Ups and downs are fun

Na­tional Roller Coaster Day is Aug. 16

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE IS­LAND -

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.

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