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Adrenaline Peak
Adrenaline Peak - Oaks Amusement Park.jpg
Oaks Amusement Park
Park section South End
Coordinates 45°28′18″N 122°39′44″W / 45.471589°N 122.662314°W / 45.471589; -122.662314Coordinates: 45°28′18″N 122°39′44″W / 45.471589°N 122.662314°W / 45.471589; -122.662314
Status Operating
Opening date March 24, 2018 (2018-03-24)
Cost $5,000,000
Replaced Looping Thunder
General statistics
Type Steel – Euro-Fighter
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Model 320
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 72 ft (22 m)
Drop 70 ft (21 m)
Length 1,050 ft (320 m)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 3
Max vertical angle 97°
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
Adrenaline Peak at RCDB
Pictures of Adrenaline Peak at RCDB

Adrenaline Peak is a steel roller coaster at Oaks Amusement Park, just south of Portland, Oregon. The ride replaced the Pinfari Looping Thunder coaster in the park's South End, which closed after the 2017 season. The coaster was manufactured by Gerstlauer and is one of their esteemed Euro-Fighter coasters, packing in three inversions and a vertical lift hill.

History

On August 17, 2017, Oaks Amusement Park announced that they would open a brand new coaster for the 2018 season, revealing the ride layout and announcing a naming contest to determine the attraction's new name, with entries being accepted through to December 1, 2017. To make way for the unnamed new coaster, the Looping Thunder coaster was set to be removed, and offered its last rides on September 24, 2017. Looping Thunder was a common Zyklon looping coaster from former Italian manufacturer Pinfari, and had opened in 1996. The coaster was dismantled by Seattle-based firm WBF Construction Services in November, and hype began to get underway for the new attraction.

Site preparation began in the winter of 2017/2018. WBF Construction Services was once again contracted to erect the coaster, in conjunction with Maryland-based Ride Entertainment, who currently handles all of coaster manufacturer Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere. The Union Ironworkers construction crew completed ride construction in a record 11 days time, finishing on February 16, 2018, which would lead to the process being declared as a world record for the fastest construction timeline on a major coaster. On February 15, 2018, Oaks revealed that the new name of the coaster would be Adrenaline Peak, which was submitted by William Phillips of Clackamas County, Oregon, who was rewarded with a $500 park gift card. Adrenaline Peak opened to an enthusiastic public on March 24, 2018.

Characteristics

Ride Experience

The coaster makes a left-hand 90° turn out of the loading platform and engages with the lift chain. The chain mechanism activates, and the coaster car climbs up the 72-foot (22 m) tall vertical lift hill. Upon cresting the top, the ride is released into a 97° drop and into a Vertical loop - a homage to the old Looping Thunder coaster - and a cutback inversion. The cars rocket up into a high-profile turnaround, followed by a Heartline roll. A final sweeping turnaround pops riders up into the brake run, and the coaster cars make a 90° left turn back onto the station platform. The relatively short ride experience lasts about a minute.

Statistics

Adrenaline Peak is 72 feet (22 m) tall, 1,050 feet (320 m) long, and reaches an advertised top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h) on the ride's signature beyond-vertical drop (97°). The coaster is serviced by three trains, each of which seats eight riders in two rows of four. The trains restrain riders in with a simple lap bar. The coaster is able to reach a top advertised capacity of around 700 people per hour.

The coaster is located in the South End of the park, on the site of the former Looping Thunder roller coaster and much of the surrounding parking lot, and is outfitted with a vibrant blue-and-fuchsia color scheme. Adrenaline Peak's track is outfitted with an extensive lighting package from KCL Engineering, who had installed similar lighting systems on various other attractions, such as Monster at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa and Hangtime at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Model

Adrenaline Peak was designed and manufactured by esteemed German firm Gerstlauer, and was a member of their globally renowned Eurofighter brand. This family of coasters is known for their iconic vertical lift hills and short 8-passenger cars, making it a popular choice for small parks since the first materialized as Typhoon at Bobbejaanland in Belgium for the 2004 season. Adrenaline Peak is of the 320m model and an exact clone of Hydrus at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, which opened the year prior as a shortened version of the popular 320m+ layout.

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