At Old Orchard Beach, a roller coaster shows that what goes up indeed does come down

Passengers got a great view of Old Orchard Beach’s Palace Playland as they rode on the Galaxi roller coaster. –Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Passengers on the Galaxi roller coaster can hear a distinctive click-click-click-click as the ride’s citrusy green and yellow cars climb 35 feet to a panoramic view of the Palace Playland amusement park and ocean beyond.

The cars make a brief semicircle before plummeting toward the asphalt below — leaving riders’ stomachs behind — then another ascent and drop, followed by several rapid-fire loops of white-knuckle centrifugal force.

So it has been for more than 20 years. But when the park closes for the season after Labor Day, the Galaxi will be retired to make way for a new state-of-the-art coaster, one that includes automated features and was built in Italy from lower-maintenance galvanized steel.