Pantheon is the World’s fastest multi-launch coaster
The originial article below was published back in January of 2020 before…well, before everything happened…but the great news is Pantheon is ready. It has been open to members for a few weeks but the Grand Opening to the public at large is this Friday March 25 at 10:45 am. This all-new coaster is fast – you will soar up to 73 miles per hour but so smoothly! Come get the wind in your hair and maybe scream your stress away! Don’t miss the Grand Opening ceremony Friday, March 25 starting at 10:45 a.m. featuring:
- Limited-edition merchandise for sale
- Complimentary face painting
- Roman god character meet-and-greets
- DJ music, photo opportunities, and more!
Plus it is the last weekend to experience the luck of the Irish at Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with food, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, and more!
To learn all about why this coaster has been worth the wait, the specs and all it’s thrills keep reading the following article from the media day back in January 2020…
Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open Pantheon in the Spring of 2020 and it is going to be THRILLING!! The newest roller coaster at Busch Gardens is the fastest multi-launch coaster in the World and only the third to use a fast track switch during the ride!
Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg said “The switch track has only been used a couple time in the World, once in China and once at Universal Studios in Florida.”
A fast track switch is a switch in the track sort of like a train track switch. The track moves laterally switching from a banked track to a level track, this switch happens in approximately 2 seconds.
Pantheon features 4 launches, reaches top speed of 73 mph, contains 2 inversions (track turns riders upside-down), a 95 degree drop, 178 reverse spike and 15 air time elements going sideways, forwards and BACKWARDS!
The ride lasts about 150 seconds. The height requirement is 52″ which is the same as Apollo’s Chariot. There will be 2 comfy open passenger trains that will hold 20 people with at dispatch speed of 80 seconds!
The ride is completely custom, designed with the terrain and topography in mind. Not only are the elements on this ride wild but the layout is wicked too. The tracks crisscross as well as run along close to the ground.
There will be 5 seconds where you will be completely floating weightlessly just like in Finnegan’s Flyer (only it will last slightly longer on Pantheon). You will be at the height of the ride for this experience!
The “Top Hat” feature of Pantheon is amazing because as you come down the track goes inward. There is also a section where you will be speeding along upside downalmost horizontal to the ground which will be racing by underneath you.
Pantheon will be a destination coaster for enthusiasts and a feather in the cap of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Pantheon is projected to open Spring 2020 and is is an exciting addition to Busch Gardens!