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Cliff Hanger

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The Place
  Ghost Town in the Sky - Maggie Valley, North Carolina USA
  "Western themed park in the Great Smoky Mountains"

The Stats

Track Type Year Designer / Manufacturer
Steel Looping 1988 Jerry Pendleton / O.D. Hopkins Associates Inc
Ride Statistics
Height: 90 feet Max Drop: 88 feet
Top Speed: 50 mph Track Length: 2,037 feet
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force:
Inversions: 1 Ride Time: 2 minutes
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent:
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Individual lapbars Number of Trains: 2
Cars per Train: 7 Vehicles Designed by: O.D. Hopkins

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 4 seats per car for a total of 28 riders per train.
* Notes: Has strong lateral G's and a few positive ones.
* Structure: Fiery red track & white column supports. Train cars are red as well.
* Elements: After a brief dip, you enter into the only loop followed by an hour glass figure-8 formed by two helices, then up the lift hill and into the station to unload.
* Features: A bit of an odd bird in that it features its station at the top of the lift hill. You immediately dispatch down the hill and into a single vertical loop. This is a lot like Kennywood's Thunderbolt inasmuch as it utilizes the terrain to its benefit.

The Verdict
There's something to be said of coasting down the side of a mountain - enough to make ole Catherine the Great proud. However it was closed for rehab the day I arrived.

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