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Moonsault Scramble- First Hyper?


Captain Basic
Moonsault Scramble, the Sanoyas Hishino Meisho shuttle coaster at Fuji Q Highland that opened in 1983, closed in 2000, top speed of 53 MPH(or 90 KMPH), 2 inversions, pulled a legendary 6.2 Gs, and was 229.7 feet high- making it the first hyper coaster.

Or was it?

Only a few riders were able to go this high, and it didn't even make a full circuit.

What do you think? Was Moonsault or Magnum the first hyper?


Mega Poster
No, the definition of a hyper coaster is a complete circuit coaster over 200 feet tall.

This same rule applies to TTD being the first strata coaster and not S:EFK, S:EFK was not a full circuit roller coaster.


Strata Poster
As Maverix alluded, I don't think, from what little footage is out there that more than a couple rows of the train actually break the 200-foot plane, and that top speed really backs up that concept. Virtually all coasters with a 200 foot drop reach 70 mph.


Matt SR
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Moonsault Scrambler was indeed the first 200 ft. tall roller coaster (Held the Guinness record until 1996 with Fujiyama); but for all intensive purposes, poor record keeping and questionable operations make it more an honorable mention than a serious roller coaster to remember.

In terms of being a hyper roller coaster, the definition requires a full circuit (same for giga and strata). This this light, Magnum was the first hyper roller coaster. In a similar turn, while Superman: Escape from Krypton and Tower of Terror were the first to reach 300 ft., MF was the first giga roller coaster.