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Knott's Berry Farm

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Knott's Corkscrew was the first modern roller coaster to send riders upside down, inverting them not once, but twice. Designed by Ron Toomer and Arrow Development, this revolutionary roller coaster stood seven-stories tall and featured two back-to-back Corkscrew inversions in the "double out and back" layout. Corkscrew was the signature attraction of the expanded Roaring 20s area of Knott's Berry Farm. On September 17, 1989 the park closed the Corkscrew to make way for a "bigger, more thrilling" roller coaster. However, this famous coaster rides on at its second home, 1,263 miles away, in Athol, Idaho – Silverwood Theme Park.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1975 Steel Corkscrew Arrow Development
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Ride Time
    1 minute, 15 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 24 passenger
  • Train Designer
    Arrow Development

Corkscrew Facts & History

Inversions: Double Corkscrew

Knott's purchased the prototype that was assembled at Arrow Development's facility in Clearfield, UT.

September 17, 1989 – Corkscrew ends its run at Knott's. The roller coaster is dismantled and relocated to Silverwood (Athol, ID) and renamed Gravity Defying Corkscrew.

Opening date: May 21, 1975

Estimated cost: $1 million

Train has six cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

Where to Coast

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