This amusement ride was the first roller coaster of any kind to invert riders twice. The Corkscrew launched the industry into a new era of amusement rides. This roller coaster gave amusement enthusiasts a glimpse at what was now possible. The arms race had begun. Every few years a new roller coaster would open boasting that it now had the most inversions of any amusement ride in the world. The title of world most inversions was always short-lived. At the time this article was written The Smiler at Alton Towers in the United Kingdom held the record with 14 inversions! More details.
1976 – The Revolution Opened at Magic Mountain
The Revolution was the first roller coaster since the Loop-the-Loop at Coney Island to employ the use of a clothoid loop. The Revolution was much more successful than the Loop-the-Loop at Coney Island. Due to improvements in amusement technology, The Revolution was much more comfortable and had a higher throughput. Over the years The Revolution has become a contemporary amusement ride icon. The ride was featured in numerous movies during the late 70’s. You might recognize the ride if you’ve ever watched National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase. Chase’s character takes a security guard hostage in order to ride the roller coaster at the end of the movie. The prominence of the ride on the big screen may have played a part in how quickly looping roller coasters caught on. When the revolution first opened it was a bold, unique attraction. Thanks to this trend setting amusement ride inverted loops have become stereotypical occurrences in today’s amusement rides.