Wildcat (Lake Compounce)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Lake Compounce
Location Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Status Standing but not operating
Operated 1927 to 2022
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Company
Type Wooden
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 85 feet
Drop 78 feet
Top speed 48 mph
Length 2746 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 1:15
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Great Coasters International (2017-present)
Philadelphia Toboggan Company (1927-2016)
Riders per train 24

Wildcat is a wooden roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, USA. Opened in 1927, it is one of the world's oldest operating roller coasters (in operation at the same location). The ride bears a striking resemblance to the now-defunct Wildcat roller coaster that used to reside at Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado. Due to its historical significance, Wildcat is a recipient of the ACE Coaster Landmark Award.


Wildcat was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and opened in 1927.[1]

In 1985, the park was acquired by Hershey Entertainment, owners of Hersheypark, who subsequently redeveloped the park. This included the complete reconstruction of the Wildcat.

In 2017, portions of the roller coaster were re-tracked and the control system was replaced. This work was carried out by Martin & Vleminckx. The trains were replaced with new rolling stock from Great Coasters International.[2]

On March 3, 2023, Lake Compounce announced that Wildcat would undergo a refurbishment in 2023 and would reopen in 2024.[3] The refurbishment will be completed by The Gravity Group, LLC.[4]



2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 14 riders per train.

The original trains had three three-bench cars.



External links

  • Wildcat on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

Articles on Lake Compounce