A new ride in the Ireland section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg is coming together in two different parts of the country, just a couple months ahead of the park’s opening date.
A video posted recently by a Busch Gardens public relations Twitter account gives an update on the project outside of Killarney.
Finnegan’s Flyer — a “screamin’ swing” — will send riders up to 80 feet in the air and reach up to 45 mph.
The ride is set to open in May. Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens March 23.
The video shows a large, square concrete foundation set into the hillside with two blue-green air tanks underneath to power the ride.
In an interview in the video, Suzy Cheely, Busch Gardens senior leader of design and engineering, said some parts of the ride are being manufactured in Utah.
Cheely said the site was “anything but flat,” and it was challenging to build with a stream next to the ride site.
In another post March 1, Busch Gardens showed two photos of the construction at the ride manufacturer, S&S Sansei in Logan, Utah.
Some parts of the ride are being painted, while other parts have been fabricated and are ready for installation.
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