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Do-Dodonpa's loop
roller coaster
Fuji-Q Highland
Location Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Status Operating since December 21, 2001
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Thrust Air Coaster
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Compressed air launch
Height49 metres
Top speed180 km/h
Length1244 metres

Do-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 32.1 ms−2 (3.27 g).

The control system was provided by Deterministic Systems, Inc.

History[edit | edit source]

Dodonpa was announced in June 2001.[1] Upon opening, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world with a top speed of 180 km/h, which was reached in 1.8 seconds.

The roller coaster closed on October 2, 2016 for an overhaul. It reopened on July 15, 2017. This overhaul involved replacing the ride's top hat with a large vertical loop. The refurbishment also saw the ride's speed increased to 180 km/h and the ride's acceleration increased to 32.1 ms−2 (3.27 g).

Name and theme[edit | edit source]

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 ride's name was changed to Do-Dodonpa when it was refurbished.

The four trains are painted with different faces; a "father", "mother", "brother", and "sister". These were later changed to: cheetah, snake, zebra and strawberry. Etymology

Design[edit | edit source]


Trains[edit | edit source]

4 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 8 riders per train.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

Photographs of the roller coaster prior to its refurbishment in 2016.

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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