Looping Star (Nagashima Spa Land)

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Looping Star
Nagashima Spa Land
Coordinates 35°01′50″N 136°43′56″E / 35.030611°N 136.732257°E / 35.030611; 136.732257Coordinates: 35°01′50″N 136°43′56″E / 35.030611°N 136.732257°E / 35.030611; 136.732257
Status Operating
Opening date 1982
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Custom Looping
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 80 ft (24 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 1,942.3 ft (592.0 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 1:18
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Looping Star at RCDB
Pictures of Looping Star at RCDB

Looping Star is a roller coaster which is located at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie, Japan. It was built by Anton Schwarzkopf in 1982. It is identical to other Looping Star roller coasters in different Amusement Parks. It was built two years after the Shuttle Loop rollercoaster and the same park was built.

The trains on Looping Star use a single lap bar to hold riders in the seat. This design works because the forces from the loop and helices press riders in their seats, and are a common feature with Schwarzkopf looping coasters. However, the ride is known to be considerably shaky and rough. The ride opened with four trains when it first opened. It currently runs with two trains simultaneously. The ride has an orange and white paint job with blue trains.

Ride experience[edit]

As the train goes up the lift hill and into the drop, it goes into a large vertical loop, and then into multiple 180-degree helices. Then ride goes around a large 180-degree helix and then into a brake run; after two small left turns and a straightaway, the train returns to the station.