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Everything We Know About Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 355 Foot Tall Festhaus Park Attraction

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed for a 355 foot height waiver to build an attraction in the Festhaus Park area of Oktoberfest. When it was initially submitted to James City County, the project was identified as “Project 2021” and, hence, that is what we are calling the project until more is known.

A map displaying the anticipated possible project area alongside the approximate highest point of the ride is included below.

Recent Updates


Official documents relating to Project 2021

FAA Height Waiver

On Monday, August 26th, Busch Gardens Williamsburg filed a height waiver with the Federal Aviation Administration requesting permission to construct a permanent structure with a highest point of 355 feet above existing grade (435 feet above sea level). Thankfully, this new filing gives us a little bit of new information to work with as well though!

First off, the height waiver finally gives us coordinates for the highest point of the structure. We have revised the map at the top of this page with the new location. Thankfully though, our previous assessments of the highest point were really close to being spot-on. Huge thanks to ParkFans member, Adam for all of his help on that front!

Another exciting new bit of information included in this waiver is the work schedule. According to this filing, BGW Project 2021 work could commence as soon as January 6th, 2020 and construction is expected to be completed by no later than June of 2021. Sounds like as of now, everything is still on track for Project 2021 actually being ready to open in 2021!

Anyway, I’ve included the FAA height waiver request below. We’ll be sure to update this section if (hopefully when!) it’s approved.

Festhaus Park Soil Testing

Fishburne Drilling has requested that utilities be marked around four different points scattered around the outskirts of Festhaus Park. The type of work? “Soil Boring and Testing.” This is always an essential step in the development for any project involving sizable foundations.

BGWFans has been able to confirm the location of three of the four areas in question. Our full article on the subject is essential reading for understanding the current state of Project 2021.

Festhaus Park Height Waiver

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed for a height waiver requesting permission to build a structure up to 355 feet above finished grade. Our full article about this new height waiver can be found here. I’ve also included the basic information included with the filing below.

June 11th, 2019 Update:
The James City County Board of Supervisors has approved Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 355 foot height waiver!


Reporting Involving Project 2021

“Leaked” Station Floor Plan

BGWFans has obtained what we believe to be a full station floor plan for a roller coaster slated to debut at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the 2021 season.

The plan calls for reusing Drachen Fire’s station building for a new roller coaster featuring four-car-long trains in which riders are seated in a 2 by 2 arrangement. The direction of travel through the station also appears to be reversed when compared to the building’s usage during the Drachen Fire days.

Though we have been unable to verify very aspect of its sourcing, our current analysis is that the document itself is legitimate. Below we’ve included a mock-up of the document in question, but you should defiantly read our full article on this leak, here.

Additional Height Waiver Info

The official James City County Board of Supervisors agenda item summary for the height waiver vote includes a map showing the “Approximate Location of Tallest Point of Proposed Structure.” The map at the top of this page has been updated with that location.

Also included on the page linked above is the full PDF showing the various anticipated sightline impacts from all around the area surrounding Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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