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Pantheon

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Pantheon
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since March 25, 2022
Rider height
  • Minimum: 52 inch
  • Maximum: 76 inch
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product LSM Launch Coaster
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 20
Propulsion LSM launch (rolling) and LSM boost (multi-pass)
Height 178 feet
Drop 180 feet
Top speed 73 mph
Length 3328 feet
Inversions 2
Drop angle 95°
Duration 2:30
HELP
A car from Pantheon on display at IAAPA 2019

Pantheon is a steel launched roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It was manufactured by Intamin and opened on March 25, 2022.[1]

History

This ride was referred to as Project MMXX during the early construction stages and replaced an earlier project named Project Madrid. Busch Gardens Williamsburg had filed a 315 feet height waiver which was approved in 2017.[2]

The initial planning application for the ride was filed in February 2019. The park teased their new addition in a campaign leading up to an announcement on July 30, when the name Pantheon was revealed.[3] The track pieces for the roller coaster arrived onsite in October.[4] The front car from one of the trains was revealed at IAAPA 2019.[5]

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 current record-holder in this category is Taron at Phantasialand, with a top speed of 72.7 mph, just barely slower than Pantheon.

The ride's vertical rollback feature was completed in October and the top hat was topped off on November 16, 2019. The final piece of track was installed towards the end of February 2020 and both trains were loaded onto the track shortly after.[6]

After Busch Gardens was closed for most of the 2020 season due to health concerns generated by the coronavirus pandemic, SeaWorld Entertainment announced in July 2020 that all new roller coasters which had yet to open would be pushed back to 2021.[7] However, the roller coasters did not open and on September 9, 2021, SeaWorld announced that Pantheon would open in March 2022.[8]

In January 2022, it was announced that Pantheon would open on March 25, 2022.[9]

Design

Elements

Pantheon is an Intamin LSM Launch Coaster, or Blitz Coaster. It has a launch and three boosts; the first 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 Hefei Sunac Land makes up three of these boosts.

Ride experience

Promotional image of the layout

Pantheon has a gentle start out of the station with a few S-curves and a left 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, like Copperhead Strike at Carowinds. The first boost of this sequence takes place 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, 73 mph, and rises into a large, outward banked airtime hill, dropping back down and rising into a zero-g 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

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. The restraints are lap bars which close from above, similar to those on Taron at Phantasialand.

Etymology

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.

Images

References

  1. "Ride the Pantheon!". https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/hr-show-lifestyle/ride-the-pantheon/. 
  2. "The final clue is revealed for new Busch Gardens 'MMXX' coaster". 13 News Now. https://web.archive.org/web/20190724201758/https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/the-final-clue-is-revealed-for-new-busch-gardens-mmxx-coaster/291-d24c52e7-b269-44be-915a-86094eaf285f. 
  3. "It’s revealed: New record-breaking Busch Gardens coaster will be named Pantheon". https://wydaily.com/local-news/2019/07/30/its-revealed-new-record-breaking-busch-gardens-coaster-will-be-named-pantheon/. 
  4. "Busch Gardens Williamsburg Shares Views of Pantheon Construction + Track Arrives". NewsPlusNotes. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2019/10/busch-gardens-williamsburg-shares-views.html. 
  5. "Busch Gardens and SeaWorld parks reveal new coaster cars". Theme Park Insider. https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201911/7110/. 
  6. "Track for new Busch Gardens coaster Pantheon complete". https://www.wavy.com/news/business/track-for-new-busch-gardens-coaster-pantheon-complete/. 
  7. "SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks Postponing 2020 projects to 2021". Coaster101. https://www.coaster101.com/2020/07/30/seaworld-and-busch-gardens-parks-postponing-2020-projects-to-2021/. 
  8. "Pantheon And 2022 Memberships Launch With Epic Thrills And Benefits At Busch Gardens® Williamsburg". PR Newswire. 2021-09-09. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pantheon-and-2022-memberships-launch-with-epic-thrills-and-benefits-at-busch-gardens-williamsburg-301372493.html. Retrieved 2021-09-09. 
  9. "World’s fastest multi-launch roller coaster gets opening date at Busch Gardens". https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/williamsburg/worlds-fastest-multi-launch-roller-coaster-gets-opening-date-at-busch-gardens/. 

External links

  • Pantheon on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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