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Viper
Viper queue view.jpg
Viper, from X2's queue. X2's lift hill is in the foreground.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Baja Ridge
Coordinates 34°25′15″N 118°35′43″W / 34.42083°N 118.59528°W / 34.42083; -118.59528Coordinates: 34°25′15″N 118°35′43″W / 34.42083°N 118.59528°W / 34.42083; -118.59528
Status Operating
Opening date April 7, 1990
Cost $8,000,000 USD
Replaced Condor
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer Ron Toomer
Model Custom Looping Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 188 ft (57 m)
Drop 171 ft (52 m)
Length 3,830 ft (1,170 m)
Speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Inversions 7
Duration 2:30
Max vertical angle 55°
Capacity 1700 riders per hour
G-force 4.1
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Single rider line available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Viper at RCDB
Pictures of Viper at RCDB

Viper is a steel roller coaster located in the Baja Ridge area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Viper is the last operating roller coaster with seven inversions to be built by American manufacturer Arrow Dynamics. The other two, Shockwave at Six Flags Great America and the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure, were demolished in 2002 and 2010, respectively. The roller coaster replaced a HUSS ride type named Condor.

History

In November 1989, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that Viper would be added to the park. The ride opened on April 7, 1990.

A week after opening, Viper was shut down. Inspectors found weak links in the 800-foot (240 m) long chain. Instead of replacing the links, a new chain had to be ordered. A trim brake was also installed after the first loop. The ride would reopen a few days later.

In August 2018, Viper closed for an extended refurbishment. On December 22, 2018, Viper reopened to the public with new modifications.

Ride experience

Upon exiting the station, the train immediately begins climbing the 188-foot (57 m) lift hill. At the top, the train curves into the 171-foot (52 m) drop and enters a 144-foot (44 m) vertical loop.The train then makes a sharp left, entering two vertical loops and climbing into the mid-course brake run, followed by a zig-zag into a Batwing element, where it goes through a half-corkscrew followed by a half loop. Next, the train goes up into another half loop and half corkscrew so that it returns in the opposite direction. Riders are photographed by an on-ride camera in the middle of this element. Riders then make a right turn and immediately enter a double corkscrew which inverts riders twice. The ride leads into a flat section of track followed by an s-curve drop and rise into the final brake run before turning right into the station.

Records

When Viper opened in 1990, it was the tallest and fastest looping coaster in the world. Its speed record was eclipsed the following year by Steel Phantom at Kennywood, which opened in 1991 with a top speed of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), but it regained the speed record in 2000 when Steel Phantom closed. The height record for the tallest vertical loop lasted until 2000 with the opening of Superman Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

In media

Viper was featured in the 1992 film Encino Man, in which it was referred to as "Vaper". Viper also made appearances in the 1993 film True Romance and the 2000 film Space Cowboys, as well as in commercials for Toyota and Cheetos.

Viper was featured in a 1993 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", in which the cast goes to Magic Mountain on Senior Skip Day and Andrea conquers her fear of roller coasters. In 2012, it appeared in Glee's Big Brother episode when the cast rides it during their visit to the park on senior ditch day. The song "Up, Up, Up" is sung over the experience.

The coaster appears in the video game RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 as part of a recreation of the Six Flags Magic Mountain park.

Viper was also featured in Lucifer season 3, episode 25, when the character Dan rides it after being trapped by one of the suspects in that episode.

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