Preparing for Pantheon!


I’ve never been to an amusement park before. Or at least if I have been, I don’t remember. So when Busch Gardens in Williamsburg invited me to come check out the construction on their upcoming rollercoaster, I had no idea what to expect.

Really, I should have known: it was a rollercoaster and a construction site. Duh. But when it opens this spring, it’s going to be an absolutely epic experience!

I went on a guided hard-hat tour of the premises, and learned some pretty neat stuff about Busch Gardens along the way. If you’ve been, then you know there’s a section of coasters named after Greek mythology. This ride, however, will be the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster, and therefore deserved a name even bigger than the Greek gods. In name, at least, this upcoming rollercoaster, encompasses all of the above: it’s the Pantheon.

Some more fun facts: on Pantheon, you’ll go 73 MPH, drop at a 95-degree angle, and even do 2 terrifying inversions. Or exhilarating. That’s a matter of personal taste.

Right now, it’s still a work in progress, but I took some pictures for you to see just how interesting Pantheon will be, once it’s open for business. You’ll get low to the ground, high in the air, and be pulled in all kinds of directions.

Will I see you there this summer?

(Photos by Alex Waters and Storm Avery)