The Whizzer has a lot of historic recognition. This classic family-friendly coaster opened with the park’s premiere in 1976. Since then, it has become a guest favorite for all ages. As an ACE Coaster Landmark, The Whizzer is honored it for its unique history and exceptional preservation. It was one of the last “Speedracer” coaster models ever built.
You’ll load two-by-two into the train and prepare for a classic steel adventure. An electric motor begins pushing your car to the top of a 70-foot spiral lift hill. At the top of the peak, the train disengages from the electric rail and gravity takes over, pushing your car around 3,100 feet of twists, turns, and drops at 45 miles per hour. You’ll cruise through a scenic wooded area, flying inches away from the foliage and pond on the ground. You’ll whiz through a few more spirals, zip around steep curved turns, and dash down more dips before gravity returns you to the station.
Fun Facts about Whizzer
- Whizzer opened with the park in 1976.
- Whizzer is often younger thrill seekers’ first roller coaster.
- This ride features a seven-story drop.
- The original name of the ride was “Willard’s Whizzer” after the former park owner Willard Marriott.
- Whizzer is one of two Speedracer coasters left in the world.
- In 2012, the American Coaster Enthusiasts presented the Landmark award for Whizzer to recognize its historical value.
- In 2002, the park planned to remove Whizzer, but after pushback from guests and enthusiasts, decided to keep the historical ride.
- Whizzer is located in the Hometown Square section of the park.
- Rather than a traditional lift chain, Whizzer utilizes an electric spiral lift hill.
- The Whizzer was manufactured by Schwarzkopf.