Some people would rather do literally anything else than go to an amusement park, preferring to plant their feet firmly on the ground. Others seek out the fastest and most fear-inducing coasters out there, traveling far and wide for a chance to catch some speed.
But no matter where you fall on the spectrum, there’s no denying that these roller coasters are just plain terrifying. Their steep drops, winding turns, and tendency to go upside-down at a moment’s notice are all reasons to get nervous before stepping aboard. The last one on this list looks like it shouldn’t even exist in the first place.
01. The Gravity Max
Located at Lihpao Land Discovery World in Taiwan is terrifying just to look at: The ride goes up 114 feet before the track “break,” flipping the car down 90 degrees and dropping it 34 stories. It’s the only roller coaster of its kind in the world.
02. Full Throttle
Located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California has the world’s tallest vertical loop, which stands at 160 feet. It also launches the car from the station at 66 miles per hour.
03. Kingda Ka, USA
Tallest Coaster | Longest Vertical Drop
Located in the Six Flags Great Adventure Park, Jackson, NJ in the USA, Kingda Ka is the tallest coaster in the world. Measuring 456 feet, it provides the longest vertical drop to its riders, at 418 feet from the ground. This coaster has held this world record since 2005.
To traverse this amazing drop of 418 feet, riders are plunged down from the top and reach a speed of 206km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, experiencing free fall. This incidentally, is also the second fastest speed attained on any coaster in the world. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “my heart rose into my throat”!
04. Wicked Twister
Located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is the world’s largest suspended impulse coaster, and just looking at it is enough to get your heart racing.
05. Formula Rossa, UAE
The Formula Rossa is situated in the Ferrari World Theme Park in the UAE. Maintained by multiple time Formula 1 championship winners, Ferrari, it is no wonder that this coaster is the fastest in the world.
Riders reach a speed of 240km/h in less than 5 seconds – the actual speed that an F1 car reaches in races. The track has a total length of 2,000 metres, though you will hardly be able to tell due to the super-fast ride. Riders have to wear special safety goggles to protect their eyes against insects and other flying debris, thus making it an even more authentic F1 experience. This ride has been the fastest in the world since November 2000.
06. Takabisha, Japan
The Takabisha in located in the Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Japan. It is an engineering marvel and is a coaster with a maximum vertical angle of 121 degrees for its riders. It is a truly gravity-defying experience and is sure to get your adrenaline going.This ride has been holding this record since July 2011 and has a total of 7 vertical inversions.
07. El Toro
Located at Six Flags in New Jersey is the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. It reaches up to 70 mph speeds, which is pretty impressive for an old-fashioned roller coaster such as this.
08. Sky Scream
Located at Holiday Park in HaÃloch, Germany isn’t the tallest or longest coaster, but it’s got tons of unexpected 360 degree twists, loops, and turns.
09. The Ultra Twister
Located at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan puts riders in fiberglass shells and then brings them up a vertical chain lift hill before plummeting them to an 84 degree drop.
10. Hades 360
The first wooden coaster
Located at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin was the first wooden coaster to go upside down.
11. Shivering Timbers
Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon County, Michigan is the 6th longest wooden coaster in the world, and boasts plenty of exciting drops.
12. Intimidator 305
Located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, drops over 300 feet, making it one of only four coasters in the world that do.
13. The Banshee
Located at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio is the longest inverted coaster in the world.
14. The Superman Escape from Krypton at Six Flags is comprised of a long 1,500 feet of track.
15. Top Thrill Dragster
Propels riders forward after a short countdown, shooting them up and over a massive hill in 90 seconds flat.
16. Fury 325
Fury 325 is the world’s fastest giga coaster, and crosses both North and South Carolina state lines at 95 mph.
17. Skyrush at Hersheypark
Skyrush is massive and fast, and features 5 zero-G airtime hills in Pennsylvania – United States.
18. Cannibal at Lagoon Park
Lifts riders 208 feet and plunges them into a 116 degree concave vertical free-fall before shooting the car into an underground tunnel.
19. Gatekeeper, USA
An inversion on a coaster is where the riders are fully turned upside down with their heads pointing to the ground and feet towards the sky. Located in Cedar Point Park in USA, The Gatekeeper boasts of the highest such point where riders are inverted – at a whopping 170 feet above the ground.The inversion is followed by a dive drop, a near weightless experience, which is sure to make even the most intrepid adventurers scream their lungs out. The Gatekeeper has been holding this record since May 2013.
20. Full Throttle, USA
Tallest Vertical Loop
The ride Full Throttle is located in Six Flags Magic Mountain in the United States. Among all coasters with an inversion, this has the highest complete loop, and is second only to the Gatekeeper in height.
The height of the inverted loop is 160 feet from the ground, and it is truly a gut-wrenching experience. This ride has been holding this record since June 2013.
21. The Smiler, UK
As if one tall vertical inversion wasn’t bad enough, this one has 14 of them in a single ride! The Smiler – with its rather ironic name – is located in Alton Towers in the UK and is sure to make you beg to stop. Be sure not to eat anything before you foray into this topsy-turvy experience.This ride has held the record for the maximum number of inversions in a single ride since May 2013.
22. Steel Dragon 2000, Japan
The Steel Dragon 2000 is located in Nagashima Spa Land in Japan. While most roller coaster rides get over in a few seconds, this ride has the distinction of being about 4 minutes long! It has the longest track in the world – 2,479 metres. It has held this record since August 2000.
The Steel Dragon 2000 hurtles its riders at a top speed of 153km/h, which is the sixth fastest in the world, in spite of lasting the longest. It also includes a 306 foot fall, which is sure to get your heart thumping.
23. The Griffon, USA
Tallest Floor-less Dive
Imagine hurtling towards the earth in free fall, without any floor to support your feet! That is the experience provided by this ride. Located in Busch Gardens, Virginia, USA, The Griffon is not for the faint of heart.It provides its riders with a 90 degree free fall from a height of 205 feet above the ground. That is akin to falling from a 20-storey building! Not only that, the coaster also has the sixth highest vertical inversion in the world at 146 feet.
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