This roller coaster was a creative partnership between Paramount Pictures and Paramount Parks. Backlot Stunt Coaster was based on the 2003 Hollywood film The Italian Job. This is one of three identical installations of this roller coaster, the other two at Kings Island and Kings Dominion.
Backlot Stunt Coaster was designed to recreate the chase scene at the end of the 2003 film. Special effects were used, many of which are no longer in use today. After the Paramount Parks chain was purchased by Cedar Fair, the Italian Job name was dropped and all three coasters were renamed "Backlot Stunt Coaster".
This triple-launch coaster starts with the train accelerating out of the station, going from zero to 40 miles per hour in just 3 seconds. Immediately the trains enter a three-story parking garage with two upward helices. After the ascent, the cars travel through a street scene swerving between police cars, lights, and sirens. The train then navigates an 88-degree overbanked turn, followed by a dip to resemble a set of subway stairs.
The train comes to a halt before a tunnel, a helicopter rises with simulated gunfire before the train is launched again into the tunnel. A third launch occurs into another tunnel, with the layout twisting and dropping, before coming out of a broken billboard and dropping into the Los Angeles aqueduct.
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Features: Three launch tracks
2008 – Italian Job Stunt Track renamed Backlot Stunt Coaster
Opening date: May 1, 2005
Train has three cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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