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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:10 pm
by Haymaker
Pantheon media day was today, BGW shared this on their IG story

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:55 pm
by boldikus
Oh my god I can't f*cking wait for this ride.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:18 pm
by cfc
Pantheon Hard-Hat Tour

Okay, if we're all done talking about the coaster that might be coming in 2021, why don't we concentrate on the one that's definitely opening in 2020 at Busch Gardens (probably in the spring): Pantheon! I was at the hard-hat tour today, and from what I heard and saw, this ride is going to be fantastic.

Suzy Cheely, the park's senior director of design and engineering and the new coaster's project lead, said that the ride is about "90 percent finished," and that sounded right. I noticed on one section of track that needed to be installed (at least in the area surrounding the tour). Also on hand were Kevin Lembke, president of of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA; Jonathon Smith, corporate director of engineering, SeaWorld Parks; and Elizabeth Ringas, ACE's communications director.

It was great to walk around under Pantheon. The layout looks crazy--in a good Intamin way--and the coaster should be a big winner for the park. Here are a few facts from the presentations today:

1. The coaster is a custom design to take advantage of the park's hilly landscape. At one point, it swoops down toward the Rhine River.

2. It will have a 52-inch height requirement, so expect something considerably crazier than Verbolten. ;)

3. This will be the fastest multi-launch coaster in the world, with speeds ranging from 30 to 73 mph.

4. They're expecting 15 air-time moments of all types. For example, at one point riders will be launched backward up a spike, then experience five seconds of weightlessness as they start the trip back down (similar to what you experience on Finnegan's Flyer).

5. The ride will be about 150 seconds of craziness, and will use two trains with 83-second dispatches and a two-second switch track for the spike section.

The park will hold some ERT sessions for membership guests (details to follow later). For now, let's have a look at what I think could become the park's best ride.

My thanks to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for this behind-the-scenes look at Pantheon.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:37 pm
by coasterbill
Great update. Some of those elements just look completely ridiculous.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:45 pm
by JJLehto
Superb photos. This ride will be spectacular.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:27 pm
by Haymaker
I cant wait to see that stall in action.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:38 pm
by JRice92
I'm so excited for this coaster, the elements look so insane! This is easily a hit they have on their hands!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:51 pm
by boldikus
Fantastic as always, Chuck. Thanks! I cannot wait for this ride!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:35 pm
by PKI Jizzman
The long stall will be... who knows until it's open! Thanks for the report Chuck!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:13 pm
by DILinator
That long stall is simply divine looking! Definitely appears to be one of the most exciting looking elements on a coaster once it opens! Can't wait!