Galaxi (model)

Skyways at Clarence Pier, a full-size Galaxi installation
"Galaxi" signage seen on many of the roller coasters

The Galaxi (sometimes called "Galaxy") was a mass-produced portable roller coaster model primarily manufactured by Italian company S.D.C., who ceased operations in 1993. The design was first produced in the 1970s, and over fifty copies have been produced since.[1]

Although Galaxi roller coasters are no longer produced, many manufacturers have continued to produce similar or identical products. Many Galaxi roller coasters still operate at amusement parks and as traveling attractions.

Design

Olympic Bobsled, one of the smaller Galaxi roller coasters

The Galaxi was designed to be transportable.

There were two sizes of Galaxi roller coaster. The larger one had a 900 degree helix at one end and a 540 degree helix at the other. The smaller has a lift hill which passes diagonally across the ride.

The ride is similar in design to the Zyklon, manufactured by the now defunct Pinfari, also Italian.

Trains

A car from the now-defunct Galaxi at Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.

Single car trains. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car. On many Galaxi roller coasters, the trains had a triangular shaped badge on their front.

In popular culture

In the Season 4 CSI episode "Turn of the Screws",a Galaxi coaster is the main subject of the investigation. A sabotaged train with five riders derailed and landed in a nearby carpark, killing the passengers and revealing the body of a park employee hidden in the trunk of a car.[2] The roller coaster used for filming was Screaming Mummy at Pharao's Lost Kingdom.[3]

Installations

Due to the large number of Galaxi coasters produced, and how difficult it is to track them, this list may be inaccurate.

Name Park Location Opened Status
Bavarian Beetle
Formerly Galaxi
Kings Island
Coney Island
Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1972
1970
Closed 1979
Closed 1971
Cyclone Queens Park
Long Beach, California, USA
1969 Closed 1979
Galaxi Adventureland
Farmingdale, New York, USA
1973 Closed 1990
Galaxi Barry Island Pleasure Park
UK
1974 Closed 1983
Galaxi Indiana Beach
Monticello, Indiana, USA
1971 Closed 2013
Galaxi Kings Dominion
Doswell, Virginia, USA
1975 Closed 1983
Galaxi Myrtle Beach Pavilion
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Unknown
1975
Closed 1997
Closed 1983
Galaxi Novosibirsk Central Park
Russia
Unknown Operating
Galaxi
Formerly Galaxi
Joyland Amusement Park
White Swan Park
Lubbock, Texas, USA
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA
Unknown
1972
Operating
Closed 1989
Galaxi Pirate's Fun Park
Salisbury, Massachusetts, USA
Closed
Galaxi Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.
Saco, Maine, USA
1978 Closed 2008
Galaxi
Formerly Galaxy Orbit
Palace Playland
Peony Park
Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
1994
1972
Closed September 4, 2017
Closed 1993
Galaxi Cliff's Amusement Park
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
1976 Operating
Galaxi
Formerly Galaxi
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Fun Forest Amusement Park
Sylvan Beach, New York, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
1993
1974
Operating
Closed 1992
Galaxi Riverview Park & Waterworld
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA
Closed 2007
Galaxi Santa's Village AZoosment Park
Dundee, Illinois, USA
1987 Closed 1996
Galaxi
Formerly Galaxi
Formerly Galaxi
Dixie Landin' Family Theme Park
Fun Fair Park
Pontchartrain Beach
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
2001
1978
Unknown
Operating
Closed 1999
Closed 1997
Galaxi Sauzer's Kiddieland
Schererville, Indiana, USA
1970 Closed 1995
Galaxi
Formerly Galaxi
Paragon Park
HemisFair '68
Hull, Massachusetts, USA
San Antonio, Texas, USA
1969
1968
Closed 1985
Closed 1968
Galaxi Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada
1984 Closed 1984
Galaxi Luna Park
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
1980s Operating
Galaxi 2000 Hassans Nöjesfältet
Åhus, Skåne, Sweden
1985 Closed 2006
Galaxy Fantasilandia
Santiago, Santiago, Chile
1978 Closed 2012
Galaxy
Formerly Galaxy
Loudoun Castle
Codona's Amusement Park
UK
UK
1999
1978
Closed 2002
Closed 1998
Galaxy Parque Ítalo Americano
Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
1981 Closed 2010
Galaxy 500
Formerly 1970 Galaxy Rip Tide Coaster
Formerly Screaming Mummy
Formerly Super Screamer
Hydro Adventures
Miracle Strip Pier Park
Pharo's Adventure Park
Adventureland
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA
Panama City Beach, Florida, USA

Redlands, California, USA

Altoona, Iowa, USA
July 7, 2016
2014
2000
1976
Operating
Closed 2015
Closed 2006
Closed 1999
Grand Huit Europark
Vias, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
2005 Closed 2006
Himalaya Parc d'Attractions d'Alger
Algeria, Alger, Algeria
2006 Closed 2014
Horská Dráha Lunapark
Prague, Czech Republic
1973 Operating
Infernal Toboggan Travelling
France
Operating
Mark 1
Formerly Mark 1
Travelling
Travelling
Mexico
USA
1970s Operating
Metropolis Luna Park
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Unknown Closed 2012
Moncayo Parque de Atracciones de Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
2002 Operating
Montagna Magic Park
Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
2001 Operating
Montagne Russe Parc Sindibad
Casablanca, Grand Casablanca, Morocco
2000 - 2001 Closed 2000 - 2007
Montaña Rusa Felicilandia
Chile
Unknown Operating
Montana Rusa Juegos del Parque Rodó
Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
2006 Closed 2013
Mont Blank Edenlandia
Naples, Campania, Italy
Closed 2001
Nightmare Mine Frontier City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
1980 Closed 2000
Nightmare Mine
Formerly Galaxi
Frontier City
Fun Junction
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
2000
Unknown
Closed 2000
Closed 1999
Olympic Bobsled Travelling
USA
Unknown Operating
Ottovolante Greenland
Limbiate, Lombardy, Italy
Unknown SBNO since 2005 or earlier
RipTide Deggeller Attractions
Travelling
Unknown Operating
Rockin' Rider Canobie Lake Park
Salem, New Hampshire, USA
1970 Closed 2004
Roller Coaster Eram Park
Tehran, Tehran, Iran
2000 or earlier Closed 2015
Serpent
Formerly Sperpent
Formerly Galaxi
Kokomo's Family Fun Center
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park
Nobles Funland Amusement Park
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Middletown, Ohio, USA

Paducah, Kentucky, USA
2009
1989
1987
Operating
Closed 2002
Closed 1988
Skyways Clarence Pier
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
1980 Closed 2017
Taipan
Formerly Thrillseeker
Travelling
Sea World
Australia
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Unknown
1982
Operating
Closed May 2002
unknown Mirapolis
Cergy-Pointoise, Ile-de-France, France
1989 Closed 1991

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