Possessed (roller coaster)
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Full layout as seen from the parking lot
|Previously known as Superman: Ultimate Escape (2000-2003), Steel Venom (2004-2006) at Geauga Lake, Voodoo (2008) at Dorney Park|
|Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom|
|Opening date||May 17, 2008|
|Status||Relocated to Dorney Park|
|Opening date||May 5, 2000|
|Type||Steel – Inverted – Launched|
|Model||Twisted Impulse Coaster|
|Track layout||Shuttle roller coaster|
|Lift/launch system||LIM launch|
|Height||180 ft (55 m)|
|Drop||125 ft (38 m)|
|Length||704 ft (215 m)|
|Speed||70 mph (110 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||90°|
|Capacity||950 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||52–78 in (132–198 cm)|
|Trains||Single train with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
Fast Lane available
|Possessed at RCDB
Pictures of Possessed at RCDB
Possessed is a launched steel Inverted roller coaster located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was located at Geauga Lake from 2000 to 2006. The coaster has had four names: Superman: Ultimate Escape (2000 to 2003) Steel Venom (2004 to 2006), Voodoo (2008), and Possessed (2009 to present). Possessed is nearly identical to Steel Venom at Valleyfair, and similar to V2: Vertical Velocity at Six Flags Great America.
Geauga Lake era (2000 to 2006)
In March 2004, Six Flags sold Worlds of Adventure (which Six Flags Ohio had been renamed to in 2001) to Cedar Fair for $145 million. Following the sale, the park reverted to its original name, Geauga Lake. All references to Looney Tunes and DC Comics characters had to be removed prior to opening day the same year, since Cedar Fair did not have licensing rights. As a result, Cedar Fair renamed the coaster Steel Venom. Steel Venom, while receiving new signage featuring a black background with a silver and purple snake, retained its original blue, red, and yellow Superman track.
The coaster was disassembled at the end of the 2006 season. At that point, rumors began to surface that Geauga Lake was going to cut back their offerings and maybe even close. At the end of the 2007 season, it was decided that Geauga Lake would close the ride side of the park and keep only Wildwater Kingdom for expansion.
Dorney Park era (2007-present)
Steel Venom became relocated to Dorney Park and construction began in the fall of 2007. Construction was completed in April 2008. According to the staff and management of the park, the coaster was expected to open on opening day of the 2008 season which was May 3, 2008 but did not. On April 30, Screamscape stated that the date of opening will be in mid-to-late-May. Park representatives confirmed this on May 1.
On Friday, May 16, 2008, Voodoo was given the authorization to open. The coaster had a soft opening on Saturday May 17, 2008 in the late afternoon. It continued to run when the park was closed for a private event on May 18. Media day was on Wednesday May 21, 2008. The coaster had its grand opening on Friday, May 23, 2008.
In 2009, the name was changed to Possessed in light of the fact that fellow theme park operator Six Flags claimed a trademark on the name "Voodoo." Rather than incur a legal dispute, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the owners of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, had the name changed as part of a marketing gimmick claiming that the ride was now super-saturated with evil spirits. All memorabilia with the "Voodoo" name were sold at tremendous discounts via the park's website.
The ride's layout consists of two vertical spikes, one twisted and the other straight vertical with a holding brake, connected by a launch and station tract to form a basic "U" layout. The original ride began with riders being launched forward by the use of linear induction motors. After the initial launch, the train heads up the twisted vertical spike that twists the train 180 degrees. The train then falls and is launched backwards up the vertical spike. It shuttles back and forth three times. On the final full speed launch in reverse the holding brake at the top of the vertical rear spike engages, locking the train in place for a very brief moment. The modern day ride is more or less the same, however the holding brake is no longer operational. Valleyfair's Steel Venom is currently the only Intamin Impulse Coaster in the United States operating with the holding brake still functional.
The maximum G-force of the ride is 3.7 Gs, expectantly low for a twisted impulse coaster.
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