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California's Great America

Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:33 pm

Seems a reasonably historical announcement to start a topic on as the demise of the stand-up rollercoaster continues with the conversion of B&M's second oldest installation of the type.

Following the conversion of Mantis to Rougarou in 2015, Cedar Fair have announced that Vortex at California's Great America will be converted to Patriot, a floorless coaster, in 2017.

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GREAT AMERICA INTRODUCES PATRIOT FLOORLESS COASTER FOR 2017

Today California’s Great America announced that for the 2017 season, it will introduce Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. Patriot will emerge from the soon to be retired Vortex coaster, the oldest stand up roller coaster in the United States. Season Passes for the 2017 season also go on sale today at the lowest price of the season, offering unlimited admission for the rest of 2016 and all of 2017.

Patriot will take riders to a 91-foot height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop at 45 miles per hour. Patriot’s position in the park makes it a dynamic visual from three different sections of Great America.

The inspiration for the coaster’s name was taken from the fact that the ride is nestled adjacent to All American Corners within a park whose name celebrates America.

The transition from a stand up to floorless ride will include state-of-the-art blue and white trains positioning guests with their feet dangling above the blue and white track.

“With the track visible beneath their fee, Patriot will create unique and exciting new perspectives throughout the ride,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

Guests can take their “Last Stand” on Vortex through September 5. Then work will begin to ready Patriot for the 2017 season.
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Re: California's Great America

Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:17 pm

Thank god they're on their way out.
 
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Re: California's Great America

Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:44 pm

Not long until the next major NRCD announcement!!!
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Re: California's Great America

Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:31 pm

California's Great America have just announced Railblazer, a single rail RMC coaster which features a 100 degree vertical drop, and 3 loops. It'll be interesting to see how this compares to the Wonderwoman Golden Lasso coaster over in Texas.

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Re: California's Great America

Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 pm

Ooooo! With Cedar Fair behind it, I predict better theming than SFFT's new ride, however not as much as a Busch Gardens or Alton Towers attraction. That RockWork looks cool though!
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