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Double Loop (Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom)

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Double Loop
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Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
Location Aurora, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1977 to September 16, 2007
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 525
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height95 feet
Drop76 feet
Top speed36 mph
Length1,800 feet
Inversions2
Steepest drop45 degrees°
Duration1:30
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Double Loop was a steel roller coaster located at Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics, it was the first roller coaster with two consecutive vertical loops when it opened in 1977. It closed with the rest of the amusement side of Geauga Lake in 2007 and was later demolished.

History[edit]

Double Loop was introduced in 1977, and was painted entirely white. It had two trains, one yellow and one red. In the 1980s, the ride was repainted black. Throughout the years, various cars an trains were swapped between the Double Loop and the Corkscrew (now called Roller Coaster at MGM Dizzee World), as both were constructed by Artow Dynamics, however the red and yellow trains remained the norm.

In 1993, the control system was modernised. The older outdated relay and photo eye controls were replaced with newer PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and proximity switches, proving to be a more reliable system, and reduce downtime for the guests.

In 2002, as part of the makeover when Six Flags purchased Geauga Lake, the ride was painted with yellow track and purple supports, the same color scheme as Dominator (now located at Kings Dominion), but with a lighter purple. The yellow train was repainted a darker shade of yellow, and the red train was repainted purple.

In September 2007, the park (now owned by Cedar Fair) announced on their website that Geauga Lake would open in 2008 exclusively as a water park.

The lead car on show at the auction.

On June 17, 2008, the Double Loop was sold at auction with a majority of other rides at the former Geauga Lake amusement park. It was bought for $25,000 by Cleveland Scrap and was later demolished.

After the auction, Cedar Fair bought back the trains, and stored them within the structure of Mean Streak at Cedar Point, most likely to use as parts for Corkscrew.[1]

Design[edit]

Elements

Layout[edit]

After leaving the station, the train makes a 180-degree turn to the left and climbs the lift hill. Upon reaching the top, the train goes down the first drop at a 45-degree angle, and coasts up an incline. It then turns another 180-degrees to the left, before travelling down and into the consecutive loops. It then goes up and into a 360-degree helix to the left, and into the brake run.

Trains[edit]

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

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