Ten More Really Weird Coasters from around the World

Roller coasters are still regarded as one of the best ways for adrenaline junkies. Whether they’re hitting 100+ mph speeds or ascending lift hills higher than 300 ft., it’s very easy to find excitement in these wonders of engineering. However, sometimes it’s too expensive to break the height or speed record, and so, some roller coaster manufacturers rely on being bizarre to sell their models.

In a previous list, ten coasters were listed. These were roller coasters that featured manufacturers who had pushed the boundaries and created something unique to give their riders an unforgettable experience. Ten is too few. This is a list with ten more rollercoasters that are too strange to be true.

10 Eejanaika

California’s roller coaster lovers would immediately think that the red coaster X2 from Six Flags Magic Mountain is a terrifying experience. This roller coaster, known as a 4th Dimension Roller Coaster, positions its guests in seats that stick out of the roller coaster’s side, spinning independently from the track for an intense, mind-boggling experience. It would be wrong to call X2 the only roller coaster of its kind.

Eejanaika was built four years later, in 2006. It is a 76-meter (249-foot), monster of a 4th Dimension Roller Coaster. It can be found in Fuji-Q Highland, Japan. (For reference, X2 has a maximum drop of 66m or 215ft. This coaster, which hits speeds of 125 km/h (78 mph) as it flips its passengers around madly, isn’t actually even made by the same manufacturer as its Californian relative—technically. X2 was a project started by Arrow Dynamics, a roller coaster manufacturer that went bankrupt as the ride was finished, and the roller coaster, then known as X, wasn’t as up to snuff as the company had hoped.

The manufacturer, S&S Sansei, would inherit the 4th Dimension Coaster patent and would construct Eejanaika in 2006 before going on to give X a refurbishment in 2008. They would also build a third coaster of the same type in 2012. Dinoconda, in China Dinosaurs Park, but that ride would only reach heights of 69 meters (226 feet)—which, arguably, is still impressive.[1]

9 Rag-Time Reversers

Contrary to Eejanaika’s futuristic and bizarre look, this next coaster is a complete blast. The Rag-Time Reverser was built in 1915. It was destroyed by the Saltair amusement park in Utah in a tragic fire in 2015. Side friction cars were used on this wooden roller coaster. They only interacted with the tracks’ sides, unlike modern up-stop roller coasters. This, however, isn’t the Reverser’s most unique feature.

The Rag-Time Reverser’s designer, Frank F. Hoover, would implement an element completely unique to this ride. Sections of split-track segments on the track would pull the front of the train to the back, essentially flipping the cars so that they’d face backward. This maneuver was similar to railroad cars and could occur multiple times during the ride. This was the only known roller coaster to have this feature.[2]

8 Daidarasaurus

Unfortunately, the third coaster in this link is also defunct. It closed in 2007 after a thirty-seven-year career. Daidarasaurus, a unique coaster, was used in Japan’s Expoland. This was in addition to the fact that it was one of four coasters made by Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd. However, that’s not what makes this coaster extraordinarily unique.

Daidarasaurus was originally five tracks when it opened in 1970. They raced one another, much like a two-track rollercoaster. Although not all sections were used at the same time, the five tracks interacted with each other throughout the ride like classical music fugue. Three of the five tracks were removed soon after it opened, making this steel coaster a standard dual-track ride. In 1999, the two longest tracks were combined and Daidarasaurus became the second-longest roller coaster worldwide.

Expoland would be closing in 2008 due to a fatal accident. fatal accident on another coasterFujin Raijin II can be found in the park. Daidarasaurus was to remain standing but would cease operation for one year. [3]

7 Round About/Paradise Fall

Another defunct ride is the next roller coaster. Round About operated in South Carolina’s Freestyle Music Park for just one year. Then it was put into storage and moved to Vietnam’s Sun World Danang Wonders Park as Paradise Fall. Unfortunately, the ride was also short lived. It lasted only two years before it was removed and never opened to the public. Its interesting location history is just the beginning—it has a more unique feature.

While the main portion of the ride is fairly standard—six-seater cars traversing a non-inverting, steel track—the lift hill is what truly stands out about Round About. The roller coaster does not use a lift hill. Instead, it uses a Ferris Wheel-esque device to propel its riders to the top. Premier Rides, the manufacturer of this roller coaster, has yet not to replicate it.

Round About’s short lifespan didn’t stem from technical difficulties, however. The Freestyle Music Park, also known under the Hard Rock Park (named in honor of the restaurant), would go. bankrupt within the yearAll its rides would still be standing, but they would cease to operate before being sold. In fact, The Hard Rock Café brand was ditched early on in order to help keep the park afloat. Round About used to be called Maximum RPM.[4]

6 Butterfly

It is very difficult to call the Butterfly a roller coaster. The Butterfly is a track ride designed for amusement and that uses gravity to move forward, but it barely passes if you follow a basic definition. The Butterfly is a shuttle rollercoaster that can carry two passengers up a small lift hill, rocking them back and forth until they lose momentum. It stands only twenty feet tall. There are no tricks, inversions or speeds that would trip radars in schools zones. Just twenty feet of momentum.

In fact, the Butterfly isn’t simply one roller coaster, but in fact, a model created by Sunkid GmbH, a ride manufacturer from Germany. There are eighty-eight Butterflies around the world. Most of them are found in Europe. While some versions of the model can reach twenty feet, most are clones.

Sunkid GmbHThere is only one other type, a standard steel alpine rollercoaster. This takes one or two passengers down a mountain. However, the majority of the company’s work is the Butterfly model.[5]

Model 5 Axis Coaster Test Model

This next coaster is unique in that it doesn’t actually exist yet—at least in an amusement park. The aforementioned roller coaster manufacturer, S&S Sansei, recently released a new type of roller coaster named the Axis Coaster, which it hopes to soon sell to parks. This company, however, didn’t just release a promotional video to showcase this new model; they also built a small test model at their testing facility in Utah.

This model was built in 2019 and borrows elements from two other coasters. It features the independent seat-spinning of the 4th Dimension Coaster and the ability for the seats to swing almost gyroscopically, even if the track itself flips upside down, which can be found on the company’s Free Fly coaster model. It is not like the family-friendly Free Fly coasterHowever, the Axis Coaster will be able to flip its passengers inside the seat. But, unlike the 4D Model, the trains won’t just be affixed to the side of the ride.

The Axis Coaster Test Model is a single loop that features off-axis banked turns, inversions and flips that purposely flip the ride to show its main feature. The launch is also featured on the test track. This shows another aspect of this new model should an amusement center decide to invest.[6]

4 Pipeline Express

We travel to Canada for the next roller coaster. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 2008. Pipeline Express, built at Sauble Beach Fun World in Ontario, is a unique model because of what it’s made out of. Most roller coasters can be made from steel, wood, or a combination of both. Pipeline Express is one of the only roller coasters to have its track sled made out of plastic—with a steel support system.

Bailey Rides was a roller coaster manufacturer that specialized in one model. The Pipeline Express is a single-rider roller coaster that runs on a track made of PVC pipe. They built six of these models for small, family parks in Canada and the U.S. and, more often than not, just name the ride “Pipeline Express.” Much like the Butterfly model, it is pushing the limits of the “roller coaster” definition to refer to this ride as such. However, it meets all the criteria for a ride moving because of the forces of gravity.

The installation at Sauble Beach Fun World is specifically brought up because it’s the only version of the model where its length was recorded online. The Canadian coaster measured only 700 feet in length, and there are no records that indicate how fast or tall it was. According to the manufacturer, it could travel up to 1,000 feet from a tower 50 feet high. The six remaining plastic and steel coasters were closed in 2019.[7]

3 Twist Coaster Robber

This next roller coaster, also made by Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd., is also from Japan. Twist Coaster Robin was built by Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd. in Yomiuriland and featured two inversions. That’s not what makes this ride weird, however.

This is another instance of a defunct roller coaster, but it is in the ride’s closing where Twist Coaster Robin gets its reputation. The ride was only open for a day before it was closed permanently. Though there are no official statements on the details as to what happened, it is speculated that the ride had an accident wherein a car’s anti-rollback lift hill system malfunctioned. The lift hill car crashed into the station. No one perished from the accident, though the park didn’t take any chances with the ride, closing it right away.

Twist Coaster Robbie would be there, but it would cease to operate for two more years before it was removed completely from the park. It is still one of the shortest-lived roller coastersThat ever saw guests waiting in its line.[8]

2 Migfer

Another Wild Mouse coaster with extreme looks, Migfer, a compact ride that is bizarrely designed and built from Turkey at Wonderland Eurasia. However, it was first operated in the Netherlands at DippieDoe Attractiepark.

Two very striking elements make Migfer stand out. They are far more extreme than what a ride that looks like it should handle. First, it features a tight, compact loop right after its first drop that looks forceful enough to cause headaches that Advil couldn’t come close to curing. It has a second, beyond-vertical drop which instantly transforms into vertical after traversing an inward drop. This is thought to be the steepest drop on any coaster in all of the world. However, it is hard to gauge as no official angle has been published.

Migfer has not yet been officially opened to the public. The coaster is currently located at its current location, though this is not the fault. Its home park, then known as Ankapark (named after the capital of Turkey), was actually a half-cocked dream park, thought up by the then-mayor of Ankara, Melih Gökçek. However, legal authorities deemed the park a hugely ill-advised and unnecessary investment and used public funds. bankrupt almost immediatelyAlthough little information is available about the details of the story, it was published. This tower coaster is also featured in the video above. It’s located in the Netherlands.[1]

1 Swiss Toboggan

This list’s last entry looks like a carnival ride disguised as a torture device. The Swiss Toboggan is a model made by Chance Rides that takes its passengers up an enclosed, vertical lift hill 14 meters (45 feet) before violently twisting them into an eternal helix that surrounds the hill, turning six times, before forcing them through a violent bunny hill, before returning to the station—all while keeping its guests inside of a caged, single-passenger car.

Only one of the Swiss Toboggans is still in operation today, out of a total of 31 built. Swiss Toboggan, named after the model itself, can be found in Wisconsin’s Little Amerricka and has operated there since 1993. The ride, however, is a relocation, having first opened in Arkansas’s Dogpatch Park in 1969, then being moved to Indiana’s Seven Peaks Water Park Duneland for a few years from 1988 to 1990.

However, this bizarre model isn’t Chance Ride’s only specialty. The manufacturer has created a highly-acclaimed Hyper GTX model that looks and rides exactly like a normal rollercoaster. Mattel Adventure Park in Arizona is currently building a new version of this ride.[10]

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