Poltergeist

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Poltergeist
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Location San Antonio, Texas, USA
Status Operating since May 28, 1999
Statistics
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Product Catapult Coaster
Riders per train 24
Propulsion LIM-launch
Height 78.8 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Length 2705 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 1:15
G-Force 4.5
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Poltergeist is a steel launched roller coaster located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Built by Premier Rides, Poltergeist uses a LIM launching system instead of a traditional lift hill to propel the train.

History

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On October 8, 1998, Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced that they would be adding Poltergeist, Boomerang, Scream and twelve other attractions. This would be a part of the park's $30 million expansion.

Poltergeist and Joker's Jinx at Six Flags America opened in 1999, three years after the world's first LIM-launched coasters, Flight of Fear and its clone opened at Kings Island and Kings Dominion. It replaced a golf course.

Initially, the ride had over-the-shoulder restraints, but due to numerous reports of pain and discomfort, these were replaced in 2002 with individual ratcheting lap bars.

Design

Elements

Riders are launched from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.

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