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Dodonpa
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Dodonpa's tower beside the parks ferris wheel.
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Fuji-Q Highland
Location Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Status Operating since December 21, 2001
Statistics
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Thrust Air Coaster
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Compressed air launch
Height170.6 feet
Top speed106.9 mph
Length3,900.9 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop90°
Duration0:55
G-force4.3G
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Dodonpa (Japanese:ドドンパ) is an S&S Worldwide launched roller coaster located at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It opened in 2001 and currently has the highest launch acceleration of any coaster in the world at 26.5 ms−2 (2.7G).

The control system was provided by Deterministic Systems, Inc.

The roller coaster closed on October 2, 2016 for an overhaul. It will reopen in 2017.

Name and Theme[edit]

The name "Dodonpa" comes from the notes used by taiko drummers. In the queue line, you can hear these notes. At launch you hear a voice in Japanese running through a checklist and counting down before the launch. The dialogue occasionally changes, and, to surprise the riders, there is often a "false" countdown and "failed" launch followed by an "accidental" launch.

The four trains are painted with different faces; a "father", "mother", "brother", and "sister".

Trains[edit]

4 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.

Images[edit]

Fastest roller coaster
December 2001 - May 2003
Preceded by
Tower of Terror
Superman: The Escape
Fastest roller coaster
December 2001 - May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster
Fastest complete circuit roller coaster
December 2001 - May 2003
Preceded by
Steel Dragon 2000
Fastest complete circuit roller coaster
December 2001 - May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster