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Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans record breaking coaster

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, will introduce Pantheon, a record-breaking multi-launch coaster set to open in Spring 2020. From Intamin, the 3,328 foot long ride will feature a total of four launches. Measuring 180 feet tall, this coaster, to be located in the park’s Festa Italia village and will reach a top speed of 72.5 mph, making it the fastest multi-launch coaster in North America. Guests will be carried in one of two 20-passenger trains.

The new Pantheon promises to combine the might of five Roman gods in one record breaking display of strength, speed, and power, including forward and backward launches, two inversions and a 95º drop. The gods reinforce the theming of the new coaster and illustrate some of the thrilling elements for brave riders.

“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, Design & Engineering. “Multiple launches, speed changes, a sharp drop and backwards acceleration are just a few of Pantheon’s one-of-a kind traits.”

This is the fourth consecutive year of new attractions and follows Busch Gardens’ 2019 highly popular and thrilling Finnegan’s Flyer, the only “Screamin’ Swing” in Virginia.

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