Escape from Pompeii

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Escape from Pompeii
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since April 29, 1995
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Spillwater
Height 50 feet
Drop 50 feet

Escape from Pompeii is a Shoot The Chute built by Intamin currently located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It opened on April 29, 1995. The ride is themed around the August 24, 79 A.D. volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and is housed inside a large show building with fire effects and a collapsing statue.


Escape from Pompeii opened on April 29, 1995. Busch Gardens originally planned to hold a grand opening ceremony on April 28. However, this was postponed following the Oklahoma City bombing. Despite this, the ride opened on time.[1]

On July 21, 2018, one of the ride's flamethrowers caused the ride's show building to catch on fire. No one was in the park at the time and the fire was put out quickly.[2]



  1. "Publicity Postponed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg". Daily Press. April 27, 1995. p. 21. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  2. "Busch Gardens' Escape from Pompeii closed indefinitely after fire on roof".

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