Backlot Stunt Coaster

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Backlot Stunt Coaster
Backlot Stunt Coaster KI.jpg
View of Backlot Stunt Coaster at Kings Island from the Eiffel Tower
Previously known as Italian Job: Stunt Track or Italian Job: Turbo Coaster
Canada's Wonderland
Park section Action Zone
Coordinates 43°50′19.36″N 79°32′28.25″W / 43.8387111°N 79.5411806°W / 43.8387111; -79.5411806Coordinates: 43°50′19.36″N 79°32′28.25″W / 43.8387111°N 79.5411806°W / 43.8387111; -79.5411806
Status Operating
Opening date May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)
Kings Dominion
Park section Safari Village
Coordinates 37°50′18″N 77°26′32″E / 37.8384°N 77.4422°E / 37.8384; 77.4422
Status Operating
Opening date May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27)
Kings Island
Park section Coney Mall
Coordinates 39°20′30″N 84°15′57″E / 39.3417°N 84.2658°E / 39.3417; 84.2658
Status Operating
Soft opening date April 29, 2005
Opening date May 20, 2005 (2005-05-20)
Replaced Antique Cars
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Designer Werner Stengel
Lift/launch system LIM Launch Track
Height 45 ft (14 m)
Drop 31 ft (9.4 m)
Length 1,960 ft (600 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:00
Capacity 1000 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 - 40 mph
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 3 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
Fast Lane available at all three parks

Backlot Stunt Coaster is a steel launched roller coaster built by Premier Rides at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada; Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia; and Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.[1][2][3]

All three had similar themes revolving around the climatic chase scene at the end of the 2003 film, The Italian Job. Special effects were incorporated throughout the ride such as a helicopter that attacks riders with a simulated machine gun sound, pyrotechnics and water effects. The last drop portrayed the Mini Coopers jumping out of a sewer featured spraying water jets to simulate a splashdown effect. Some of the effects have been removed in recent years.

History[edit]

The Italian Job: Stunt Track was announced by Paramount's Kings Island and Paramount Canada's Wonderland on August 12, 2004.[4][5] It replaced the Lex Taxis antique car ride at Kings Island.[6] The ride opened at Kings Island for previews on April 29, 2005 then held its grand opening on May 20.[7] It opened at Canada's Wonderland on May 1, 2005.[1] On October 12, 2005, Paramount's Kings Dominion announced they would be adding the a clone of Italian Job: Stunt Coaster but with a slightly different name, Italian Job: Turbo Coaster.[8] It opened on May 27, 2006.[3]

At the end of the 2007 season, all three Italian Job coasters were renamed to Backlot Stunt Coaster for the start of the 2008 season. This directly coincided with the sale of Paramount Parks to Cedar Fair. Special effects throughout the ride were modified to remove references to the movie and to generalize the theme. The MINI Coopers were removed in time for the 2010 season.

Ride experience[edit]

Layout[edit]

Station at Canada's Wonderland

After accelerating from 0–40 miles per hour (0–64 km/h) out of the station, the train enters into a three-story "parking garage" shell, passing through two upwards helixes meant to mirror the ascension of a car through a true parking garage. The train then drops from the top of the helixes into a "street" lined with highway signs and three police cars, with sirens and lights flashing. Riders then swerve between the police cars. Riders then go through an overbanked turn at 88 degrees, followed by a dip and then traveling down a set of "subway stairs". The train then comes to a halt in front of a tunnel. A helicopter rises to the train's left, shooting simulated gunfire. Under Paramount's operation, the gunfire cracked pipes and barrels, which sprayed "gasoline" (truly, water) all around riders. Though that effect has since been removed, the second round of gunfire still ignites where the gasoline would've splashed, catching two barrels on fire before a gas tank explodes. The train is then launched again into a tunnel, twisting and dropping before coming out of the "broken billboard", splashing down in an L.A. Aqueduct, and turning left into the ride's station.[9][10][11]

Trains[edit]

Train designed as a MINI Cooper coming out of the billboard at Kings Dominion

Backlot Stunt Coaster has three trains, each with three cars. Each car can sit four people in two rows of two. Under its original name and theme, the ride featured unique cars which resembled ¾ scale MINI Coopers. Paramount worked closely with BMW to design the cars.[12][13] The cars had headlight stickers on the front and working doors on the side.[13] Sounds effects were also built into the cars.[6] Each train had a car colored red, blue and white.

Before the 2010 season, the trains were simplified and removed of any resemblance to the MINI Cooper as Cedar Fair no longer holds the license to use MINI Coopers on Backlot Stunt Coaster. They have also changed the arrangement of the car colors on the trains: One train is all blue, the second is all red and the third is all white.

Theme[edit]

All three had similar themes revolving around the climatic chase scene at the end of the 2003 film, The Italian Job. Special effects were incorporated throughout the ride such as a helicopter that attacks riders with a simulated machine gun sound, pyrotechnics and water effects. Sound recordings of "Action!" and "Cut!" were also heard during launch and final brake run, respectively. The last drop portraying the Mini Coopers jumping out of a sewer featured spraying water jets to simulate a splashdown effect.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Backlot Stunt Coaster  (Canada's Wonderland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Backlot Stunt Coaster  (Kings Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Backlot Stunt Coaster  (Kings Dominion)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kings Island to add 'Italian Job' ride". Business Courier. August 12, 2004. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "New Stunt Car Ride For Two Paramount Theme Parks". Ultimate Roller Coaster. August 12, 2004. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Solvig, Erica (August 13, 2004). "Engines rev, tires peel". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Italian Job Stunt Track Previews Begin April 29". Ultimate Roller Coaster. April 22, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kings Dominion Italian Job clone confirmed for 2006". Coaster-Net. October 12, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Backlot Stunt Coaster (Canada's Wonderland) at Coaster-Net". Coaster-Net. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Backlot Stunt Coaster (Kings Island) at Coaster-Net". Coaster-Net. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Backlot Stunt Coaster (Kings Dominion) at Coaster-Net". Coaster-Net. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "It's a MINI Stunt Job". Car Pages. May 13, 2005. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Masters of Disasters". CNN. March 1, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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