A coaster centered on an inversion that remains popular to this day – the corkscrew. A corkscrew coaster (Knott’s Berry Farm’s Corkscrew) was the first successful modern looping coaster.
The original corkscrew coasters consisted of a lift hill, drop and a double corkscrew. Over the years a vertical loop and then two vertical loops were added immediately after the lift hill drop to provide more thrills and a longer ride experience.
The first Arrow Corkscrew opened in 1975 at Knott’s Berry Farm and was relocated to Silverwood Theme Park in 1990. It was the first successful modern roller coaster to turn people upside down, combining two corkscrew inversions with a fairly simple layout.
Although the Vekoma corkscrew coasters’ layouts are more interesting, the ride is rough. They come in two main varieties – the Corkscrew with Bayerncurve model, such as the one that stood at Alton Towers in the UK; and the incredibly compact Whirlwind model, such as Bocaraca at Parque Diversiones in Costa Rica.
Another version is the Hurricane model, of which only two were built – Waly Coaster at Walygator Parc in France and Jester at Six Flags New Orleans, which has been SBNO (standing but not operating) since 2005.
MEISHO AMUSEMENT MACHINES CORKSCREW
This corkscrew coaster has track and supports over the inversions that resembles Arrow’s style, as do the trains. The coaster may have been removed after the 2015 season as it is no longer on the park map.
This is likely a second corkscrew coaster from Meisho, as the track, supports and trains are similar to those found on Space 2000, as is the coaster’s name. However, this has yet to be confirmed and the entire coaster stands much higher off the ground and has a different track layout.