Not everyone loves roller coasters but for the ones who do, this might just help you find your next amusement park trip – one that’s filled with thrills, scare, fun and laughter. At the turn of the 20th century, engineers were experimenting with roller coaster technology, looking for other ways to create thrills. By this point, coasters were able to go faster, bend and twist around hills. Scroll through to discover the some most terrifying, stomach-clenching, vertigo-inducing, adrenaline-pumping, and just plain best roller coasters in the world.
1. Big Shot
- Location: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, United States
- Height: 49 m
- Park: Stratosphere Las Vegas Amusement Park
- Speed: 45 mph (72 km/h)
Big Shot is a pneumatically powered tower ride. It was at one time the world’s highest amusement ride in terms of overall elevation above ground level, but has since been surpassed by the Sky Drop rise atop the Canton Tower in Guangzhou. Big Shot is a pneumatically powered tower ride. The tour opened on April 29, 1996, in a special VIP gala opening, a day before the tour and the casino opened to the general public. Big Shot was one of the first two rides to open on the Stratosphere Tower when the casino opened. Even at first, the guests at Stratosphere showed a much greater excitement about the Big Shot gravity drop tower than they did on High Roller.
2. Superman ride of steel -England
- Location:13710 Central Ave, Bowie, MD 20721, United States
- Height: 63 m
- Speed: 117 km/h
- Height Restriction: 1.4 m
Superman – Ride of Steel is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags America in Woodmore, Maryland. It opened on May 13, 2000 and is currently the tallest roller coaster in the state of Maryland. It’s a mirror image of Ride of Steel at Six Flags Darien Lake which opened a year ago. After exiting the station, the train makes a u-turn then climbs the 208 ft chain lift hill. After cresting the lift hill the train takes a 205 ft drop, reaching the ride’s max speed of 73mph. At the bottom of the first hill, riders experience a banked right turn and encounter a large second hill. After dropping down the second hill, the train enters a wide 540-degree banked helix. Exiting the helix, the ride gives guests a second to breathe with a long straightaway before encountering another large hill. At the bottom of the third hill, the train enters another wide 500-degree banked helix. After exiting the second helix, the train enters its finale of three small hills, providing riders with substantial floater airtime. Following the third and final airtime hill, the train hits the brakes before re-entering the station.
3. Colossus, Thorpe Park, United Kingdom
- Address: Thorpe Park, Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom
- Height: 30 m
- Max speed: 72 km/h
- Park Section: Lost City
Colossus is a steel roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, and the park’s first major attraction. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil, with consultation from Tussauds attraction developer John Wardley. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil, with consultation with Tussauds attraction developer John Wardley. The roller coaster is located in the Lost City area, in the south-east of the park. The ride is formed of a vertical loop, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and five heartline rolls. The train is dispatched from the station and immediately begins to ascend the chain lift hill, bringing riders to a maximum height of 98 ft. After disengaging from the chain, the train follows a 180 degree turn to the left into a drop – and passes through a vertical loop (left).
4. Fahrenheit Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Address: 100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033, United States
- Height: 37 m
- Park Section: Pioneer Frontier
- Park: Hersheypark
Fahrenheit is an Intamin seated roller coaster located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. It is also one of only three roller coasters in the world with a Norwegian loop. 97 degrees and falling fast! Climb the steep, 121-foot lift hill before plummeting down the coaster 97-degree drop. It is now the 7th steepest roller coaster in the world. Fahrenheit was announced in a Hersheypark press release on September 27, 2007. The ride is the 11th roller coaster and was one of two new attractions for the 2008 season. At the bottom of the drop is an on-ride camera. The train then ascends into a rare Norwegian loop. At entrance into the Norwegian loop, the train rolls to the left and dives through a half loop down to the ground. The train soars up and rolls out to the left as it exits the Norwegian loop. Upon exit, the train dives down and to the left into a two-inversion cobra roll, an element that returns riders in the same direction the train enters. Following the cobra roll, the train rolls into two consecutive corkscrews and a banked turn to the right through the lift hill. Exiting the turn, the train flies over a small airtime hill and through a wide low to the ground left-banked turn up into a slanted downward final brake run. The train then makes another 135-degree turn back into the station, concluding the 85-second ride on Fahrenheit.
5. Insanity Ride at Stratosphere-Las Vegas
- Height: 900 ft (270 m)
- Speed: 40 mph (64 km/h)
Insanity is a thrill ride located 900 ft (270m) above ground at the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Nevada that opened in 2005. Insanity the Ride is a truly mind-bending experience! The ride has a massive mechanical arm extending out at 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. It’s an amazing chance to grasp the Breathtaking view of Vegas But This Ride Hardly gives anyone this chance!