It's not Corkscrew at Cedar Point. That doesn't count relocated coasters. The Canobie Corkscrew at Canobie Lake Park opened in 1975 at Old Chicago as The Chicago Loop. Corkscrew at Cedar Point opened in 76'. If you mean continually operated than I guess Corkscrew at Cedar Point would be the one but the oldest I think is Canobie's Corkscrew. Unless you can find one older of course.
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The oldest Arrow looper would be the first arrow looper. The Corkscrew at Silverwood was the first modern coaster to go upside down. This ride was originally at Knott's Berry Farm. Of course, I take Arrow looper to be any arrow ride that goes upside down. If you are strictly speaking of verticle loops, then I am not sure. ------------------ "Every day is a bad day on Hollywood and Vine!"
So since Cedar Fair owns both WOF and CP, how likely do you think it is that Corkscrew at CP is soon to go? Sure Corkscrew is sort of an icon for the park with the inversions over the midway, but then again OE was sort of an icon for WOF with the interlocking loops and the first boomerang "Kamikaze Kurve" element. Are Corkscrew's days numbered? ------------------ Nashville needs a theme park!
The Jet Coaster said: (SF)Great American: And Carowinds too. Carolina Cyclone. First coaster to break the 4 inversion barrier, 1980. Only to be followed by Viper at SFDL in 1981
Actually it was one of several coasters to break that record in 1980. The Turn of The Century clones at the Great Americas also re-opened that year with two Back to Back Vertical Loops, in additon to there Corkscrews. Of course, they were then renamed The Demon. And, I'm sure they opened earlier in the year than the Cyclone did as well.
Carolina Cyclone is also a mirror image of Turn of The Century/Demon. Meaning that it follows the same layout, only on opposite sides. It is obvious Arrow almost made that layout a catalog design.
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However, according to RCDB, SFWoA's Double Loop is the only one that features back to back loops as it's only inversions. Together with Nessie, they are the only two that have exclusivley loops for inversions.
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