(our first look at Cutback Water Coaster is coming next week!)
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.
Today, both parks provided first-look tours of the new attractions. Media members were able to see progress at the construction sites, including unique features of both rides that will make them great additions to each park’s dynamic lineup of attractions.
“You can feel the excitement building as we near completion of these fantastic rides,” said Suzy Cheely, senior leader of design and engineering at Busch Gardens and Water Country. “We know our guests will love the unique experiences these rides will provide.”
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, 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.