Vortex is a suspended roller coaster, which enables it to swing under the track at Canada's Wonderland. It officially opened during the 1991 season. On "Vortex" riders are taken up through the top of the mountain and dropped at high speeds. At some points in the ride, the trains swing just above a river running through the middle of the park, giving riders the illusion that the train will touch the water.
- Cars are able to swing side-to-side
- It is considered to be a terrain roller coaster due to the influences of the ride track by the mountain and the river
The train climbs the 91-foot (28 m) lift hill immediately after departing the loading station. The lift takes riders up and over the park's mountain centerpiece. Upon cresting the lift, the train slowly turns to the right adding to the suspense of the upcoming drop. The train then quickly dives off the side of the mountain, sweeps to the right and climbs up the "fan-turn" element of the ride that flies over guests on the midway. It then sweeps back down over the grass and above the river, swooping left and right at 55 mph (89 km/h).
The train dives into a downward helix, which swings only a few feet above the surface of the water. Upon returning to the station, the train swoops left and right a few times more until it charges into the brake run. The immense swinging force as the train enters the brake run causes the cars to swing even after the train stops moving. The ride then turns right back into the station. Vortex is also the tallest suspended coaster in the World
; according to the Guinness Book Of World Records.
Type Steel - Suspended
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Model Custom Suspended
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 91 ft (28 m)
Drop 85 ft (26 m)
Length 2,361 ft (720 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Height restriction 4 ft 0 in (122 cm)