Greased Lightnin'

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Greased Lightnin'
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Status Defunct
Operated July 8, 1977 to 2002
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Product Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)
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 located at California'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. 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 can be seen as remnants to this day.



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.


External links

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