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SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Raceway is a wooden roller coaster at Arizona's Backyard in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States.

History

The coaster's layout, designed by Elliot Pochwalski, was designed with a 116 ft lift and then a turn into a 139 ft drop into a small ditch and then into an airtime hill, and another one, and then a turn around with a few bunny hops until you hit the brake run, it was heavily inspired by classic wooden coasters.

The coaster opened in 1995.

The coaster's first drop was reprofiled by CCI in 1997, the original drop had multiple stress cracks due to poor and rushed design. The new drop, unlike the original, turns at the bottom of the lift instead of the top of the lift, thus resulting in the first airtime hill turned into a double up.

In the summer of 2003, parts of the medieval theming were starting to be removed, and Hawaiian style theming were starting to be added, hinting at the coaster's future.

The coaster was rethemed in 2004 to the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise, with new queue dialogue. It also got new trains from Gerstlauer, replacing the old PTC trains. The new trains served as the prototype of their later Hybrid Coaster Trains, and are styled after the boatmobiles seen in the show. Patchy the Pirate was present at both the unveiling ceremony (where he was played by George Gillick) and at the opening ceremony (where he was played by Tom Kenny, with Tom (in-character as Patchy) being one of the initial riders). Elliot Pochwalski's new company Cyclone Unlimited rebuilt portions of the ride, and added a loop midway through the course (a concept Pochwalski had in mind when originally designing it, but felt wouldn't work at the time).

In 2014, the themed CRT "tube" TV set in the queue station broke, and was temporarily replaced with a generic flat-screen TV until in 2015, a themed flat-screen TV set was installed.

This coaster was partially renovated in 2019 by GCI. The first drop was replaced with a GCI-style curved drop, with it turning while going down the drop.

Queue

Queue Messages
Character Line Happens if Notes
SpongeBob
(Tom Kenny)
"This ride is a high speed thrill coaster, this ride should not be ridden on by people with heart conditions or pregnant women" Random This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
Squidward
(Rodger Bumpass)
"Please keep your arms, legs and feet inside the boat at all times, or else you will probably get kicked out of the park" Operator's command Can be played on Speaker 2 (Switchbacks), Speaker 3 (Staircase) and Speaker 4 (Station)
Patrick
(Bill Fagerbakke)
"Uh oh, I think there's a big gray cloud thingy with yellow flashes of light coming up, time to move out of the station" Operator's command (If a Thunderstorm is coming) This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
Mr. Krabs
(Patrick Pinney)
"Alright, stay aboard your boats until a Carnie comes to get you out. Now what are you waiting for, a good time to take all me money?" Operator's command This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
Squidward
(Rodger Bumpass)
"Hey, stupid, there's a big storm cloud rolling in, so get out of the station" Operator's command (if severe weather other than a thunderstorm is about to occur) This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
Sandy Cheeks
(Carolyn Lawrence)
"Woo-wee! There's a dust cloud rollin' in, so get out of the station until it passes through!" Operator's command (if a dust storm is coming) This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
Realistic Fish Head
(Mr. Lawrence)
"Attention all guests within the station! If there is a doctor, nurse or qualified medical personnel within the station, please come up to the control box and present yourself to the Carnie at the controls." Operator's command (in case of a medical emergency) This line is one of the few lines that can happen anywhere in the queueline.
SpongeBob
(Tom Kenny)
"Hey everybody, the coaster has stopped temporarily! Please remain seated, as it may resume motion at any time. Thank you" Operator's command (when E-stop is pressed)

Trivia

Easter Eggs

2003 and 2019 Versions

  • A picture of TriangleBob TrianglePants from Episode 4079 of Sesame Street is behind the operator's box.

2019 Version

  • The fake leaderboard for times on the raceway has several.
    • Patchy the Pirate - 7 seconds, 74 milliseconds (Patchy is a character from SpongeBob, and his time is a reference to the elevation of Encino, California)
    • D.L.O. - 1 minute, 1 second, 169 milliseconds (referencing Plankton's voice actor and his birthday)
    • Clarence Brown - 1 minute, 5 seconds, 159 milliseconds (referencing Mr. Krabs' voice actor and his birthday)
    • Carrie Lawrence - 2 minutes, 13 seconds, 167 milliseconds (referencing Sandy's voice actress and her birthday)
    • SpongeBob - 5 minutes, 1 second, 199 milliseconds (referencing the debut of the series on May 1st, 1999)
    • Thomas Kenny - 7 minutes, 13 seconds, 162 milliseconds (referencing SpongeBob's voice actor and his birthday)
    • Lori Alan - 7 minutes, 18 seconds, 166 milliseconds (referencing Pearl's voice actress and her birthday)
    • Mary Jo - 9 minutes, 2 seconds, 138 milliseconds (referencing Mrs. Puff's voice actress and her birthday)
    • William F. - 10 minutes, 4 seconds, 157 milliseconds (referencing Patrick's voice actor and his birthday)
    • Rod Bumpass - 11 minutes, 20 seconds, 151 milliseconds (referencing Squidward's voice actor and his birthday)
    • Jill Talley - 12 minutes, 19 seconds, 162 milliseconds (referencing Karen's voice actress and her birthday)
  • The license plates on the three trains read:
    • "RIPSTVN" - Train 1 (as a tribute to Stephen Hillenburg)
      • Originally, Train 1's license plate was "PATCHY1"
    • "IMGNTN" - Train 2 (reference to the Imagination line in the episode "Idiot Box")
    • "BWNO11" - Train 3 (reference to Bad Word #11 from the episode "Sailor Mouth")
  • The billboards in the station have several.
    • Hundreds of SpongeBobs
      • One of the SpongeBobs is the Mocking SpongeBob from "Little Yellow Book".
      • One of the SpongeBobs is DoodleBob from "Frankendoodle".

See also

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