The roller coaster is surely the most exciting of all fairground rides, and too scary for some people, but for thrill-seekers the higher and faster the coaster cars go the better. So which are the highest and fastest roller coasters, and where are they located? Let’s have a look at some of the most thrilling roller coaster rides in the amusement parks and theme parks of the world.
Roller Coaster Safety
Although roller coaster rides are not for everyone because it all looks too scary, the experience is generally a safe one for the millions of passengers who enjoy taking these rides each year. Amusement park operators are required to make sure their fairground equipment is checked for safety and are responsible for replacing worn parts from wheels down to bolts and bearings.
Whilst the machinery may be safe, it is obviously dangerous to ride on a roller coaster if, for example, you have a heart condition. Stay safe!
The Cedar Point American amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, has announced that they are going to launch the Valravn, which will be the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster ride in the world. Riders will experience a record-breaking freefall drop of 214 ft at a 90 degree angle and at 75 mph, before a series of truly terrifying twists and turns.
The Valravn will even flip passengers upside down in a part of the ride that has been likened to a manoeuvre by a jet-fighter. The ride will be breaking 10 world records when it opens in the summer, and thrill-seekers are already looking forward to being the first to experience the Valravn roller coaster ride of a lifetime!
At a jaw-dropping 456 ft high, the Kingda Ka, which is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, is currently the tallest steel roller coaster in the world. It has a vertical drop of 418 ft and reaches speeds of 125 mph.
Top Thrill Dragster
Back to Cedar Point we go for the second tallest roller coaster currently thrilling riders. The aptly named Top Thrill Dragster is 420 ft high and a ride on it is so fast that it lasts only 17 seconds. It may be all over very quickly but it is an experience you won’t forget!
Superman: Escape From Krypton
For the third tallest roller coaster we must go to the Six Flags Magic Mountain park in Valencia, California, which is the location of the Superman: Escape From Krypton ride. When this ride originally opened in 1997 it was the tallest and joint fastest roller coaster in the world. At 415 ft in height and with a drop of 328 ft, this amusement park ride is still one of the best.
The Leviathan is located at the Wonderland amusement park in Vaughan, Ontario, in Canada. At 306 ft tall and with speeds up to 92 mph, this roller coaster is the eighth fastest in the world.
Tower of Terror
The Tower of Terror is in the Dreamworld Park in, Coomera, Queensland, is the tallest roller coaster in Australia at 377 feet in height. This coaster is aptly named, because its reverse freefall ride can be terrifying!