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Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon

Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon

roller coaster
Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon
Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon.jpg
The ride's facade
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdoms
Location Queensbury, New York, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1999 to 2006
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Type Steel - Enclosed
Model / product Jet Star
Area 88.6 feet × 144.3 feet
Height44.3 feet
Top speed31.1 mph
Length1765.1 feet

Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon was an enclosed steel roller coaster at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. The ride opened in 1999 and closed in 2006.

History[edit | edit source]

Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon existed as Starchaser at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, and as Nightmare at Phantom Cave at Darien Lake. The ride was placed in the Ghostown section of the park, in an isolated location. A warehouse-like building enclosed the ride in the dark to provide a sense of disorientation. Oftentimes, the waiting times for the ride were unbearably long, due to the low capacity of four riders per car. Sometimes the wait time reached up to two and a half hours; uncommon for such a brief ride. This wasn't remedied until 2006, when Six Flags introduced the Flash pass system. The system was slightly different for this ride, however. Riders arriving at the line were given a ticket and asked to return at a certain time, causing lines to be significantly shorter.

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. Today, the building still stands eerily in the Ghostown section of the park, easily seen from rides such as Canyon Blaster.