I was at a wedding recently and people were asking me about two things. The Texas Giant accident and the roller coaster with a gap in its loop from the YouTube commercial running on TV. In case you missed it, YouTube’s been promoting their Geek Week with the commercial above.

FreddieW’s “Roller Coaster Tycoons” – Fun with Special Effects

Roller Coaster Loop Gap - YouTube Geek WeekAfter some research I found the source of the clip in the commercial. It’s from featured Geek Week channel FreddieW. During his “Roller Coaster Tycoons” episode he visits Six Flags Magic Mountain for roller coaster day. And I don’t mean August 16th, which is National Roller Coaster Day. Freddie chose April 27th as roller coaster day in his effort to invent his own new holiday hoping that there’d be a day with no lines because everyone would be at work and school.

Anyway, during his escapades at the park, (1:50 in the video) we see B&M floorless coaster Scream! with a gap in its vertical loop. Also, at 2:14 we see a section of Goliath’s first drop removed and the cars fall to the ground.

Have you noticed the YouTube Geek Week commercial? Would you want to ride a roller coaster with a gap in its loop? Leave a comment below.

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9 Responses

  1. Mike M.

    Ha, reminds me of those Hot Wheels electric race tracks with the jumps we used to buy in the 80s. IT. NEVER. WORKED. The cars NEVER successfully jumped the gap and landed back on the track! So in short, my answer is NO! *shudders*

    Also, I’d like to note that I, coincidentally, also lost my cell phone on a ride at Magic Mountain. Thanks a lot Tatsu’s Pretzel Loop!

  2. Matt McIrvin

    I think that back in the 1920s or so, there was actually an attempt to build a coaster that jumped a gap (not an inverted one) on Coney Island. But the builder never got it to work well enough to put passengers on it, which was maybe for the best.

  3. Pamela McPherson

    I have a very inventive mind.. and after seeing this video .. I have concocted a surefire way to make this ride work safely.. it may be considered cheating a little but the thrill would be well worth it.. I’m sure there are others out there with thoughts of the same idea that I have.. I hope one day someone will put it to use..
    Idea- this particular rollercoaster would have to have a “guide rail ” at the top of the roller coaster cars as to ensure that the cars stay in precise alignment while traveling through the gap.. as I said ..it may be considered cheating a little.. but the thrill would be awesome..

    • Joel

      It’s in the post.

      The ride’s called Scream!. It’s at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles. It doesn’t really have a gap in its loop though.

      • Kai

        I’ve seen several YouTube videos that show a “picture” of a coaster with a gap in the track/loop, but other than this video, I haven’t seen the actual roller coaster. The one I’ve seen most is yellow. Does this actually exist??

      • Joel

        That yellow coaster is probably this same ride but edited and re-colored yellow. Similar to how people have edited the gap in the track, I’m guessing someone changed the color too.

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