Toboggan (Lakemont Park)

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Lakemont Park
Location Lakemont Park
Coordinates 40°28′16″N78°23′46″W / 40.47118°N 78.39606°W / 40.47118; -78.39606
Opening date1991
Closing date2016
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Chance Rides
Model Toboggan
Height45 ft (14 m)
Length450 ft (140 m)
Toboggan at RCDB

Toboggan was a steel roller coaster located at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was a portable steel coaster built by Chance Rides, and was one of many of their Toboggan installations across the United States. This specific Toboggan had previously traveled in Florida with Deggeller Shows. [1] [2]

Ride experience

The ride featured an enclosed car, which after climbing up a vertical lift inside a steel structure spun downward on a continuous helix, until it went over a small airtime hill and turned back into the station.

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  2. Marden, Duane. "Toboggan  (Lakemont Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase . Retrieved 24 March 2012.