Villain (roller coaster)

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Villain
Villain Geauga Lake.JPG
Hybrid structure on Villain's first hill.
Geauga Lake
Coordinates 41°21′10″N 81°22′21″W / 41.35278°N 81.37250°W / 41.35278; -81.37250Coordinates: 41°21′10″N 81°22′21″W / 41.35278°N 81.37250°W / 41.35278; -81.37250
Status Removed
Opening date May 5, 2000
Closing date September 16, 2007
General statistics
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Lift Hill
Height 120 ft (37 m)
Drop 108 ft (33 m)
Length 3,980 ft (1,210 m)
Speed 59 mph (95 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:30
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Villain at RCDB
Pictures of Villain at RCDB

Villain was a wooden roller coaster at the Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, Ohio. It was designed by the now-defunct Custom Coasters International (CCI). The ride opened as a part of the four-coaster expansion Six Flags brought to Geauga Lake between 1999 and 2000. It was a wooden hybrid, which means it had steel supports but had wood track. When it originally opened, the ride was moderately smooth, but by 2001 it deteriorated and was re-tracked during the off-season.[citation needed] This was the second CCI coaster to feature a "trick track" element (the first was Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure) which the track banks from one side to another while staying otherwise on a straight path.

Rocky Mountain Construction, an Idaho-based manufacturing firm, handled the construction of the ride.[1] The ride had been retracked by Martin & Vleminckx.[2]

Currently, the Villain's trains are at Kings Island, another Cedar Fair park in Mason, OH.[3] It is unknown what they will be used for.

On June 17, 2008, The Villain was sold for scrap to Cleveland Scrap for $2,500. The ride has since been demolished.

Demolition[edit]

In September 2007, Geauga Lake shut down and only the water park, Wildwater Kingdom, remained open until September 2016, following the same fate of Geauga Lake. Most of its rides have been moved to other amusement parks, but only the wooden coasters and the steel coaster Double Loop have not been saved.

Incidents[edit]

In July 2000 when the amusement park was Six Flags Ohio, forty-four-year-old Terri Wang of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was injured while riding Villain.[4] While on the ride Wang was struck with several objects that were believed to be rocks or a cell phone. The impact of the objects caused her to endure a fractured skull and broken nose. Park officials had previously been warned about patrons who were throwing rocks at rides. With that, rocks were found on the ground below the roller coaster as well as on the catwalk and track. However, a park attorney theorized that Wang was struck with a cell phone. Wang sued Six Flags because of the injuries that she sustained. The trial was held at Portage County Common Pleas Court and the jury determined Six Flags was guilty of negligence. Wang was awarded $1.1 million for medical expenses and $2.5 million in punitive damages because of the trial’s verdict.

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