Finnegan’s Flyer & Cutback Water Coaster Opening at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA in 2019
Earlier this evening, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA revealed the details about new attractions for both parks, scheduled to open in Spring 2019. Busch Gardens will unveil an S&S Screamin’ Swing named 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.”
Riders will soar high and swing out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast on Finnegan’s Flyer, an S&S Screamin’ Swing, located in Busch Gardens’ Ireland village near the historic Loch Ness Monster roller coaster. This breathtaking attraction features two pendulum-like arms in Irish Green and Orange, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing. Finnegan’s Flyer will reach a staggering height of more than 80 feet at speeds of 45 mph. Riders can take in beautiful views of the park while being thrilled on this captivating attraction. The arms sway back-and-forth, the ground plummeting into view with each swing.
For a size quick comparison to other S&S Screamin’ Swings, Finnegan’s Flyer will be the same size as Barnstormer at Dollywood, which is slightly smaller than Skyhawk at Cedar Point.
Cutback Water Coaster
Cutback Water Coaster, from ProSlide Technology, will be the only RocketBLAST coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster. Cutback 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 the 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.
The Proslide RocketBLAST/Flying Saucer Technology won the IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Waterpark Ride in 2015.
These attractions follow several years of new attractions at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. InvadR, the park’s first wooden roller coaster, debuted in 2017 and Battle For Eire, the first Virtual Reality Motion Base attraction in the United States, opened earlier this year.
With the addition of Finnegan’s Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster, the two parks continue to demonstrate their commitment of investing in new, innovative experiences year after year. For more information on the new attractions, be sure to visit buschgardens.com/vaparks2019/.