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New Thrill Rides Coming in 2019 to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA

September 5, 2018
Learn more about the two all-new attractions coming to our parks in 2019.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA revealed exciting details about two new thrill attractions set to open in spring 2019.

New thrill rides are coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA

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.



Finnegan’s Flyer

Soar up high and out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast on this extreme swing ride located in Busch Gardens Ireland village adjacent 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

Race around tight turns on Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster and the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast. This revolutionary water propulsion ride will merge two unique technologies – a water jet propulsion system and exhilarating saucer feature. With the RocketBlast technology, Cutback will drive bigger boats, at higher speeds, and move riders up longer, steeper inclines.



Thrill seekers will board a four-person raft, speed along an 850-foot slide, jet through tunnels and slide 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.


But… don’t miss out on the fun still to come in 2018


Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg celebrates its 20th anniversary

Busch Gardens is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its hair-raising Howl-O-Scream event this year and 2018 promises to be the scariest year ever with new haunted houses, party zones, terror-tories™, bars and a new escape room. Open select dates September 15 through October 28.


Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg celebrates its 10th anniversary

Christmas Town, at the world’s most beautiful theme park, is about to get even brighter! This year, we are adding 2 million more lights and introducing the Christmas Town Express, an interactive experience on the Busch Gardens Railway. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Open select dates November 17 through January 5, 2019.


Become a Member today and get access to both parks, all events, rewards and so much more

Guests can easily experience both attractions by purchasing one of the parks' Membership Plans. For as low as $12 a month, get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, including our popular Halloween and Christmas events, and Water Country USA for the next 12 months+.