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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 Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1991 Steel Floorless Multielement Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 14 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 28 passenger

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.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall

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