A wooden coaster featuring a layout modeled after the Coney Island Cyclone, Viper takes it riders through a rollicking series of turns and airtime hills. With five cars seating two across in rows of three for a total capacity of 30 riders, the train makes two left turns from the loading station and ascends a 100-foot lift hill, dropping 80 feet sharply to the left before going up into a right-banked turn followed by two consecutive drops. It turns left and travels over two airtime hills through headchoppers, once again turning left with a double down. Continuing its course over a series of small hills, it never lets up until hitting the brake run.
The ride experience is, in a word, super. Although patterned after the Cyclone, Viper has none of the Cyclone’s punishing roughness. It is a little rough but not uncomfortably so. I was fine sitting in the back, something I would never do on the Cyclone. The ride features a couple of very, very good airtime hills and while the top speed is 50 mph, it gives the impression of going along at a pretty good clip. In an age of modern wooden coasters with staggering drops, this relatively small coaster can hold its own. Viper is a gem. 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Six Flags Great America, visit www.sixflags.com/greatamerica