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American Thunder

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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Published: July 25, 2015

Added in 2008 (and originally named Evel Knievel), this $7 million ride is the park's third wooden roller coaster and was designed and built by Great Coasters International. It is currently the 31st ranked wooden coaster on the planet according to Amusement Today (2014).

American Thunder features an 80' first drop at a 90° left turn angle, and a top speed of 50 MPH. It utilizes two 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains to traverse a relatively short, tight course (2,700'). Along the way, riders will be treated to sixteen hills and multiple high banked turns at up to 67° angles. Additionally, the track crosses over and under itself fourteen times.

Roger S
One of my favorite wooden coasters. A nice layout with good pacing. It's a really fun ride!
Zach J
American Thunder was a great ride! Before this summer, I was afraid of coasters. American Thunder was a great starter coaster for me! It is smooth, fast, and intense, but not too intense. I recommend this ride for all coaster rookies.
Lexi R
Smooth! The first drop is fun but I really enjoy the turns the most. Also the ride gathers a nice amount of speed and gives you a good look at the park going up the lift hill. I heard a lot of good things about this ride but when I saw it, it was very underwhelming. Thankfully the reviews were right and it was a great ride! (9/10)
Edward Morgan
Great Roller Coaster with great airtime. Don't let the size trick you, it packs quite a punch. Smooth, and one of my favorite wooden coasters. 10/10
Joey Till
This ride, IMO, is the best coaster in the park. The intense finally is just awsome and actually makes you feel like your on a dirt bike jumping over mounds of dirt. Great speed, pacing, and airtime.
Tim Hillman
I really enjoyed this coaster - smooth, powerful, and intense. Once you're past the lift hill there's hardy a moment to catch your breath. This definitely a must-ride if you visit this park especially if you're a fan of the "Cyclone" style of wooden coasters.

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