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California's Great America

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After 25 years operating as a stand-up looping coaster Vortex was re-themed, renamed Patriot, and the original stand-up trains were replaced with two, new floorless trains. This nine-story tall, steel roller coaster at California's Great America has two inverting elements, a vertical loop and corkscrew. But what made Vortex different than a traditional roller coaster is that riders originally stood-up throughout the two-minute ride in specially designed seven-car trains. Now thrill-seekers ride seated in floorless trains with no floor between your feet and the tubular steel track.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1991 Steel Floorless Multielement Bolliger & Mabillard

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Drop: 80 feet
  • Height: 91 feet
  • Inversions: 2
  • Length: 2,260 feet
  • Trains: 2 - 28 passenger
  • Ride Time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds
  • Top Speed: 45 mph

Patriot Facts & History

Inversions: Vertical Loop, Corkscrew

2017 – Vortex renamed, repainted, and the two stand-up trains are replaced with new floorless, sit-down trains with station modifications.

Opening date: March 9, 1991

Train has seven cars with one row each, seating four abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 1,200 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall

Where to Coast

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