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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 Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1977 Steel Shuttle Loop Schwarzkopf
  • Height
  • Drop
    135 mph
  • Angle Of Descent
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Launch
    Weight Drop
  • Ride Time
    40 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    1 - 28 passenger

Greased Lightning Facts & History

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.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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