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Video: Iron Wolf rollercoaster closes at Six Flags Great America

Iron Wolf rollercoaster loop

The Iron Wolf stand-up rollercoaster has closed at Six Flags Great America, as work begins to relocate the ride to Six Flags America.

The last rides on the coaster took place on September 5, 2011. Its removal will make room for X-Flight, a major new Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider rollercoaster that will open at Six Flags Great America next year. Iron Wolf itself will be renamed as Apocalypse, receiving an all-new theme before making its debut at Six Flags America in May 2012.

Opened in 1990, Iron Wolf was the first rollercoaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, now one of the world's leading coaster manufacturers. It features a maximum height of 100 feet and hits a top speed of 55 miles per hour, racing through two inversions during its 2,900-feet-long circuit. This can be seen in the video below, which shows some of the last riders to experience the coaster in its current home.

The removal of Iron Wolf leaves Six Flags Great America without a stand-up rollercoaster. Plans to move the Chang coaster from the closed Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom to the park in 2011 were abandoned in favor of an expansion to the Hurricane Harbor water park.

Apocalypse will become the first stand-up rollercoaster at Six Flags America, as well as the park's first B&M-designed coaster. Its arrival will increase the total number of rollercoasters at the park to eight.

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