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

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

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.