In the early 1800s, a French builder brought the “Russian mountains” to Paris, the capital of France. But Russia was much colder than France, where ice turned soft in the warmer, rainy winters. So the French ran their sleds over wooden rollers. This is the origin of the term “roller coaster.”
The first Dragon Roller Coaster was wooden and could be found at Playland amusement park in Rye, New York. It opened in 1929, and was designed and built by amusement ride creator Frederick Church, the co-inventor of the Racing Derby, another early 20th century amusement park ride.
In the past 25years the MWF has provided 870,000 roller coaster rides for families.