Vortex at California’s Great America closed last month to undergo the conversion into the Floorless coaster: Patriot! The transformation includes of course Floorless trains and a fresh coat of paint. So much work has been done, it’s hard to believe it’s only been a month. Please enjoy the following update on Patriot.
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In addition, Patriot’s brand new Floorless trains and drop-floors (for the station) are on site. A small section in the ride area, and the rest are in a storage area in the back of the park. The seats on this trains will actually be slightly more elevated than your average Floorless coaster to compensate for the heartline banking that was originally intended for riders that were standing up.
The fresh coat of paint really makes this ride pop. The patriotic pairing of white and blue was an excellent choice. The signature element, the turn threading the vertical loop, is especially stunning.
The fresh paint makes a world of difference, making this 25 year old ride look brand new. And since this park doesn’t currently have any other (significant) roller coasters with a blue color scheme, it’s a welcomed color to see around the park. (We did though like the Vortex color scheme as well).
Although the ride looks entirely painted, there are still touches here and there that have yet to be applied. Certain sections of the track for example only have primer on them, and the final coat of paint has yet to be applied.
The station area is currently undergoing work however. The floor dropping mechanism will be installed in the near future to accommodate the Floorless trains. The park has also stated that the station will be receiving an overhaul, hopefully that means a roof.
That’s about all for this update, thanks as always for reading. Make sure to vote in our most recent Super Poll on the best 2016 attraction here, and check out our maze reviews from Halloween Haunt here. Make sure to leave a comment letting us know your thoughts on Patriot!