Ghost Town In The Sky finally opens its coaster

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Contributed by jshorerzd

More than a month after opening for the 2009 season, Ghost Town in the Sky's Cliffhanger coaster has been deemed ready to roll with the approval of inspectors. The Cliffhanger has had several opening delays since the park's new ownership group re-opened the park in May of 2007. Originally known as the Red Devil, the design of the Cliffhanger is much improved since it was originally built more than 20 years ago.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 12:16 PM

It's the only coaster that starts downhill? Apparently that guy hasn't been to Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:17 PM

I was a-head-scratchin' at first when I read that...and then I noticed the entire qualifying statement. Cliffhanger is "the only coaster that starts downhill and located literally on the side of Buck Mountain with top speeds of 56 miles per hour." That, my friends, is a true claim.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 2:10 PM

Well, that statement wasn't the best ever to describe the coaster's uniqueness. How 'bout the break run and station are at the highest point on the coaster and the first drop is literally right out of the station? Does that make it unique (I've not been to many of the PA parks but assuming the reference is to Kennywood's Jack Rabbit).

I had the chance to ride this back breaker in 1995, I don't see that they re-profiled the loop so it's probably the same. I'll have to give it a go this summer and post back. Coincidentally the same loop design was used on the other OD Hopkins looping coasters that I've found elsewhere on the web. Note the loop's circumference is quite smaller in the exit than it is around the top!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 2:38 PM

This is good news as I will be going to dollywood in a few weeks. I wiill have to stop by to get a ride.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:00 PM

I was just looking at pics of this coaster at RCDB and came across this one of the train and seating. I like the openness of the seats and just a lap bar especially since this thing has a loop. No headbanging.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:31 PM

jshorerzd said:
Well, that statement wasn't the best ever to describe the coaster's uniqueness. How 'bout the break run and station are at the highest point on the coaster and the first drop is literally right out of the station? Does that make it unique (I've not been to many of the PA parks but assuming the reference is to Kennywood's Jack Rabbit).

Thunderbolt at Kennywood drops right out the station. Jack Rabbit has a small slope out of the station around a bend and then a drop.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:51 PM

How could anybody forget...Adventure Express at Kings Island drops right out of the station too!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:05 PM

Kennywood's Thunderbolt drops right out of the station. No turns leading to the 1st drop, it just drops.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:11 PM

Good point, Coasterphan. Or you could say that this way...

loriu said:
Thunderbolt at Kennywood drops right out the station.

;)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:13 PM

Yes, those all drop after leaving the station. But none of those are located literally on the side of Buck Mountain with top speeds of 56 miles per hour.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:21 PM

POV and off-ride video here.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:25 PM

Carrie M. said:
Good point, Coasterphan. Or you could say that this way...

loriu said:
Thunderbolt at Kennywood drops right out the station.

;)

EGAD!

I looked through this whole thread, and did not see that at all.

Time to move up to a stronger lens.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:49 PM

Lol, Coasterphan. No problem.

But for the record, we do not use "EGAD!" nearly enough in everyday conversation. I love that! :)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:48 PM

Just to be an A-Hole and add fuel to the fire I have to point out that every Arrow shuttle loop drops right out of the station. Fortunately of the few that are left, none are on the side of Buck mountain.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:15 PM

Carrie M. said:
But for the record, we do not use "EGAD!" nearly enough in everyday conversation.

I wholeheartedly agree. :)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:21 PM

Nice! I truly like it! :)

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 12:45 AM

Son OF Beast also drops right out of the station...

Love that POV video. The girl filming it REALLY likes the coaster...A LOT! lol

It really doesn't look all that exciting, really.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:07 AM

Mamoosh said:
Yes, those all drop after leaving the station. But none of those are located literally on the side of Buck Mountain with top speeds of 56 miles per hour.

They're not getting it Moosh. My God, you could say Cedar Creek Mine Ride drops right out of the station with it's 2 foot drop. It, however, is not on the side of Buck Mountain.

Tom

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:26 AM

Talk about an oddly designed coaster, it could of used the hillside to its advantage more.

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