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World’s oldest roller coaster reopens at Pennsylvania park

May 28, 2019

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Memorial Day weekend brought the reopening of the world’s oldest roller coaster still in operation.

Leap The Dips was built in 1902 at Altoona’s Lakemont Park. It was in continuous operation until the 1980s, and was refurbished and reopened in the 1990s.

LehighValleyLive.com reports the park had been closed the last two seasons for repairs and reopened last Saturday.

The coaster only goes 10 mph and is only 41 feet high, but thrill-seekers may like the fact that it operates without seat belts, lap bars or headrests.

The National Park Service added Leap The Dips to its registry of National Historic Landmarks in 1996.

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