Raging Bull (roller coaster)

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Raging Bull
Six Flags Great America
Park section Southwest Territory
Coordinates 42°21′56.89″N 87°56′13.39″W / 42.3658028°N 87.9370528°W / 42.3658028; -87.9370528Coordinates: 42°21′56.89″N 87°56′13.39″W / 42.3658028°N 87.9370528°W / 42.3658028; -87.9370528
Status Operating
Opening date May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)
Replaced Rolling Thunder
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Hyper Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 202 ft (62 m)
Drop 208 ft (63 m)
Length 5,057 ft (1,541 m)
Speed 73 mph (117 km/h)
Duration 2:30
Max vertical angle 65°
Capacity 1560 riders per hour
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 9 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 36 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Raging Bull at RCDB
Pictures of Raging Bull at RCDB

Raging Bull is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard and designed by Werner Stengel, the Hyper Coaster model opened on May 1, 1999. It features a 208-foot (63 m) first drop, a top speed of 73 miles per hour (117 km/h), and over 5,000 feet (1,500 m) of track. It has been announced on June 15, 2016 that Raging Bull will receive Virtual Reality later in the year.[1]

Location[edit]

Raging Bull is located near Viper, one of four wooden roller coasters in Six Flags Great America. The land used by Raging Bull was formerly occupied by Rolling Thunder, a bobsled roller coaster which arrived in 1990 from Six Flags Great Adventure but was later relocated in 1996 to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury, New York.

Theme[edit]

Raging Bull is named after a ferocious beast that terrorized the citizens of the old Southwest Territory until they fled the town and built the courtyard and mission seen today.[2]

Ride Layout[edit]

The ride starts with a left turn and a small dip out of the station as riders enter the lift hill. At the 202-foot peak (62 m), the ride drops a very small distance (known as a pre-drop) followed by a 208-foot plunge (63 m) into a tunnel at the base of the drop reaching speeds of up to 73 mph (117 km/h). The train then ascends 155 feet (47 m) into a hammerhead turn to the right, passing over the queue line of the neighboring Viper wooden roller coaster twice. After the turnaround, the train climbs a 141-foot-parabolic hill (43 m) that applies a trim brake near the hill's apex. It then enters a 128-foot hill (39 m) that banks left over the station area, followed by a dip under the lift hill and the 2nd hammerhead turn to the left. Riders then twist up into a mid-course brake run. Upon clearing the block brakes, the train drops into a valley where the on-ride camera snaps photos. Riders then experience a slight hill and a rising helix as the grand finale – a series of low-to-the-ground turns that culminate with a twisting ascension into the station brake run.

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Ranking 12[3] 11[4] 14 (tie)[5] 17[6] 14[7] 9[8] 11[9] 12[10] 11[11] 14[12] 16[13] 24[14] 19[15] 31[16] 31[17] 31[18] 32 (tie)[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virtual Reality Coaster - Raging Bull |". www.sixflags.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Raging Bull - Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, Illinois, USA)". rcdb.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. August 2000. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2007. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "2014 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 18 (6.2): 46–47. September 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ "2015 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 19 (6.2): 49–50. September 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2016 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 50–50. September 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 

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