Pantheon

Larry Giles announces Pantheon, a multi-launch roller coaster coming to Busch Gardens park in the spring of 2020.

Busch Gardens announced a new super-fast roller coaster called Pantheon that will reach 72.5 mph and open at the Williamsburg-area theme park next year.

Featuring four launches, including a backward launch, Pantheon will have a top height of 180 feet, a 95-degree drop and will last roughly two minutes.

According to the theme park, it will be the fastest multi-launch roller coaster in North America.

In comparison, Volcano, the multi-launch coaster at Kings Dominion that was recently torn down, reached 70 mph.

Wicked Twister at Cedar Point is 72 mph.

Busch Gardens has another multi-launch roller coaster, Verbolten, that opened in 2012 and reaches a top speed of 53 mph.

“Pantheon is going to be nonstop action for riders. Multiple launches, speed changes, a sharp drop and backwards acceleration are just a few of Pantheon’s one-of-a-kind traits,” said Larry Giles, a spokesman for the theme park.

Pantheon will be located in the Festa Italia area of the park and will open in the spring.

Finnegan’s Flyer, an extreme swing ride, opened earlier this year in the Ireland area of the park.

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