5 Can’t-Miss Coasters for Thrill Seekers

October 18th, 2013 by The JetSetter Team | 2 Comments »

Japan

Deemed the fastest roller coaster ever when it was build in 2001, Japan’s Dodonpa at Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Yamanashi also breaks the record for fastest acceleration by a roller coaster. Since, other rides have broken the speed barrier set by this ride, but it remains among the first to thrill riders in such a significant way and is therefore a must-see for roller coaster enthusiasts.

New Jersey

Kingda Ka calls New Jersey home—specifically, the Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. In 2004, the coaster opened and broke the record for height that still stands today. This roller coaster is 456 feet tall and has the longest drop of any roller coaster in existence—a coaster so tall that both New York City and Philadelphia can be seen on clear days.

United Arab Emirates

Unsurprisingly, a coaster at Ferrari World makes our list. The Formula Rossa roller coaster is the world’s fastest, reaching speeds of 149 miles per hour. We suspect that it probably also boasts the record for most and loudest screams and wind-blown faces.

California/Florida

Thrill seekers have long been seen frequenting Orlando, Florida’s Disney World, and Anaheim, California’s Disneyland, likely because they are both home to Space Mountain, an indoor roller coaster that speeds through pitch black darkness interrupted by bursts of light. The coaster surprises guests by unexpected turns and is something of an institution in both states.

Stafford, UK

Not for the weak of stomach, the Smiler holds the record for the largest number of roller coaster inversions—there are 14 of them! Located at the Alton Towers in Stafford, UK, this particular ride also boasts a huge after-coaster line to the trashcans and bathrooms—but don’t worry, you can “ride” it on YouTube first.

So pack your closed-toed shoes, garbage bag, and hair tie and prepare to experience all the world has to offer. See magnificent views of the city, boost adrenaline, and meet a friendly stranger when you clutch their hand in pure fright. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jnshaumeyer/2619815856/)


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