Vortex is a stand-up roller coaster at California’s Great America. It has a different layout but is generally the same size as Vortex at Carowinds. It was Bolliger & Mabillard’s second coaster after Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America and officially opened on March 9, 1991. The coaster currently has a paint scheme of purple track with yellow rails and gray supports.
Length: 1,920 ft
Height: 91 ft
Speed: 40 mph
Elements: Chain Lift Hill, Loop, Corkscrew
Capacity: 1,200 riders per hour
The coaster makes a left hand first drop into its first loop then executes a left turnaround. The train next travels in another left turnaround through its loop. The train then travels to the other end of its layout into another turnaround after which it enters the corkscrew element and lastly into the final brake run. The course used to cross over the park train’s railroad tracks by the corkscrew. The coaster’s lift hill stands parallel to the footers of the former Tidal Wave looping shuttle coaster.