Top 10 Most Amazing Roller Coasters in The World
Some love it, some hate it, some are scared of it, and almost everyone screams on it. The roller coaster is one ride in the amusement park that some people love to avoid and some hate to love. These formidable machines prove to be a test of adulthood. Those who dare to do it have passed this rite of passage, and those who could not stomach it, are seen emptying their day’s food on the nearest pavements. These blood curdlers, eye poppers and lung expanders move at brain numbing speeds to fear inducing heights. Movies have been around incidents that could happen if the roller coaster when topsy-turvy midway and make the bravest think twice about their decision to mount this fearful beast. The fear of roller coasters in known as coaster phobia which also stems from the fear of height ‘acrophobia’. These scream machines can strike fear even in the heart of Hercules, by reaching speeds of over 90 – 100 plus under seconds. Did you know that Roller Coasters are the more evolved versions of Russian Ice Sleds? And that the earliest roller coasters were constructed of entirely wooden frames? And that the first ever roller coaster to be built was in Paris in France and that it was called Russian Mountains? But these are things of the past. We now present to you some of the baddest, meanest and scariest roller coasters in the world? For what is a roller coaster that can make you squirm in your seat?
10) Space Mountain, Disney World, USA
This space themed indoor roller coaster is situated in the one place all kids on this planet yearn to go to – Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California. It was opened on 27th May 1977. The ride is the second of its kind in the 5 series of the Space Mountains which are located in Disneyland and serve as landmarks. This roller coaster was almost never built as there were a lot of space constraints inside the park and the way that Walt Disney had envisioned it could not be built as the technology at the time was not as advanced. Since its opening, Space Mountain has seen a number of changes and upgrades in its sound and visual system which make this roller coaster ride even more fun!
9) Silver Star, Rust, Germany
We can guarantee that the seats and cushioning of this roller coaster will be extremely luxurious as it is sponsored by none other than Mercedes- Benz! The Silver Star, located in the Europa Park, a theme park in Germany is the baddest roller coaster in all of Europe! It is 240 ft high and has an initial drop of 220 metres. It has a speed of 127 kmph and is 5,315 ft in length. It does not feature any hoops or inversions (thankfully) but has a lot of helixes, camel backs and drops which are enough to make the hearts of quite a few people to stop. Do not forget to take in the view of the park when the coaster reaches dazzling heights.
8) Gatekeeper, Cedar Point, Ohio
Debuting in May 2013, Gatekeeper has quickly become one of the dreaded roller coasters on this planet. This wing roller coaster is the best in its category (meaning the worst for those with a faint heart). With a speed of about 108 km/h and a drop of about 164 ft, this roller coaster is sure to leave you screaming at the top of your lungs. Featuring 6 inversions in about 2 minutes and 40 seconds, you will be begging to get out of this ride and stand on solid ground. Cedar Point is famous for other roller coasters as well such as Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster etc, but as far as scary goes, Gatekeeper takes the cake, or in this case, the screams.
7) Zoomerang, Bristol, Connecticut
We all know what boomerangs are, right? Well know imagine a boomerang that goes upto the speed of 76 km/h and then re traces the exact same route. Well, that’s exactly what the zoomerang is! A roller coaster which boomerangs. Located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, this rollercoaster is 117 ft high and 935 ft in length. All over the world, only 45 boomerang roller coasters exist, and zoomerang is one of them. Being a steel boomerang roller coaster, after completing the loop, the roller coaster goes backwards and re traces its entire circuit before coming to screeching halt and putting an end to the yelps and screams of the riders. Most people can’t manage a roller coaster ride forwards, imagine one that goes backwards!
6) Nyhed Juvelen, Djurs Sommerland, Denmark
Denmark’s longest roller coaster and the only roller coaster in Europe to have a double launch, the Nyhed Juvelen, meaning The Jewel features at number 5 on this list. Located in Djurs Sommerland or summer land, The Nyhed Juvelen reaches a speed of 85 km/h and a side angle of almost 80 degrees. What’s more, unlike ordinary coasters which give a view of the sky or the lake, this roller coaster actually takes you through ancient Mayan jungles, waterfalls and temples. So hold on to your seats and guts for this ride as you unravel the mysteries of this ancient culture.
5) Steel Dragon, Mie prefecture, Japan
Located in the Nagashima Amusement Park, the ride opened in 2000 very appropriately in the Year of The dragon. The Steel Dragon is the longest roller coaster in terms of track length and is about 8,100 feet long. The ride takes about three to four minutes to complete at breath taking speeds. Now that is seriously fast. It does not contain many loops and is perhaps the only one which goes through tunnels in some stretches. The slow climb of approximately a minute and fifteen seconds to the drop of 316 feet will have your adrenaline pumping even before the ride takes off!
4) The Smiler, Alton Park, New England
Do not be mistaken by this name. Coming fourth on this list, the smiler will make you do anything but that. With an astounding number loops to make you go crazy, the smiler will leave you dizzy and fatigues in a matter of seconds. With a grand total of 14 loops (whoa!) highest for any roller coaster till date, the smiler was developed with the help of psychologists to give it that edge to take you over to the side of insanity. The creepy graphics that can be seen as the ride whizzes past is an added effect that is sure to make your bones melt and make your heart go cold even before the ride comes to an end.
3) Takabisha, Fujiyoshida, Japan
Takabisha, which literally means ‘high flying car’ is situated in the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement park which has a staggering 14 record breaking rides. Situated at the foot of Mount Fuji, the Takabisha is another jewel in the crown of this amusement park. How so you may ask. Well, The Takabisha has the steepest fall in the world: a jaw dropping 141ft at an angle of 121 degrees at a speed of 100 km/h! This headline making roller coaster opened in July this year and is making waves across the world of amusement parks. It even has even been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for the same. For those who want a little thrill in life, head to Japan! Now!
2) Kingda Ka, Jackson, New Jersey
Located at the six Flags Amusement Park in Jackson, New Jersey, this American beauty is the world’s tallest roller coaster. It trumped the Top Thrill dragster at Cedar Point Ohio to reach this place. It reaches speeds of 206 km/h in 3.5 seconds and climbs to a whooping height of 456 feet (Say what?!) before barrelling down the tower and resuming the ride. The ride opened on May 21 2005 for roller coaster enthusiasts and did not disappoint those who were waiting to test it. One of the top rated roller coasters, Kingda Ka will sure leave you not wanting more!
1) Formula Rossa, Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
We saw the loopiest, steepest and tallest and now it’s time for the fastest. The Formula Rossa, located in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, is undoubtedly the fastest roller coaster on this planet. What else can you expect froma roller coaster which is located in Ferrari World? Matching the speeds of cars which roll in the Grand Prix, this roller coaster, like the drivers of all those beautiful cars, requires thrill – seekers to wear special protective glasses for them to properly enjoy this ride. The train, painted the red hot colour which is the trademark of the Ferrari cars, will surely make you feel like you are sitting in one. Our only complaint is that it gets over too soon. A definite encore for this one.