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Website: Cedar Point Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.0550
TPC Overall Rank: #405 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 124
Last Review: 7/23/2011 12:39:00 PM
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Upside-down over the midway

Corkscrew doing a corkscrew
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2 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterWars on 7/23/2011 12:39:00 PM
Pretty much the only thing Corkscrew has going for it is the history behind it. It was the first coaster being inclusive to not two, but three inversions. Besides that, this coaster is just a mess. It's the most painful non-wooden coaster at the park, that drop is probably the weakest I've experienced (mind you, I was in the back), and the whole ride is just not worth the wait. I say, hit up this joint if you want bragging rides that you rode every coaster in the park, but avoid this one. And those corkscrews? Talk about being uncomfortable. It isn't the worst at the park, but it's not too far from that title.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SamJane on 7/27/2010 7:19:00 PM
The inversions are nice, and the wait is very brief, but other than that, it's a very average looping roller coaster with some corkscrews here and there.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up khmaverick on 7/4/2009 2:38:00 PM
Although small, Corkscrew is still a pretty decent ride. Being across the midway from Top Thrill Dragster, the ride is pretty much abandoned. There's almost no wait. Of course, that also has something to do with how fast this ride operates. When you're in the station, the operater actually tells you the train will have to leave the station in 30 seconds. Packing three trains on a ride this size really keeps the line moving. The overall ride is average. It's not B&M quality, but it dosn't hurt like Son of Beast. The loop is a little rough, but the corkscrews are good and provide a great visual appeal. If you have time when you go to the point, this classic is worth a ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jlambo14 on 6/26/2009 2:38:00 PM
My first coaster ever in 2007. It doesnt dissapoint if it has a short wait.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 8/26/2008 4:36:00 AM
Date Ridden: Every summer since 2006. Times Ridden: 6 Corkscrew, located at the Coaster Capitol of the World, is a classic. It was the first coaster in the world to contain three inversions and is among the most picturesque rides in the world with its two corkscrews directly over the main midway. It is very well taken care of with a dark blue color scheme and three trains which run virtually all the time. The three trains make this ride a virtual walk-on regardless of how crowded the park is. Alas, despite its positives, Corkscrew is a below average coaster. For some reason, the seats have a hump right at the neck which lead to a very painful ride. I don&#39.t think the ride has gotten rough just because of its age, I think it runs as well it did all those years ago. It simply runs the way it was built: not very comfortably. That being said, you simply have to ride this at least once any time you visit the Point. It is a classic and not to be missed despite its rough sections and uncomfortable seats. Diving over the midway within a few feet of the people walking by is great fun no matter when you ride. I have found that the middle of the train seems to be a little smoother than the very front and very back cars. Regardless of where you ride, just make sure to give the old girl a whirl. The ride time is only a little over a minute and it is worth it to say that you have ridden the first coaster in the world with three inversion. Overall Rating - 6

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up weaver23 on 7/25/2008 9:16:00 PM
This coaster really doesn&#39.t deserve terrible reviews yes its rough, but I only found it to be on the beginning of the 1st corkscrew.I actually found the first drop airtime hill and loopt be very forceful and fun, the corkscrews were a bit rough and so was the last turn but overall the coaster was quite enjoyable.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 7/7/2008 9:47:00 PM
An uncomfortable credit opportunity (I think I am now tall enough that I am forever free of truly painful experiences on these, but some are still rougher than others). There is good air on the hill before the loop, but even that is rough. I found it to be rougher than Demon at SFGAm, and consequently enjoyed it less (although both rides actually have pretty good locations). Do it for the credit and move on.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 2/29/2008 5:42:00 PM
Some coasters and rides, for one reason or another, I just have a soft spot for. In some instances it is because of a wild memory from my more youthful days. And in other cases, it can be simply because a ride has just defied all logic and, despite having a design that can be viewed as simplistic by many, has endeared itself to the public as unique or classic as it continues year after year to dish out the rides, seemingly unphased at all by the newer beasts that sprout up around it. The latter instance applies in spades to Corkscrew at Cedar Point. It just keeps plugging away, doing its thing over the middle of the main midway as it has for 30 years. I just cant help it, I flat out like this little coaster! And I think that many people can often make the case that in this park, despite all the cutting edge coasters all around each corner, Corkscrew remains today a true park icon.

I love the simple novelty that this coaster brings to the table. Back in the late 70s, inversions were all the rage, and CP decided to go for the trifecta, introducing this little steel creation complete with a loop and TWO corkscrews. We roll our eyes at such stats today, but back in that time frame it was some heavy stuff. But its not so much the number of inversions as it is the placement of them, in particular the ending double corkscrew. Those were placed right smack in the middle of the midway, passing right above onlookers heads. And thats one of the qualities and quirks that I love about Corkscrew. Not many places will offer a coaster that gets so close to people strolling through. For that alone, I think the coaster should be commended.

As for the ride itself, Im not going to rave that it is the best coaster ever made, but for an older Arrow looper its not too shabby at all. The first drop is short and not too steep, but it gives a small pop of air in the back. What follows is a greatly surprising and powerful little air hill that tosses you into the restraints, which is a nice bonus! Then comes the decent loop before leveling out and diving into the double corkscrew over the midway. After that, the brakes kick in and you are done. The coaster certainly does have its faults, dont get me wrong. It is a very slow loader and unloader, and often times you spend more time sitting on the brake run than you do on the ride. And that leads to its other huge weakness - it is so darn short! Blink more than a few times and you might miss it entirely. But you know what, I dont care, cause I like it anyway. Its got character, style, and an endearing quality that brings me back for a few rides on every visit. It lands in my list as a solid steel entry, and an above average steel looper. It is very smooth considering its age, and it has that devilish little airtime surprise that is next to impossible to find on many steel loopers. And it has those playful inversions that interact with the public while providing some visuals that are top-notch. But most of all, this little fella is fun. Corkscrew proves oh so wonderfully that these older coasters that were put in so long ago can stand up and still hold their own today. In the grand scheme of things, yes, it is just an above average steel looper. But it possesses qualities that I just have a soft spot for, and always will. When going through Cedar Point and soaring to glorious heights on their many steel giants, take some time to stop by and give this venerable old classic a spin. Trust me, you will be glad you did.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up immelman on 12/22/2007 8:18:00 PM
This was one of the first upside down coasters, but thats pretty much all it has going for it. The drop, bunny hill and loop are the best parts. The corkscrews are just slow and awkward.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up racerdog45 on 12/21/2007 7:56:00 PM
Overall a pretty good coaster, looping over people as theyre walking is pretty cool. It does pale when compared to newer coasters but it still has its charms and still provides good thrill, plus the line is usually short which is a plus!

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