SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge

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SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge
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SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge
Nickelodeon Universe
Coordinates 44°51′19″N 93°14′33″W / 44.8553°N 93.2425°W / 44.8553; -93.2425Coordinates: 44°51′19″N 93°14′33″W / 44.8553°N 93.2425°W / 44.8553; -93.2425
Status Operating
Opening date March 15, 2008
Cost $2,500,000
Replaced Mystery Mine
General statistics
Type Steel – Euro-Fighter – Indoor
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Euro-Fighter (Custom)
Track layout Compact
Lift/launch system vertical Chain lift
Height 67 ft (20 m)
Drop 61 ft (19 m)
Length 1,345 ft (410 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 1:17
Capacity 750 riders per hour
G-force 4.4
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge at RCDB
Pictures of SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge at RCDB

SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge is a loop and corkscrew Euro-Fighter roller coaster located at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota. It is the shortest Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster to date, standing 67 feet tall; yet it has a 97 degree drop. It is the first roller coaster themed to SpongeBob SquarePants, and opened with the Nickelodeon Universe grand opening on March 15, 2008. The ride features a vertical loop, a cutback, and heartline roll. The ride was installed by Ride Entertainment Group, who handles all of Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere.[1][2]

Development[edit]

The ride, starting partway up the lift hill and running until it is obscured by a wall as it returns to the station

The ride is based on the SpongeBob episode "Rock Bottom" (from Season 1) and features a prominently placed statue of SpongeBob and Patrick riding an orange bus down a 90 degree angle while holding a rubber glove over his head. The coaster sits on the former site of the Mystery Mine attraction which housed the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D ride.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerstlauer busy in 2011". Park World Magazine. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
Preceded by
unknown
World's steepest roller coaster
March 15, 2008 – July 5, 2008
97°
Succeeded by
Steel Hawg
111°