Now lets look at 10 of the world’s most remarkable roller coaster rides
These are not ranked at all but simply listed
- Steel Dragon 2000 – Nagashima Spaland, Japan. This is the world’s longest roller coaster. It costed more than $52 million to construct. It is the seventh tallest steel coaster in the world, reaching 318 feet (97 meters) at its peak with 8000 feet (2438 meters or 1.5 miles) of track. It also has the sixth-longest drop, which shoots passengers 95 miles per hour on a 306 feet (93 meters) descent. That is one crazy ride.
- Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, USA. This is the tallest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in North America. It reaches heights of 456 feet (139 meters – over 45 stories high) before sending riders hurtling down at 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. The whole intense experience of the ride only lasts about 50 seconds. This is not for the feint hearted. If any of you have ridden this ride, let me know about your experience in the comments below.
- Formula Rossa – Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates. From the tallest to the fastest. Now we have already mentioned about this ride in our interesting facts. It was developed to resemble a Ferrari sportscar, and it launches from 0 to 150 miles per hour in 5 seconds. Like riding on a lightning bolt. The track sits on a Ferrari racing course and swerves around 1.5 miles of track. This ride lasts only 90 seconds – but with those speeds I think 90 seconds are probably more than enough.
- Top Thrill Dragster – Cedarpoint, Ohio, USA. Back in the USA, to Cedar Point which is often considered roller coaster capital of America and home to many thrilling rides. When Thrill Dragster was built, it was meant to be the tallest and fastest in the world, but usually as things go other coasters around the world eventually edged in. However it still remains an impressive ride. It reaches 120 miles per hour in only 3.8 seconds and reaches height of 420 feet (128 meters). Now the coater is the second tallest and third fastest in the world. Not Bad. Not bad at all.
- T Express – Everland, South Korea. I know what you are thinking – but no, you do not get tea on this ride. But it is still an old school albeit extreme experience. It is of wooden structure. Actually the world tallest wooden coaster at 183 feet (56 meters). The course takes advantage of its location on a hillside, launching down at a 150 foot drop (45 meters). The ride reaches top speed of 65 miles per hour, sending cars down a 77 degree drop. Apparently, it is consistently voted best wooden coaster in the world. As before if you have ridden on it, let me know about your experience.
- The Smiler – Alton Towers, United Kingdom. Now we are in my land. And this will turn your world upside down, with its 14 inversions, most of any coaster in the world. Riders are sent up through the loops at 53 miles per hour. And it has variety as well. There are several different types of inversions throughout the track, including a heartline roll, dive loop and corkscrew. Goes without saying, better take this ride on an empty stomach.
- The Scenic Railway – Luna Park, Australia. In the land down under. This ride may not have the fastest, tallest or the most exhilarating track but it is the world’s oldest continually operating coaster. Taking riders since December 1912. It is one of the only three historic coasters in the world that requires a brakeman to stand in the middle of the train.
- Tower of Terror – Gold Reef City, South Africa. This coaster has the most g forces of any coaster in the world. 6.3 Gs. It is so powerful that it can actually make riders pass out. It is TWICE as much as an astronaut would experience in a normal rocket launch. The most memorable moment is a 49 foot drop into a former functional mine shaft.
- Yukon Striker – Canada’s Wonderland, Canada. This is the world’s longest, fastest and tallest dive. It leaves riders hanging over a 90 degree drop for a full three seconds, dangling 245 feet (75 meteres) over an underwater tunnel. It is a spine chilling ride.
- Steel Curtain – Kennywood, Pennsylvania, USA. We will end this segment in America with this Pittsburgh Steelers-themed roller coaster. It has nine inversions and a zero gravity stall but its got the world’s highest inversion at a record breaking 197 feet (60 meters). It reaches top speed of 76 miles per hour with a smooth tracked with claims to be family friendly. A crazy thrill seeking family.
Now, there are many other impressive rides around the world like Takabisha in Japan, Full Throttle in California, Goliath in Illinois, Do-Dodonpa in Japan again, The Gravity Max in Taiwan and so on. Let me know about your favourite rides and why you like them in the comments below.