Patriot (California's Great America)

Roller coaster
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View of the ride after its conversion into Patriot.
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Coordinates 37°23′48″N 121°58′24″W / 37.396672°N 121.973215°W / 37.396672; -121.973215
Park section Hometown Square
Status Operating since March 9, 1991
Rider height
  • Minimum: 54 inch
  • Maximum: 78 inch
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Product Stand-Up Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Floorless
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 91 feet
Top speed 40 mph
Length 1920 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 2:14
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard (replaced 2017)
Riders per train 29

Patriot is a steel floorless roller coaster located at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California, USA. The ride was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and opened on March 9, 1991 as Vortex. It is the second roller coaster built by the company, with the first one being Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America. It is slightly shorter than Bolliger & Mabillard's third roller coaster, Vortex at Carowinds.


Vortex opened on March 9, 1991.

The ride became rough and uncomfortable over the years, and a floorless conversion was the ideal investment, as it wasn't too expensive and didn't require expansion.[1]

On August 18, 2016, the park announced that Vortex would be renamed Patriot and receive a floorless conversion. This conversion saw the track repainted blue and the supports repainted white. Vortex's last day as a stand-up coaster was September 5, 2016.[2] The transformation began in September 2016 shortly after Vortex closed.[3] The ride reopened as Patriot on April 1, 2017.[4]



Color scheme

Blue track and white supports. Used to feature purple and yellow track with light gray supports.


2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 28 riders per train.



External links

  • Patriot on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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