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It’s revealed: New record-breaking Busch Gardens coaster will be named Pantheon

Construction on Pantheon, a new roller coaster slated to open spring 2020, is underway at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)
Construction on Pantheon, a new roller coaster slated to open spring 2020, is underway at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s newest, long-awaited roller coaster has finally been revealed.

It’s called Pantheon, and is set to open in spring 2020.

The ride will be in the Festa Italia village and reach speeds up to 72.5 mph and have two inversions, a 95-degree drop, heights up to 180 feet and four launches, Busch Gardens announced in a news release.

The Intamin Worldwide-made coaster touts itself as North America’s fastest multi-launch coaster.

“Pantheon is going to be non-stop action for riders.  We’ve designed it so that the experience is changing all the time and will keep riders wondering what’s next,” said Larry Giles, senior director of design and engineering. “Multiple launches, speed changes, a sharp drop and backwards acceleration are just a few of Pantheon’s one-of-a kind traits.”

Each special feature on the ride, such as the drop and forward and backward launches, are themed with “the might” of five Roman gods, including including Pluto, Mercury, Neptune, Jupiter and Minerva.

Launch speeds include:

  • Launch 1: 36 mph
  • Launch 2: 50 mph
  • Launch 2 (backward): 61 mph
  • Launch 3: 67 mph

According to statistics released by Busch Gardens, the track will be 3,328 feet long. The ride will last two minutes.

It will have two trains with 20 riders per train.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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