Greezed Lightnin' (Kentucky Kingdom)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Greezed Lightnin'
Kentucky Kingdom
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Coordinates 38°11′47″N 85°44′41″W / 38.196407°N 85.744828°W / 38.196407; -85.744828
Park section Six Flags Circle
Status Defunct
Operated April 25, 2003 to 2009
Rider height 42 inch minimum
Replaced by Lightning Run
Six Flags Over Georgia
Name Viper
Location Austell, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°46′00″N 84°33′10″W / 33.766655°N 84.552688°W / 33.766655; -84.552688
Operated April 29, 1995 to September 9, 2001
Replaced by Superman Ultimate Flight
Six Flags Great America
Name Tidal Wave
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Operated May 6, 1978 to 1991
Replaced by Batman The Ride
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Track layout Shuttle loop
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1300
Propulsion Weight drop launch from 0 mph - 57 mph in 6 s
Height 137.8 feet
Top speed 57 mph
Length 863 feet
Track inversions 1
Rider inversions 2
Drop angle 70°
Duration 0:38
The vertical loop on Tidal Wave at Six Flags Great America.

Greezed Lightnin' was a Schwarzkopf launched shuttle roller coaster located at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

The ride previously operated at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia. It closed in 2009 and was demolished in July 2013.


The ride originally opened as Tidal Wave at Six Flags Great America on May 6, 1978.[1] After its closure in 1991, it was relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia. There, it would be renamed Viper and reopen on April 29, 1995.[2] This was the only launched coaster at the park. The attraction closed on September 16, 2001. It reopened at Kentucky Kingdom on April 25, 2003 as Greezed Lightnin'.[3]

The ride closed in 2009 along with Kentucky Kingdom due to Six Flags' bankruptcy.[4] The ride was demolished in July 2013.[5] The station building was reused for Lightning Run, which opened in 2014 for the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom.[6] Components of the ride, including the weight drop tower, remain in storage on the park's property.[7]



Greezed Lightnin' launched from the station to a top speed of 57 mph in a total of 6 seconds. Next, the train 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 featured sand track and supports when operating at Six Flags Over Georgia, and blue track and supports at Six Flags Great America.


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. "Tidal Wave hits Great America".
  2. "Scream Machine (Nearby Notes)".
  3. Kentucky Kingdom gets shuttle loop coaster - Amusement Today (Wayback archive)
  4. "Six Flags announces Kentucky Kingdom closure".
  5. Jackson, Sarah (2013-07-13). "Coasters coming down at Kentucky Kingdom". WAVE3. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  6. "Kentucky Kingdom set to reopen this weekend".
  7. CivilianSatellite (2021-08-24). "Keys to the Kingdom 2 - Kentucky Kingdom - So Many Parks 84". YouTube. Retrieved 2022-04-01.

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Tallest roller coaster
tied with
King Kobra
White Lightnin'

Preceded by
Giant Coaster
Tallest roller coaster
tied with
King Kobra
White Lightnin'

Succeeded by
Montezooma's Revenge

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