Ultra Twister (Nagashima Spa Land)

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Ultra Twister
The last loop on the ride
Nagashima Spa Land
Coordinates 35°01′43″N 136°43′57″E / 35.028490°N 136.732587°E / 35.028490; 136.732587Coordinates: 35°01′43″N 136°43′57″E / 35.028490°N 136.732587°E / 35.028490; 136.732587
Status Operating
Opening date 1984
General statistics
Type Steel – Pipeline
Manufacturer TOGO
Designer TOGO
Model Ultra Twister
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)
Inversions 3
Duration 1:18
Capacity 6 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.

Ride experience[edit]

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.

Colors[edit]

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.

Similar attractions[edit]

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.