Viper (Six Flags Darien Lake)

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roller coaster
Six Flags Darien Lake
Location Darien Center, New York, USA
Status Operating since May 1982
Cost $6,500,000
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 2,240
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height121 feet
Drop75 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length3100 feet
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Viper is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien Center, New York, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics for $6.5 Million USD and opened in May 1982, it was the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions and the first major roller coaster at the park.[1][2][3][4]

Design[edit | edit source]


The elements of the roller coaster are a chain lift hill, a vertical loop, a batwing, a double corkscrew, an on-ride photo camera, a helix and a subterranean tunnel.

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Viper was originally painted entirely black when it opened. In 1999, the track was repainted lime green. In 2010, the color scheme was reverted to the original all-black.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Each train features a black bottom with a dark green snake scale top. The seat backs are also green, however they are a few shades darker than the main body of the train. The front car features a pair of snake eyes to resemble a Viper.

Darien Lake generally operates Viper with only a single train regardless of wait times. 3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

Images[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Viper's Ride Like Torture at 50 Mph!. Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY),
  2. Viper's Ride Like Torture at 50 Mph! (Part 2). Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY),
  3. Upstate NY Roller Coaster Rankings. Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY),
  4. The Coaster Crescent. Elmira Star Gazette,

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Viper on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Most inversions on a roller coaster (5)
May 1982 - April 1987
Preceded by
Carolina Cyclone
tied with
Most inversions on a roller coaster (5)
May 1982 - April 1987
Succeeded by