Awesome and thrilling, no amusement park is ever complete without a killer roller coaster which can make you scream your lungs out. Enthralling and attractive to people of all ages, roller coaster rides are one of the best experiences in the world! With different types of roller coasters offering different combinations of speed, drops, turns and twists and inversions each roller coaster has a unique thrill of its own. With new and exciting roller coasters coming up around the world here is a list of the Top 10 Amazing Roller Coasters in the World!
10. Batman :The Ride
Adding a new element of spine tingling thrill, this ride features a backward journey in 2013 for a limited period of time though. With a not so great top speed of 50 mph and a height of about 105 feet, batman the ride located at the six flags magic mountain in Valencia California uses a chain lift launch system. This inverted steel roller coaster more than makes up for its lack of speed in the absolutely electrifying 87 foot twisting dive into a vertical loop followed by a Zero-G roll or a spiraling camelback which is a vertical inversion and a 68 foot vertical loop and after a number of twists and dips the ride features two vertical loops dubbed as corkscrews, stretched such that the entrance and the exit are at considerable distance from one another. What makes this ride emphatically more thrilling is the fact that it is floorless leaving your legs dangling during these hair raising inversions. Named by many theme park critics as a punch packer, these two minutes of awesomeness features a total of 5 inversions!
9. Nyhed Juvelen
One of the largest new rides unveiled in Denmark on the 4th of may, it attracted not only the local populace but a lot of international attention as well. One of the worlds’s most spectacular rides, it is Europe’s only double launch coaster and significantly expensive. The double launch coaster is significant because it accelerates to killer speeds up to 85 kmph! Located at the Djurs Sommerland amusement park at Jylland, Denmark it is built by Intamin AG and is the longest roller coaster of Denmark. It uses a tire propelled launch that begins when the train runs over a constantly spinning tire. Nyhed Juvelin translates to the jewel and the theme of this ride is an off road trek through the Mayan jungles aboard all terrain vehicle cars featuring side banks of 80 degrees and two insane launches as part of the quest for lost Mayan treasure through waterfalls, Mayan temples and jungles making it exciting as well as picturesque!
8. Intimidator 305
As the name suggests, this mean ride is a steel roller coaste,r at Kings Doswell, Virginia in the United States. Having a height of 93 metres and a coaster speed of 141 kmph it is a gigacoaster. Themed to NASCAR racing legend Dake Earnhardt, it was opened in 2010. Designed by Intramin, it has a drop of 300 metres at a killer 85 degree at a speed of 140kmph to take your breath away after the ascension to the first hill at 305 feet. This is followed immediately by a 270 degree turn before the climb to the 150 foot hill which gives ample airtime, succeeded by high speed bunny hop and another rapid turn.3 sharp twists and a final accelerated turn it ascends two successive airtime hills it has another sharp twist followed by a twisty bunny hop into the magnetic brakes. Colossal and imposing it literally takes your breath away with its intensity and speed.
7. Bandit Bomber
A steel inverted roller coaster, it is a main attraction of the Yas Waterworld at Abu Dhabi. Newly operational since 2013 January, it features first of its kind interactive water system where riders can shoot targets with laser guns attached to each seat . Ground effects such as geysers and jets and on ground effects like water cannons, waterfalls, jets etc make it all the more fun. 512 metre long, it starts off with a 23 metre lift plummeting trough a series of drops called splash zones at speeds of 50kmph and also a couple of turns and brake runs creating the perfect mixture of the water park fun and thriller ride terror!
Located at the front of the Cedar Point amusement park in USA it is 4164 feet long and features a 164 feet drop! Having the highest inversion and the record for the longest drop the ride features wing over the drop maneuver wherein the train rotates 180 degrees to the right before rushing towards the ground at high speeds of 65 mph followed by the immelmann; which is a half loop and a half twist, a camelback airtime flying over a 105 foot tall hill succeeded by a heart stopping 360 degree flip and a zero g roll. This is then tailed by a 180 degree turnaround which pushes the coaster back towards the station called the inclined dive loop before a camelback sudden drop towards a spiral 360 degrees rotation to the end. all of this in about 2 minutes and forty seconds makes it one of the most amazing coaster experiences of your life!
5. Kingda Ka
located at the six flags great adventure in Jackson New Jersey in USA, Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest roller coaster and the second fastest. It was opened to the public in May 2005 and since then has enjoyed its status of being one of the most awesome roller coasters. It is a hydraulic launch rocket coaster, reaches a maximum height of 456 feet which would be about the height of about 40 storeys and can reach a record speed of 0 to 128mph in just 3.5 seconds! A 90 degrees quarter turn, a heart stopping 418 feet drop followed by a vertical 270 degree spiral,and a second thrilling valley drop of 129 feet makes this 50.6 second ride one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life, and this roller coaster one to remember!
4. Formula Rossa
The world’s fastest roller coaster at the stunning speed of 240kmph or 150mph, Formula Rossa accelerates to this high speed in 5 seconds flat! Located in Ferrari world Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, it uses a hydraulic launch system and a 20,800 horsepower launch power and has a track which is 2.2 km long. As the name suggests the park is a Ferrari theme park hence the Formula Rossa celebrates speed and thrill. On account of its high speed and risk of insect or particulate impacts riders are required to wear protective glasses! The initial launch is followed by its top height ascension of 178 feet before flying through several twists and turns, sudden drops and sharp 70 degree turns and finally across the finish line Grand Prix style. Designed by Jack rouse associates and manufactured by Intamin this roller coaster resembles the Ferrari F1 car.
3. Steel Dragon 2000
With seat belts and leg restraints as well it makes you think how bad(good) could this ride be. The longest roller coaster in the world, this 2478.99 m ride is a good 4 minutes of a pure unadulterated amusement for all you adventurous thrill seekers. Located at Nagashima spa land in Nagashima, Japan; It uses a traditional one lift with two chain life launch system of which the first is moved by a 300 horsepower motor. Slowly building up an atmosphere of suspense with a slow lift, the 68 degree plunge 310 feet down will take your breath away. The next lift is the camelback hump after which is the third and final lift with a fall of 200 feet which is followed by a combination of gripping turns and twists first sweeping up and around the right then to the left. Swerving around a hair raising U turn, the ride then proceeds over 8 hops followed by some travel time in a pitch black tunnel and finally these 4 minutes of overwhelming fun come to an end, back at the station.
2. The Smiler
Holding the record for the most number of inversions In the world with 14 heart stopping loops, the Smiler opened on may 2013 at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Featuring two lift hills, one of which is a sloped lift hill and the other is a stupendous vertical lift hill. After the start off the coaster it immediately encounters a drop of 180 degrees to the left mid way through which it sweeps into the first inversion where the roller coaster rotates by 360 degrees called the heartline roll and after a brief stop on block brakes atop the first hill it then drops to a 180 degree turn to the right before banking onto the next inversion, a downward corkscrew where riders are inverted at a point angled 90 degrees horizontally from the track which is followed by a steep drop into two dive loops which are inversions where the track twists upwards to the side diving towards the bottom in a half vertical loop. The heart shaped inversion named the batwing is the next inversion which provides ample airtime after which it reaches another set of block brakes before another corkscrew. After ascending the vertical lift hill the coaster drops 180 degrees to the left again into a downward corkscrew followed by a reverse sidewinder before a sidewinder called the serpent roll. The second airtime hill is the next post which the coaster does a cobra roll described as an upwards half vertical loop, followed by a perpendicular corkscrew followed by another corkscrew merging into a downward half vertical loop exiting parallel to the entrance. A couple of corkscrews more and a 180 degree left turn is the final installment of this guaranteed screamer. With the description itself inciting much excitement, the ride will make you more than just smile!
Located in the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida Japan it is famous for its 121 degree drop angle which makes it the world’s steepest roller coaster. Officially unveiled for public use in June 2011, this custom Gerstlauer Euro fighter roller coaster is a 1000 metre ride with a top height of 141 metres that can accelerate to a speed of 100 kmph or 62mph in 2 seconds flat! Two minutes of mayhem, it begins directly with a sudden dive into a tunnel of darkness before a 360 degree roll called a heartline roll followed by a rapid launch down a 63 metres tunnel at the top speed of 100kmph exiting into a hill with a 90 degree ascent and descent called a top hat inversion. This is followed by a banana roll, a new insane inversion which is a combination of a cobra roll and an overbanked turn, a corkscrew and two hills providing airtime. The coaster returns to the station after slowing down on block brakes, but it doesn’t end here. After a sharp turn 180 degrees to the right and back out the building, it ascends the vertical lift hill up 43 metres after which riders experience the mind boggling 121 degree steep drop followed by a dive loop , an inline loop and finally an immelmann loop.