Greased Lightnin'

Roller coaster in the United States
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Greased Lightnin'
Paramount's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Coordinates 37°23′48″N 121°58′23″W / 37.396670°N 121.972979°W / 37.396670; -121.972979
Park section All American Corners
Status Defunct
Operated July 8, 1977 to 2002
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Track layout Shuttle loop
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1300
Propulsion Weight drop launch
Height 137.8 feet
Top speed 57 mph
Length 863 feet
Track inversions 1
Rider inversions 2
Drop angle 70°
Duration 0:38

Greased Lightnin' was a Schwarzkopf launched shuttle roller coaster previously located at Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, California, USA. It operated from 1977 to 2002.


Greased Lightnin' originally opened on July 8, 1977 as Tidal Wave. It was renamed Greased Lightnin' in 1999. The named would be in refrence to the 1978 film Grease that featured a song of the same name. It closed three years later in 2002 and was relocated to and stored at Six Flags Marine World.[1] Some of the stored ride's track was reused on Greezed Lightnin' at Kentucky Kingdom.[2]

The footers and maintenance shed were not removed and remain standing.



Greased Lightnin' launched from the station to a top speed of 57 mph in a total of 6 seconds. Next, the ride traveled through a vertical loop and up a 70° incline. At this point, the ride fell backwards through the entire design and past the station to another incline. After climbing and falling down that incline, the train slowly rolled into the station.

Color scheme

Green track and blue supports. The ride used to feature blue track and supports when operating as Tidal Wave.


Single train with 7 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.


  1. "Greased Lightnin' - California's Great America". Ultimate Roller Coaster.
  2. "Greezed Lightnin' - Kentucky Kingdom". rcdb.

External links

Articles on Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Articles on California's Great America