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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|station building]] is now used by  [[El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)|El Toro]].
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'''Viper''' was a [[steel]] [[roller coaster]] located at [[Six Flags Great Adventure]] in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It was closed in 2004 and demolished in 2005 for multiple reasons. The [[station|station building]] is now used by  [[El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)|El Toro]].
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
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 (Six Flags Great Adventure)|Batman The Ride]] in 1993 brought the number of roller coasters to four. Due to the [[Ultra Twister (Six Flags America)|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.
 
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 (Six Flags Great Adventure)|Batman The Ride]] in 1993 brought the number of roller coasters to four. Due to the [[Ultra Twister (Six Flags America)|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.
  
The coaster was going to be based on the 1992 film ''Unforgiven'', but the name was too dark. So, [[Six Flags]] picked ''Viper'' for a better name.
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In 1994, a prototype sit-down looper was built at TOGO's Ohio Testing Facility. Six Flags immediately purchased it and sent it to their Great Adventure park.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://greatadventurehistory.com/Viper.htm|title=Viper|publisher=GreatAdventureHistory}}</ref>
  
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.
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The coaster was going to be based on the 1992 film ''[[wikipedia:Unforgiven|Unforgiven]]'', but the name was too dark. So, [[Six Flags]] decided to choose ''Viper'' for a better name.<ref name="tpc">{{cite web|title=10 Infamous Removed Roller Coasters|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_wJwBsXAq8&t=1s|website=YouTube|publisher=Theme Park Crazy|accessdate=October 25, 2019}}</ref> Six Flags executives requested to put more steel rings on the track to give it more of a snake-like appearance.
  
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.
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Construction started in the fall of 1994 and after many delays, Viper opened in June 1995. Initially, lines were long and the ride was popular.  
  
In 2002, Viper reopened after some modifications on the [[track]] and [[train]]s. The ride was still rough and only one train would run at a time. On Labor Day 2004, the ride ultimately closed.
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By 1996, Viper would end up suffering from a plethora of maintenance issues and plummeting guest satisfaction. As time went on, the coaster would get extremely rough and bumpy. Many riders disliked the uncomfortable pull-down restraints. The ride's popularity began to decline and the lines became shorter. In addition, the ride's steel rings had to be constantly re-welded as the trains put too much stress.
  
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 (Six Flags Great Adventure)|El Toro]] and the rest of the ride was scrapped.
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In 1998, Viper barely operated as spare parts were hard to obtain, as TOGO faced financial problems due to problems with [[Windjammer Surf Racers]] at [[Knott's Berry Farm]].
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During the entire 2001 season, Viper would stay closed for maintenance. Six Flags began to remove the ride from the official website, the park guides, and map. The company planned to remove Viper that year, but it was canceled because Six Flags had was not to find a replacement attraction to fit the land occupied by Viper.
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On March 29, 2002, Viper reopened after some modifications on the [[track]] and [[train]]s. However, the ride continued to be rough and frequently experienced mechanical issues. It operated with one train during normal operations.
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By 2004, Viper was considered to be obsolete among guests. That year, Six Flags could not repair the ride's problems, so the ride closed on Labor Day.
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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 (Six Flags Great Adventure)|El Toro]] and the rest of the ride was scrapped.<ref>{{cite web|title=Top 10 Re-Used Roller Coaster Remnants|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymmr7HXcQ78|website=YouTube|publisher=Theme Park Crazy|accessdate=October 25, 2019}}</ref>
  
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
 
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{{Elementbox|
*[[Inversions#Dive Loop|Dive Loop]]
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*[[Chain lift]] hill
*[[Inversions#Barrel Roll|Heartline Roll]]
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*[[Dive loop]]
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*[[Heartline roll]]
 
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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.
 
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.
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===Ride experience===
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As the train moves out of the station, riders make a left turn and head up the [[chain lift]] hill. When riders reach the top, the train makes a left turn and plunges down a drop. Riders are then rolled upside down through a [[dive loop]]. The train then makes a left turn. After this, riders approach a [[heartline roll]]. A left turn is followed by the final brake run.
 
===Trains===
 
===Trains===
 
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The trains resembled a snake and were colored light-green and orange.
 
The trains resembled a snake and were colored light-green and orange.
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==References==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
{{RCDB|link=https://rcdb.com/33.htm}}
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{{RCDB|link=https://rcdb.com/33.htm|title=Viper}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:28, 9 May 2020

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Viper
Viper and Rolling Thunder at Six Flags Great Adventure.jpg
Viper, to the right of Rolling Thunder.
roller coaster
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Six Flags Great Adventure
Location Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 1, 1995 to September 6, 2004
Statistics
Manufacturer TOGO
Type Steel
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height88.6 feet
Top speed48 mph
Length1670 feet
Inversions2
Duration2:24
HELP

Viper was a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It was closed in 2004 and demolished in 2005 for multiple reasons. The station building is now used by El Toro.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

In 1994, a prototype sit-down looper was built at TOGO's Ohio Testing Facility. Six Flags immediately purchased it and sent it to their Great Adventure park.[1]

The coaster was going to be based on the 1992 film Unforgiven, but the name was too dark. So, Six Flags decided to choose Viper for a better name.[2] Six Flags executives requested to put more steel rings on the track to give it more of a snake-like appearance.

Construction started in the fall of 1994 and after many delays, Viper opened in June 1995. Initially, lines were long and the ride was popular.

By 1996, Viper would end up suffering from a plethora of maintenance issues and plummeting guest satisfaction. As time went on, the coaster would get extremely rough and bumpy. Many riders disliked the uncomfortable pull-down restraints. The ride's popularity began to decline and the lines became shorter. In addition, the ride's steel rings had to be constantly re-welded as the trains put too much stress.

In 1998, Viper barely operated as spare parts were hard to obtain, as TOGO faced financial problems due to problems with Windjammer Surf Racers at Knott's Berry Farm.

During the entire 2001 season, Viper would stay closed for maintenance. Six Flags began to remove the ride from the official website, the park guides, and map. The company planned to remove Viper that year, but it was canceled because Six Flags had was not to find a replacement attraction to fit the land occupied by Viper.

On March 29, 2002, Viper reopened after some modifications on the track and trains. However, the ride continued to be rough and frequently experienced mechanical issues. It operated with one train during normal operations.

By 2004, Viper was considered to be obsolete among guests. That year, Six Flags could not repair the ride's problems, so the ride closed on Labor Day.

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.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

As the train moves out of the station, riders make a left turn and head up the chain lift hill. When riders reach the top, the train makes a left turn and plunges down a drop. Riders are then rolled upside down through a dive loop. The train then makes a left turn. After this, riders approach a heartline roll. A left turn is followed by the final brake run.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Viper. GreatAdventureHistory
  2. 10 Infamous Removed Roller Coasters. Theme Park Crazy, YouTube
  3. Top 10 Re-Used Roller Coaster Remnants. Theme Park Crazy, YouTube

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Viper on the Roller Coaster DataBase.