Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Coaster fans will recognize this as the classic Arrow corkscrew coaster. This is the same model that was at Worlds of Fun where it was known as the Screamroller, and later the EXT or Extremeroller.

Also of note, Corkscrew began life at Knott's Berry Farm in southern California. When it opened in 1975, it was the first modern inverting coaster in the world, and also the first coaster to take riders upside down twice.

I'm glad to say I was able to ride this coaster at both parks. I rode it at Knott's in either 1988 or 1989. Arrow's coasters aren't really known for their longevity, so it's amazing this one is still operating after 35 years.

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