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    The viper is another great roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain manufactured by Arrow. If you would like to ride the viper you will have to travel to Valencia, California. Viper is the last of the three 7 looper roller coasters built by Arrow Dynamics to remain operating. The other two, Shockwave at Six Flags Great America and the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure, were demolished in 2002 and 2010.

    What I have noticed with Arrow, they always keep a very similar budget with their rides. Yet again “Viper” cost $8.000.000 US Dollars to build, like many other of their rides. The Majority of Arrow’s rides are not operating and have now been shut down. The ride was the tallest and fastest looping roller coaster in the world until a ride at Kennywood park took the rein in May 1991, Which had a top speed of 80 miles per hour. You should know it by the name of “Steel Phantom”.

    The Viper would appear to nearly beat the current record for world’s tallest 360 degree loop at 140 feet. Technically though, it is a standard size loop of which the top is at 144 feet. Arrow Dynamics not once changed the size of their upright loops, only the height at which they start. The world record for the highest vertical loop is currently held by “Superman Krypton Coaster” at Six Flags Fiesta Texas which has a height of a cool 145 feet. Viper did still remain the tallest looping roller coaster in the world though, but when Steel Phantom was changed and modified in 2001, Viper held the title for the fastest multiple looper in the world joint with the new Superman Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, both with a top speed of 70 miles per hour. You have to love the speed!

    When exiting the station, the train directly begins climbing the 188-foot slow lift hill. Upon reaching the top, the train curves into the 171-foot drop, entering the insane 140-foot tall vertical loop. The train then turns a sharp left, entering two vertical loops and then climbing into the mid-course break run, followed by a zig-zag into the batwing. Riders are photographed by the on-ride camera in the middle of this element. Riders then make a right turn and immediately enter the double-corkscrew, followed by flat track and two turns before hitting the final break run, then making a final turn before returning to the station.

    Quick Info:

    Current Coaster Name: Viper
    Current Park Name: Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Previous Ride Name(s): N/A
    Location: Valencia, California, United States
    Status: Operating
    Links: http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/index.aspx
    Cost: $8.000,000

    Technical Info:

    Type: Steel Looper
    Opened:  1990
    Designer: Arrow
    Features: None
    Height: 188 feet
    Max Drop: 171 feet
    Max Speed: 70 mph
    Length: 3830 feet
    Acceleration: N/A
    Inversions: 7
    Duration: 2.25
    Trains: 3
    Capacity: 1700 per hour

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