Pantheon

Pantheon
Pantheon's Logo.png
roller coaster
USA.png
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Under construction, planned to open 2020
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product LSM Launch Coaster
Riders per train 20
Propulsion LSM launch (rolling) and LSM boost (multi-pass)
Height178 feet
Drop180 feet
Top speed73 mph
Length3328 feet
Inversions2
Steepest drop95°
Duration2:30
HELP

Pantheon is a steel launched roller coaster currently under construction at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. It will be manufactured by Intamin and is opening in 2020.

History[edit | edit source]

A car from Pantheon on display at IAAPA 2019

This ride was referred to as Project MMXX during the early construction stages, and replaced an earlier project named Project Madrid, where Busch Gardens filed a 315 feet height waiver.

The initial planning application for the ride was filed in February 2019, and it was eventually announced to be Pantheon on July 30, 2019. Track for the roller coaster arrived onsite in October.[1] The front car from one of the trains was revealed at IAAPA 2019.[2]

On November 19, 2019, Busch Gardens Williamsburg revealed that Pantheon would now be the world's fastest multi-launch coaster instead of just North America's fastest, at a new top speed of 73 mph rather than 72.5 mph. While Soaring with Dragon is faster, it is believed that Busch Gardens Williamsburg counts its swing launch system as one launch rather than three due to it all being on only one track; Pantheon has two launch tracks, for reference.

The ride's vertical rollback feature was completed in October. The top hat was topped off on November 16, 2019.

The final piece of track was installed towards the end of February 2020. Not long after, both trains were loaded onto the track

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Pantheon will be an Intamin LSM Launch Coaster, or Blitz Coaster. It will have a launch and three boosts; the launch being at 36 mph, and the boosts at 50 mph, at 61 mph and at 67 mph, making it the fastest multi-launched coaster in the world. However, a multi-pass boost similar to that of Soaring With Dragon at Sunac Land Hefei makes up three of these boosts.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

Pantheon has a gentle start out of the station with a few S-curves and a turn, leading into the first 36 mph LSM launch, which takes riders into the first of two inversions, a zero-g winder. From there, Pantheon climbs the hillside in a series of S-curves and an outer-banked turn. Then, it passes the high speed switch track into the multi-pass boost segment, with an airtime hill on it, with the first boost of this sequence taken at 50 mph. The ride rolls back down the outside top hat, accelerating to 61 mph backwards and climbing a 17-story vertical rollback. Pantheon reverses forward down the vertical rollback and accelerates to 67 mph, ascending to the crest of the outside top hat and diving 180 feet, 95 degrees down towards the park's Rhine River. Pantheon then swoops to the right at its top speed, 73mph, and rises into a large, outer-banked turn, dropping back down and rising into a dive stall, the final of Pantheon's two inversions. Then the ride hugs the ground in a series of S-curves into a wave turn facing right; following that is the brake run.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Pantheon is a Greek word referring to a particular set of Gods. The gods referenced in Pantheon's theme are Roman gods; Pluto, Neptune, Mercury, Minerva and Jupiter. Each god represents a different aspect of the ride: Pluto represents the two inversions, Minerva represents the launches and boosts, Mercury represents the 72 mph speed, Neptune represents the 178 feet height, and Jupiter represents the 95 degree drop.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is ironic that Busch Gardens consulted Intamin to build Pantheon just a few months after another famous and nearby coaster built by the company--Volcano: The Blast Coaster--closed indefinitely.
  • Like many other roller coasters opening in 2020, including sister rides Iron Gwazi, Emperor, and Ice Breaker, it is almost certain that Pantheon's opening will be delayed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • RCDB text.png
    Pantheon on the Roller Coaster DataBase.