Spinning roller coaster

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A spinning roller coaster is a type of roller coaster that has spinning cars. Spinning coasters are also usually, under 70 feet, and there would be one car in a train. Spinning coasters don't deal with high drops, but instead, with turns.


Virginia Reel

At the beginning of the 20th century, the first Virginia Reel roller coasters were built. These wooden side friction roller coasters had spinning cars and layouts similar to that of a modern wild mouse roller coaster. The last remaining Virginia Reel, Virginia Reel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, was demolished in 1982.

Arrow Dynamics offered a modernized Virginia Reel design on their website, however none were built.

The first modern spinning roller coaster was Drehgondelbahn at Freizeit-Land Geiselwind in Germany. It was built by Zierer and opened in 1994. In 1995, spinning cars were installed on the existing Meisho-built Round and Round roller coaster at Porto Europa in Japan.

Various companies subsequently came up with a spinning roller coaster design. Perhaps the most successful has been Reverchon and Zamperla's portable spinning coaster. The first installation was Crazy Mouse at Dinosaur Beach, opened in 1997. Chinese company Golden Horse subsequently began selling a similar unit to many amusement parks in China.

In 2012, Veil of Dark opened at Tokyo Joypolis in Japan. Built by Gerstlauer, it was the first spinning roller coaster to have an inversion. Since 2017, many more spinning roller coasters with inversions have been built. Time Traveler has the most inversions with three.