Thrill seekers everywhere flock to amusement parks and theme parks to find the scariest, stomach-turning rides on the planet. Though roller coasters aren’t for the faint of heart, they do attract a number of different ages. Every year means an added inch or two closer to reaching a height requirement for a ride a youngster has always dreamed of.
Located in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, Kingda Ka reaches a height of 456 feet. The ride starts by shooting you out of the station, going from 0 to 126 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. Kingda Ka also holds the record for the longest steel roller coaster drop of 418 feet.
Wooden roller coasters, known for the thrilling and rickety nature don’t reach the same heights that steel coasters do because of safety issues. But, Colossos at Heide Park in Soltau, Germany is quite the ride, and stands as the tallest wooden coaster at 197 feet.
The world’s fastest steel roller coaster opened in 2010 and was inspired by the legendary Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Once you’ve put on your protective goggles, get ready to zoom. The Formula Rossa, located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates reaches a top speed of 150 miles per hour in approximately 5 seconds.
A new addition to the Six Flags Great America park is the record breaking wooden roller coaster, Goliath. Traveling up to 72 miles per hour, this wooden coaster has two upside down inversions and the longest wooden roller coaster drop at 180 feet. It also set the record at the steepest wooden record drop of 85 degrees.
This steel accelerator roller coaster comes in 2nd to Kingda Ka (previously mentioned) but still means serious business. Located in Cedar Point Park in Sandusky, Ohio, Top Thrill Dragster held the title of tallest and longest drop before Kingda Ka was built. It launches from 0 to 120 miles per hour in less than four seconds, and brings you up to over 400 feet in the air following with the second largest drop in the world at 400 feet.
Coming in 2nd for the longest wooden roller coaster drop to Goliath (previously mentioned), El Toro brings out the power of the bull. It has a drop height of 176 feet and reaches a top speed of 70 miles per hour. Along with many other top coasters, El Toro is located in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.
Coming in at 8,133 feet, Steel Dragon 2000 is by far the longest steel roller coaster in the world. Located at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Opening in the year 2000, the coaster was appropriately named because of it’s opening falling within “The Year of the Dragon.”
Opening in 1979, The Beast is a main attraction at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The coaster is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet and the ride lasts for over four minutes (that’s a long time in roller coaster time!)
The famed Takabisha may just be the scariest roller coaster you can ride. It has a drop angle of 121 degrees making it the steepest in the world. Located in the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan this ride attracts thrill seekers everywhere.
Coming in 2nd to Goliath (of 85 degrees), Outlaw Run, a wooden roller coaster at Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson, Missouri has a steep drop of 81 degrees from 162 feet in the air. Outlaw Run was the first wooden roller coaster with multiple inversions (or upside-down loops) making it a truly thrilling ride.
Inversions, or instances when the the coaster turns riders upside-down and then back again can be one of the most stomach-turning aspects of the ride. The Smiler, located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, United Kingdom broke the world record with 14 total inversions. The ride also includes blinding lights, optical illusions, and twisted effects to mess with your mind.