The only wooden roller coaster in Florida to flip riders upside down in a 360-degree barrel roll debuts Friday at Fun Spot America’s Kissimmee location.

The Mine Blower is a hybrid coaster designed with a mix of wood and steel.

While steel coasters are known for their loops and inversions, wooden coasters traditionally don’t have the technology to pull off the tricks.

But the Ohio-based designer, The Gravity Group, developed Timberliner trains with a steerable wheel system, allowing them to more closely follow the Mine Blower track, as well as navigate tighter twists and turns.

The $6 million Mine Blower stretches 2,289 feet long and reaches a height of 83 feet. The two 12-passenger Timberliner trains travel up to 49 mph.

The coaster opens at 10 a.m. Friday. Fun Spot visitors will pay $9 to ride the new coaster, or the ride is included with an all-day pass for $45.95.

 

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