

The 315-foot height waiver was originally issued for a different project named “Madrid,” which will not come to fruition

Ride plans filed in February with the James City County Planning Department reveal some details about the ride experience.

Busch Gardens Fans have speculated it will be a multi-launch Intamin coaster. Ride plans indicate it will have magnets in multiple parts of the ride that propel the trains forward, and has a mid-course switch track, where a piece of track actually moves to change a train’s course.

Busch Gardens said park enthusiasts should follow the park on social media — @BuschGardensVa — to get a chance to get in on the action for the 2020 attraction reveal.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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