Going to the amusement park can be fun for the whole family, but there’s always a few rides — excluding roller coasters — that make people scream in terror, sometimes even before riding them. We’ve rounded five such rides for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.
5. Unnamed Attraction
This weird amusement park ride in Russia may not be as cool as these DIY roller coasters, but it will definitely have some people wetting their pants. Hopefully, the real-life soundtrack is better than what’s heard in the video.
Invented by Troy Griffin in circa 1978, the slingshot, or reverse bungee, basically “consists of two telescopic gantry towers mounted on a platform, feeding two elastic ropes down to a two person passenger car constructed from an open sphere of tubular steel. The passenger car is secured to the platform with an electro-magnetic latch as the elastic ropes are stretched. When the electromagnet is turned off, the passenger car is catapulted vertically with a g-force of 3-5, reaching an altitude of between 50 and 80 metres (180-260 ft).”
3. Haunted Hospital
Not a traditional amusement park ride, but rather a walkthrough attraction of sorts. This haunted hospital equips guests with headlamps as they venture into an abandoned hospital, or is it? Let’s just say that you can never bring along enough people for this type of “ride”.
2. Stratosphere Insanity
Insanity the Ride is basically a “massive mechanical arm extending out 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower at a height of over 900 feet, this Vegas ride will spin you and several other passengers in the open air at speeds of up to three ‘G’s.”
1. Stratosphere SkyJump
Stratosphere’s SkyJump is definitely the scariest ride ever, possibly even topping most roller coasters. It provides the highest controlled free fall in the world, all from the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. Before the jump, riders are prepped and suited up in Stratosphere’s custom jump suits and given a safety lesson. After a short elevator trip to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, the jumper is connected to a high-speed ‘descender’ and led to the edge of the platform. Just take that last step and plummet through the sky 855 feet, or the equivalent of 108 floors.