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Ultra Twister @ Six Flags Astroworld (Defunct)

February 18, 2011

Of all the coasters that I have been on, this might take the cake for scariest ride. Togo of Japan made Ultra Twister at Six Flags Great Adventure in 1986, in 1988 it was moved to Six Flags Astroworld in Houston Texas. The ride has since been torn down but I got to ride it before it closed in 2005.

At first glance this thing looks like a strange sculpture of some sort, not a roller coaster. There is no track beneath the cars, it is off to the sides, you are also surrounded by rings. Also, because of the car’s unique shape, they cannot go around turns. You start out of the station backwards and move very slowly to the first transition. We come to a stop and the track disconnects and tilts back so that we are at a 45 degree angle, and we start heading up the unbearably slow lift hill forwards. Once at the top of the 96 foot apex, we accelerate quickly and drop straight down. A hill follows and then into the section that gave the ride its name. We flip through a heart-line roll and onto the second transition, here we start into it forwards and come out of it backwards. We drop down a slope into two backwards heart-line rolls, then we hit the final brakes.

Unfortunately, words and the pictures that I have included here do not hold a candle to the real ride, to see more pics go to http://www.rcdb.com/46.htm?p=0 also look at pictures of other coasters a lot like this here. Ultra Twister is a completely scary coaster that is somewhat fun, although it is very rough. I am giving it a 5 out of 10.

Did you go on Ultra Twister when it was still open? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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