SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge
EF-Mall of America.jpg
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge
Nickelodeon Universe
Coordinates44°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
StatusOperating
Opening dateMarch 15, 2008
Cost$2,500,000
ReplacedThe Mystery Mine Ride, Spongebob Squarepants 4-D, The Funtastic World Of Hanna-Barbera (ride) A.K.A Yogi’s Adventure
General statistics
TypeSteel – Euro-Fighter – Indoor
ManufacturerGerstlauer
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelEuro-Fighter (Custom)
Track layoutCompact
Lift/launch systemvertical Chain lift
Height74.5 ft (22.7 m)
Length1,371.4 ft (418.0 m)
Speed43.5 mph (70.0 km/h)
Inversions3
Duration2:00
Max vertical angle97°
Capacity750 riders per hour
G-force4.4
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
TrainsSingle train with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge at RCDB
Pictures of SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge at RCDB

SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster located at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota. Standing 74.5 feet tall, it is the tallest roller coaster in the park. It also features a beyond vertical (97 degrees) 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. The roller coaster replaced the Mystery Mine Ride which housed Spongebob Squarepants 4-D, and The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (ride) which was alternately named as Yogi’s Adventure.[1][2]

History and 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 glove over his head. The coaster sits on the former site of the Mystery Mine attraction which housed the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D ride and The Funtastic World Of Hanna-Barbera (ride) which was alternately known as Yogi’s Adventure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerstlauer busy in 2011". Park World Magazine. 29 December 2010. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. 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°