WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Miss the old Curse of DarKastle ride at Busch Gardens? Don’t worry, the park is reimaging the space in the form of an indoor roller coaster.
“DarKoaster,” being billed as the “world’s first all-indoor straddle coaster,” is expected to open in 2023 and will bring the park’s current total of coasters up to 10. The park’s most recent coaster addition, Pantheon, opened earlier this season.
Each seat on the ride is meant to look and feel like riding on a snowmobile, with snow effects and spooky 3D animations to pay homage to the DarKastle ride that closed in 2017.
The ride from Intamin Worldwide will have four launches and a top speed of 36 mph, Busch Gardens says. It’ll be in the Oktoberfest/Germany area at the DarKastle site.
“As an indoor attraction, DarKoaster complements our collection of thrill rides and offers a new experience to enjoy throughout the year,” said Park President Kevin Lembke. “Plus, with only a 48-inch height requirement, DarKoaster is a ride for the whole family to conquer together.”
Until then, Busch Gardens is getting ready to host Howl-O-Scream starting September 9 from noon to 10 p.m. Howl-O-Scream goes through October 31, and then Christmas Town starts on November 11.