Ups and downs are fun
National Roller Coaster Day is Aug. 16
Islanders can experience the ups and downs of a favourite amusement park ride this year as
Aug. 16 marks National Roller Coaster Day and Shining Waters Family Fun Park and Sandspit in Cavendish have four roller coasters from which to choose — or ride them all.
The parks’ owner, Maritime Fun Group, is inviting Islanders to take advantage of exhibition week specials to enter both parks and ride all the coasters.
National Roller Coaster Week is celebrated every year on this date by major amusement parks around the world.
This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the modern roller coaster.
“Roller coasters are perhaps the most prominent and visible feature of amusement parks,” said Maritime Fun Group president, Matthew Jelley.
“We wanted to take the 200th anniversary of the rollercoaster and do something special.”
Sandspit has the largest steel roller coaster in Atlantic Canada, the Cyclone, designed by Anton Schwarzkopf. It is 1,509 feet in length, almost 40 feet high and has a mix of steep drops and back-to-back corkscrew turns. Riders must be more than 48 inches tall to ride it.
The Buccaneer Bay Bullet is the new roller coaster at Shining Waters.
It is a train model, 1,181 feet in length, 26 feet high and with a 24-foot drop.
Each of the parks have smaller kiddie coasters, the Safari Express at Shining Waters and the Lil’ Cyclone at Sandspit.
Coaster enthusiasts can take 10 rides on any roller coaster at Sandspit or Shining Waters and enter to win prizes like a Go Pro camera, park passes and gear.