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Pantheon Coaster Coming to Busch Gardens

(The Triangle Trend) — Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the nearly 46-year-old amusement park in James City County, Virginia, is a beloved staple in the South Eastern U.S. due to its seven world-class coasters and family fun opportunities at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons®.

Although a few of the park’s most anticipated rides are closed due to COVID-19, they still have plenty of open rides, including:

  • Alpengeist
  • InvadR
  • Verbolten
  • Finnegan’s Flyer
  • Der Autobahn
  • Der Autobahn Jr.
  • Le Catapult
  • Der Wirbelwind
  • Li’l Clydes
  • Kinder Karussel
  • Der Roto Baron
  • Busch Gardens Railway
  • Grover’s Alpine Express
  • Oscar’s Whirly Worm
  • Prince Elmo’s Spire

All thrilling coasters and rides offering memorable experiences for all ages. Although none can quite compare with the mega coaster coming to the amusement park later this year. Pantheon, voted a Top 10 Most Anticipated Roller Coaster in 2020 by USA Today, is coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg any day now.

Offered only on the Pantheon, you can look forward to:

  • 2 inversions
  • 4 launches
  • 5 air-time hills
  • a 95° drop
  • a height of 180 feet
  • a record-breaking top speed of 73 mph

The 180-foot-tall ride will also invert riders twice. If you’re a fan of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, you’ll love the Pantheon’s portrayal of Minerva, Pluto, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury. The ride mimics a trip through each of their powers.

Patheon features two trains with five cars. The dispatch speed is eighty seconds. The height requirement is 52″, which is the same as Apollo’s Chariot. There will be five seconds where you will be floating weightlessly, just like in Finnegan’s Flyer.

If this ride is fit for the Gods, surely it’ll be a thrill for even the most daring of daredevils. Adrenaline junkies are in for a real treat. Navigate safe passage through 3,328 feet of seriously twisted track, launching forwards and blasting backward on this monumental two-minute journey.

Pantheon will open in 2021, although the date has yet to be announced, in Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Festa Italia village and will be joining their other world-class roller coasters, exciting thrill rides, and beloved attractions.

The initial planning application for the ride was filed in February 2019, and its name was announced to be Pantheon on July 30, 2019. While Pantheon was supposed to open last year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused its opening to be delayed until 2021.

You can watch Busch Gardens’ video here, featuring the Goddess Athena, on what to expect from this ride.

Bear in mind that with the current pandemic, Busch Gardens is doing what they have to in order to be open right now. Masks are required. There are social distance regulations in place with rides having roped-off rows/seats. Reservations are required ahead of time. Fortunately, you can look forward to less crowding and the being able to use a membership pass for everything, including parking.

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of going to Busch Gardens, the ambiance at this park is always very nice. It’ll take you into another world. The attraction builds and setups are very appealing and authentic to their European theme. They have quarters that resemble medieval England, Italy, Ireland, and Scotland with replica castles and other cultural architecture of that time. In the Irish quarter, there’s a restaurant called Grogan’s Grill which provides excellent guest service and really good food. Besides the great service and food, they also have wonderful rides, scenic areas, and live animals to entertain every member of the family. Plenty for small children to do and a very nice job by the landscape crew to keep the park beautiful.  Overall, expect a wonderful, memorable, nostalgic, and blissful day full of excitement, joy, wonder, and great laughs.

In their on-site pottery shop, you and your family can paint your own pottery or personalize a leather bracelet or keychain. Then, shop their selection of whimsical home décor and accessories. All in a space that looks like something straight out of New France.

If you know you won’t be able to walk for a long period of time, Busch Garden offers the rental option of a motorized scooter for $50.00.

Busch Gardens’ memberships start at $11.25 per month with no down payment. Ticket prices change throughout the year, we suggest searching for a promo code online before making a purchase. You may not find one, but it never hurts to look.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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