TWISTER COASTERS

Twister Grona Lund
Twister at Gröna Lund in Sweden.

Wooden Twister Coaster

Mean Streak Cedar Point
Mean Streak at Cedar Point in Ohio, USA.

A Twister coaster concentrates on lots of high speed, curving track and crossovers. Unlike a traditional “big dipper” with huge hills and drops, the airtime on a Twister coaster comes in short surprising bursts. Fast, furious and fun, fun, fun.

 

Notable Twister Coasters

BOARDWALK BULLET, KEMAH BOARDWALK

Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk
Boardwalk Bullet at Kemah Boardwalk in Texas, USA.

Boardwalk Bullet showed that The Gravity Group [hyperlink to Gravity Group Manufacturer page] has the ability to build an exciting and deceivingly long coaster into a small 1-acre (0.40 ha) footprint. We say deceiving long because just when you think the ride is going to end after the next curve, there’s still more track around the bend.

Opened: 31. August, 2007
Height: 96 feet (29m)
Drop: 92 feet (28m)
Length: 3,236 feet (986m)
Speed: 51 mph (82 km/h)
Drop angle: 55°

THUNDERHEAD, DOLLYWOOD

Thunderhead Dollywood
Thunderhead at Dollywood in Tennessee, USA.

Great Coaster International’s Thunderhead features a record-setting 32 crossovers and was the first to feature a station flyby. Thunderhead won the Golden Ticket Award for the “Best Wooden Roller Coaster” two years in a row after opening and ranked in the top five for 10 straight years.

Opened: 3. April, 2004
Height: 100 feet (30m)
Drop: 100 feet (30m)
Length: 3,230 feet (980m)
Speed: 55 mph (89 km/h)
Drop angle: 60°

TWISTER, GRÖNA LUND

Twister Grona Lund
Twister at Gröna Lund in Sweden.

Peter Osbeck, Rides Manager at Gröna Lund, wanted to squeeze a wooden coaster in, under and around three existing steel coasters on the park pier and after riding Boardwalk Bullet he turned to The Gravity Group to create this marvel of engineering. Like its counterpart in Texas, this smaller version manages to use every inch of its tiny footprint to extend the ride time.

Opened: 7. May, 2011
Height: 50 feet (15m)
Drop: 50 feet (15m)
Length: 1575 feet (480m)
Speed: 38 mph (61 km/h)

TWISTER, KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT

Twister Knoebels
Twister at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania, USA.

This recreation of John C. Allen’s Mister Twister coaster that operated at the old Elitch Gardens in Colorado, USA, was manufactured entirely in-house. The design had to be modified to fit the space, forcing the park to create a mirror image of the original. The coaster’s most unique features are the double helix wrapped around the station and the double lift hill where one is stacked on top of the other.

Opened: 24. July 1999
Height: 101 feet (31m)
Drop: 90 feet (27m)
Length: 3,900 feet (1,200m)
Speed: 51 mph (82 km/h)

ROAR-O-SAURUS, STORY LAND

Roar O Saurus Storyland
Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land in New Hampshire, USA.

Managing to always squeeze the most out of a small area, The Gravity Group designed an astounding dozen unique airtime moments into the coaster’s extremely compact layout. This very family-friendly ride also features “Rory” – the Stegosaurus themed Timberliner train.

Opened: 24. May, 2014
Height: 40 feet (12m)
Drop: 40 feet (12m)
Length: 1,242 feet (378.5m)
Speed: 34 mph (55 km/h)

THUNDERBIRD, POWERLAND PARK

Thunderbird PowerLand Park
Thunderbird at PowerLand Park in Finland.

Thunderbird is the northernmost wooden coaster in the world and the first wooden coaster to be built by Great Coasters International in Europe. Another GCI coaster, American Thunder (aka Evel Knievel) at Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri, USA, is a clone of this one.

Opened: 29. April 2006
Height: 82 feet (25m)
Drop: 80 feet (24m)
Length: 2,713 feet (827m)
Speed: 48 mph (77 km/h)

TREMORS, SILVERWOOD THEME PARK

Tremors Silverwood
Tremors at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho, USA.

Manufactured by Custom Coasters International and built by Rocky Mountain Construction, this coaster features four underground tunnels, including one the goes under the ride’s gift shop. It was also the first coaster to receive RMC’s Topper Track system, which diminishes wear and tear as well as providing a smoother ride.

Opened: 15. May 1999
Height: 100 feet (30m)
Drop: 103 feet (31m)
Length: 3,000 feet (910m)
Speed: 60 mph (97 km/h)

GWAZI, BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA

Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa
Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida, USA.

GCI’s Gwazi was a racing/dueling wooden coaster with a record breaking six fly-by points (where the trains pass by one another in the opposite direction). The name Gwazi originates from a fabled creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a lion. Accordingly, the two sides were named “Lion” and “Tiger”. In 2012 the Tiger side closed, followed by the entire ride closing three years later.

Opened: 18. June, 1999
Height: 105 feet (32m)
Drop: 92 feet (28m)
Length: 3,508 feet (1,069m)
Speed: 51 mph (82 km/h)