GURNEE, Ill., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In keeping with Six Flags'
reputation for leading the amusement industry in introducing state-of-the-art
ride technology, Six Flags Great America announces its plans to open Raging
Bull, the world's first steel "hyper-twister" roller coaster, in the Spring of
Featuring a dramatic 202-foot (20-story) lift hill and a 65-degree first
drop that plunges riders into an underground cavern at more than 70 miles per
hour, Raging Bull will be the first roller coaster in the world to combine the
unparalleled thrill of a steel "hyper-coaster" with the tight, intense twists
and turns common to a wooden "cyclone-style" roller coaster. The ride
features six "inclined loops" -- steep, high-speed turns banked as much as 50
degrees (or, loops lying horizontally) -- plus a combination of towering hills
and gut-wrenching drops that comprise nearly a mile of track.
The multi-million dollar attraction will span the entire length of the
Park's Southwest Territory, wrapping behind the Stunt Show Arena, paralleling
the guest parking lot and rising over the queue line for the Viper roller
coaster. Featuring a bold orange track and wine-colored support structure,
Raging Bull's 202-foot-lift will dominate the Park's "skyline," dwarfing its
neighboring roller coasters the Viper and the American Eagle, whose maximum
heights are 100 and 127 feet, respectively. The next tallest roller coaster
in the Park is ShockWave, the seven-looping mega-coaster that opened in 1988
at 170 feet. The addition of Raging Bull brings the Park's roller coaster
tally to 10.
"Raging Bull is more than just another 'speed coaster' due to its unique
design. The combination of speed and exhilarating track configurations will
make this a must-ride experience for roller coaster enthusiasts worldwide,"
says Jim Wintrode, Vice President and General Manager of Six Flags Great
America. "Raging Bull is the most exciting addition to the Park since we
opened Batman The Ride, the first ride of its kind in the world, in 1992. The
giant addition also represents the sizable commitment of Premier Parks toward
building and expanding the entertainment product at this Park."
Raging Bull is named after a ferocious beast that terrorized the citizens
of the old Southwest Territory until they fled the town and built the
beautiful courtyard and mission seen today. The raging bull still lurks in
the ruins of the old mission, which today serves as the loading station for
this unpredictable, wild roller coaster.
Upon entering the old mission, riders will be ushered into one of three
unique, side-less 36-passenger trains. Riders will sit high up in these open-
air trains, with their feet barely brushing the floor. A simple T-bar style
restraint will extend from the floor between each rider's feet, with the bar
resting across the rider's lap. Vivid teal, red and yellow trains will
feature a bovine animal print motif as well as bull's horns on the front of
"The Raging Bull train will be very different from traditional roller
coaster trains because these 'side-less' trains take away a feeling of
protection around the passengers," comments Wintrode. "The sense of
vulnerability will make this ride even more thrilling for our Guests."
When the train leaves the station, it will begin its 76-second ascent up
the 202-foot lift hill. From there, it will plunge 208 feet at 73 miles per
hour down a nearly straight drop into an underground cavern. The train will
roar out of this tunnel and soar, practically sideways, through an inclined
loop 159 feet off the ground. This will be followed by more soaring hills,
steep drops and wildly banked turns before returning to the station. This
non-looping, wild ride on 5,057 feet of track will last more than 2-1/2
Raging Bull is being designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard,
the acclaimed Swiss roller coaster design firm that brought Iron Wolf to Six
Flags Great America in 1990 and introduced the inverted outside-looping roller
coaster to the world at Six Flags Great America with the opening of Batman The
Ride in 1992.
In recent years, the pursuit of greater thrills and higher adrenaline
rushes has resulted in the construction of roller coasters that deliver
increasing speed. Often called "speed coasters" or "hyper coasters," these
rides traditionally incorporate towering lifts and super-steep drops to
achieve speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour. Typically, speed coasters
feature long straight-aways of track and a series of small hills that gives
riders exhilarating "air time." Raging Bull's design is unique even among
speed coasters, due to the twists, switchbacks and "inclined loops"
incorporated in a way that sustains speed and delivers a breathless ride.
Construction has already begun on this powerhouse roller coaster and will
continue throughout the winter months. The ride is expected to open to the
public in the Spring of 1999.
Six Flags Great America is owned by Premier Parks Inc., (NYSE: PKS) the
world's largest regional theme park company with 31 parks, including parks
serving nine of the ten largest metropolitan areas in the United States and
six locations in Europe. The company annually hosts nearly 40 million guests.
A publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York City and
Oklahoma City, Premier trades on the NYSE under the symbol PKS.
RAGING BULL FACTS
WHAT: Steel "hyper-twister" roller coaster, featuring speeds exceeding
70 m.p.h., steep drops and high-banked turns
WHEN: Debuts Spring 1999
WHERE: Ride traverses the entire length of the Southwest Territory at Six
Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois -- paralleling the guest
parking lot and reaching from the Viper queue line to the Stunt
DESIGNED AND FABRICATED BY: Bolliger and Mabillard
COLORS: Wine-colored support structures with orange track; bright teal,
red and yellow trains feature a bovine print motif and bull's
TRACK LENGTH: 5,057 Feet
NO. OF TRAINS: 3 trains
NO. OF CARS/PASSENGERS: 9 Cars and 36 riders per train
NO. OF PASSENGERS/HOUR: 1,560
HEIGHT OF FIRST LIFT: 202 Feet
LENGTH OF FIRST DROP: 208 Feet (into an underground tunnel) at 65
MAXIMUM SPEED: 73 m.p.h.
LENGTH OF RIDE: Estimated, 2-1/2 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Riders are secured in unique, open-sided cars by a
simple lap bar restraint
This high-speed roller coaster features 6 steep-banked
turns and "inclined loops." The highest points on the
ride are 202 feet (first lift), 159 feet (first
inclined loops) and 144 feet (second hill) and 128 feet
SOURCE Six Flags Great America