Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Coordinates 34°25′15″N 118°35′44″W / 34.420934°N 118.595539°W / 34.420934; -118.595539
Park section Baja Ridge
Status Operating since April 7, 1990
Cost $8,000,000 USD
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Custom Looping Coaster
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1700
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 188 feet
Drop 171 feet
Top speed 70 mph
Length 3830 feet
Inversions 7
Duration 2:30

Viper is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA. The ride is the only remaining roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics with seven inversions. It opened on April 7, 1990 as the tallest and fastest looping roller coaster in the world.


In November 1989, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that Viper would be added to the park.[1] Construction of the ride began that year and was completed in early 1990. Viper opened to the public on April 7, 1990.[2] When it opened, it was the world's fastest looping roller coaster, at 70 mph. It lost this record when Steel Phantom at Kennywood opened in 1991 with a speed of 80 mph, but Viper reclaimed the record when Steel Phantom closed in 2000. It was the last of the three seven-inversion roller coasters from Arrow Dynamics to open, following Great American Scream Machine (opened 1989, closed 2010) at Six Flags Great Adventure and ShockWave (opened 1988, closed 2002) at Six Flags Great America, and is the only one still operating.

In August 2018, Viper closed for an extended refurbishment.[3] On December 22, 2018, Viper reopened with new modifications. These modifications included improved track work and softer over-the-shoulder harnesses as opposed to the hard and rubber ones.[4]



Ride experience

Shortly after rolling out of the station, the train ascends a 188 foot tall chain lift hill. At the top, riders drop 171 feet to the left, reaching a max speed of 70 mph. Next, the train flips into a 144 foot tall vertical loop, followed by some trim brakes. Riders make a left turn and head into two more vertical loops, one being 90 feet and the other being 62 feet. These vertical loops are followed by the block brake. The train dives slowly into a few turns and approaches a batwing. After this, riders hit a 40 foot tall double corkscrew. The train moves through a straight section of track before making a right turn. This is followed by the final brake run, leading to a right turn back to the station.

Color scheme

Viper has red track and white supports.


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.


Viper was featured in the 1992 film Encino Man, in which it was referred to as "Vaper". Viper also made appearances in the 1993 film True Romance and the 2000 film Space Cowboys, as well as in commercials for Toyota and Cheetos.

Viper was featured in a 1993 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", in which the cast goes to Magic Mountain on Senior Skip Day and Andrea conquers her fear of roller coasters. In 2012, it appeared in Glee's Big Brother episode when the cast rides it during their visit to the park on senior ditch day. The song "Up, Up, Up" is sung over the experience.

This attraction is featured in the 2021 film, Yes Day.

The coaster appears in the video game RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 as part of a recreation of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Viper was also featured in Lucifer season 3, episode 25, when the character Dan rides it after being trapped by one of the suspects in that episode.



  1. "SHORT TAKES : Ultimate Scream Machine' Due".
  2. "The coaster builders are on a roll". The San Bernardino County Sun.
  3. "Six Flags Magic Mountain Update – August 15th 2018". Coaster Kings.
  4. "Viper is Now Open! | Six Flags Magic Mountain". Theme Park Obsession.

External links

  • Viper on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Most inversions on a roller coaster (7)
tied with
Great American Scream Machine

April 1990 - May 1995
Preceded by
Most inversions on a roller coaster (7)
tied with
Great American Scream Machine

April 1990 - May 1995
Succeeded by
Dragon Khan

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