Dual-tracked roller coaster

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Riders slap hands on the Racer at Kennywood

A dual-tracked roller coaster is a roller coaster which consists of two tracks. There are three types of dual-tracked roller coasters: racing, dueling and Möbius Loop roller coasters.

Not all parks choose to operate both sides of their dual-tracked coasters; Rolling Thunder and Colossus are two examples of this. Other parks operate one side frontwards and one side backwards.

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Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dueling inverted roller coaster.

A racing roller coaster consists of two separate roller coasters that travels along parallel or mirrored tracks to simulate a race between the trains. The coaster trains travel along tracks just a few feet apart from one another. They often get close enough for riders to reach out and slap hands with riders on the opposite train, though this is extremely dangerous and can result in ejection from the park.

A dueling roller coaster features two (or more) roller coasters, usually with a similar layout, built close to each other. The rides are designed to do just as the name indicates: to duel. The coaster's layout often consists of strategic maneuvering to produce near-misses between the two coaster trains, designed to induce a greater adrenaline rush for the rider than a stand alone roller coaster.

A Möbius loop roller coaster can be either a racing roller coaster or a dueling roller coaster. Its unique feature is that there is one continuous track instead of two separate ones. As a result, the station that a train leaves is not the same one to which it will return.

Examples[edit]

Coaster Name Park Location Track Type Builder Year Opened Notes
American Eagle Six Flags Great America United States Gurnee, Illinois Wooden Racing Intamin 1981 Tallest, fastest, and longest racing wooden roller coaster in the world.[1]
Batman & Robin: The Chiller Six Flags Great Adventure United States Jackson, New Jersey Steel Dueling Premier Rides 1997 Closed in 2007, currently in storage
Battlestar Galactica Universal Studios Singapore Singapore Sentosa, Singapore Steel Dueling Vekoma 2010 Battlestar Galactica closed in Feb, 2013, will reopen by the end of 2014. Tallest duelling roller coaster in the world.
Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain United States Valencia, California Wooden Racing International Amusement Devices 1978 Colossus permanently closed on August 16, 2014 after 36 years of operation.
Dauling Dragon Happy Valley, Wuhan China Hubei, China Wooden Racing Martin & Vleminckx 2012 China's first racing roller coaster. Designed by The Gravity Group.
Dragon Challenge Islands of Adventure United States Orlando, Florida Steel Dueling Bolliger & Mabillard 1999 Although this ride is listed as dueling, the individual tracks do not run at the same time due to a variety of incidents. Inverted roller coaster.
Gemini Cedar Point United States Sandusky, Ohio Steel Racing Arrow Dynamics 1978 With wood structure.
Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach United Kingdom Blackpool, Lancashire Wooden Möbius Loop Charles Paige 1935
Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay United States Tampa, Florida Wooden Dueling Great Coasters International 1999
Joris en de Draak Efteling Netherlands Kaatsheuvel Wooden Racing Great Coasters International 2010
Lightning Racer Hersheypark United States Hershey, Pennsylvania Wooden Racing Great Coasters International 2000
Matterhorn Bobsleds Disneyland United States Anaheim, California Steel Arrow Dynamics 1959 Weaves around and through a replica of the Matterhorn.
Milky Way Mitsui Greenland Japan Arao, Kumamoto Steel Racing Senyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. 1991 Stand-up roller coaster
Le Monstre La Ronde Canada Montréal, Québec Wooden Racing William Cobb & Associates 1985/86 One track opened in 1985, the other in 1986
Montaña Rusa La Feria Chapultepec Magico Mexico Mexico City Wooden Möbius Loop National Amusement Device Company 1964
The Racer Kings Island United States Mason, Ohio Wooden Racing Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1972 Credited for starting the "Second Coaster Boom". One train formerly ran backwards until 2008. Worlds fastest racing coaster(1972–1976)
Racer Kennywood United States West Mifflin, Pennsylvania Wooden Möbius Loop Charile Mach 1927
Ramses Parque de Atracciones de Zaragoza Spain Zaragoza, Zaragoza Steel Racing Safeco 2002
Rebel Yell Kings Dominion United States Doswell, Virginia Wooden Racing Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1975 One train formerly ran backwards until 2008.
Rolling Thunder Six Flags Great Adventure United States Jackson, New Jersey Wooden Racing William Cobb & Associates 1979 Ride has two tracks in a figure 8 pattern, but the hills are arranged differently on each track. Standing but not operating.
Stampida PortAventura Spain Salou, Tarragona Wooden Racing Custom Coasters International 1997
Space Mountain Magic Kingdom United States Lake Buena Vista, Florida Steel Arrow Dynamics 1975 Oldest operating roller coaster in Florida.
Thunder Road Carowinds United States Charlotte, North Carolina Wooden Racing Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1976 Crosses the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. One train formerly ran backwards until 2008.
Twisted Twins Kentucky Kingdom United States Louisville, Kentucky Wooden Racing Custom Coasters International 1998 Standing but not operating.
Vertigorama Parque de la Ciudad Argentina Buenos Aires City Steel Racing Intamin 1983 Standing but not operating. Track was completed but electrical was never finished.
Vleermuis Plopsaland Belgium De Panne, West Flanders, Belgium Steel Racing Caripro 2000 Suspended roller coaster.
Windjammer Surf Racers Knott's Berry Farm United States Buena Park, California Steel Racing TOGO 1997 Closed in 2000.

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