Best Roller Coasters In The World
Roller Coasters are taller, faster, and more exhilarating than ever before! Technology has allowed amusement parks to push the limit to new heights (literally) and give park goers thrill rides like no other. It has almost become a competition to see what park can build the tallest and fastest coaster. Parks keep topping each other, forcing the competition to push the envelope even more! These are a few of the world’s best roller coasters:
This roller coaster opened in 2010 and is located in Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates. It is currently the fastest roller coaster in the world, with a top speed around 150 miles per hour! The journey begins for riders by going from a standstill to 60 mph in under 2 seconds. For comparison, the fastest cars in the world (Porsche 918 Spyder) currently go 0-60 in around 2.5/seconds. Ferrari builds some of the most luxurious and high performing cars in the world, so we should expect their roller coasters to be no different.
It is impossible to talk about the best roller coasters in the world without talking about Kingda Ka, located right here at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Opened in 2005, Kingda broke the record for the tallest, and at the time fastest, roller coasters in the world. It remains the tallest roller coaster in the world. With a top speed of 130/mph which is reached in just 3.5 seconds, Kingda Ka is the ultimate ride for thrill seekers. Before beginning the ride, riders are warned to have their heads facing forward due to the intense g forces caused by the ride. In 2014, Six Flags add Zumanjaro: Drop Of Doom to Kingda Ka. This is the largest drop tower ride in the world. If you plan on riding Kingda Ka, we recommend going early or on a cloudy day because the line can grow up to 4 hours longs!
Staying close to home in New Jersey, El Toro is one of the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters. El Toro stands just feet away from Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Riding a wooden coaster is an entirely different experience than riding a steel one, it is much more tough and uncomfortable. El Toro plays tricks on riders with massive drops that make you feel like you are going to fly straight out of the car. It is a longer riding experience than most steel coasters, and you are elevated high above the park for much of the ride so there are some great sights to see.
Top Thrill Dragster
The last roller coaster we will highlight is the Top Thrill Dragster located at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. Cedar point is known for it’s roller coasters, none more famous than Top Thrill Dragster. At the time of it’s opening in 2003 it was the tallest roller coaster in the world, however it was quickly surpassed by Kingda Ka. The ride is designed like it is a real drag race, complete with a red-yellow-green starting light. It is a little older than the other coasters on our list, so it doesn’t reach quite the heights and speeds, but it is still quite the thrill ride.
The roller coasters above are the biggest and baddest out right now. Without a doubt parks will continue to try and 1 up one another and build even taller and even faster. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the ones above if you have the opportunity, especially since some are so close to home!