Patriot Ride Review – California’s Great America

For the 2017 season, California’s Great America revamped their Bolliger and Mabillard stand-up coaster, Vortex, into a fancy new floorless coaster called Patriot! Back with sleek new trains, a beautiful paint job, and a much more enjoyable ride, this conversion is a clear success.

Height: 4/10

Standing at a diminutive 91 feet tall, Patriot is one of the smaller B&M Floorless coasters. I did not personally think this affected the ride experience, though.


Speed: 4/10

The coaster has a top speed of 45 miles per hour, making it the slowest floorless coaster out there. Despite this, Patriot still maintains a nice pace through the majority of its elements.


Length: 5/10

With a total track length of 1,920 ft, Patriot is not a lengthy ride. This is one of its biggest weaknesses.


Capacity: 6/10

Patriot was running two trains with fairly quick operations, and the queue always seemed to be moving relatively quickly.


Restraints: 8/10

Traditional B&M floorless restraints, woohoo! These are extremely comfortable and provide a great ride experience! Unless you completely despise OSTRs, you’ll probably like Patriot’s restraints.


Intensity: 6/10

This coaster is definitely not focused on intensity, but portions of the ride such as the kick and its subsequent corkscrew prove to be extremely forceful! This was a nice surprise to me.


Smoothness: 5/10

Patriot’s definitely not the smoothest ride in the world, but it could be a lot worse. It had a bit of a rattle, and I did get headbanging, but Patriot still felt smoother than Rougarou (Cedar Fair’s other standup-to-floorless conversion).


Theming: 1/10

There’s pretty much no theming whatsoever on this ride. The entrance sign is cool, though!


Inversions/Airtime: 6/10

Patriot has no airtime, and its loop is pretty average. However, the corkscrew is fantastic, providing some great forces!


Enjoyment: 7/10

Patriot is an extremely enjoyable coaster; however, I think that its slight rattle, headbanging and short duration could take away from the experience for some.


Overall Score: 52/100

Overall, Patriot is a fantastic addition to California’s Great America. Although obviously far from perfect, Patriot does not disappoint, and it is a must ride when visiting the park. What do you think of Patriot? Let us know in the comments below!

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