Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon

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Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon
Nightmare 2.JPG
Building exterior and entrance to the Nightmare.
Great Escape
Park section Ghosttown
Coordinates 43°21′09″N 73°41′33″W / 43.352491°N 73.692515°W / 43.352491; -73.692515Coordinates: 43°21′09″N 73°41′33″W / 43.352491°N 73.692515°W / 43.352491; -73.692515
Status Removed
Opening date 1999 (1999)
Closing date 2006 (2006)
Darien Lake
Status Relocated to Great Escape
Opening date 1996 (1996)
Closing date 1998 (1998)
Kentucky Kingdom
Status Relocated to Darien Lake
Opening date 1987 (1987)
Closing date 1995 (1995)
Beech Bend
Status Relocated to Kentucky Kingdom
Opening date Unknown
Closing date 1984 (1984)
General statistics
Type Steel – Enclosed
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Model Twister roller coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 44 ft (13 m)
Length 1,765 ft (538 m)
Speed 31 mph (50 km/h)
Inversions 0
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon at RCDB
Pictures of Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon at RCDB

Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon (formerly known as Starchaser and Nightmare at Phantom Cave) was a twister roller coaster at Great Escape amusement park in Queensbury, New York. The relatively simple steel coaster was enclosed in a warehouse-like building allowing the cars to run in the dark giving a heightened sense of disorientation around sharp twists and turns. The ride was situated in the park’s Ghosttown area and was appropriately-themed to the Old West.


Before arriving at The Great Escape, Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon was located at Beech Bend Park and Kentucky Kingdom as Starchaser, and at Darien Lake as Nightmare at Phantom Cave. The 2006 season was the last season that the roller coaster was open at The Great Escape. The park has confirmed in the past the coaster is no longer and has been scrapped. It is presumed the coaster was scrapped shortly after its 2006 closure. In 2013, at The Great Escape during Fright Fest (Halloween event) the building is used for a haunted house. This ride was located at Beech Bend Park as early as the 1970's. I remember riding it when I was about 10, which was 1976. It was known as the Jet Star then.

Capacity issues[edit]

The trains were single cars with two rows of two riders each, for a total capacity of four riders per car. The low capacity could result in long wait times. To remedy this, the new Flash Pass system (named for the Flash, a licensed DC Comics character) was introduced in 2006. Riders arriving at the attraction were given a ticket and asked to return at a designated time, when lines were noticeably shorter.