Ladies and gentlemen its time to buckle up your seatbelts and make sure you are in an upright position. Whether it is attempting to do a bungee jump or launch yourself out a plane from 10,000 feet, we all love a thrill.
Yet one way in which we get our kicks is through roller coasters. With so many to choose from, you can take advantage of the wide variety of thrills and spills along the mind blowing journey.
Carnivals as well as amusement parks have been ingrained in society for many centuries. From the travelling circus and coconut shies to the modern day roller coasters, fun and frolics have been the order of the day. With the summer fast approaching, theme parks across the globe will start to open their doors for those passionate thrill-seekers.
Theme parks provide the perfect opportunity for kids young and old to enjoy a day out whilst having plenty of fun along the way. There are corkscrews as well as loop the loops across a host of spine chilling rides which actually date back to the 17th Century. Some of the most famous rides include the likes of Superman: Escape from Krypton and Tower of Terror II which have previously been some of the tallest coasters around.
Meanwhile, The Scenic Railway, constructed in 1912 and based at Luna Park is believed to be the oldest working roller coaster on the planet. If that’s not enough hair raising facts then here’s a roundup of the 10 most thrilling roller coaster rides to get your blood pumping.
10 Kingda Ka
Arguably the longest coaster in the world, Kingda Ka is based in New Jersey. Within close proximity of New York, you enjoy all the sights before moving on to another show stopping site. It has been open for a decade and stands at more than 450 feet tall. It also has the longest drop at present where you can even gaze upon the Big Apple’s skyline if you dare to look.
Based at Coney Island for the best part of 90 years, Cyclone is an iconic ride. Located at this particular amusement park since 1927, you will certainly be whipped up into a frenzy in no time. Deemed a National Historical Landmark, it has been seen in a wide range of media including the notorious computer game Grand Theft Auto IV.
This is a tale of epic proportions. Situated at Six Flags Magic Mountain in the heart of Valencia, California, Colossus has made an appearance in a wealth of television shows and even on the silver screen in films. The coaster has been around since 1978 and is still going strong.
A record breaker in its own right, the Japanese ride called Takabisha is something to behold. Based at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park, this steel coaster has a world record breaking drop of an incredible 121 degrees. Takabisha is derived from its translation meaning "high-handed." With its official opening back in July 2011, this ride measures over an impressive 3,250 feet and involves a drop that will submerge you into pitch darkness.
6 Formula Rossa
Over in the United Arab Emirates, Formula Rossa is causing a real stir. This Middle Eastern spot is where you will find Ferrari World which is home to the awe-inspiring Formula Rossa roller coaster. It is the quickest coaster in the world where you can reach epic speeds of nearly 150mph. Talk about living in the fast lane.
Tread carefully if you really want to enter the Gatekeeper. This steel coast can be found at Cedar Point in Ohio. In spite of the fact that it has only been open for twelve months, it has gone on to break several records. GateKeeper provides you with a 50 plus metre drop and is renowned for its extensive height, track length and the sheer quantity of inversions. Taking eight months to construct and with top speeds of nearly 70 mph it’s a striking piece of engineering.
4 Space Mountain
This ride needs no introduction at all and is one of the most popular in the U.S. Space Mountain is located at Disney World in Orlando and has been enjoyed by many tourists and travellers for years. You have to go back to 1975 when the inaugural Space Mountain opened at Walt Disney World. With the assistance of an astronaut from NASA, Space Mountain is positioned at Magic Kingdom Park. This indoor roller coaster will take you on an inspirational space themed journey where you ride in the dark while benefitting from several unexpected twists and turns along the way.
3 The Big One
Having been open for two decades the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the UK was, at one time, the tallest coaster around. Measuring around 5,500 feet, hold on tight as you embark on a 200 foot plus drop with speeds of more than 70 mph. It’s truly an epic experience, so much so, that one enthusiast rode the Big One for 112 days straight back in 2012. Richard Rodriguez went on to break the Guinness World Record for most consecutive days which took place over the course of nearly four months.
Situated in Bristol, Connecticut, Zoomerang is probably one of the most famous boomerang related coasters. This is largely in part down to the fact that it offers a genuine unique layout which lends itself to its individuality. Once you are on board and buckled up, riders are forced backwards up a steep slope before being catapulted through a myriad of inversions. There is also a loop to deal with and once you reach the top of the hill you are released immediately in a backwards direction.
1 Saw: The Ride
Saw: The Ride is positioned in Thorpe Park in the United Kingdom. It all revolved around the movie franchise of the same name and has been open for five years. It has caused much controversy since its inception in March 2009 and is known as "the world's most terrifying coaster." It is the only horror-film themed roller-coaster of its kind with a drop of 100 degrees from a jaw dropping height of 100 feet.