The Wild One (roller coaster)

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The Wild One
Wild One 3.jpg
Six Flags America
Park sectionMardi Gras
Coordinates38°54′33″N 76°46′21″W / 38.90917°N 76.77250°W / 38.90917; -76.77250Coordinates: 38°54′33″N 76°46′21″W / 38.90917°N 76.77250°W / 38.90917; -76.77250
StatusOperating
Opening date1986 (1986)
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerDinn Corporation
DesignerJohn A. Miller
Herbert Schmeck
Height98 ft (30 m)
Drop88 ft (27 m)
Length4,000 ft (1,200 m)
Speed53 mph (85 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration1:52
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
The Wild One at RCDB
Pictures of The Wild One at RCDB

The Wild One is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, Maryland. It features a 450° spiral helix and a series of bunny hills that produce a significant amount of air time. The wooden coaster was previously known as Giant Coaster when it was located at Paragon Park in Hull, Massachusetts. It operated there from 1917 to 1984.

History[edit]

Wild One track over the entrance for Gotham City at Six Flags America

When the roller coaster first opened in 1917, it was a double out and back side friction coaster called "The Giant Coaster" at Paragon Park in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of Boston. Herbert Paul Schmeck redesigned much of the ride in 1932 after it was partially destroyed by fire. In April 1963, another fire destroyed the station, trains, double helix finale and part of the lift hill. The park wanted John C. Allen to rebuild the coaster as it was, but his estimate proved too high for the traditional park. Instead he left out two bunny hops and the helix finale in order to create an angled approach into the brake run. Although nowhere near as exciting as Miller's finish, Allen gave the park an affordable alternative to tearing down the coaster.

On July 19, 1963, Forest Park Highlands in St Louis suffered from a massive fire, but its roller coaster, Comet, remained standing. When Comet was torn down in 1968, Paragon Park bought its trains as opposed to buying more expensive ones from Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The trains continued to have the name "Comet" labeled on the front car during the remaining years of Giant Coaster's operation.

The Giant Coaster closed with Paragon Park in 1984 and was sold to Wild World (now Six Flags America), which acquired the ride in a last minute bid at auction. In 1986, renamed The Wild One, the Giant Coaster opened in its current location, restored to its original condition, reincorporating the original helix at the end of the ride. Some of this retracking was completed by Martin & Vleminckx.[1] American Coaster Enthusiasts awarded The Wild One the organization's Coaster Landmark award on June 18, 2018.[2]

Records[edit]

  • When "The Giant Coaster" opened in 1917, at 98 feet tall, it was the tallest roller coaster in the world. Its record was not surpassed until 1925 when the 100' tall Revere Beach Cyclone opened.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retracking". Martin & Vleminckx. Archived from the original on November 25, 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Coaster Landmark Award: Wild One". American Coaster Enthusiasts. Retrieved October 2, 2018.

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Preceded by
Unknown
World's Tallest Roller Coaster
1917 - 1925
Succeeded by
Cyclone
Preceded by
Unknown
World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
1917 - 1925
Succeeded by
Cyclone