The American Dream becomes the American Scream this spring, according to Worlds of Fun.
America's thrill seekers will have one more thrill to experience when the Kansas City amusement park unveils Patriot, an inverted steel roller coaster that is sure to generate plenty of screams from park guests this summer. This $14 million investment from parent company Cedar Fair, is the largest expenditure on a single attraction in park history.
"We are excited to unveil the high-anticipated Patriot roller coaster to our guests," said Phil Bender, Vice President and General Manager of Worlds of Fun.
The latest addition to an already impressive lineup of world-class thrill rides, Patriot will deliver two minutes and 18 seconds of amusement park adventure. Known as an inverted coaster because of its unique trains that hang below the track, Patriot will expose riders to height, speed and a seamless transition of gravity-defying elements.
Located in the Americana section of the park, Patriot begins with a climb up a 149-foot lift hill before plunging down a curved drop reaching a maximum speed of nearly 60 mph!
Riders then fly through seven disorienting elements, including an 89-foot-tall vertical loop, a zero-gravity roll, an Immelmann loop, an inclined banked curve, an s-curve, a corkscrew and a high-speed spiral. Patriot will speed along 3,081 feet of twisted tubular steel track during its two-minute ride.
Two 28-passenger trains painted Red, White and Blue with stars & stripes will accommodate 1,160 riders per hour.
Seated four abreast in seven rows, riders are secured into bucket seats with shoulder harnesses and safety belts. The ski-lift style trains are bottomless, adding to the thrill by leaving the riders legs dangling in the wind and providing passengers with an unobstructed view of the terrain below.
Patriot is custom designed for the topography of Worlds of Fun by famed coaster designers Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland.
Patriot is the sixth roller coaster at Worlds of Fun and opens April 2006.
Type of Ride:
Inverted Multielement Coaster
Height: 149 feet
First Drop: 123 feet
Top Speed: 60 mph
Length: 3,081 feet
89-Foot Tall Vertical Loop,
Two 28-passenger Trains
2 minutes, 18 seconds
Bolliger and Mabillard
Worlds of Fun
Kansas City, Missouri