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Canobie Corkscrew
Canobie Lake Park Corkscrew.jpg
Canobie Lake Park
Coordinates 42°47′36.43″N 71°14′59.82″W / 42.7934528°N 71.2499500°W / 42.7934528; -71.2499500
Status Operating
Opening date 1975 (Chicago Loop), 1982 (Corkscrew), 1987 (Canobie Lake Corkscrew)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Development
Model Corkscrew
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 73 ft (22 m)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 2
Duration 1:30
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Canobie Corkscrew at RCDB
Pictures of Canobie Corkscrew at RCDB

Canobie Corkscrew is a steel sit-down roller coaster currently located at Canobie Lake Park amusement park in Salem, New Hampshire. Canobie Corkscrew is one of many Arrow Development Corkscrew models produced between 1975–1979.


Designed by Arrow Development, Canobie Corkscrew was first operated in 1975 as Chicago Loop at the indoor amusement park Old Chicago in Bolingbrook, Illinois. It was the second roller coaster in the world to turn riders upside down twice. It stayed at Old Chicago until the park's closing in 1980. Chicago Loop was featured in the 1978 film The Fury.

In 1985, Canobie Lake Park purchased the ride. It lay unassembled for nearly two years, because if erected it would stand taller than the town of Salem would have allowed. In 1987, Salem gave Canobie Lake Park a waiver to put up the roller coaster. It was then renamed Canobie Corkscrew.

Canobie Corkscrew
Canobie Corkscrew prior to August 2012

In August 2012, Canobie Corkscrew underwent a repainting. The coaster's support systems were painted white and the track itself was painted blue. Previously, the ride was yellow with black supports.

Ride experience

Canobie Corkscrew stands at 73 feet (22 m). The ride features two inversions, two back to back corkscrews. At the top of the lift hill the coaster trains makes a 180 degree right turn into the first drop. The train then rises through a quick right handed turn hill that is over the ride station. The train then descends and executes the two consecutive corkscrews before turning right into the final brake run. It is painted bright blue. The total duration of the ride is about a minute and a half, though without counting the lift hill, which is about 30 seconds. In total, the ride lasts about a minute and 30 seconds.

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