First Look: On-Ride POV Video for Busch Gardens' Pantheon

December 13, 2021, 5:27 PM · Busch Gardens Williamsburg today released its official on-ride POV video for its upcoming Intamin launch coaster, Pantheon.

Pantheon will open in March at the Virginia theme park, after a lengthy delay initiated by the pandemic. The 180-foot coaster will feature four launches, a 95-degree drop, two inversions, and five airtime hills along its 3,328 feet of track. With a top speed of 73 mph, Busch Gardens is calling Pantheon the world's fastest multi-launch coaster.

And now we know just what that will look like.

Pantheon's track elements are supposed to represent five Roman gods: Pluto, Mercury, Jupiter, Minerva, and Neptune. Now that you've seen a POV, what do you think about this new coaster?

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December 13, 2021 at 6:16 PM

Wow! That looks sick. Lots of personality in the design, love the little bobbles on the approach to the first launch, then the second launch is really cool with the back-and-forth. Does the track move in that section to allow the train to back up?

The ride over the high hill is epic, really a great view. And man, sounds so smooth, looks like a ride that doesn't beat you up.

December 13, 2021 at 6:38 PM

This looks awesome.

December 14, 2021 at 5:36 AM

Has a Jr. Velocicoaster feel

December 14, 2021 at 8:28 AM

It certainly looks original. I can't think of another coaster that has that sort of layout and it's almost as if they are deliberately trying to bend the track in ways that it hasn't been bent before.

But there's also a bit of my brain saying 'that doesn't look that comfortable to ride', despite it seeming to be very smooth. I kind of hanker after the days when a coaster had a certain elegance to it and it was all about the rush of speed and the clever transitions, not just about how many different ways a rider can be disorientated.

For me the Velocicoaster looks like it's got the balance about right - a couple of 'woah' moments but mostly just smooth adrenaline rush. I don't get the same feel off this one.

December 14, 2021 at 11:13 PM

Its like whoever designed this layout was trying to replicate the feeling of being in a salad blender or washing machine.

December 14, 2021 at 5:13 PM

I agree @Jeremygray, very Velocicoaster and RMC-ish. Surprisingly this lacks any type of theming or scenery, which isn't what I was expecting from BGW with this attraction.

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