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Apocalypse (Six Flags America)

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Apocalypse
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Six Flags America
Location Mitchellville, Maryland, USA
Park section Chesapeake
Status Operating since June 7, 2012
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Stand-Up
Model / product Stand-Up Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1220
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height100 feet
Drop90 feet
Top speed55 mph
Length2,900 feet
Inversions2
Duration2:00
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Apocalypse is a custom Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up roller coaster locatedat Six Flags America. When the ride opened in 1990, the ride was named, Iron Wolf. However, in 2011, Six Flags America announced that they were going to have a new attraction. Iron Wolf was to be relocated as Apocalypse in Six Flags America. May 25, 2012 is when the ride is expected to open.

History[edit]

Six Flags Great America (1990-2011)[edit]

On April 28, 1990, Apocalypse opened as Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America on the former site of Z-Force, the only Intamin Space Diver model ever manufactured. On its debut in 1990, it was the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the world and the first roller coaster

In 1994, Iron Wolf appeared in the movie Ri¢hie Ri¢h as Richie's backyard roller coaster.

On August 5, 2011, Six Flags Great America announced on their official Facebook page that the Iron Wolf would be closed on September 5, 2011: "After a long 21 year history at the park, we will be removing Iron Wolf. Make sure to get your last rides in –Iron Wolf,s Last Stand is September 5". The Last Stand is also a reference for the slogan for Apocalypse

Six Flags America (2012-)[edit]

On August 22, 2011, Six Flags America announced on their official Facebook page that they would be adding a new attraction in 2012. From this day, they began to slowly remove burnt pieces from an envelope to reveal the ride with an official announcement on September 1, 2011. On September 1, 2011, Six Flags announced that Iron Wolf will be relocated to Six Flags America, were it will open as Apocalypse, following its closure on September 5, 2011. The ride is expected to open on May 25, 2012, and be located in Skull Island section of the park where the former Skull Mountain used to be.

Apocalypse will be Six Flags America's first roller coaster after a decade, since Batwing opened to the park in 2001.

As of December 2011, construction has sped up with footers being dug, and the track and trains have begun arriving. On February 28, 2012, vertical construction has started by installing a track piece for the station. On April 2, 2012, Apocalypse track was completed.

Design[edit]

Elements

The ride has a twisting layout with track going through the middle of the vertical loop.

The track and supports are painted dark-pink, and the running-rails are painted silver.

Trains[edit]

2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.

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