Ultra Twister (Nagashima Spa Land)
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The last loop on the ride
|Nagashima Spa Land|
|Type||Steel – Pipeline|
|Lift/launch system||Vertical Chain lift|
|Height||97 ft (30 m)|
|Drop||84 ft (26 m)|
|Length||1,421 ft (433 m)|
|Speed||44 mph (71 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||90°|
|Capacity||600 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Ultra Twister at RCDB
Pictures of Ultra Twister at RCDB
Ultra Twister is a roller coaster located at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by TOGO, which is also one of the few ultratwister models still in operation in Japan. It is almost identical to the other Ultra Twister models in the United States except it has a vertical chain lift hill and an 84 degree drop. Other ones had a steep lift hill and drop as well.
Ride attendants put the fiberglass shells down to lock in their harnesses. But to other Ultra Twister models, the stations had conveyor belts to allow guests access to a car. This ride opened with seven trains. It currently runs with two, allowing the others to be spare.
The car goes slowly through the station, loads riders, and then flips the car straight up, into the lift hill, which is partially very slow, but soon speeds up as the car is almost at the top. As the drop, into an airtime hill, and then up into a heartline roll, a very small hill, and then a brake run, going down into two heartline rolls, and then a magnetic trim brake run allows a car to go slowly back into the station.
Originally, the ride opened with a white paint job with blue cars. But in 2008, Ultra Twister was repainted yellow and teal, and red trains, along with one blue train remaining, which was still used as a spare train.
Until 2005, Ultra Twister had a sister coaster which operated at the defunct Six Flags AstroWorld. This version was identical in layout to the Japanese Ultra Twister, but its lift hill went up at a 45 degree angle instead of at a 90 degree angle.