Throwback Thursday- Tidal Wave (CGA)

For this Throwback Thursday we’re looking at a popular ride that was very similar to Montezooma’s Revenge. Since MR seemed rather popular when we asked on FB and IG, we decided to go ahead and post this for Throwback Thursday!

Tidal Wave, later Greased Lightnin’, was a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop with a Weight-Drop launch system. A number of the early installations had a Weight Drop launch system. This system involved a catch car attaching itself to the train, which was attached to the weight via a cable. When the launch was triggered, the 40-ton weight was dropped down a shaft pulling the cable and catch car which in turn pushed the train down the launch track.

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The train is launched out of the station at a speed of between 53 and 60 miles per hour before passing through a vertical loop and up a 138-foot-tall spike. Once the momentum of the train run outs on the 70° spike, it begins to traverse the track backwards. Upon reaching the station, it passes through it and goes up another 70° steep spike which stands at 105 feet tall until it stalls again and rolls forward back into the brake run and station.

Tidal Wave opened at Marriott’s Great America (California’s Great America) in 1977 and was themed after a… Tidal wave. Tidal Wave got repainted blue and green for the 1999 season, and became Greased Lightnin’.

Notice how it was located right next to  Vortex, where you can find Fire Fall today. When riding Vortex you can still see the old station, line and ride equipment from Greased Lightning'!
Notice how it was located right next to Vortex, where you can find Fire Fall today. When riding Vortex you can still see the old station, line and ride equipment from Greased Lightning’!

Greased Lightnin’ closed in 2002 and moved to the close by Six Flags Marine World (six Flags Discovery Kingdom). Here the ride was stored in a storage from 2003 ’til 2006. It got send to Kentucky Kingdom, and SFMW opened Zonga, which got replaced by Pandemonium, which has been replaced by Superman Ultimate Flight, that resides in that spot as of today.

FUN FACT; 

  • The shuttle loop, Greezed Lightnin’, that operated at Kentucky Kingdom from 2003 to 2009 was composed of the two Tidal Wave Shuttle Loops from the Marriott’s Great America parks in California and Illinois. (California’s Great America & Six Flags Great America)

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