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The best roller coasters in the world

Posted by mandyf on July 25, 2012

The best roller coasters in the world have one thing in common – they elicit the proper response. Sometimes that response is a scream, passing out has happened at times, or for lack of a kinder way to phrase it, something happens necessitating and anal hygiene check. Seriously, it does happen. While the U.S once seemed to have a lock on nearly all of the top roller coasters in the world, nowadays they are spread around the globe with several counties laying claim to at least one of the top twenty. Rather than get into that comprehensive a look, let’s focus on the few roller coasters that are actually worth traveling to get to.

Millennium Force

Located in Sandusky, Ohio, at Cedar Point Amusement Park, Millennium Force is designed to twist, turn, shake, rattle, and empty your stomach. It was built in 2000, and at that time it was the tallest roller coaster at 300 feet, and measures an impressive 6,595 feet in length. The 300 foot drop is pretty terrifying, the banked turns are nauseating, and the 93mph speed is both exhilarating and gut wrenching. The ride runs about 2 minutes and 15 seconds, and it is worth ever minute of the hour or more you may wait to get on it. Incidentally, it is still the longest steel track roller coaster you can find in the US.

Thunder Dolphin

If you are a true roller coaster junkie, you have got to go to Tokyo to get on the dolphin. It measures 3,500 feet in length and tops out at a speed in the low to mid 80mph range, but it is everything going on around you that makes the ride a real thrill. Starting off with a drop of about 220 feet from an 80 degree angle, the ride really blows your eyes back in their sockets. While that is great and there are some funky banks to deal with, what is really cool is that the dolphin goes through a hole in the La Qua building. You just don’t see that anywhere else. As if that wasn’t enough to be a top roller coaster, then it goes right through the middle of a Ferris wheel! It simply does not get any cooler than that.

Kingda Ka’s Arch Rival

This is another roller coaster located at Cedar Point Amusement Park, but this was the first strata coaster built. She gets up to 120mph at her max speed, stands 400 feet tall at her apex, and back in 2003 when she debuted she held the record for the steepest drop, top speed, and the tallest roller coaster in the world. It isn’t a very long ride at around a minute twenty, and it isn’t going to toss you around too much with sick twists and turns, but it is going to flat out peel your skin back and having you asking God for help.

Tower of Terror

You have to trek to the Gold Coast of Australia for this beauty, and just a suggestion, but wear a diaper. The Tower of Terror is the tallest tower roller coaster in the world. Some purists say it isn’t a real roller coaster, because it doesn’t actually travel a traditional roller coaster type path, but technically speaking it makes the list. It hits 100mph in seven seconds, reaches 4.5 g’s at its max which actually makes riders momentarily weightless. Anything that can strap you in and make you weightless out in the open air has got to be included.

The Steel Dragon

The Steel Dragon debuted in 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park which is in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The Dragon measures and impressive 0 and world record – 8,133 feet long, and is often referred to as a gigacoaster. Once you strap in you will be bodily abused for just a hair of three minutes as you will find yourself slammed back and forth, to and fro in your harness until you don’t even notice it anymore. People have reported getting off the ride bruised from the thrashing. The twists and turns are okay, the height is impressive, but it is the sheer length of the ride that makes it so impressive. When you feel like you can’t even lift your legs to get off the ride, you got your moneys worth.


Dodonpa is a test of your mental will. You have to give it to the Japanese engineers that made this ride, because it is a total mind freak. It’s located in Yamanshi, Japan, and before you even move you are already feeling like your mind is being messed with. They deliberately extend the wait for the start of the ride in a dark tunnel to build the tension. The acceleration out of the tunnel can induce vomiting at 2.7g (107mph in 2 seconds) which is the fastest in the world, and if that doesn’t get you the pair of 90 drops from around 170 feet might. The hairpins curves are usually enough to empty stomachs and/or bladders if all else fails. Overall Dodonpa will flat out mess you up in a mere minute and a half.

Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New jersey is the bomb. It is the granddaddy of them all being the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The 128mph launch speed is reached in 3.5 seconds, it peaks out at 465 feet which has been tall enough to attract lightning strikes, and reaches a speed of 128mph! It is a quick ride at under a minute and half, but it flat out delivers. If you don’t have a higher power before you get on Kingda Ka, the odds are you will halfway that massive drop the top hat tower. All the other roller coasters have cool perks that make them unique in some way, but this is bar none the one roller coaster you must ride.


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