Wisconsin Roller Coasters

By Jerry Huffman

Bucket List #6 - Taking a ride with Elvis

Bay Beach Amusement ParkGreen Bay

How’s this for a bucket list item? You can hitch a ride on Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster and it’s only going to cost you a buck.

Yep, one of the King’s favorite carnival rides lies just up Highway 43 (take the Webster Avenue exit) at Bay Beach Park in Green Bay.

Elvis would sometimes rent an entire Memphis amusement park overnight for his entourage so they could cut loose. That’s where Elvis first saw the Zippin Pippin, and it would become his favorite roller coaster.

It was a beauty. All wood. Built in 1912 the Zippin Pippin can hit 50 miles per hour and has a vertical drop of seventy feet. Elvis took a shine and he would ride the roller coaster all night. Legend has it Elvis made his last visit to the park the week before he died in 1977.

In 2010 the Zippin Pippin was moved to its new home at Bay Beach Park. After one hundred years most of the original materials have been replaced but it still has that Elvis connection. The original Pippin cars will be on display at the park through Labor Day weekend. Posing in a car is encouraged.

Details: $1 per ride. 48” minimum height.

For the younger crowd

Little AmerrickaMarshall

Little Amerricka in Marshall is a great stop for families with younger children.

Best known for a miniature steam engine train ride, they also have a kid friendly roller coaster called The Meteor. Adults can ride too but it is geared to the younger set.

Details: $3 per person. A variety of discount tickets are available for the entire park. 36” minimum height

For roller coaster aficionados

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme ParksWisconsin Dells

The promised land for roller coaster fans in Wisconsin is the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells. There are six coasters on the property ranging from kids only to serious thrill seekers.

Hades 360
As if the being the first 360 degree upside down coaster isn’t enough, Hades also features the world’s longest underground tunnel. New this summer, Hades 360 tops out at seventy miles per hour.

Pegasus
Just like its namesake, Pegasus swoops and dives over the 1600 foot track peaking at sixty feet and then dropping forty-five. Park managers say this coaster is, “great fun for the entire family.”

Zeus
Buckle up for Zeus. A 2,700 foot track that races through a forest, hits sixty miles per hour climbing 90 feet before hitting an 85 foot drop. Did we mention you should buckle up for this one?

Opa
This twister coaster is the next generation Wild Mouse ride. Sounds like a more low-keyed ride with, “dips, drops, and surprising spins.”

Cyclops
Now this sounds like fun – a 75 foot drop that screeches to a halt after a thunderous 1680 foot run.

Little Titans Kids only roller coaster
Adults, literally, are not allowed.

Details: Minimum height limits vary on the coasters. Most are 48”, Pegasus is 42”, and Little Titans is 40”. Please check MtOlympusPark.com website for updates. $29.99 for individual admission. $99.99 for a season pass.

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