Coasters that Revolutionized the Industry

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:35 PM
I am writing a research paper, and I needed help on coasters that revolutionized the coaster industry? I know "Revolution," was the first coaster with a loop, and "Son of Beast" was the first wooden coaster with a loop and I believe first coaster to go upside down with only a lap restraint? But i am not sure, so i need help!

Iron Wolf was the first stand up rollercoaster, B:TR was the first inverted rollercoaster, X was the first 4D coaster, and Raging Bull was the first Hyper-Twister Coaster, but that is a far as my knowledge goes, so any other help would be appreciated!

And if anyone knows, the park with the most "First of its kind," rollercoasters?

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:36 PM
Jack Rabbit @ Kennywood. First Coaster to feature upstop wheels.
Friday, April 9, 2004 4:39 PM
The Matterhorn at Disneyland is largely regarded as THE coaster that changed the industry by using tubular steel in its contstruction.

I believe that in addition to Revolution being the first modern day looping coaster I think Knott's Berry Farm had the first "Corkscrew" coaster.

Certainly Cedar Point has a lot of record breakers, though I don't know if they have the most. First 200' (Magnum), 300' (Millenium Force) and 400 foot (Top Thrill Dragster) coasters. Gemini was the tallest racing coaster when it was built.

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:41 PM
Read Robert Cartmel's book....that should be about all the "research" you need.
Friday, April 9, 2004 4:41 PM
Re: Jack Rabbit- It's a good thing, too.
Friday, April 9, 2004 4:42 PM
Woah, careful - you've got a lot of inaccuracies there.

-Revolution was also the first looping coaster with a lapbar only. However, although Revolution was the first modern coaster with a vertical loop, it was *not* the first coaster to travel upside-down. As Wahoo Skipper said, Knott's Corkscrew beat it by a year with its two corkscrews. And there was at least one early looping coaster in the '20s.

-Extremeroller (Worlds of Fun) and Railblazer (Six Flags St. Louis) were the first coasters with stand-up cars (1983). King Cobra (Kings Island, 1984) was the first coaster built as a stand-up coaster (not converted to one as the WoF and SFStL rides were)

-"Hyper Twister" is a marketing term. Magnum was the first true hypercoaster. is your friend.

*** Edited 4/9/2004 8:46:44 PM UTC by coasterdude318***

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:44 PM
Just to clear up a few things that you stated in your post.

KBF's Corkscrew was the first successful coaster with an inversion.

Revolution was the first successful coaster with a loop. And it originally had only lap bars.

The first hyper-twister would be Fujiyama.

And don't forget the Racer at PKI. It was the coaster that sparked the second golden age of coasterdom.

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:45 PM
Remember, just because a ride was a "first" doesn't mean it was revolutionary.

And whatever you do, don't stop at 1976.

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:50 PM
You better re-check your sources, SouthAlumni04.

Revolution was not the first steel looping coaster. SOB was not the first wooded coaster with a loop. There were looping coasters, made of booth wood and steel, in the early 1900s. However one could argue that Revolution and SOB were the first to be sucessful.

Iron Wolf was not the first stand-up. I can count at least 8 stand-up coasters that opened before it, not to mention at least two coasters that featured stand-up trains during their existance.

There was nothing revolutionary about Raging Bull, other than perhaps the unique elevated seating on the trains.

If you want to do a report on truly revolutionary coasters your list must include Disneyland's Matterhorn. I'll leave it to you to find out why.

Friday, April 9, 2004 4:58 PM
You mean he should research for the research paper, Moosh? ;)
Friday, April 9, 2004 5:22 PM
Iron Wolf was B&M's first standup, not THE first standup. Also, how about The Bat at PKI? It started the suspended coasters, and you could include what they learned when it was built about banking turns and dynamics. Then you could of course discuss the different types of launches used through the years... Weight drop, flywheel, LSM, LIM, and hydraulic. That would be a paper on its own.
Friday, April 9, 2004 6:58 PM
If you're looking for rides that revolutionized the industry, you can't overlook Magnum! This coaster was the first shot in the coaster wars. It sparked the demand for the building of bigger and better coasters throughout the 90's...the hypercoaster was born.

*** Edited 4/9/2004 11:07:49 PM UTC by CPgenius***

Friday, April 9, 2004 8:08 PM
Magnum...first hyper

Millenium Force (spelling doesn't look right) first Giga

Top Thrill Dragster...first Strata

Wicked Twister....first double twisting impulse

Son of Beast...first wooden coaster to go over 200 ft.

Superman: Ultimate Escape (Now Steel Venom) first single twisting Impulse

Dueling Dragons...first dueling inverted coaster

Deja-vu....first vertical shuttle inverted looping coaster

I probably can think of more, but I'll let you think of the rest

Friday, April 9, 2004 8:11 PM
Lightning Racer, Hershey parkFirst Dueling Racing Woodie coaster built by GCI.

Sea Serpent - marineers landing pier -wildood new jersey,First Boomerang Coaster in the world.

Friday, April 9, 2004 8:17 PM
With all due respect, almost eveyrone of those coasters did not revolutionize the industry. Yes they are firsts, but most didn't even come close to revolution :)

The closest would be Magnum, but even then, there was nothing revolutionary in design for the industry other than a few extra feet :)

Here's a head scratcher for some of you guys....Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was a VERY important first for the industry. Why? (Stay out "oldtimers".....let the guys that don't know have fun trying to figure it out :) )

Friday, April 9, 2004 8:26 PM
im gonna say that Big Thunder Mountain was the first mine train to feature animatronics...or maybe first rollercoaster overall?
Friday, April 9, 2004 8:27 PM
and some of those coasters revolutionized the many coaster do u know that go 100 mph or 5?
Friday, April 9, 2004 8:30 PM
Nope....wrong on BTMR.

Also, there are 2 launched coasters that go 100mph, not 5 :) (And 2 shuttles that are designed to hit 100mph but don't come close anymore)

And how do you think those coasters revolutionized the business? Some were neat firsts, but that's about it.

Of course, maybe Deja Vu really did revolutionize the taught companies not to buy any more Vekoma prototypes, especially more than one at a time! *** Edited 4/10/2004 12:34:59 AM UTC by Peabody*** *** Edited 4/10/2004 12:37:36 AM UTC by Peabody***

Friday, April 9, 2004 8:52 PM
Wasnt BTMR the first coaster to use LIMS?
Friday, April 9, 2004 8:58 PM

Peabody said:

And how do you think those coasters revolutionized the business? Some were neat firsts, but that's about it.

Yeah, I agree Peabody. How was Dueling Dragons revolutionary? It is two regular inverted coasters next to each other. While it is unique, it did not change the state of the industry or anything. Same goes for that unreliable piece of crap Deja Vu. Wicked Twister just added another twist to the impulse design. The other ones Kyle Fobe listed I could somewhat agree with. *** Edited 4/10/2004 12:58:58 AM UTC by Scream Machine***


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