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Half Pipe, Six Flags Elitch Gardens - Review

Half Pipe - Review

Six Flags Elitch Gardens

Ride Facts and Info

Steel Half Pipe coaster manufactured by Intamin, the first of its kind in North America. The ride has 1 train that resembles a giant 39-foot long snowboard, with 2 independent circular cars containing 8 seats for a total of 16 riders. Riders sit facing outwards and are secured by overhead shoulder restraints.

Ride Layout

The ride stands 100-feet tall and has a U-shaped track, with the station residing at the bottom of the U. The vehicle is launched by magnetic propulsion (LIM) forwards and backwards, with each car spinning 360-degrees.

The ride begins with a slow forward launch out of the station and about a quarter of the way up the track, before it travels backwards and picks up more speed as it travels up the second vertical spike. This process is repeated a further four times, with the second backwards climb achieving the maximum height, which is basically just one or two feet from the end of the track.

During this forwards and backwards motion, the snowboard reaches its peak height twice for the front car, and three times for the back car, with each car spinning quite randomly throughout.

Ride Evaluation

Half Pipe is a fun coaster, but really feels more like a flat ride, it is not too dissimilar from a Pirate Ship or Zamperla Disk-O. What makes the ride fun is the spinning element, but sadly this seems to be rather sporadic, and sometimes the cars do not spin very much at all. This may be down to the fact that the ride had only been open for three days prior to my visit, and it did open late that day due to technical difficulties.

As with most rides that spin randomly (at least it appears random) each ride can differ greatly, this has an advantage that no two rides are usually the same, but it also means that some rides are not as good as others. I rode Half Pipe twice and I sat in the same position each time, but my second ride was far more thrilling than my first.

The ride is quite tame, but can produce some good g’s if you are sitting in the right place at the right time, whatever that is I did not ride enough to find out, or maybe it has something to do with weight distribution. I especially enjoyed being launched face forwards to the top of the peak, and then spinning at the top, but this only happened once.

Dispatch times were quite quick for a new ride (about 2 minutes) and the line seemed to move quite quickly. I think Half Pipe is a good ride, and packs a good punch for its size. It would be nice if they could get it to spin more, and build the next generation of the ride a little higher, as 100-feet is not very high by today’s standards.

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  • Six Flags Elitch Gardens - Review

    Ride Experience:  7/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Landscaping:  4/10
    Queuing Area:  6/10
    Station:  5/10



    Times Ridden:  2
    Best Seat:  N/A
    Best Part of the Ride:  All
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  74%
    On-ride Photo:  No

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium
    Out of Control:  Low-Medium
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  None

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