Busch Gardens Williamsburg previews the Pantheon mega-coaster

Busch Gardens Williamsburg launches Pantheon, the world’s fastest multi-launch roller coaster, on March 25, but members will have access to it from March 4.

Photos and video courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Thrill seekers have been eagerly awaiting the grand opening of the Pantheon mega-coaster, and for those with a park pass, the wait is almost over. On certain dates, starting March 4, they will have exclusive access to the ride.

The multi-launch steel coaster, made by Intamin Worldwide, calls upon the attributes of five Roman gods – Pluto, Mercury, Jupiter, Minerva and Neptune – for its record-breaking strength, speed and power. Some aspects of the track “reflect the powers of the gods”.

During their preview, members will experience speeds of up to 73 miles per hour, a 95˚ drop, four launches, five airtime hills and two inversions along 3,300 feet of track, with a high point of 180 feet.

Inversion of the pantheon

“The opening of the Hall of Fame has been highly anticipated, said Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park President Kevin Lembke, “and we are thrilled to add such an innovative attraction to our portfolio of thrill rides. With multiple launches, a drop beyond the vertical, shifting and other unique driving components, this coaster creates an unforgettable driving experience.

Pantheon, located in the Festa Italia section of the park, is Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s eighth coaster, and has a height restriction of 52″ (4′ 3″). The roller coaster will be open to all park visitors on March 25.

Sister-park Water Country USA is thrilled to announce that its new Aquazoid Amped immersive ride experience will open in May.

For a limited time, customers can save up to $35 on the purchase of a two-park pass, which gives them one year of unlimited park access (some passes have blackout dates), plus free parking, admission to select special events, up to six free guest tickets, merchandise discounts and more.