September 30, 2019

Roller coasters are everywhere these days,
from the local county fair to the largest of the theme parks. And almost everyone has
been on one at some point. The evolution of the coaster over time is
nothing short of amazing as each new one seems to offer something higher, faster, and more
breath-taking. I’m Reacher…and with that in mind, we’re
bringing you 25 of the most thrilling and heart-pounding roller coasters in the world. Number Twenty-five First opening in January of 2002 as X, this
one at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California was the world’s first 4th Dimension
coaster. It closed down in December 2007 to be turned into X2, reopening about five months
later with special effects that include a sound system and a pair of flamethrowers. If you’ve never ridden a 4D coaster, then
you need to find one and make it happen. The seats are designed in a way that allows them
to rotate forward or backward 360-degrees in a controlled spin while extending off the
track. Riders pass under the flamethrowers right before entering the second raven loop,
with a half twist finishing off the ride as it enters the final break run. All in all, this one, which takes just over
two minutes to complete, should be ridden after dark to get the full experience from
the special effects. Number Twenty-four Going through a coaster ride can be a stomach-churning
event for some of the toughest people. So why not take it one step further and throw
in spinning cars? Well, apparently someone has a sadistic side as the Time Traveler at
Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri did just that. Opening in March of 2018, the 100-foot high
coaster had to be custom-designed to the terrain of the Ozark Mountains, ending up with a track
3,020 feet long and a ride time just under two minutes. This unique arrangement means
there’s no lift hill as the train drops 90 feet vertically before entering into a dive
loop at just over 50 miles per hour. Coming out of this, it heads into two consecutive
turns before reaching the first of two in-ride launches. After a momentary stop, the train
accelerates to 47 miles per hour before entering a banked curve and continuing into a 95-foot
vertical loop. Currently the Time Traveler lays claim to
the world records of the most inversions on a spinning coaster at three as well as being
the fastest, steepest, and tallest of its kind. Number Twenty-three Surprisingly, Tatsu is the only flying coaster
on the list. But it’s the one you need to ride since as far as flyers go, it shares
the speed record at 62 miles per hour and holds the height record at 170 feet.
It’s also the only one with a zero-g roll, and it has the world’s tallest pretzel loop.
So, if you make your way to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, be sure
and give it a go. This style of coaster has the rider laying
with their back parallel to the track, instead of standing or sitting which means you’re
always facing the ground or staring out into the ether.
And with the structure of this one built on the side of a mountain; the elevation changes
provide even more of a unique thrill to the two-minute ride. An in-line twist finishes
off the ride, adding another 3,602 feet to the amazing part of your life! Number Twenty-two Seriously, just watching this one causes my
brain to make weird noises. So if you’re over in England, somebody high five the person
at Alton Towers who authorized building The Smiler as this fantastic, convoluted mess
of a coaster is my new, personal favorite! At the top, it plunges into a third 180-degree
drop which banks into a corkscrew. The final stretch puts riders through a sea serpent
roll, a small airtime hill, and a dive into a cobra roll as well as two back-to-back corkscrews. In the center of it all is a feature called
The Marmaliser, whose five legs serve to make the riders smile through various functions. All told it’s 3,838 feet of track, twisting
in and through itself up to 98 feet high, are set up in a way that allows for the operation
of up to five trains at once while hitting just under 53 miles per hour. Throughout all
of this are a total of 14 inversions, which set a world record when it opened in 2013.
And this one is not likely to be broken any time soon. Number Twenty-one Dive coasters have only been around roughly
a quarter of a century, but in that time they’ve become a must-have item for anyone’s coaster
bucket list. When Busch Gardens Tampa built SheiKra in 2005, it was the first to offer
this feature to the masses of North America, and it did so times two. Coincidentally, two
is also the number of years the coaster was open before someone took the initiative and
made it floorless. Because…why not increase the fear factor? If you like alternating between holding your
breath and screaming then riding this one should be the best 2:20 of your day. Number Twenty To the random person, a coaster ride that
is less than a minute long and 863 feet in length doesn’t sound like much. But to the
aficionado, it just reinforces the adage that dynamite comes in small packages! Sky Scream, a launch coaster built in 2014
at Germany’s Holiday Park, may be short in both time and length but it more than makes
up for it through the experience. The horror-themed ride starts with a small
launch forward, providing momentum just short of enough to reach maximum altitude. Coming
back again, it’s relaunched up a 90-degree twist, reaching its top speed of 62 miles
per hour as well as its maximum height of 150 feet. Number Nineteen. Rougarou is the first floorless coaster at
Ohio’s Cedar Point, having opened in 2015 when it was converted from an older, stand
up coaster. Starting this 2 ½ minute ride is a 145-foot
lift hill with a small 180-degree turn at the top that might give you pause, as most
coasters are already dropping at this point. So, about the time you start to wonder, everything
kicks in and reminds you not to think on your own. The first drop, like most, gets the riders
up to the top speed. Almost immediately you enter into a 119-foot vertical loop over a
small lagoon followed by a dive loop, a non-inverting overbanked turn, and a leaning inclined loop.
Finishing out the 3,900-foot long track is a corkscrew into a figure-eight. If looking down and seeing nothing but air
below your feet while traveling at up to 60 miles per hour is kinda your thing then this
one is probably one of your favorites. Number Eighteen. When it opened to the public in May of 2018
the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio was a first
of its kind. Not as a single-rail but as the first to use the Raptor track which allowed
the use of a train just one seat wide. The 1,800-foot ride lasts just under a minute,
which doesn’t sound like enough time but this one doesn’t stop throwing you around until
the moment you hit the brake run. The train hits its highest point at the top
of the 113-foot lift hill before dropping vertically 100 feet, and hitting a top speed
of 52 miles per hour, then entering a tunnel and into a dive loop. It finishes up with
a drop into a cutback and a corkscrew before going into one last over-banked turn. Number Seventeen Located in Sandusky, Ohio, on a small peninsula
bordering Lake Erie, is the Cedar Point amusement park. Right in front is a wing coaster that
is aptly named GateKeeper. Opened in 2013, it featured the highest inversion
in the world at the time with a height of 170 feet. Right after this, there’s a 164-foot
drop that has riders reaching 67 miles per hour while experiencing up to 4 G’s. Other features of the 4,164-foot long ride
include an Immelmann loop, six inversions, and a 360-degree roll while simultaneously
passing through two, 100-foot tall towers that straddle the entrance to the park. All in all, it only takes two minutes to complete,
which is either too short or too long depending on how resolute you are. Number Sixteen What started as a roadside food stand in the
1920s evolved into Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Rising over the park’s boardwalk
area since May of 2018 is a surf-themed, infinity coaster having the fitting moniker of HangTime. Riders are momentarily suspended at the highest
point of 150 feet before descending into a 96-degree beyond-vertical drop. All told the 2,189-foot long ride reaches
speeds up to 57 miles per hour and puts the riders through five gravity-defying inversions,
including a negative-g stall loop, during the 2 ½ minute ride. A feature worth noting is the chase lighting
on the track, which makes a nighttime ride part of anyone’s to-do list. I’m Allie, and it’s Minds Eye Trivia Time.
By looking at just these images. Do you know what this is and what it’s from?
Leave the correct answer or your best guess section below. Number Fifteen When Ohio’s Cedar Point decided to build a
dive coaster, they didn’t waste time with the small stuff. They went big. And by big,
I mean they built one with the super, awesome metal name of Valravn and then made sure it
was going to break records. In fact, it broke six dive coaster records
upon opening in May of 2016. But like almost every other coaster out there, nothing lasts
forever, and these have since been surpassed. The only one it retains is the record for
the tallest at 223 feet, which it shares with the Yukon Striker. The 3,415-foot journey begins with the train
making a quick 180-degree turn out of the station to start the ascension up the lift
hill. Once at the top, the train pauses at the precipice,
building the anticipation before plummeting 214 feet straight down, reaching its top speed
of 75 miles per hour. A small airtime hill finishes it off just before the train hits
the final brake run of the 2:23 ride. Number Fourteen It goes without saying that a coaster by the
name of Steel Curtain is going to have something to do with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Considering
its location is Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, it’s a given. As of this video, this is the youngest coaster
on the list having opened in July 2019. In doing so, it set records on three levels as
the tallest coaster in the state at 220 feet, the most inversions in North America at nine,
and the tallest inversion in the world at 197 feet. Coming off of the lift hill, the 4,000-foot
ride leads out with a Drachen Fire Dive Drop that shoots the train directly into a banana
roll. And you’ll be doing all of this in about two minutes at speeds up to 76 miles per hour. After riding this one I’m sure you’ll see
there’s a reason this coaster was named after one of the toughest defensive lines in NFL
history! Number Thirteen Marketed as the world’s first hyper-hybrid
coaster, Steel Vengeance at Ohio’s Cedar Point is a mix of wood and steel towering 205 feet
in the air. Converted from an existing wood coaster, the track was re-laid with steel
and extended to a length of 5,740 feet. Coming off of its lift hill, the train drops
at a 90-degree angle for 200 feet, allowing it to reach its top speed of 74 miles per
hour. The rest of the 2 1/2-minute ride consists of a series of six overbanked turns and ten
hills that create just over 27 seconds of airtime. There are also four inversions that occur
while the track is winding within and through the structure, consisting of three zero-g
rolls and a zero-g stall. When it opened in 2018, it broke several world
records, mostly relating to hybrid coasters. As of this video, it is still the longest,
fastest, and tallest in the world of its kind. Number Twelve Opening just a short time ago on July 4th
of this year, Maxx Force at Chicago’s Six Flags Great America is a new launch coaster
that is breaking not one…not two…but three records. It has the fastest launch time, to its top
speed of 78 miles per hour, at just 1.8 seconds. After that, riders experience the fastest
inversion at 60 miles per hour as well as the tallest double inversion at 175 feet.
This and a few other inversions, for a total of five, doesn’t sound like much but it all
happens in just 1,800 feet of track over 23 seconds. That’s barely time to take a second
breath, assuming you aren’t holding yours the whole time! Number Eleven Also having a car theme like its steel counterpart,
Lightning Rod at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has the distinction of being the
fastest wooden roller coaster in the world since it opened in 2016. Starting with a 45 mile per hour launch up
a 206-foot hill, the ride goes into twin camel humps before it even hits its massive 165-foot
drop. Riders are then propelled along the 3,800-foot long track through the trees and
hills surrounding the park, reaching speeds up to 73 miles per hour. Riders experience roughly 20 seconds of airtime
during the 3:12 second ride, which is just enough to make eating before the ride a coin-flip
decision. Number Ten The Intimidator 305 is a Nascar themed Gigacoaster
found at Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. It all seems fitting considering
the top speed of 90 miles per hour and the modifications that had to be made early on
due to riders blacking out in its first turn. Standing 305 feet at its highest, the ride
doesn’t hesitate to get the adrenaline flowing as the first drop is 300 feet down at an 85-degree
angle. Surprisingly it has no inversions, but the
three high-speed turns near ground level and the six air-time humps still make the 5,100-foot
long, three-minute ride one of the most thrilling on the East Coast since it opened in 2010. Number Nine How would you like to experience the longest,
fastest, and tallest non-launched steel coaster in the United States? If you make a stop at
Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina you can do just that on Fury 325, a Giga Coaster
that also manages to be interstate as it crosses into South Carolina during the ride. It begins with a lift up to the top of a 325-foot
high peak followed by an 81-degree drop that gets riders up to 95 miles per hour. Considering that this one just opened in 2015
and has maintained the #1 spot in the Golden Ticket Awards among steel coasters worldwide
for the past three years, it should be a welcome addition to anyone’s list. Number Eight Holding its own against other famous Japanese
coasters is Takabisha, a record-breaker located in Fujiyoshida Fuji-Q Highland Park. Unlike most coasters, this one doesn’t start
with a lift hill or a drop. The 3,280-foot long ride begins with a descent into a pitch-black
tunnel that includes a heartline roll. But this isn’t the end as the car immediately
makes a sharp turn and heads to a vertical lift that takes it 141 feet into the air.
Upon reaching the top, the car slowly creeps to the edge of a record-setting 121-degree,
beyond-vertical drop. That’s a lot to pack into a ride that lasts roughly two minutes! Although it has held the record since its
opening in 2011, Takabisha’s drop will be surpassed 1/2 of a degree by Shellraiser,
a coaster themed after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which set to open later this
year in the US. Number Seven Located in San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta
Texas theme park, Batman: The Ride was the first 4D free spin roller coaster when it
debuted in May of 2015. Riders sit four across with two on each side
of the track in seats that pivot and spin using a mix of magnetism, gravity, and body
weight. The 1,019-foot ride starts with a vertical
120-foot lift which wastes no time getting to the good stuff by pluming the rider through
a series of hills that deliver six full inversions and two beyond-vertical raven drops that’ll
give new meaning to the term weightlessness. Its speed of 38 miles per hour may not sound
fast, but you can be sure this one is not for the faint of heart. You don’t have to
be as rich as Bruce Wayne to ride this one, but you might just need the bravery of its
namesake superhero. Number Six Dominating over all other roller coasters
in the height category is no small feat considering the fast-paced, ever-changing advancements
in design. But since opening in 2005 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey,
Kingda Ka, a 456-foot high Stratacoaster, has held the world record 14 years running. It’s no small feat to get to the top either
so be prepared for the launcher which will have you going from 0 to 128 miles per hour…in
just 3.5 seconds…90-degrees straight up. Coming back down is just as tough as riders
are plunged into a 270-degree spiral that leads into a 129-foot camel hill as it finishes
out the 3,118-foot track. The
ride may be short at just 51 seconds but it’ll leave your stomach churning for much, much
longer. Number Five Located just north of Salt Lake City, Utah is the city of Farmington, the home of Lagoon
Amusement Park and Cannibal, which currently holds the world record for the highest beyond-vertical
drop on a roller coaster. Having made its premiere in 2015, it begins
with a 208-foot climb through an enclosed tower. Upon exiting, riders instantly plunge
into a 116-degree beyond-vertical free-fall reaching up to 70 miles per hour. Structured around the tower and a large waterfall,
the 2,735-foot long track includes an underground tunnel, a 140-foot tall loop, and anywhere
from three to five inversions depending on who you talk to. The whole thing lasts about 2 1/2 minutes,
subjecting the rider to G-forces in the 4.2 range at times. Considering that the average
Space Shuttle launch only put about 3 G’s on the astronauts, I’d put this one on your
to-do list. Number Four Another of the dive coasters, the Yukon Striker
at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario has the distinction of being the current world record
holder as the fastest and longest of its kind as well as sharing the record for the tallest
with Valravn. Other records include the longest drop and the most inversions for this type. This floorless coaster only recently opened
to the public in May of 2019, towering 223 feet over the park’s skyline. The ride itself
is a journey lasting just under 3 1/2 minutes and traversing 3,625 feet of track. The first thing that will take your breath
is the 245-foot, 90-degree drop through the structure of another coaster and into an underwater
tunnel. Reaching a speed of 80 miles per hour, the train exits the tunnel and enters into
the world’s largest Immelmann loop which rises 148 feet above ground level. After this is a zero-g roll followed by a
complete 360-degree loop, which currently stands as the only one of its kind for a dive
coaster. The train then takes another drop into an airtime hill before shooting through
a 360-degree helix and ending at the final brake run. Number Three Japan has no shortage of must-ride roller
coasters, and Steel Dragon 2000 in Nagashima Spa Land is one that easily makes any list.
Since it opened in August of 2000, it has held the world record for the longest roller
coaster at just over 8,133 feet, beating out its nearest rival by roughly 691 feet. Coming out of the station the train rises
to the top of the 318-foot lift hill before dropping 306 feet. Reaching 95 miles per hour,
the train then ascends a 252-foot camelback hill that leads into a rising figure-eight
helix. Although I haven’t discussed the expense of
building these coasters, it should be noted that this one cost around $52 million, running
second only to Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World Florida. After this is a series
of six more camelback hills along with two tunnels to finish out the four-minute ride. Number Two If I told you that a coaster was themed after
a high-end, luxury sports car, you’d expect it to be the best of the best, right? Well,
you won’t be disappointed then because the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi
is precisely what you’d expect! The designers even took the extra step of drawing inspiration
for the shape from a legendary Italian racetrack. The 1 1/2 minute ride starts with a hydraulic
launch system blasting the train out of the station, reaching its top speed of 149 miles
per hour in just 4.9 seconds while hitting the riders with up to 1.7 Gs. Throughout the 1 1/4 mile long track this
can increase to 4.8 Gs while reaching heights up to 171 feet, which should be expected considering
this currently is and has been the record holder for the fastest roller coaster in the
world since it opened in 2010. As a side note, riders have to wear safety
glasses due to the risk of impact with airborne particulates and insects. Because really,
who wants a bug in the eye at that speed? Number one. Setting a new standard in an industry that
is this ever-changing is no small feat. So, when Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point built Millennium
Force, it broke several existing world records and brought about an all-new classification
of roller coaster. Thus, the Gigacoaster was born. Standing 310 feet tall at its highest point,
the 6,595-foot long track roughly covers a 13-acre spread. This giant among giants starts
with a 300-foot drop that quickly reaches a top speed of 93 miles per hour. By the end of the two-minute ride, you’ve gone
through two tunnels, around three overbanked turns, and over four hills as well as hopped
back and forth over a lagoon to a small island. Having been surpassed by others as a record
holder, it still has the bragging rights of being the first of its kind.
Additionally, since it was built in May of 2000, it has ranked in the top two among steel
coasters worldwide in the Golden Ticket awards, holding the top spot for ten of those years. So, there you have it, the most extensive
list we’ve done to date. And maybe the one we had the most fun on as well. Speaking of
fun, almost everyone has ridden a coaster at some point.
Were any of them on this list? If so, let us know about your ride in the comments. And I’m sure it goes without saying that you
can clue us in on anything you think should’ve made the list. I’m Reacher…and we’ll see you on the next

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