Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon

Roller coaster in the United States
Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon
The ride's facade
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
Location Queensbury, New York, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1999 to 2006
Six Flags Darien Lake
Name Nightmare at Phantom Cave
Location Darien Center, New York, USA
Operated June 7, 1996 to 1998
Kentucky Kingdom
Name Starchaser
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Operated 1987 to 1995
Noble Park Funland
Name Jet Star
Location Paducah, Kentucky, USA
Operated 1985 to 1985 - 1986
Beech Bend
Name Jet Star
Location Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
Operated 1972 or earlier to 1984
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Jet Star
Type Steel - Enclosed
Area 88.6 feet × 144.3 feet
Height 44.3 feet
Top speed 31.1 mph
Length 1765.1 feet
Inversions 0

Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon was an enclosed steel roller coaster that operated at four different amusement parks in the United States.


The attraction first opened at Beech Bend in 1972 or earlier, and was called Jet Star.[1] In February 1985, it was purchased by the manager of Noble Park Funland for $118,000, and opened later that year.[2] The attraction subsequently operated at Kentucky Kingdom from the opening of the park in 1987. It was known as Starchaser and was enclosed for the first time.[3] On June 7, 1996, the attraction opened at Darien Lake as Nightmare at Phantom Cave,[4] representing an investment of $2 million.[5][6] In 1998, Great Escape announced that the attraction would open there in 1999 following an investment of $1.9 million.[7][8] During construction, its name was changed to Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon.[9]

2006 was Nightmare's last season. Without any prior announcement, the ride was found to be closed for all of the 2007 season and all future seasons. In July 2007, the park stated that Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon had been closed due to its low capacity.[10] The building still stands and is visible from rides such as Canyon Blaster.



Single car trains. Riders are arranged inline in 4 rows for a total of 4 riders per car.


On August 30, 1975, a 17-year-old boy was killed while working on the Jet Star. He was removing blocks underneath the coaster with three other employees when a car began moving and struck his head.[11]

In 1994, two cars collided resulting in multiple injuries.[12]


  1. "Beech Bend advert". The Messenger. July 5, 1972. p. 12. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  2. Heckel, Dan (4 July 1985). "Rollin' and tumblin'". The Paducah Sun. p. 1. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  3. "Louisville theme park may boost conventions". The Indianapolis Star. May 12, 1987. p. 36. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  4. Raub, Deborah Fineblum (June 8, 1996). "Monster of a ride unmasked at Darien". Democrat and Chronicle. p. 4. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  5. "COASTERS: Public safety can suffer in the ongoing push for superlatives". Santa Maria Times. 1996-09-01. p. 24. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  6. "Darien Lake will be 'Nightmare' new indoor roller coaster features eight-story plunge in total darkness". The Buffalo News. February 25, 1996. Archived from the original on January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  7. "More Details About "The Nightmare" At The Great Escape". Ultimate Rollercoaster.
  8. Moore, Deborah (March 1, 1999). "The Great Escape adding indoor roller coaster". Albany Business Review. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  9. Gereau, John (27 May 1999). "New Great Escape coaster may not be ready in time". The Post-Star. p. 9. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  10. "Great Escape roller coaster closed".
  11. "Accident kills worker at Beech Bend park". The Courier-Journal. August 31, 1975. p. 218. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  12. "$3 million verdict over station's story on roller coaster reversed". Reporters Committee.

External links

Articles on Six Flags Great Escape
Articles on Six Flags Darien Lake
Articles on Kentucky Kingdom