DarKoaster - Now Open

North America's First All-Indoor Straddle Coaster

King Ludwig’s abandoned fortress resurfaces as strange weather patterns have been recorded near the cursed castle grounds. Only the bravest souls will embark on snowmobiles in this dark expedition to discover the mysterious phenomenon. A supernatural force is imminent as explorers discover that they are evading more than just a raging storm.

Escape the storm on the ALL-NEW DarKoaster™, North America's first all-indoor straddle coaster, now open at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Traveling on snowmobiles across 2,454 feet of track, daring explorers race through total darkness while changing course to avoid the elements. As the weather strikes, riders encounter four accelerating launches on this family-friendly dark ride experience.

Min. Rider Height 48"
Max. Rider Height 77" (6'5")
Ride Type Roller Coaster
Country Oktoberfest

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Celebrate With
The DarKoaster™ Black Lager

To commemorate the opening of DarKoaster, Busch Gardens collaborated with The Virginia Beer Company to develop the DarKoaster Black Lager, a limited-release beer. This all-new brew is a traditional German-style Schwarzbier with hints of chocolate and coffee notes. Featured at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, this limited-edition pour is available on draft and in commemorative cans to visitors (21+) at BarKastle and the Brauhaus Craft Bier Room!

DarKoaster™ Black Lager by The Virginia Beer Company available at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

  • Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required.

DarKoaster™ at Busch Gardens Williamsburg FAQs

What is DarKoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

DarKoaster is North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It is a thrilling indoor roller coaster experience that takes riders through a darkened, immersive environment filled with special effects, twists, and turns while riding a snowmobile.

What is a straddle coaster?

A straddle coaster is a type of roller coaster design with a unique seating arrangement. Unlike traditional roller coasters, where riders sit inside the train's cars, a straddle coaster allows riders to straddle the seat. Straddle coasters often incorporate drops, inversions, and tight turns to maximize the adrenaline rush for riders.

Is there a minimum height requirement to ride DarKoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

The minimum height requirement is 48 inches tall, but no taller than 6’5’’ to ride DarKoaster

Are there any restrictions or health considerations for riding DarKoaster or other roller coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Please visit and review our Guest Accessibility Resources Guide for more information on restrictions and limitations regarding DarKoaster and the parks’ other rides and attractions. 

Can I upgrade my single-day ticket to a Membership during my visit?

Yes, you can upgrade your single-day ticket to a Membership while you're at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Visit Guest Services, the Welcome Center or the Upgrade Center where an Ambassador will assist you in upgrading your single-day ticket to a Membership.

Can I enjoy unlimited rides on DarKoaster with a Membership at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Yes, with a Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership, you can enjoy unlimited rides on DarKoaster and all other attractions at Busch Gardens throughout the year. It's a great way to maximize your roller coaster thrills and make the most of your visits.

Are there any exclusive perks or discounts for Members at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Absolutely! Members receive exclusive monthly rewards, unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits all year round. Enjoy free parking, free guest tickets, discounts on select food & merchandise and more. 

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