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The Great American Scream Machine

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 42 inches

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This circa 1973 wooden coaster features 3450' of track, a 90' first drop, a top speed of 57 mph, and a ride duration of two minutes. It was built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.


I remember loving this one my first time, but I was disappointed when I rode it again. I think I got a bad seat. Nonetheless, it is a fun old classic wooden coaster. 6/10
A lot of people find this rough..but i dont understand. Its a good coaster with good drops, airtime, speed, and is no more rough than other classic out and back woodies like Screamin' Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis.
I love this ride!!!!! It was the best to me at the park, I love how at one point the cart lifted off the tracks a little! :) This is my favorite ride and i can't wait to ride it again!
good ride has good air time and it is a good ride to ride with the family or as i like to say it family value!! better this then the georgia cyclon uhhh!!!
Great Airtime, rough for sure but great airtime. The long wait took away some of the ride for me but the airtime was so cool. Sit in the first car because it is smoother. Don't put your back to the backrest too.
Great air just and tons of fun... as long as you don't keep your back to the backrest.
Besides all the mosquitos you are getting flogged by while standing in line, this is a beautiful coaster to look at but to ride...very rough IMO. I'd definitly ride it again, perhaps in a different car, further back maybe might help but it really is a rough one to ride.
great woodie

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