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Da Vinci's Cradle ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg permanently closes

A spokeswoman for the park said Da Vinci's Cradle, which opened in its Italy section in 1983, closed for good.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It's the end of an era!

After nearly 40 years, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is saying goodbye to one of its staple attractions.

A spokeswoman for Busch Gardens said Da Vinci's Cradle, located in the Italy section of the park, closed permanently.

"It’s always fun to open a new ride, but sometimes we have to say goodbye to one as well," the spokeswoman said. "Da Vinci’s Cradle has thrilled guests for over 30 years, but after careful consideration we’ve made the decision to close the attraction permanently. While there are no current plans to replace this attraction, we look forward to the addition of new attractions and experiences in the years to come."

Credit: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Da Vinci's Cradle thrilled parkgoers at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for nearly 40 years. The park confirmed the attraction is permanently closed.

Located between the Battering Ram and Flying Machine, Da Vinci's Cradle was a flying carpet-style attraction that opened in 1983.

 A now-archived version of Busch Gardens' website described Da Vinci's Cradle as being "born from the sketchbooks of the maestro himself, Da Vinci's cradle carries you along a ride right back to the Renaissance."

It went on to describe it as offering "passengers anything but a peaceful rocking experience. This cradle defies the laws of gravity as it plunges to the ground and soars to the skies."

The closure was first reported by Busch Gardens fansite BGWFans.

The ride's demise comes as the park celebrates the opening of its newest thrilling roller coaster, Pantheon, which is located a short distance from Da Vinci's Cradle's old location.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg, meanwhile, appears to be moving forward with another attraction in the Festhaus section of the park, in the area of the long-defunct Drachen Fire roller coaster.

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