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The Return of the
In 1975, the loop made a comeback, and a strong
one at that. All the past problems had been fixed. This loop
sparked other creations, such as the corkscrew, which turns the
passengers upside down twice in a row. The loop's debut made going
upside down a thrill that many coaster companies recognized and
began to use.
Who's the Biggest and
From 1970 to 1990,
many roller coaster companies asked this very question, and racing
to be the answer. Coasters were built with seven loops and were
over 200 feet high. Some famous coasters were and still are the
Magnum XL-200, the Steel Phantom, the TOGO, and the King Cobra. The
King Cobra was unique because it was the first coaster that
passengers rode standing up. Another famous coaster, the Boomerang,
turned passengers upside-down six times. In 1992, Batman the Ride
became the first inverted coaster where passengers rode on a
coaster with the track above them while their feet dangled below
riders are taken upside-down several times on Batman
the Ride, Six Flags. Shown here on the world's first inverted
coaster, the passengers are dangling with their feet in the
When Will It All End?
now, roller coasters are still very popular. Superman the Escape
boasts a 400 foot incline straight up and speeds greater than 100
miles per hour. Physics continue to improve roller coasters and
make them more thrilling and seemingly dangerous. The limits are
only what physics can create and what the human body can
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Design your own Lego
The following references were
used in writing this article:
Ducharme, Jay. "Roller Coaster History, Parts I and
"History of Roller Coasters"
http://www.iaapa.org/media/roll-hst.htm 2000 (June
"Roller Coaster History"
- Hinman, Sheryl. Personal photos taken in
- Images of Six Flags rides
from personal collection, Kyle Fritz, , June 2000.