Patriot (Worlds of Fun)

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Patriot
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
Cost $14 million USD
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
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 a steel inverted roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard at the Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri. Announced on September 7, 2005, the roller coaster opened to the public on April 8, 2006. The ride lasts about 2 minutes and 18 seconds and features four inversions, a maximum height of 149 feet (45 m) and a length of 3,081 feet (939 m).

History[edit]

Patriot was announced on September 7, 2005 and was the park's largest investment at the time.[1][2] Construction started in the transfer track and station area before progressing to the lift hill in early October 2005.[3] Just over two weeks later, the roller coaster's 149-foot (45 m) lift hill was topped off.[3] After erecting the first drop and loop, construction on the zero-gravity-roll was complete by mid-November 2005.[4] The third inversion, and Immelmann loop, was completed about a week later followed by the placement of the inclined loop pieces.[4] After the corkscrew and other track elements were completed, the final piece of track was placed in the morning of January 13, 2006.[5]

After testing was completed, the attraction opened to the public on April 8, 2006.[2][6]

Ride experience[edit]

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 a 89-foot (27 m) 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 an inclined loop. 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.[2][7]

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

Characteristics[edit]

Trains[edit]

Patriot at night

Patriot operates with two steel and fibreglass train which were manufactured in Switzerland before being shipped to Kansas City.[5][8] Each train has seven cars that can seat four riders in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.[2] The train structure is coloured yellow, blue, and white, while the seats and over-the-shoulder restraints are both red.[8]

Track[edit]

The steel track of Patriot is approximately 3,081 feet (939 m) long, the height of the lift is approximately 149 feet (45 m) high, and (with the supports) weighs approximately 1,850,000 pounds (840,000 kg).[2][4] It was fabricated by Clermont Steel Fabricators in Batavia, Ohio, who manufactures Bolliger & Mabillard's roller coasters and was erected by Lico Steel.[9][10][11] The track colour is red with a continues white strip running in the middle; the supports are blue.[8]

Reception[edit]

Mike (no last name given) from NewsPlusNotes likes the fact that Patriot and Talon at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom are very similar in terms of their layouts. He also praises the ride for its speed and enjoyability, "[The train] heads through those elements at a good clip and keeps the fun factor up throughout the ride."[12]

Awards[edit]

In Mitch Hawker's worldwide Best Roller Coaster Poll, Patriot peaked at position 48 in its second year of operation. The ride's ranking in subsequent polls is shown in the table below.

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[13]
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 70 48 90 95 98 No poll 135

The roller coaster has never placed in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worlds of Fun adds $14M roller coaster". Kansas City Business Journal. September 7, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Marden, Duane. "Patriot  (Worlds of Fun)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Patriot Construction Journal (October 2005)". Worlds of Fun. Archived from the original on October 26, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Patriot Construction Journal (November 2005)". Worlds of Fun. Archived from the original on November 28, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Patriot Construction Journal (January 2006)". Worlds of Fun. Archived from the original on January 30, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Red, white and ooooooh! Riders of Patriot, Worlds of Fun's new roller coaster, will be heels over head (and weightless, too)". Kansas City Star. April 5, 2006. p. F1. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Patriot Front Seat on-ride HD POV Worlds of Fun". wwwCOASTERFORCEcom (YouTube). August 25, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "Patriot Photo Gallery  (Worlds of Fun)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Grandia, Curt (December 12, 2005). "Building To Thrill.(construction equipment)". Midwest Contractor. Retrieved August 5, 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Guido, Anna (November 7, 2005). "Steel plant's business on fast track". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lico Steel Homepage". Lico Steel Inc. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Around The World In One and a Half Days - Part 2". NewsPlusNotes. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Issue Archive". Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 

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