Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon


The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom


Queensbury, NY, USA




Anton Schwarzkopf


Steel Indoor



Riders per train



44 feet (13.4 meters)

Top speed

31 mph (49.9 km/h)


1765 feet (538 meters)



Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon is an indoor roller coaster at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. The ride opened in 1999 and has been standing but not operating since the end of 2006.


Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon existed as Starchaser at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and as Nightmare at Phantom Cave at Darien Lake. The ride was placed in the Ghostown section of the park, in an isolated location. A warehouse-like building enclosed the ride in the dark to provide a sense of disorientation. Often times, the waiting times for the ride were unbearably long, due to the low capacity of four riders per car. Sometimes the wait time reached up to two and a half hours; uncommon for such a brief ride. This wasn't remedied until 2006, when Six Flags introduced the Flash pass system. The system was slightly different for this ride, however. Riders arriving at the line were given a ticket and asked to return at a certain time, causing lines to be significantly shorter.

2006 was Nightmare's last season. Without any prior announcement, the ride was found to be closed for all of the 2007 season and all future seasons. Today, the building still stands eerily in the Ghostown section of the park, easily seen from rides such as Canyon Blaster.

Photo GalleryEdit

The Great Escape Roller Coasters
Operating Alpine BobsledBoomerang: Coast to CoasterCometCanyon BlasterFrankie's Mine TrainSteamin' Demon
Former Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon

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