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RailBlazer single rail steel coaster now open at California’s Great America

by Banks Lee

California’s Great America has opened a new roller coaster that is the first of its kind on the West Coast, a single rail steel coaster called RailBlazer.

The design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, riders will speed smoothly over the twisting track as they experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns.

RailBlazer Single Rail Steel Coaster POV at California's Great America

Features of the ride include:
• A maximum height of 106 feet
• A 90-degree, face-down first drop
• Over 1,800 feet of track
• A top speed of 52 miles per hour
• Three inversions, including a zero-gravity roll

“We know our guests can’t wait to ride RailBlazer, a truly revolutionary roller coaster concept,” said Raul Rehnborg, vice president and general manager, California’s Great America. “This intense and exhilarating attraction kicks off a multi-year transformation of California’s Great America, following the City of Santa Clara’s approval of the park’s new master plan. This world-class attraction will be the first of many exciting and new developments guests will experience in the years to come.”

The design of the ride is reflective of an off-road adventure, with immersive sensory theming that embraces the great outdoors of the Bay Area and Central Coast. Once on board, riders will ascend a 45-degree climb, dive into a ravine and encounter steeped embankments representing an extreme four-wheeling journey. Physical elements during the ride and queue line include a natural waterway, rocky surroundings and a trailhead marquee sign designed to mark the beginning of the journey.

To learn more about RailBlazer, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit CAGreatAmerica.com.

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