February Construction Update: Finnegan's Flyer & Cutback Water CoasterFebruary 1, 2019
Two New Rides Coming to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg & Water County USA®
The anticipation is building at Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA®, as both parks prepare for new attractions coming in May. Busch Gardens will unveil a Screamin’ Swing ride called Finnegan’s Flyer™ and Water Country USA will debut Cutback Water Coaster™, Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster.
We have exclusive photo updates as construction progresses at both parks. Check back in March for more updates.
Riders will soar high and swing out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast on Finnegan’s Flyer, a Screamin’ Swing ride located in the park’s Ireland village adjacent to the Loch Ness Monster® roller coaster.
This breathtaking attraction features two pendulum-like arms, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing. Finnegan’s Flyer will reach a staggering height of more than 80 feet with a speed of 45 mph. Riders can take in beautiful views of the park while being thrilled on this captivating attraction. The dueling arms sway back-and-forth, the ground plummeting into view with each swing. Only the bravest will prevail.
Cutback Water Coaster
Cutback Water Coaster, the only RocketBLAST coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster, is coming to Water Country USA.
This revolutionary water propulsion ride will merge two unique technologies – a water jet propulsion system and exhilarating saucer feature – to create a steep, smooth ride through more than 850 feet of slide.
Thrill-seekers board a 4-person raft and travel up and down steep hills, jet through tunnels and speed onto the wide-open space of massive saucer-shaped features. The steep angles of the saucers provide a drop-and-dive sensation as riders race along the edges. Cutback Water Coaster features the latest in turbine technology and takes water propulsion coasters to a whole new level with heart-stopping turns, lightning-fast drops and thrilling speeds.
Finnegan's Flyer Construction
Finnegan's Flyer will be located in the Ireland village, between the Killarney Bridge and the train bridge. Here's an up close view of the ride site as construction crews unload steel from a flatbed truck. Riders will soar high on the Screamin' Swing with bird's eye views of the Skyride and Loch Ness Monster.
The Griffon® lift hill peeks out between two large steel support beams.
Construction crews install rebar inside one of two massive concrete supports.
Excavators move around piles of dirt near one of Finnegan's Flyer's large concrete supports.
A crane lifts steel into place as crews work to complete the second of Finnegan's Flyer's large concrete supports.
The giant arch of Finnegan's Flyer weighs 14,900 pounds. Ride parts will be installed at the site once base work is completed.
With the Ireland village and Killarney Bridge in the background, the steel backbone of Finnegan’s Flyer goes into place. Soon more concrete will be poured to form the base of the Screamin’ Swing attraction
Cutback Water Coaster Construction
An aerial view of Cutback Water Coaster's construction site. The ride will be located at the former site of Meltdown®, adjacent to Vanish Point®.
Many of Cutback Water Coaster's parts are being assembled on site at Water Country USA. Here a construction worker seals an enclosed tube section of Cutback Water Coaster.
Parts are being prepared for installation at Water Country USA. Here is an inside view of one of Cutback Water Coaster's tube sections.
Cutback Water Coaster features the latest in turbine technology and takes water propulsion coasters to a whole new level.
Cutback Water Coaster will stand apart because of its propulsion system and these brightly colored saucer features. This is the point of view riders will see exiting a tube section and entering a saucer.
Two of Cutback Water Coaster's five brightly colored saucers are being constructed at Water Country USA.