Tornado (Adventureland)

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Entrance to Tornado
Location Altoona, Iowa, USA
Coordinates 41°39′05″N 93°30′09″W / 41.651416°N 93.502564°W / 41.651416; -93.502564
Status Operating since July 1, 1978
Cost $1.5 million
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Designer / calculations William Cobb
Type Wooden
Track layout Out and Back
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 93.6 feet
Drop 76 feet
Top speed 55 mph
Length 2840 feet
Inversions 0
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Riders per train 24
A train on the lift hill

Tornado is a wooden roller coaster located at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, USA. It has been operating since 1978.


Construction of the attraction began on December 24, 1977. The coaster opened to the public on July 1, 1978, with a formal opening being held on July 8.[1]


In July 2006, an 11-year-old girl was injured on Tornado when she was hit in the head by a loose board.[2]



Color scheme

White track and supports.


4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.



  1. "Up, up, up - then 'WHOOOOSH' down". Des Moines Tribune.
  2. Malloy, Meghan (2006-07-29). "Girl hurt on ride now recovering". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2023-04-27.

External links

  • Tornado on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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