double loop at SFWoA, first coaster to have 2 loops, magnum, millennium force, matterhorn, and revolution. I dont know why everyone says Coney Island Cyclone? It didnt really do anything for the industry, it was a clone too.
I can't say the Switchback "revolutionized" the industry, but rather L.A. Thompson STARTED the industry as far as I'm concerned. Now, revolutionary is allowing us to actually achieve airtime...upstops! Also, allowing us to perform all these intricate aerobatics would have been impossible without the advent of...tubular steel track.
Corkscrew, Magnum, Revolution, Cyclone...all great rides that took advantage of these innovations, but Miller and Bacon/Toomer, those are the folks that brought us where we are today. John Allen's Racer REVIVED the industry, which was certainly nearing life-support at the time.
I'm surprised Magnum has gotten as few votes as it has. It was the ride that sparked the "coaster wars" in which the parks compete to build the tallest, fastest coasters in the world. It proved that people are willing to ride just about anything, in addition to being the first of what is now the most popular type of roller coaster among enthusiasts: the hypercoaster. ----------------- Erik Johnson Theme Park New England SFNE 2002: Bigger is not always better.
Well, Magnum's concept really wasn't all that revolutionary. It's basically a wood out and back that's made out of steel and is really tall. I would also argue that the "coaster wars" thing started with shockwave, cus then it went to GASM, then Viper, then Magnum, all from 1988-1991 (I think, correct me if I'm wrong). I would have to say the most revolutionary coaster in the past 20 years would probably be either Gemini or Batman: the ride at SFGAm for obvious reasons.
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Also, Raging Bull, and Apollo's Chariot, They were the First B&M's to cover 200 ft. Apollo's Chariot being the First Out and Back hypercoaster by B&M and Raging Bull is the first Hyper Twister by B&M. Personally I think B&M is the most successful Roller Coaster Manufacturer and Designers:)
1956 - Matterhorn - first tubular steel tracked coaster. Argue all you want about corkscrews and loops... with out tubular steel tracks even these simple elements would be hard (or impossible) to succesfully produce.
Matter horn all the way. Polyurathane wheels and tubular "steel" track.
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this may be out of the blue but i think that b&m designs have been revolutionary for coaster's every since they started and they just keep getting better and better with batman,kumba ,montu ,medusa ,nitro ,riddlers revenge all great designs when they came out so i dont think i can say it was the coaster that was revolutionized the industry but the designers who did it and i think it would \ have to be b&M with the first inverted the first floorless and the the koolest stand up and the hyper coasterand now a kool flyer. so i think the forum title should be what designer revolutionized the coaster industry.
That's a very good post 1950 list there, SFGAM Viper. The only thing that might be added would be the original Schwarzkopf shuttle loop for being the first launched coaster. That would take the place of # 6 and 7 for me, since they were more varitations on existing coasters.