l Location l Sandusky, Ohio, USA l- l Status l Operating l- l Opened l May 15, 1976 l- l Manufacturer l Arrow Dynamics l- l Type l Sit-Down l- l Model l Custom Looping Coaster l- l Designer l Ron Toomer l- l Cost l $1,750,000 USD l- l Riders per train l 24 l- l Riders per hour l 1800 l- l Lift/Launch system l Chain Lift l- l Height l 85 feet (26 meters) l- l Drop l 65 feet (20 meters) l- l Length l 2050 feet (650 meters) l- l Max speed l 48 mph (77 km/h) l- l Inversions l 3 l- l Duration l 2:00 l- l Height Restriction l 48 inches (122 cm) l-


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

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



Cedar Point

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.


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



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.


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 Experience

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 Significance

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.


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

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Preceded by


First Roller Coaster with 3 Inversions

May 1976-March 1980

Succeeded by

Carolina Cyclone

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