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Viper (Six Flags Great Adventure)

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Viper
Viper and Rolling Thunder at Six Flags Great Adventure.jpg
Viper, to the right of Rolling Thunder.
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Six Flags Great Adventure
Location Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 1995 to 2004
Statistics
Manufacturer TOGO
Type Steel
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height88.6 feet
Top speed48 mph
Length1,670 feet
Inversions2
Duration2:24
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Viper was a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It was the first roller coaster to have a barrel roll. It was closed in 2004 and demolished in 2005 for multiple reasons. The station building is now used by El Toro.

History[edit]

In 1990, the park had five roller coasters but this number had been reduced to three by the end of 1992 due to Six Flags' ride rotation program. The opening of Batman The Ride in 1993 brought the number of roller coasters to four. Due to the Ultra Twister being fairly popular, it was decided that TOGO would design and manufacture a similar ride for the spot in which Ultra Twister once stood.

Construction started in the fall of 1994 and, after many delays, Viper opened in June 1995. Initially, lines were long, but populart faded quickly as many complained of an uncomfortable ride.

In 1998 Viper barely operated as spare parts were hard to obtain due to the bankruptcy of ride manufacturer TOGO. Viper didn't operate at all during the 2001 season - It wasn't listed on any 2001 park guides or maps. Six Flags had planned to remove Viper but this fell through.

In 2002, Viper reopened after some modifications on the track and trains. The ride was still rough and only one train would run at a time. On Labor Day 2004, the ride ultimately closed.

In 2005 Viper was demolished. This was due to fading popularity and large down-times among other reasons. The station building was reused for El Toro and the rest of the ride was scrapped.

Design[edit]

Elements

Many said Viper provided a painful ride and that it was badly designed. The ride had coiled metal around the majority of the track, similar to that of TOGO's pipeline roller coasters.

Trains[edit]

3 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train. The trains resembled a snake and were colored light-green and orange.