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Shock Wave

Ride Info

  • Thrill Level
Moderate
  • Minimum Height
42"
  • Location in Park
Tower
  • Special Features
Goes upside down

This classic looper has been shocking riders for more than three decades. In fact, just about everyone around here who loves crazy inversions got their start riding Shock Wave, a double-looped 60 mile per hour steel roller coaster.

Once you haul up 116 feet in the sky, get ready to drop more than 100 feet on your way to blasting through Shock Wave’s masterpiece elements, the famous – and famously terrifying – back to back loops. One after another in an insane never-ending inversion, these two loops will deliver a stunning 5.9 Gs. That’s nearly astronaut level G-force.

And how are you going to be held in your seat during all this? Well, firstly, the forces of gravity will keep you nice and snug. Shock Wave is one of the only looping roller coasters to employ only a lap bar. That means you’ll feel free as a bird, or a rocket ship leaving the atmosphere, as you are hurled around this slick track.

Next you’re in for a series of high banking turns, sharp, breathtaking dips and a high-speed whip-around, all designed to give you maximum airtime. Consider these negative Gs payback for what you endured on the loops.

Ride Info

  • Thrill Level
Moderate
  • Minimum Height
42"
  • Location in Park
Tower
  • Special Features
Goes upside down

By the Numbers

  • Top Speed
55 mph
  • Elevation
116 ft
  • Length
3500 ft
  • Duration
2 min 40 sec
  • Introduced
1978
  • Manufacturer
Schwarzkopf