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Greased Lightning

California's Great America

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California's Great America debuted Tidal Wave, an Anton Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop coaster, on July 8, 1977. Using the drop of a weight, the seven car train is accelerated down a straight section of track reaching 57 miles-per-hour. The U-shape layout features one 360-degree vertical loop between the station and forward spike. The coaster does not form a complete circuit, so the train shuttles riders between the ends, traveling both forwards and backwards during the course of the ride.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1977 Steel Shuttle Loop Schwarzkopf

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Angle Of Descent: 70°
  • Drop: 135 mph feet
  • Height: 138 feet
  • Inversions: 2
  • Launch: Weight Drop
  • Length: 849 feet
  • Trains: 1 - 28 passenger
  • Ride Time: 40 seconds
  • Top Speed: 57 mph

Greased Lightning Facts

1999 – Tidal Wave renamed Greased Lightnin'

2002 – Removed and relocated to Six Flags Marine World.

Train has seven cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 1,300 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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