Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Finnegan's Flyer swing ride

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From Busch Gardens:

Riders will soar high and swing out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast on this Screamin’ Swing ride located in the park’s Ireland village. 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.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:38 PM

This is a good addition, especially for Ireland where an E Ticket is needed. I especially like the idea of the swing over the valley there.
And I for some reason prefer the medium sized swing over the way taller versions like at CP or Valleyfair. They seem a little faster and snappier to me.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:01 PM

I think the medium ones are better, too.

From what I can tell by looking at the one at CP, it seems to be pretty much the same as the smaller ones, just taller. In effect, that gives it a longer swing, but less force.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:15 PM

Hopefully they've figured out the maintenance challenges on these. They weren't super reliable for the first year or two.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:24 PM

kpjb, I believe that’s true. CP, in their never ending quest to be the -est of everything (not that there’s anything wrong with that, usually) ordered the tallest version. And VF got the same, but I’m not sure there are any others that size. Well, I don’t know for sure about the one at Liseberg, it may be. It gets the prize for placement, too.
Regardless, I really like the ones found at Dollywood and SDC, size-wise, and it sounds like this one is the same “staggering” height.
And to be fair, I’ve ridden Skyhawk several times this season and it’s running well. At first it was beset with problems and even lost a cable one day, but lately it’s pretty reliable.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:28 PM

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&sa=X&hl=en-us&q=Uppswin...&imagekey=!1e1!2shttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e1/Uppswinget.JPG&...erState=lb

Good lord, that’s a big link. But it looks like Uppswinget is a medium sized one as well.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:47 PM

Jeff said:

Hopefully they've figured out the maintenance challenges on these. They weren't super reliable for the first year or two.

Yeah, we figured that out for them ;)

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