Specific Type: Steel, Out & Back, Looping, Intermediate Coaster
Arrow Dynamics is a name that rings a bell in every coaster enthusiast’s head. They are known for pioneering many things, including the steel coaster, which has now become so popular in the coaster world. Corkscrew at Cedar Point was designed by Ron Toomer, who is also responsible for designing four other coasters at Cedar Point. This steel coaster was the first triple-looping roller coaster in the world, or, in other words, the first coaster to ever feature three inversions. Its three inversions are a vertical loop, and a pair of corkscrews over Cedar Point’s main midway.
Nowadays, Corkscrew is dominated by pretty much every other roller coaster at Cedar Point. The ride’s short stature of 85 feet is well surpassed by nearby Top Thrill Dragster (420 feet),Magnum XL-200 (200 feet), and Mantis (145 feet).
Corkscrew wasn’t just the first coaster to flip riders upside down three times in a cycle; it was also the first coaster at Cedar Point to feature inversions. Most rides at the park don’t go upside down at all. Of the four Intamin coasters that operate at Cedar Point, only Maverick goes upside down, and only twice. Three other coasters feature upside down elements: Raptor, Mantis, andGatekeeper. These coasters were built by B&M, and brought 16 inversions back to the park, to put the parks inversion count to 21.
A ride on Corkscrew, however, is much more intense than it seems at first sight. The ride can be found in the midway that contains Top Thrill Dragster, Power Tower, and Magnum XL-200. Guests immediately know what they’re getting into when walking under the double corkscrews at the end of the rides layout. Once seated in the train and the restraints pulled down, the thumbs up is given and the train slowly rolls out of the station. After a right hand turn directly out of the station, the train slowly clicks up the lift hill. Once at the top, riders can see that the ride is much shorter than everything else in the area. Riders than drop, and immediately rise up into a floater hill, give a small pop of airtime. Riders than flip through inversion number one: a vertical loop. After a rising up into a small straightaway, the train then turns back towards the station, and corkscrews twice over the midway. The train then traverses to the right and lines back up with the station, ending the two minute ride.
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