WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Author's note: The video above is on file from January 2020.
A date has been set: the Pantheon rollercoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is slated to open in March 2022.
According to the amusement park's website, the roller coaster is 180 feet tall with a top speed of 73 mph and features a 95-degree drop, four launches, five air-time hills and two inversions.
Pantheon was set for a grand opening in Spring 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. Since then, the amusement park was quiet about its plans until they teased an announcement in a social media post last month.
On Wednesday morning, Busch Gardens Williamsburg took to social media to announce the ride's opening.
"The Roman gods have spoken," the park wrote.
On its website, Busch Gardens Williamsburg says all active members will be among the first to ride with exclusive ride times. Platinum members will get first to ride access at the kick-off of the exclusive ride time in March 2022.
According to the park, people who bought a membership on or after July 30, 2019, that will no longer be valid in March 2022 can register for "a special opportunity" to ride when it opens. The deadline to respond is Oct. 17, 2021.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, fan website BGWfans.com accused the park of implementing additional requirements to ride Pantheon for those who bought memberships that won't be valid in March. Multiple people on social media shared similar concerns.
13News Now reached out to the park for clarification on how those members will get early access to Pantheon. A spokesperson replied, referring to what the website says.
For more information about the ride, you can visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg's website.
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Author's note: The video below is the teaser announcement for Pantheon. It's on file from July 30, 2019.