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Written by Michele Wheat
Do you love a good thrill that gets your heart racing, adrenaline pumping, and nervousness kicking in? Then you most likely enjoy going to amusement parks. For some adrenaline chasers, there is almost nothing better than putting on your amusement park admissions wristband, walking into the amusement park, and having a full day of fun riding rollercoasters with friends and family.
But what makes these roller coasters so fun? Is it the sheer speed, the sky scrapping heights, the giant drops, or the twists and turns that turn your stomach into a knot? Most people will have their own opinions on what makes the best roller coasters. So take a look below at some of the best ranked roller coasters from all around the world and see which ones sound the best to you.
The Kingda Ka reaches heights of 456 feet, making it taller than a 45-story building. This insane height makes it classified as the world’s tallest roller coaster ever since it opened in May 2010. It’s also known to have the longest drop of any roller coaster with a drop reaching 418ft. But wait, there is more! The roller coaster reaches the speed of 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, making it known as the fastest roller coaster in America. So, if you are in search of a trill, you definitely need to check out the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park.
If you are looking for speed, check out this speed demon that opened up in November 2010. Designed to look similar to a sports car, this roller coaster soars through the sky at speeds of 149.1 miles per hour making it ranked the fastest coaster in the world. The ride can also reach those max speeds in just five seconds. No doubt this ride make you feel like you are in a flying sports car.
Hold on tight because this roller coaster is upside down for a good portion of the ride. The Smiler, which opened in May 2013, has the most inversions (times a ride goes upside-down) out of any coaster in the world. How many you may ask? This ride spins its’ riders upside down and back around 14 times at speeds of 53 miles per hour. You are almost sure to be dizzy after this wild ride.
The Steel Dragon 2000, created in August 2000, is the longest ride in the world. It is 8,133 feet long making it over one and a half miles long. This monster is known to take riders over four long and harsh minutes to complete. It is not a relaxing four minutes to say the least. The ride reaches speeds of 95 miles per hour and to the height of 307 feet in the air. A scary fact about this ride is that it had to be closed down for over three years after one of its cart’s wheels flew off, injuring at least two people.
If those roller coasters above didn’t seem crazy enough, imagine a wooden roller coaster soaring through the air. The Goliath, created in June 2014, is the world’s fastest wooden rollercoaster topping off at amazing speeds of 72 miles per hour. It is not only known for its speed. This ride is also one of the tallest wooden roller coasters getting up to 165 feet in the sky.
Now the Goliath might have seemed pretty ridiculously tall for a wooden roller coaster, but it is not even the tallest. The T Express, build in June 2009, takes home the first-place trophy for the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster. The T Express gets to the height of 184 feet high in the air. Due to its height, it has a 151-foot drop. Now that’s a long distance to be riding downhill on a wooden drop.
Overall, all of these rides seem wild and thrilling in their own ways. So, if you are looking to get your heart racing, you may want to visit one of these world record roller coasters. Just be prepared because when you buy your admissions wristband, put it on, and get in line, there is no turning back. The best part of going on one of these coasters? Bragging to all of your friends. You may even want to create a custom wristband saying you did it to show off that you had the guts to ride one.