Rampage (roller coaster)
|Opening date||May 23, 1998|
|Manufacturer||Custom Coasters International|
|Designer||Larry Bill, Dennis McNulty|
|Track layout||Terrain twister|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||120 ft (37 m)|
|Drop||102 ft (31 m)|
|Length||3,500 ft (1,100 m)|
|Speed||56 mph (90 km/h)|
|Capacity||900 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Rampage at RCDB
Pictures of Rampage at RCDB
Rampage is a wooden roller coaster located at Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer, Alabama. It initially operated from 1998 to 2011. On March 15, 2014, shortly after an announcement that the park had been purchased by its current management, the Koch family, it was announced that the coaster would be refurbished and reopened as the cornerstone of the reopening of the non-water park areas of the theme park.
Construction of the coaster would commence in the fall of 1997, and the ride would celebrate its topping out ceremony on December 2, 1997. The name Rampage was selected as the winner of a name that ride contest in December 1997. The Rampage moniker was submitted by local Pleasant Grove High School student Eric C. Avery with Scorpion's Tail and Jaguar coming in second and third place, respectively. The ride's opening would coincide with the opening of VisionLand on May 23, 1998. Rampage was received well and would be rated as the 3rd best wooden coaster and the 5th best overall coaster by Amusement Business in December 1998.
After a successful first year, the park saw a significant drop in attendance, resulting in the shuttering of the coaster for the 2002 season. Following the sale of the park to Southland Entertainment Group, Rampage was renovated by John Hinde Enterprises and reopened for the 2003 season.
Rampage gave its last public ride in 2011, before being shut down for four years. In spring 2012, Alabama Adventure was sold to a new management that chose to focus only on the water park. In the spring of 2014, the park was sold to its current operator, the Koch family. The new owners announced a five year plan to re-open Alabama Splash Adventure with a refurbished "Rampage" coaster as its centerpiece in 2015.
The ride features a 120-foot (37 m) lift hill with a 102-foot (31 m) first drop. It reaches a top speed of 56-mile-per-hour (90 km/h). The ride features 9 crossovers and 13 curves and was built for US$4.3 million. The ride layout is largely based on Megafobia at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, which was also built by Custom Coasters.
When the ride opened one train was painted solid blue and the other solid maroon. Each had the VisionLand logo on the front of the train. When Southland took over in 2003 the trains received new paint jobs. The former blue train was changed to a pattern with three shades of blue, with the shades getting lighter toward the back of the train. There were airbrushed lightning bolts on the sides of the cars, with a monster eye and claw and the Rampage logo on the front of the train. The maroon train was painted with the first two cars red, the middle two orange, and the back two yellow. It had airbrushed flames on the sides and two red monsters eyes under the Rampage logo on the front.
For the 2008 season the park repainted the "fire" train solid red. The "lightning" train was also painted dark blue. During this season the park ran both trains on busy days for the first time since the 2005 season.
|Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best wood-Tracked Roller Coaster|
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