Roller coasters are what many theme park junkies live for, and these five are definitely no slouches. Whether it be the world’s steepest or one that vanishes into an underwater tunnel, you’ll find them here. Continue reading to see more.
5. Kingda Ka
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure is currently one of the world’s tallest and fastest steel roller coasters. Costing a hefty $25-million to build, it goes from 0-128mph in just 3.5-seconds (1.67g’s) — powered by a 20800 horsepower hydraulic launch motor — and the steel track peaks at a daunting 456-feet.
4. Formula Rossa
You haven’t seen a fast roller coaster, until you’ve seen Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa. This attractions rockets its passengers to speeds in excess of 140MPH over a 1.2-mile track. Oh, and did we mention it was built above Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track? Well, it is. It’s the star piece for the “Ferrari World” theme park.
3. Mieders Alpine Coaster
Though not exactly a homemade roller coaster, the Mieders Alpine Coaster does take the award for world’s scariest, as the brakes are optional. Put simply, “you reach the summit via a cable car and then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go.”
Unlike other roller coasters, Vanish in Yokohama, Japan features a 744m track that leads to an underwater tunnel. It opened in 1999 and reaches a maximum height of 35m. This roller coaster has two trains, each with six cars. Each car can hold up to four people (two rows of two), and thankfully a shoulder restraint system is used.
1. Takabisha: The World’s Steepest Roller Coaster
You haven’t rode a scary roller coaster, until you’ve experienced Takabisha. This beast is essentially a “Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter steel roller coaster located at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan; it received worldwide media attention when it opened due to it having a drop angle of 121-degrees.