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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Under construction, planned to open 2020
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Blitz Coaster
Riders per train 20
Propulsion LSM launch (rolling) and LSM boost (multi-pass)
Height178 feet
Drop180 feet
Top speed72.5 mph
Length3328 feet
Steepest drop95°

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]

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]

Design[edit | edit source]


Pantheon will be an Intamin 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 North America. However, a multi-pass boost similar to that of Soaring With Dragon at Sunac Land Hefei makes up three of these boosts.

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 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.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Pantheon on the Roller Coaster DataBase.