Timeless Classic. Modern Innovation.
Before you even step foot on this remarkable piece of architecture, stop to admire its extreme beauty. The densely woven wooden structure is the pride of Chesapeake, and holds its own against any steel monster hoping to take the title of best ride in the park. On the surface, Roar looks like the most classic roller coasters. In fact, Roar is partly inspired by a train style first invented nearly 100 years ago. But look how far we’ve come in 100 years, as tradition is forged into an utterly modern cascade of harmonically woven swooping curves, criss-crossing in a warped maze of pure speed and power.
This colossal wooden twister coaster’s epic proportions demand your respect even before you hear the mind-blowing stats. It rises 10 stories in the sky, which means you’ll be taking a drop of 90 feet in the first few seconds, and you’ll be taking it at 50 miles per hour. Bolting over this ingenious and intricate structure, you’ll blast through a 180 degree turn that will leave you speechless—but it probably won’t stop you from screaming. It’s right about now that you realize how Roar got its name.
Then over 3,040 feet of track, you’ll tear through six different reversals and a slew of cross-overs. That means you’ll be zigging and zagging back and forth more times than you can count, so we’ll count them for you — 22.
You’ll catch negative G airtime on hill after hill, finally shooting under an endless 230-foot long covered tunnel.
This is a cutting-edge modern wooden coaster. No one will blame you if you just want to stand there and admire it for a few minutes before you ride.
Roar might seem like a regular theme park ride, but what most people don’t know is that it was built over the remains of a gold mine.
As profitable as it was, the mine was closed after a terrible, tragic “accident” that resulted in the unexplained disappearance of hundreds of workers.
The day’s work had ended and everyone boarded the train for the long trip back to the surface. The miners were exhausted and caked in dark dust. Through the steady click-click of the tracks, they closed their eyes and tried to shut down their thoughts for a moment.
Suddenly, a shriek of terror was heard from the last car. There, deep in the mine, sounds of slurping and crunching echoed in the blackness. A loud pop was followed by a shower of blood and pieces of skin. Warm and dripping strands of muscle wrapped themselves around the necks of the men in the next car. Through the terrifying blackness, their screams and whimpering were all that was heard.
Then, the race was on. Evasive action was taken. The mix of cries and crunching of bones marked the spot, as Whatever It Was made its way forward, car by car, man by man. After what seemed a lifetime, but just as suddenly as before, the light of the outside blinded the remaining miners, as the train came to the violent end of the line. Shortly after the incident the mine shaft was closed. Nobody has been into the mine shaft since.
Update: Good news! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the mine Six Flags has decided to reopen the old mine shaft and make it available to the general public for exciting night rides. Don’t mind the sounds in the background…it’s probably nothing.
Height requirement: Min. 48″
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