Which is first shock wave or double loop

Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:14 AM
This has been buggin me for some time. Shoockwave at SFoT claims to have the first back to back loops. It was built I believe 20 years ago. Double Loop at SFWoA is celebrating it's 20th anniversary. It also has back to back loops. Am I missing something here or are both of these trying to clame the same record.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:16 AM
Douple Loop doesn't have back to back loops. They are in different sections of the ride.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:18 AM

I'm pretty sure Double Loop opened first. SFoT's claim is about as credible as SFoG's referring to Mindbender (Shockwave's sister) as the first triple looping coaster.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:18 AM
Uh, the loops are taken consecutively. There is nothing between them. As for the original question, I don't know.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:21 AM
I'm pretty sure Double Loop was first, but Shockwave got all the press because its loops are massive, and it's right next to a heavily traveled interstate. And because, I'm sure, Six Flags' marketing department, even then, was much stronger than Geauga Lake's.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:21 AM
Both Shockwave and Double Loop have consecutive loops, SFGAdvMan.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:30 AM

SFWoA is my home park I gurenttee that those loops are back to back.

http://sfohio.tripod.com/DL_Yellow.jpg here's apicture of double loop's loops

http://www.joyrides.com/sfot/full/shock_wave2.htm and then this is shockwave. the only difference I see is that shockwave doesn't have OTSR but that shouldn't matter

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:31 AM

Sorry I guess I don't remember riding it that well.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:34 AM
Actually on rcdb.com it says that Double Loop opened in 1977 and Shockwave in 1978. If that is right Double Loop was first.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:50 AM

Double Loop did indeed open in 1977 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It was the first coaster to feature two consecutive vertical loops. The ride was so "ground-breaking" at the time, that GL installed a special pathway that led visitors who were too frightened to ride to an up close view of the loops. That pathway still exists (it was used as a Trail of Terror in 2000), but is closed off to the public. Also, when in the station, stamped into the concrete of the loading platform is the company that built the station (name escapes me right now) and the year 1977.

SFOT's Shockwave debuted in 1978 and was billed as "the world's first coaster to feature consecutive vertical loops". At the time, the only people who had really ever heard of GL were Cleveland-area residents, so I guess SF was banking on the fact that no one knew about the Ohio ride. Ironically, Six Flags now owns both of the world's first back-to-back vertical loop coasters. The funny thing is, on SFOT's website, it still claims to be the first back-to-back vertical loop coaster!

ray p. (confused as to how 1978 came before 1977 in Texas!)

*** Edit- added a few words for clarification

*** This post was edited by ProgRay on 7/25/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:56 AM

SF falsely advertising is nothing new ...

What was someones quote a little while ago? Superman - the worlds only flying coaster ... X-Flight the worlds only flying coaster ... something like that

and we wont even get into the "I drove past Cedar Point to get here ... "

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 11:18 AM
I don't rember about superman but for X'Flight theys said the only flying coaster in the midwest.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 12:04 PM
on all S:UF stuff for SFOG it always says something like 'The South's only flying coaster!'.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 12:32 PM

Isn't S:UF the South's only flying coaster? I can't think of another...

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 12:53 PM

Yea, its the only southern flying coaster that I know of. Anyways, I think Six Flags should classify the Double Loop as the worlds first double looping coaster-even though it is-because SFWoA needs to draw attention from Cedar Point. Even though SFWoA has a lot of different rides than Cedar Point, the attendance figures don't match up very well.

Oh well, just another case of false advertising by Six Flags, or it shows that they can't do math.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:00 PM
If Six Flags did that, then CP might claim it has the first triple-looping coaster, which it does. So that would be pointless. In fact it would be pointless anyway; no one would advertise a 20-year-old coaster.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:07 PM
Yeah, I can see the press release now..."Come Ride the World's First Double Looping Roller Coaster!" Well, I guess that was exciting in the 70's.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:12 PM
This is great and all, but did Shockwave receive a fantastic little tunnel? I think not!

Brad, who also wonders how the time zone between OH and TX spans a year....
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:44 PM
Quantum Loop @ Seabreeze I believe is the only coaster that has back-to-back loops that touch, almost forming a single "new and different" element.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:50 PM

The loops on Quantum Loop don't look all that different from those on Shockwave. Wouldn't exactly call it "new and different".

With SF PR's past record on facts, who says that can't use the same claim for both parks?

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