Diabelska Pętla

Roller coaster in Poland
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Diabelska Pętla
Tornado in 2007
Location Chorzów, Śląskie, Poland
Coordinates 50°16′33″N 18°59′43″E / 50.275778°N 18.995291°E / 50.275778; 18.995291
Status Operating since 21 June 2007
American Adventure Theme Park
Name Twin Looper
Location Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK
Coordinates 52°59′30″N 1°20′08″W / 52.991675°N 1.335503°W / 52.991675; -1.335503
Operated 1995 to 2006
Lightwater Valley
Name Soopa Loopa
Location Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Operated June 1988 to 1994
Manufacturer Soquet
Type Steel - Semi-Backwards
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 20 metres
Top speed 70 km/h
Inversions 2
Duration 1:27

Diabelska Pętla (Polish for Devil's Loop) is a steel roller coaster located at Legendia in Chorzów, Śląskie, Poland. The ride previously operated in the United Kingdom at Lightwater Valley and subsequently at American Adventure Theme Park. It was built by Soquet.


The roller coaster in 1996
The roller coaster in 2005, while it was located at American Adventure

Tornado first opened at Lightwater Valley in Ripon, Yorkshire England, UK in June 1988, under the name "Soopa Loopa". It operated there until 1994. It was sold back to the ride's manufacturer, Soquet.

Soquet then sold the ride to Granada Theme Parks, who placed it at American Adventure Theme Park in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK. The ride was renamed Iron Wolf and was opened by the gladiator "The Wolf" in 1995. The ride was renamed numerous times. In 1996, it was renamed Gladiators. In 1998, the ride was renamed Twin Looper, because of Gladiators being copyrighted by Granada, who had sold the park to John Broome's (mastermind of Alton Towers) Ventureworld Ltd. In 2003, the ride was renamed and repainted once again, this time to JCB Twin Looper, to fit in with the nearby JCB World attraction. The ride was also painted yellow. The name was reverted in 2005, when JCB's sponsorship deal ended. Not long after, in 2006, the park closed, and the ride was sent to its current location in Poland.

Before arriving at Legendia, the ride was repainted to grey track and green supports, and had a sponsorship deal with Tic Tac, thus it being called the Tic Tac Tornado. It opened on 21 June 2007.[1] After the deal ended, the ride was called Tornado. In 2018, its name was changed to Diabelska Pętla. It was the largest roller coaster in Poland until the opening of Mayan Roller Coaster at Energylandia.



The roller coaster begins with the lift hill immediately out of the station. This is followed by a curved drop to the right which leads into back-to-back vertical loops. The ride finishes with a helix.

Colour scheme

The ride currently has black track and supports, with the vertical loops being green. It was unpainted when operating in Lightwater Valley, with the vertical loops being white. It would remain unpainted at the American Adventure, with the vertical loops being white initially, and later changing to yellow.


Single train with 6 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. In the last car, the front two seats face backwards to face the people sitting in the back row. When the ride first opened, it had two trains. After it was moved to its current location, one was kept in storage to be used for parts. As of 2016, the backward-facing row is not in use.[2]



External links

Articles on Legendia
Articles on Lightwater Valley