Cliffhanger (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park)

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Cliffhanger
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Status Operating since June 15, 2012
Cost $800,000
Celebration City
Name Thunderbolt
Location Branson, Missouri, USA
Operated 1999 to October 25, 2008
unknown
Location Travelling Belgium
Operated 1990 to 1998
Statistics
Manufacturer SDC
Product Hurricane
Type Steel
Riders per train 12
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 60 feet
Inversions 0
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Cliffhanger is a steel roller coaster built by Italian manufacturer SDC currently located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA.

History

The ride originally opened as a travelling ride in Belgium. It opened in 1999 as Firestorm after being shipped to Branson USA. It closed in 2001, and was put in storage for the entire 2002 season. The ride was set up again in 2003, now being named Thunderbolt. The attraction closed again with the park on October 25, 2008,[1] and stood standing but not operating until 2011, when it was shipped to, and reopened at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with the name Cliffhanger in 2012.

Cliffhanger closed for refurbishment in the fall of 2019. The wheels were replaced and a magnetic braking system was installed. It was set to reopen in 2020, but this was delayed to May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2]

Design

Elements

Colour scheme

Red track and Blue supports.

Trains

2 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train.

Incident

On July 21, 2001, a train with riders collided with an empty train. All eight riders onboard the train were taken to hospital but none of the injuries were serious. The coaster reopened [3] On July 28, 2001, the coaster was cleared to reopen by inspectors. They stated that they could find no evidence of a mechanical failure and could not rule out operator error.[4]

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