We see Pantheon testing

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Photos Taken: 01/01/2022 Posted: 01/03/2022

In this photo update, we take you around Busch Gardens Williamsburg on New Year's Day. The Christmas Town seasonal event was still going on, which meant there were some special show offerings, the Christmas Town Express, Nacht Tower and of course lots and lots of lights.

As a bonus, during the middle of the day, we noticed that Pantheon was running test cycles as the park prepares for the ride's opening in March. Luckily we were able to take a bunch of photos of the ride traversing its circuit. The ride looks great, and we can't wait to experience it later this year.


England at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
England - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
The park has a new security screening process where there are two tiers of scanners.
England at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
England - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
Sadly there were no guides available. We did see the ornaments hidden around the park.
Finnegan's Flyer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Finnegan's Flyer - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
Same as during our last visit, the ride was only operating one side. There were enough crowds to justify both sides, so I presume it is a staffing issue.
Battle for Eire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Battle for Eire - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
I feel I'm in the minority having the opinion that this ride will still in some form reopen. The signage hasn't been taken down and the gift shops are still selling merchandise for this attraction.
Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
Another sign of staffing shortages was a smattering of food trucks scattered around the park.
France at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
France - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
The park was supposed to have a skating show, but both time slots got cancelled last minute. Wonder if the 70 degree temperature outside had something to do with it?
Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Griffon - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
Griffon and Alpengeist were in the middle of getting repainted.
New France at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
New France - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Date Taken: 01/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/03/2022
A general observation - hopefully just supply chain issues, but the merchandise found in a lot of the shops has been trending from being unique to the region of the park to random, out of place generic SEAS merchandise. Guy Harvey, Salt Life, Simply Southern and Sesame Street have invaded several shops in this park.