Steamin' Demon

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Steamin' Demon
Steamin' Demon - The Great Escape.jpg
Great Escape
Park section Ghosttown
Coordinates 43°21′4.84″N 73°41′33.71″W / 43.3513444°N 73.6926972°W / 43.3513444; -73.6926972Coordinates: 43°21′4.84″N 73°41′33.71″W / 43.3513444°N 73.6926972°W / 43.3513444; -73.6926972
Status Operating
Opening date 1984
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Model Loop & Corkscrew
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 95 ft (29 m)
Length 1,565 ft (477 m)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 37 seconds
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Steamin' Demon at RCDB
Pictures of Steamin' Demon at RCDB

Steamin' Demon is a steel roller coaster located at Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.

Ride experience[edit]

The ride is located at the front of the park in the Ghosttown area, although the theme of the coaster doesn't match the rest of the park section. The single blue train rides on orange and yellow rails held by blue (formerly green) structural supports. The coaster features a single loop and a double corkscrew. The actual ride time is very short, as the roller coaster completes the 1,565 foot run in approximately 37 seconds. The ride only has the ability to run one 28 seat train due to lack of block brakes/sections.

The Steamin' Demon is an early Arrow Dynamics Corkscrew coaster, featuring a layout that was extremely common when originally designed. Many others similar to the Steamin' Demon have been dismantled over the years. The ride itself is rather rough, but it still attracts a regular stream of riders.

History[edit]

Steamin' Demon was the first major ride, and the first roller coaster, built after Storytown USA changed its name to the Great Escape. Previously, the coaster was located at Pontchartrain Beach and was named the Ragin’ Cajun.

Six Flags announced on March 3, 2016, that Steamin' Demon would be among several rides at various parks that would receive a virtual reality (VR) upgrade. Riders will have the option to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding. The illusion is themed to a fighter jet, where riders fly through a futuristic city as co-pilots battling alien invaders. The feature will debut with the coaster, when it reopens in summer of 2016.[1]

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