Inverted roller coaster

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Le Vampire, a Inverted Coaster located at La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec in 2002.

Inverted Coaster (sometimes known as Inverts by Coaster enthusiasts) is a roller coaster designed by Bolliger and Mabillard and was first conceived in 1992. Unlike the other coaster which above the track, This coaster sits you by the bottom of the track. making a flying sensation.

Development[change | change source]

The inverted coaster was coined by the Swiss roller coaster designers Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) In 1991/92. The first installation of the Inverts came at Six Flags Great America in 1992. Batman: The Ride opened to much fanfare and was "cloned" many times at other parks. The inverted coaster quickly became an favorite with custom designs installed nearly every year. The tallest and fastest inverted coaster is Wicked Twister at Cedar Point at 215 feet (66 m) tall and reaching speeds up to 72 miles per hour. Although, it was not built by B&M. The longest inverted coaster is Banshee at Kings Island which travels along 4,124 feet of track.

Other roller coaster manufacturers followed in the footsteps of Bolliger & Mabillard and began working on their own inverted coaster designs, including Vekoma, Intamin (Which was the builders of Wicker Twister in 2002) and other smaller companies. Intamin has few designs classified as inverted coasters, although they do install inverted coaster trains on some of their launched designs. Vekoma

In recent years, Vekoma has become the first manufacturer to install a family-friendly inverted roller coaster.

The inversions usually include vertical loops, zero gravity rolls, Immelmann loops, cobra rolls, and corkscrews.

Installations[change | change source]

189 inverted roller coasters have been installed at various theme parks, some of which have been relocated. The following list is not exhaustive and only shows the most notable installations.

Name Park Opened Manufacturer Status
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Great America 1992 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Great Adventure 1993 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Flight Deck California's Great America 1993 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Magic Mountain 1994 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Raptor Cedar Point 1994 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Nemesis Alton Towers 1994 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
El Condor Walibi Holland 1994 Vekoma Operating
Diavlo Himeji Central Park 1994 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags St. Louis 1995 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
T3 Kentucky Kingdom 1995 Vekoma Operating
Eurostar German Traveling Fairs 1995 Intamin/Giovanola Operating
Flight Deck Canada's Wonderland 1995 Vekoma Operating
Hurricane Rusutsu Resort 1995 Vekoma Operating
Lethal Weapon - The Ride Warner Bros. Movie World 1995 Vekoma Operating
Fly - The Great Nor'easter Morey's Piers 1995 Vekoma Operating
F2 Fright Flight Nasu Highland Park 1995 Vekoma Operating
Mind Eraser Six Flags America 1995 Vekoma Operating
Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 1996 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Over Georgia 1997 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
The Great White SeaWorld San Antonio 1997 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Mind Eraser Darien Lake 1997 Vekoma Operating
Mind Eraser Six Flags New England 1997 Vekoma Operating
Mind Eraser Elitch Gardens 1997 Vekoma Operating
Mayan Adventure Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village 1997 Vekoma Operating
Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg 1997 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Jaguar Isla Magica 1997 Vekoma Operating
Nio Mitsui Greenland 1997 Vekoma Operating
Great Bear Hersheypark 1998 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Linear Gale LaQua 1998 Intamin Operating
Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion 1998 Intamin Closed 2018
Blue Tornado Gardaland 1998 Vekoma Operating
Cape Cobras Ratanga Junction 1998 Vekoma Operating
Formerly The Hangman
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vekoma Operating
Closed 1997
Tornado Parque de Atracciones de Madrid 1999 Intamin Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Over Texas 1999 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Dragon Challenge Islands of Adventure 1999 Bolliger & Mabillard Closed 2017[1]
Roller Coaster Dream Park 1999 Vekoma Operating
Afterburn Carowinds 1999 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Limit Heide Park 1999 Vekoma Operating
Anaconda Gold Reef City 1999 Giovanola Operating
Twisted Typhoon Wild Adventures 1999 Vekoma Operating
Vampire Walibi Belgium 1999 Vekoma Operating
Invertigo Kings Island 1999 Vekoma Operating
Queen Bee Center Norte Archived 2007-03-02 at the Wayback Machine 1999 Pinfari Closed 2007
Desafio Parque de la Costa 1999 Vekoma Operating
Tornado Parque de Atracciones de Madrid 1999 Intamin Operating
Katun Mirabilandia 2000 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Batman: The Ride Six Flags Mexico 2000 Vekoma Operating
Mirage Rosso Zoosafari Fasanolandia 2000 Fabbri Group Operating
Kumba Superland 2001 Vekoma Operating
MP Xpress Movie Park Germany 2001 Vekoma Operating
Talon Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom 2001 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Tornado Särkänniemi 2001 Intamin Operating
Great Fluffy Sky Adventure Fuji-Q Highland 2001 Hoei Sangyo Co., Ltd. Operating
Flying Ace Aerial Chase Kings Island 2001 Vekoma Operating
Silver Streak Canada's Wonderland 2001 Vekoma Operating
Screaming Condor Leofoo Village Theme Park 2001 Intamin Operating
Vertical Velocity Six Flags Great America 2001 Intamin Operating
Batman la Fuga Parque Warner Madrid 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Stunt Fall Parque Warner Madrid 2002 Vekoma Operating
Wicked Twister Cedar Point 2002 Intamin Operating
Le Vampire La Ronde 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
V2: Vertical Velocity Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2002 Intamin Operating
Snow Mountain Flying Dragon Happy Valley, Shenzhen 2002 Vekoma Operating
Sky Rocket Dreamworld 2002 Vekoma Operating
Jubilee Odyssey Fantasy Island 2002 Vekoma Operating
Queen Bee Botton's Pleasure Beach 2002 Pinfari Operating
Nemesis Inferno Thorpe Park 2003 Bolliger & Mabillard Operating
Swamp Thing Wild Adventures 2003 Vekoma Operating
Flying Ace Aerial Chase Carowinds 2003 Vekoma Operating

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dragon Challenge closing for a new Harry Potter ride". 24 July 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.