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Corkscrew (Cedar Point) - OnRide - (480p)


Statistics

Park

Cedar Point

Location

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Status

Operating

Opened

May 15, 1976

Manufacturer

Arrow Dynamics

Type

Sit-Down

Model

Custom Looping Coaster

Designer

Ron Toomer

Cost

$1,750,000 USD

Riders per train

24

Riders per hour

1800

Lift/Launch system

Chain Lift

Height

85 feet (26 meters)

Drop

65 feet (20 meters)

Length

2050 feet (650 meters)

Max speed

48 mph (77 km/h)

Inversions

3

Duration

2:00

Height Restriction

48 inches (122 cm)

Corkscrew is an Arrow Dynamics sit-down roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA.[1] When built in 1976, it was the first roller coaster in the world with 3 inversions. The ride was built by Arrow Dynamics in 1976 and opened only six days after Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Cedar Fair's Flash Pass can be used on the Corkscrew.

LocationEdit

Corkscrew is located on the midway directly across from Top Thrill Dragster, between Power Tower and Magnum XL-200.

DesignEdit

Elements

Vertical LoopDouble Corkscrew

The ride is made out of blue tubular steel track with a 48-inch (1,200 mm) separation between tubes. Corkscrew was built upon 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land.

TrainsEdit

3 trains with 6 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train

The three trains are painted red with white stripes, blue with white stripes and white with blue stripes. They are designed like this because they debuted in 1976, the U.S. Bicentennial.

Almost daily, a train is transferred off the track once ridership reaches a point that permits two-train operation with little or no waiting in line. A different train is cycled off each day.

Ride ExperienceEdit

When the pneumatic station brakes are released, the train rolls out of the station due to a slight decline in the station and down a small drop. The train the goes round a declining 180 deg curve until reaching the lift hill. A lift chain pulls the riders up the 30 deg lift hill at a speed of 5 mph (8 km/h). Then riders drop 65 feet (20 meters) at a 45 deg angle, reaching speeds of 48 mph (77 km/h). After this riders traverse a bunny hop and a Vertical Loop. It then coasts up a slight incline and curves around a 180 degree slight decline into the double corkscrew element, across the midway path. In the "eye" of the corkscrews, it is traveling at 38 mph (61 km/h). After this, Corkscrew goes through trim and block brakes and back to the station.

Historic SignificanceEdit

Corkscrew broke the record for the First roller coaster with 3 inversions when it opened on May 15, 1976, overtaking Corkscrew at Knott's Berry Farm (now located at Silverwood). It lost this record in March 1980 when The Demon opened at Six Flags Great America. It was also the second modern roller coaster with a Vertical Loop, opening six days after Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Also, Corkscrew was the first roller coaster to feature a corkscrew located above the midway, and the first inverting coaster ever at Cedar Point.

TriviaEdit

  • Corkscrew has thrilled over 30 million riders since opening in May 1976.[2]

Photo GalleryEdit

Preceded by

Corkscrew

First Roller Coaster with 3 Inversions

May 1976-March 1980

Succeeded by

Carolina Cyclone

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ReferencesEdit

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