Finnegan's Flyer

Finnegan’s Flyer recently made its debut in the Ireland village at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg debuted its new high-flying thrill ride, Finnegan’s Flyer, on May 3 in the park’s Ireland village adjacent the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster.

Dignitaries for the unveiling included State Senator Tommy Norment, Vicki Cimino, Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Council, John McGlennon of the James City County Board of Supervisors and Scott Stevens, James City County Administrator, according to a statement from Busch Gardens.

Finnegan’s Flyer takes 32 riders to staggering heights of more than 80 feet, with speeds reaching 45 mph.

Its two pendulum-like arms fly progressively higher over the park with each swing, providing incredible aerial views of the park. The dueling arms swing back and forth, the ground rising into view with each swing.“Once again, Busch Gardens has designed a ride that pushes the thrill ride envelope,” said Kevin Lembke, park president at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. “We’re committed to providing new and unique experiences year after year. We design these rides for our fans and strive to make each one a unique experience.”

Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be open daily starting May 17. For specific park operating hours, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.