Six Flags Darien Lake’s Predator To Receive New Titan Track
During the IAAPA Attractions Expo in November of 2019, Great Coasters International (GCI) revealed an all-new steel track. To obtain a patent on the new design, the track was installed on very short stretch of White Lightning at Fun Spot Orlando. After seeing this, many coaster fanatics were wondering when the new GCI steel track would be used on an existing coaster.
It seems that for 2021, the Predator at Six Flags Darien Lake will be the next recipient of this new track. The ride features a 95 foot drop, travels at speeds of 50 MPH, with an overall length of 3400 feet. After opening in 1990, the ride has picked up a reputation of being extremely rough. The new refurbishment was listed in a feature piece about GCI in The Daily Item.
The new steel track allows for ride elements previously not able to be done with traditional wood coasters. It’s fully capable of being used in a launch application as well as inverting with corkscrews and loops. Other hybrid attractions feature either wood supports with steel track, or steel supports with wood track. What makes this track system so unique is that it allows for a seamless transition between steel sections of track and wood sections of track; on any style support system.
This is not the first time that the idea of adding steel track to Predator has been in the works. In 2013, a survey was sent to passholders, asking about the Lake Monster hybrid coaster. This proposal featured a coaster with a wing-over drop and suspended corkscrew. The idea was dropped shortly after.
Here is a glimpse of a track segment being shown during IAAPA last year.
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