SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

Post by ItzaDaPo » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Six Flags Great America to Debut the World's First 'Hyper-Twister' Roller
Coaster in '99

Park's 10th Roller Coaster Will Be its Tallest, Fastest and Longest

GURNEE, Ill., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In keeping with Six Flags'
reputation for leading the amu***t industry in introducing state-of-the-art
ride technology, Six Flags Great America announces its plans to open Raging
Bull, the world's first steel "hyper-twister" roller coaster, in the Spring of
1999.

Featuring a dramatic 202-foot (20-story) lift hill and a 65-degree first
drop that plunges riders into an underground cavern at more than 70 miles per
hour, Raging Bull will be the first roller coaster in the world to combine the
unparalleled thrill of a steel "hyper-coaster" with the tight, intense twists
and turns common to a wooden "cyclone-style" roller coaster.  The ride
features six "inclined loops" -- steep, high-speed turns banked as much as 50
degrees (or, loops lying horizontally) -- plus a combination of towering hills
and gut-wrenching drops that comprise nearly a mile of track.

The multi-million dollar attraction will span the entire length of the
Park's Southwest Territory, wrapping behind the Stunt Show Arena, paralleling
the guest parking lot and rising over the queue line for the Viper roller
coaster.  Featuring a bold orange track and wine-colored support structure,
Raging Bull's 202-foot-lift will dominate the Park's "skyline," dwarfing its
neighboring roller coasters the Viper and the American Eagle, whose maximum
heights are 100 and 127 feet, respectively.  The next tallest roller coaster
in the Park is ShockWave, the seven-looping mega-coaster that opened in 1988
at 170 feet.  The addition of Raging Bull brings the Park's roller coaster
tally to 10.

"Raging Bull is more than just another 'speed coaster' due to its unique
design.  The combination of speed and exhilarating track configurations will
make this a must-ride experience for roller coaster enthusiasts worldwide,"
says Jim Wintrode, Vice President and General Manager of Six Flags Great
America.  "Raging Bull is the most exciting addition to the Park since we
opened Batman The Ride, the first ride of its kind in the world, in 1992.  The
giant addition also represents the sizable commitment of Premier Parks toward
building and expanding the entertainment product at this Park."

Raging Bull is named after a ferocious beast that terrorized the citizens
of the old Southwest Territory until they fled the town and built the
beautiful courtyard and mission seen today.  The raging bull still lurks in
the ruins of the old mission, which today serves as the loading station for
this unpredictable, wild roller coaster.

Upon entering the old mission, riders will be ushered into one of three
unique, side-less 36-passenger trains.  Riders will sit high up in these open-
air trains, with their feet barely brushing the floor.  A simple T-bar style
restraint will extend from the floor between each rider's feet, with the bar
resting across the rider's lap.  Vivid teal, red and yellow trains will
feature a bovine animal print motif as well as bull's horns on the front of
each train.

"The Raging Bull train will be very different from traditional roller
coaster trains because these 'side-less' trains take away a feeling of
protection around the passengers," comments Wintrode.  "The sense of
vulnerability will make this ride even more thrilling for our Guests."

When the train leaves the station, it will begin its 76-second ascent up
the 202-foot lift hill.  From there, it will plunge 208 feet at 73 miles per
hour down a nearly straight drop into an underground cavern.  The train will
roar out of this tunnel and soar, practically sideways, through an inclined
loop 159 feet off the ground.  This will be followed by more soaring hills,
steep drops and wildly banked turns before returning to the station.  This
non-looping, wild ride on 5,057 feet of track will last more than 2-1/2
minutes.

Raging Bull is being designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard,
the acclaimed Swiss roller coaster design firm that brought Iron Wolf to Six
Flags Great America in 1990 and introduced the inverted outside-looping roller
coaster to the world at Six Flags Great America with the opening of Batman The
Ride in 1992.

In recent years, the pursuit of greater thrills and higher adrenaline
rushes has resulted in the construction of roller coasters that deliver
increasing speed.  Often called "speed coasters" or "hyper coasters," these
rides traditionally incorporate towering lifts and super-steep drops to
achieve speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.  Typically, speed coasters
feature long straight-aways of track and a series of small hills that gives
riders exhilarating "air time."  Raging Bull's design is unique even among
speed coasters, due to the twists, switchbacks and "inclined loops"
incorporated in a way that sustains speed and delivers a breathless ride.

Construction has already begun on this powerhouse roller coaster and will
continue throughout the winter months.  The ride is expected to open to the
public in the Spring of 1999.

Six Flags Great America is owned by Premier Parks Inc., (NYSE: PKS) the
world's largest regional theme park company with 31 parks, including parks
serving nine of the ten largest metropolitan areas in the United States and
six locations in Europe.  The company annually hosts nearly 40 million guests.
A publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York City and
Oklahoma City, Premier trades on the NYSE under the symbol PKS.

RAGING BULL FACTS

WHAT:   Steel "hyper-twister" roller coaster, featuring speeds exceeding

70 m.p.h., steep drops and high-banked turns

WHEN:   Debuts Spring 1999

WHERE:  Ride traverses the entire length of the Southwest Territory at Six

Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois -- paralleling the guest

parking lot and reaching from the Viper queue line to the Stunt

Show Arena.

DESIGNED AND FABRICATED BY:  Bolliger and Mabillard

Monthey, Switzerland

COLORS: Wine-colored support structures with orange track; bright teal,

red and yellow trains feature a bovine print motif and bull's

horns.

TRACK LENGTH:   5,057 Feet

NO. OF TRAINS:  3 trains

NO. OF CARS/PASSENGERS: 9 Cars and 36 riders per train

NO. OF PASSENGERS/HOUR: 1,560

HEIGHT OF FIRST LIFT:   202 Feet

LENGTH OF FIRST DROP:   208 Feet (into an underground tunnel) at 65

degrees

MAXIMUM SPEED:     73 m.p.h.

LENGTH OF RIDE:    Estimated, 2-1/2 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Riders are secured in unique, open-sided cars by a

simple lap bar restraint

This high-speed roller coaster features 6 steep-banked

turns and "inclined loops."  The highest points on the

ride are 202 feet (first lift), 159 feet (first

inclined loops) and 144 feet (second hill) and 128 feet

(third hill).

SOURCE  Six Flags Great America (AP Newswire)


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Next Trip(s): USF, 10-17-98; BGT, 11-1-98
ICQ: 11672351

 
 
 

SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

Post by SFDe » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

This rollercoaster is going to ROCK all of Gurnee! I'm glad they
finally anounced it, because I was getting kinda worried!

                        SFDec

 
 
 

SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

Post by Pmon » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Sounds like it will ROCK more than just Gurnee.

You got that right, This coaster will be awesome!
.............................................
                -Ron-

.............................................
           *DL  Forever*

 
 
 

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Post by Extreme Screame » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Sounds like it will ROCK more than just Gurnee.
CRaig
Quote:

>This rollercoaster is going to ROCK all of Gurnee! I'm glad they
>finally anounced it, because I was getting kinda worried!

> SFDec

 
 
 

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Post by Bdog8 » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Raging
>Bull, the world's first steel "hyper-twister"

Cough cough...fujiyama...cough cough

Brendan Musser

                                          # 1- ALPENGEIST

              "The only limit we're gonna see is what people will get on."

 
 
 

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Post by GoGators » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

LOL!!!!  I was about to say the same!!  Everyones thinking it'll be a worlds
first.
 
 
 

SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

Post by ItzaDaPo » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>>Raging
>>Bull, the world's first steel "hyper-twister"

>Cough cough...fujiyama...cough cough

>Brendan Musser

Don't you know by now that if something doesn't start in the U.S., it isn't
recognized by the press as a "world's first"? 8)


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Next Trip(s): BGT, 11-1-98
ICQ: 11672351

 
 
 

SFGAm Announces 'Raging Bull'

Post by DrHavocB » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

10'th roller coaster? What the hell... I was just there and I know for a fact
that there are currently 8.

Whizzer
Viper
Demon
American Eagle
Iron Wolf

 
 
 

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Post by DrHavocB » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Whoops... I didn't finish my post

1 Whizzer
2 Viper
3 Demon
4 American Eagle
5 Iron Wolf
6 Sprocket Rockets
7 Batman The Ride
8 Shockwave

 
 
 

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Post by AndHart1 » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

They count the American Eagle as two coasters:  the red side and blue side.

Andrew

RAGING BULL '99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 

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Post by JCONICK » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Don't forget the kiddy coaster in cartoon network: Spacely sprocket rocket
 
 
 

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Post by Lisa Marie Smit » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

They also have the new kiddie coaster in Camp Cartoon Network.
That makes 10.
Quote:

>They count the American Eagle as two coasters:  the red side and blue side.

>Andrew

>RAGING BULL '99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 

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Post by DrHavocB » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I counted Spacely's Sprocket Rockets