Reasons to Visit Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in 2019
This year’s lineup includes new rides, new entertainment, and tasty and exciting events*
1.NEW RIDE – FINNEGAN’S FLYER™: Opening in May
Finnegan’s Flyer™, a new Screamin’ Swing ride at Busch Gardens®, 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. Only the bravest will prevail.
2. NEW RIDE – Cutback Water Coaster™: Opening in May
Cutback Water Coaster™, the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster, is coming to Water Country USA®. Thrill-seekers will board a four-person raft, speed along an 856 ft. slide, jet through tunnels and slide onto the wide-open space of massive saucer-shaped features.
3. Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends: Apr. 5 – 28
Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids on April weekends. Guests can join Elmo, Super Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and more for all the fun.
4. Food & Wine Festival: select days May 17 – June 30
Park guests can unleash their inner foodie with over 60 specialty food items from around the world, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at the park.
5. Summer Nights: June 28 –Aug 11
Busch Gardens becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. The Royal Palace Theatre lights up with Spark presented by Coca-Cola®, a high-energy spectacle featuring party-starters, laser lights, pyrotechnics and a custom soundtrack created by award winning musicians.
And to add to the fun of Summer Nights, acts from the hit show America’s and Britain’s Got Talent will take the stage every week during the summertime event. Specifics will be announced in March.
6. Bier Fest: select days Aug. 16 – Sep. 2
More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall. Sample traditional German food, listen to live local music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. From hoppy to bold, we have a craft beer to satisfy everyone. Prost!
7. Howl-O-Scream™: select days Sep. 14 – Oct. 27
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Fear awaits in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows.
8. The Count’s Spooktacular: select days Oct. 5 – 27
Young guests can celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Children (under 9) are invited to come dressed up and join in our costume parade during this daytime event. There are other family-friendly activities, too, like a fun-filled hay maze, trick-or-treating locations and an interactive show.
9. Christmas Town™: select days Nov. 16 – Jan. 5
The world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive.
10. Celebrating Birthdays in 2019:
This year marks special birthdays for a few of the park’s popular attractions; Apollo’s Chariot® turns 20, Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ celebrates 10 years along with Celtic Fyre® which took top billing in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards in 2018.
*Event specifics will be shared closer to event’s opening.