Specific Type: Steel, Sit-Down
Monrovia, Maryland is a small town about an hour outside Baltimore and is home to Adventure Park USA. The park allows guest to control the action on many of their attractions like; go-carts, mini golf, laser tag, rock climbing walls, and a variety of other games & play areas. They have popular amusement rides like bumper boats, tilt-a-whirl, scrambler, and three roller coasters to name a few. Adventure Park USA is a free admission pay as you play park that is a local favorite for hosting birthday parties for kids.
One of the three coasters is a well traveled Schwarzkopf Wildcat. It was first installed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia, then it was moved to Playland Park in New York. It continued its tour at Steel Pier in New Jersey, and was then moved to a now defunct park in Pennsylvania called Williams Grove Amusement Park. After Williams Grove’s last season the Wildcat was relocated to its current home in Adventure Park USA. The park did a total refurbishment for the ride. The steel was sandblasted and painted to give it a fresh look, and the coaster cars were given a makeover as well to look like 60’s muscle cars. Under the hood the control system was modernized aswell to the modern Allen Bradley system.
The Wildcat coaster was named after the model name, one of Schwarzkopf’s earliest major rides and also a very successful model that was produced 31 times starting in 1964. Guest board one of this Wildcat’s six themed cars to begin their lap of the 1,509.2 foot long track. The ride starts at ground level meandering its way around a gentle right hand turnaround though the ride’s structure. The car grabs the lift chain and is hauled to the top of this 44.3 foot tall ride. Once the car is released from the chain it goes through a slight dip and then another gentle turnaround that allows you to take in the sights before the main drop where the ride reaches it’s max speed. The drop brings the car all the way down to ground level and then back up to the opposite side of the layout for another turnaround. The coaster dives again regaining its speed and ascends into a 180 degree banked turn to the left. The coaster dips down heading to the other side of the layout and does a banked helix further descending towards the ground, a final dip brings the car all the way back down to the ground. The wild cat leaps up a final time and the car spins though another helix that deposits the riders onto the brake run. The Wildcat offers instant nostalgia to a different era of steel roller coasters.
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