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Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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Viper is a classic wooden roller coaster. Viper is a clone of the Cyclone at Coney Island, NY, one of the two wooden coasters located at Six Flags Great America and is a highly popular ride.


Viper was a bit of a disappointment, as I always hear amazing things about the ride. While I enjoyed the ride, I didn't think it was spectacular. The ride is known for having a ton of airtime, but I personally thought Raging Bull had more. Good, but not worth more than an hour wait.
After being a seasons' passholder for many years, I can now safely say that Viper is the best ride in the park. Why? Simple--the coaster runs without trim brakes. Bull and Eagle have midcourse trims that slow down the train, but not Viper--it runs at full tilt. Oh, and that double-down is heavenly. Terrific headchopper effects, a compact layout, and riding it at night in the back row is an experience like noneother. I've been on the original Coney Island Cyclone, and Viper is damn near the next best thing. 9.5/10

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