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Patriot
Patriot Roller Coaster Logo.jpg
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Patriot at night
Worlds of Fun
Park section Americana
Coordinates 39°10′31″N 94°29′20″W / 39.17528°N 94.48889°W / 39.17528; -94.48889Coordinates: 39°10′31″N 94°29′20″W / 39.17528°N 94.48889°W / 39.17528; -94.48889
Status Operating
Opening date April 8, 2006; 15 years ago (April 8, 2006)
Cost US$14,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Inverted Coaster
Track layout Twister
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 149 ft (45 m)
Drop 123 ft (37 m)
Length 3,081 ft (939 m)
Speed 60 mph (97 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 2:18
Capacity 1160 riders per hour
Restraint Style Over-the-shoulder
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Patriot at RCDB
Pictures of Patriot at RCDB

Patriot is an inverted roller coaster located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, the inverted coaster opened to the public on April 8, 2006. It features four inversions, a height of 149 feet (45 m), and a track length of 3,081 feet (939 m).

History

Patriot was announced on September 7, 2005 and was the park's largest investment at the time. Construction started in the transfer track and station area before progressing to the lift hill in early-October 2005. Just over two weeks later, the roller coaster's 149-foot (45 m) lift hill was topped off. After erecting the first drop and loop, construction on the zero-gravity-roll was complete by mid-November. The third inversion, an Immelmann loop, was completed about a week later followed by the placement of the inclined loop pieces. After the corkscrew and other track elements were completed, the final piece of track was placed in the morning of January 13, 2006.

After testing was completed, the attraction opened to the public on April 8, 2006.

In 2019, Patriot was temporarily renamed The Patrick in honor of Patrick Mahomes, a Kansas City Chiefs quarterback.

The ride got a new coat of paint in 2020.

Ride experience

Patriot Brake Run
One of Patriot's trains entering the brake run.

After departing from the station, the train makes a left turn leading directly to the beginning of the 149-foot (45 m) lift hill. Once the train reaches the top of the lift hill, it makes a sharp, downward 129-foot (39 m) drop followed by an 89-foot (27 m) Vertical loop. After exiting the loop and making a slight right turn, the train goes up leading into a zero-gravity roll. The train drops back to the ground before going through an Immelmann loop. Next, the train enters a banked turn. Then the train goes over a small inverted hill, drops to the ground, and makes a left turn into a corkscrew. Then the train makes a right turn which leads to the brake run. The train then makes a left turn back into the station where the next riders board.

One complete cycle of the roller coaster lasts about 2 minutes and 18 seconds.

Characteristics

Trains

Patriot operates with two steel and fiberglass trains which were manufactured in Switzerland before being shipped to Kansas City. Each train has seven cars that can seat four riders in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train. The train structure is colored blue, yellow, and white and the seats and over-the-shoulder restraints are both red.

Track

The steel track of Patriot is approximately 3,081 feet (939 m) long. The height of the lift hill is approximately 149 feet (45 m) high, and (with the supports) weighs approximately 1,850,000 pounds (840,000 kg). It was fabricated by Clermont Steel Fabricators in Batavia, Ohio, who manufactures Bolliger & Mabillard's roller coasters and was erected by Lico Steel. The track color is red with a continuous white strip running through the middle and the supports are blue.

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