Villain


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Villain
Villain (Geauga Lake) 2004 01.jpg
Geauga Lake
Location Aurora, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 5, 2000 to September 16, 2007
Statistics
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Type Wooden - Hybrid
Track layout Double Out and Back
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 120 feet
Drop 108 feet
Top speed 59 mph
Length 4000 feet
Inversions 0
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Riders per train 24
HELP

The Villain was a wooden roller coaster located at Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio, USA. It was the second Custom Coasters International coaster to feature a trick track element (the first was Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure) where the track banks from one side to another while staying otherwise on a straight path.

History

In December 1999, Premier Parks announced a $40 million expansion to Geauga Lake, which would be renamed Six Flags Ohio for the 2000 season. This included four new roller coasters, one of which being The Villain, a hybrid roller coaster from Custom Coasters International.[1]

The ride was constructed by Custom Coasters International and opened on May 5, 2000. It featured trains built by the German company Gerstlauer.

When it originally opened, the ride was moderately smooth, but by 2001, it became rougher and was re-tracked during the off-season. Rocky Mountain Construction, an Idaho-based manufacturing firm, handled the construction of the ride. The ride had been retracked by Martin & Vleminckx.

When the park was sold to Cedar Fair in 2004, the Villain was still original.

Shortly after the end of the 2007 season, Cedar Fair announced that the amusement park side of Geauga Lake would not be reopening for the 2008 season. The Villian's last day of operation was September 16, 2007. It was subsequently demolished.

Currently, the Villain's trains are at Kings Island, another Cedar Fair park in Mason, Ohio. It is unknown what they will be used for.

Design

Elements

Ride experience

The entrance sign.

After leaving the station, the train makes a left turn and climbs a 120 foot tall chain lift hill. Riders then drop 108 feet at 59 mph. The train ascends a hill, before approaching a trick track. Following the trick track is the first turnaround. Then, riders hit a smaller hill and a second turnaround. After a straight section, the train races through some smaller hills and an another turnaround. Riders speed through a hill, followed by a few more. The last few hills lead to the final brake run.

Trains

6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The rolling stock was supplied by Gerstlauer.[2]

Incident

In July 2000, a woman suffered a fractured skull and a broken nose after being hit by an unspecified object during the ride. The woman ultimately won a court case against Six Flags in 2006, claiming that the object was a rock thrown at the ride from a nearby picnic area. This area was closed after a 12-year-old girl's forehead was cut by a foreign object while riding in 2002. Six Flags argued that the object was another rider's mobile phone.[3]

Photo Gallery

References

External links

  • Villain on the Roller Coaster DataBase.