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|Manufacturer||Michael Black and Associates|
|Designer / calculations||Don Rosser|
|Track layout||Out and Back|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||50 mph|
|Manufacturer||Gerstlauer (2000-present) |
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (1978-1995)
|Riders per train||24|
Arkansas Twister is a wooden roller coaster located at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. It was designed by Don Rosser and built by Michael Black and Associates. It stands 95 feet tall and has 3,340 feet of track in a loose out and back layout.
Arkansas Twister debuted at Circus World in Haines City, Florida. The roller coaster was designed by Don Rosser and constructed at a cost of $2.5 million. Opened on June 18, 1978, it was initially named the Florida Hurricane. It was renamed Roaring Tiger in 1980, was briefly renamed to Michael Jackson's Thrill Coaster, and again renamed to the Florida Hurricane, which opened on February 14, 1987. The ride closed along with the park in 1990, and was bought by Magic Springs for $10,000.
The ride was rebuilt at its current location by Martin & Vleminckx, the total cost of relocation was nearly $900,000. The ride debuted at the park on May 30, 1992, and shut again with the park in 1995. In 2000, the ride opened once again with new trains. The park had not been operating the coaster since early 2020, and had removed the coaster from the parks webpage. It had been added back to the park's website on January 2021.
- "New 'Hurricane' Roller Coaster Shoots Into Circus World". The Tampa Tribune.
- "Facelift". The Orlando Sentinel. 1980-12-19. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
- Arkansas Twister - Martin & Vleminckx
- Magic Springs web archive
- 4-Seater Wooden Coaster Cars - Gerstlauer
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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