10 Best Roller Coasters
Ever since the origin of
roller coasters mankind has been pushing the envelope to
see how fast and hard a person can safely be hurtled
down a track. The further you venture from a soft,
comfortable ride the thrill seeker gets the more fun is
to be experienced. Things have developed a whole lot
since the early days of ice slides and wooden
roller coasters. Now it is more common for a coaster to
have 90 degree drops, reach speeds in excess of 100mph
and throw you into corners with G forces normally only
experienced by fighter pilots. Here are ten of the best
roller coasters in the world that are sure to leave you
on a major high!
Kingda Ka: Arms down, head back and hold on: the
may not be very long but it's bound to leave you wide
eyed and twitching! Kingda Ka reigns supreme as the
tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world at the
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. This
ride towers high at 456ft tall with a 418 ft incline and
a sickening drop at a sheer 90 degrees with a half
twist. From a completely stationary position, KingDa Ka
will catapult a cart to 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Crazy! But so cool.
Steel Dragon 2000: What could
cause the normally polite and somewhat restrained
Japanese to squeal and scream in public? Answer: the
Steel Dragon 2000.
You might be used to getting on a rollercoaster and
stepping off much sooner than you hoped - scream, scream
and it's all over. Not on this ride - the Steel Dragon
is quite the endurance coaster. It's so long that you
might actually deplete your ability to scream by the end
of the record breaking 8,133ft long track. The Steel
Dragon 2000 has a massive 306ft drop from its tallest
point of 318ft and zips along the steel frame reaching a
maximum speed of 95mph.
Millennium Force: Cedar
Point's mammoth Giga-Coaster, the
has terrifying rides that hurtle round 6,595ft of steel
track for well over 2 minutes. At the tallest section
you'll endure a stomach-churning 300 ft drop. Passengers
rush and plunge along the track through two separate
dark tunnels and two crazy 122 degree overbanked turns
that produce a gut-wrenching G force. Frequently heard
phrases from the 10 million people who have been on the
ride include: "Ahhhhhhhh", "Ohhhh noooo", "S&%t!" and
"We're gonna die".
Top Thrill Dragster: The
Top Thrill Dragster
is essentially the older and marginally shorter, slower
version of its arch rival - the Kingda Ka. Now, when I
say marginally inferior I mean the drop is only 18ft
shorter and rattles along 8mph slower - both rides have
the same short and intense duration and I doubt you'll
feel much of a difference. The Top Thrill Dragster
snorts and revs like a real dragster and for some added
fear can sometime
stall at the top
and roll back down in reverse ... which is apparently
normal on both this ride and the Kingda Ka.
Dodonpa: The Dodonpa at the Fuji Q Highland Park
is the third fastest coaster in the world - so there
won't be much time to admire nearby Mt. Fuji. Take a
and you'll reach 107 mph in less than 2 seconds, that's
faster than any supercar on earth! Dodonpa messes with
your mind fromt he start as passengers are forced to
wait anxiously in a darkened tunnel before the countdown
to an insanely fast acceleration out of the tunnel,
screaming down the track and then getting fired up and
over two humps which have 90 degree drops on each side.
At the time of writing Dodonpa still holds the record
for the fastest launch acceleration.
Thunder Dolphin: The Thunder
Dolphin, at the LaQua section of the Tokyo Dome City, is
an excellent coaster and it deserves extra kudos for a
unique design around the building in central Tokyo. The
starts off with a dizzying 218 foot lunge at a steep 80
degree angle. You then race around the track at speeds
in excess of 80 mph making this impressive 3,500-foot
long, 26-story tall a mental joyride. If you are ever in
Tokyo, definitely do not miss out on the Thunder Dolphin
Goliath: Goliath is a
rollercoaster of biblical proportions and like its
namesake this ride was a world beater when it was
revealed in Feb 2000, but was subsequently overtaken by
leaner, stronger and faster opposition. The layout of
the ride follows an out and back form into a twister for
the second half. Riders on
experience intense G forces of 4.5 Gs for over six
seconds straight! As you would expect with a name like
Goliath, the coaster towers at a monstrous 255 feet
above the ground and the 3 minute long rides reach
speeds of up to 85 mph covering over 4,500 feet of steel
Dragon Khan: Located at the
Port Aventura theme park in
Dragon Khan has a story behind it: the evil Prince Hu of
Beijing has been brought back to life in the body of
this rollercoaster and his fury is dealt out each time a
human dares to climb atop his back. Whether you get into
the story or not, Dragon Khan's 4,165 feet of tangled,
red steel track is so full-on that it will have your
heart in your mouth for an entire minute!
starts off with a 161ft drop with top speeds of up to
65mph as you hurtle through its 8 inversions. The ride
is remarkably smooth and held the world record for the
most inversions for many years.
in Six Flags Over Texas puts each passenger through a
bone-jarring joyride of twists and turns. The impressive
layout includes a negative G camelback turn and a double
helix turn that produces 6 full seconds of sickening G
force of up to 4.5 G. The Titan has a massive drop,
255ft at the tallest section, and reaches speeds of
85mph during a 5,280ft long ride lasting for 3 and a
half rather thrilling minutes.
Nemesis: Alton Towers' leading ride is the aptly
a gut-wrenching thrillseeker's inverted coaster waiting
to take its retribution out on you through a sequence of
crazy plunges and mind-numbing turns! Experience up to 4
G's as you are propelled at 50mph through 4 inversions.
The ride corkscrews and loops along the 2,349 ft track
for one and a half minutes of sheer excitement.
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