Viper (Six Flags Great Adventure)

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Viper
Viper and Rolling Thunder at Six Flags Great Adventure.jpg
Viper and Rolling Thunder in 2003.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Location Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 1, 1995 to September 6, 2004
Replaced Ultra Twister
Replaced by El Toro
Statistics
Manufacturer TOGO
Type Steel
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 88.6 feet
Drop 85 feet
Top speed 48 mph
Length 1670 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 2:24
HELP

Viper was a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It was closed in 2004 and demolished in 2005 for multiple reasons. The station building is now used by El Toro. It was located in the Frontier Adventures themed area.

History

In 1990, the park had five roller coasters but this number had been reduced to three by the end of 1992 due to Six Flags' ride rotation program. The opening of Batman The Ride in 1993 brought the number of roller coasters to four. Due to the Ultra Twister being fairly popular, it was decided that TOGO would design and manufacture a similar ride for the spot in which Ultra Twister once stood.

In 1994, a prototype sit-down looper was built at TOGO's Ohio Testing Facility. Six Flags immediately purchased it and sent it to their Great Adventure park.[1]

The coaster was going to be based on the 1992 film Unforgiven starring Clint Eastwood, but the name was too dark. So, Six Flags decided to choose Viper for a better name.[2] Six Flags executives requested to put more steel rings on the track to give it more of a snake-like appearance.

Construction started in the fall of 1994 and after many delays, Viper opened on June 1, 1995 following a press preview.[3] The ride was accompanied by a shop known as the "Casa de Viper."

By 1996, Viper would end up suffering from a plethora of maintenance issues and plummeting guest satisfaction. As time went on, the coaster would get extremely rough and bumpy. Many riders disliked the uncomfortable pull-down restraints. The ride's popularity began to decline and the lines became shorter. In addition, the ride's steel rings had to be constantly re-welded as the trains put too much stress.

In 1998, Viper barely operated as spare parts were hard to obtain, as TOGO faced financial problems due to problems with Windjammer Surf Racers at Knott's Berry Farm.

During the entire 2001 season, Viper would stay closed for maintenance. Six Flags began to remove the ride from the official website, the park guides, and map. The company planned to remove Viper that year, but it was canceled because Six Flags had was not to find a replacement attraction to fit the land occupied by Viper.

On March 29, 2002, Viper reopened after some modifications on the track and trains. However, the ride continued to be rough and frequently experienced mechanical issues. It operated with one train during normal operations.

By 2004, Viper was considered to be obsolete among guests. That year, Six Flags could not repair the ride's problems, so the ride closed on Labor Day.

In 2005 Viper was demolished. This was due to fading popularity and large down-times among other reasons. The station building was reused for El Toro and the rest of the ride was scrapped.[4]

Design

Elements

Viper was situated on a three-acre plot designed to look like a desolate south-western ghost town, where Viper could strike at any moment.[1]

Many said Viper provided a painful ride and that it was badly designed. The ride had coiled metal around the majority of the track, similar to that of TOGO's pipeline roller coasters.

Ride experience

As the train moves out of the station, riders make a left turn and head up the chain lift hill. When riders reach the top, the train makes a left turn and plunges down a 85 foot drop.[5] Riders are then rolled upside down through a 65 foot dive loop. The train then makes a left turn. After this, riders approach a heartline roll. A left turn is followed by the final brake run.

Trains

3 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 16 riders per train. The trains resembled a snake and were colored light-green and orange.

References

External links

  • Viper on the Roller Coaster DataBase.