A Screamin’ Swing and a Water Coaster set the thrills stage in 2019


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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Sept. 5, 2018) – Today, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA® revealed exciting details about two new thrill attractions set to open in spring 2019. 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’re committed to providing new and unique experiences for our guests year after year, and these two new attractions are unlike any we’ve ever had at the parks,” said Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.  “We know our guests love big thrills, and these two attractions will deliver just that.”

Finnegan's Flyer coming to Busch Gardens in 2019

About Finnegan’s Flyer

Riders will soar high and swing out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast on Finnegan’s Flyer™, a Screamin’ 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. Opening May 3, 2019!

Cutback Water Coaster coming to Water Country USA in 2019

About 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.  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 856 ft. 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. 


Busch Gardens has created an assortment of unique attractions in recent years. InvadR™, the park’s first wooden roller coaster, debuted in 2017 and a revolutionary virtual reality ride Battle For Eire™ opened in 2018.


With the addition of Finnegan’s Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster, the Williamsburg theme parks continue to demonstrate their commitment of investing in new, innovative experiences year after year.  For more information on the new attractions, visit buschgardens.com/vaparks2019/.


Still to come in 2018

  • Howl-O-Scream™ - 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 from Sept. 15 through Oct. 28.


  • Christmas Town™ - the world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America with more than 8 million lights. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Open select dates from Nov. 17 through Jan. 5, 2019.


Guests can visit both parks and easily experience both new attractions by purchasing one of the parks’ Membership Plans. For as low as $12 a month, guests can make unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, including the popular Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town events, and Water Country USA for the entire year.



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