One of the most exciting thrills around is to scare yourself silly on a rollercoaster. Over the decades, they have become, bigger, better, faster and scarier and it can be hard to choose which one to try next. To help you out, here is a list of five of the best coasters in the world, in reverse order, naturally!
Formula Rossa, Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
At number five is the world’s fastest coaster, the Formula Rossa that is based in the Ferrari World amusement park at Abu Dhabi which is in the United Arab Emirates. Its amazing top speed is one-hundred-and-fifty miles an hour and it reaches this speed in less than five seconds. Guaranteed to take your breath away, Formula Rossa races round its one-and-a-half mile long track at blistering speeds which mean you face some serious g-force. In fact, it’s so fast that the passengers in the front car must wear eye protection to prevent injury from small flying insects.
Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spaland, Japan
At number four is the world’s longest rollercoaster, the Steel Dragon 2000, which is over eight-thousand feet long. Based in the Nagashima Spaland in Japan, you are guaranteed an experience to remember as this ride swoops through tunnels and climbs vast mountains before plunging down seemingly never-ending drops. You will certainly get your money’s worth as this ride takes almost three minutes, despite travelling at ninety-five miles per hour.
Leap-the-Dips, Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
At number three, an oldie but a goodie, the Leap-the-Dips coaster is the world’s oldest wooden coaster that is still in operation. By today’s standards, it is pretty mild and probably not one for serious thrill seekers as it is only just over forty feet high and it rarely tops ten miles per hour. However, if you’re interested in experiencing a genuine piece of rollercoaster history, then it is worth paying a visit to Lakemont Park.
Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park, Jackson, Jersey, USA
Number two is Kingda Ka which has the biggest drop of any rollercoaster in the world. Dominating the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, the Kingda Ka plummets down a truly stomach-lurching drop of four-hundred-and-eighteen feet. And it’s certainly no slouch in the speed stakes with an impressive top speed of almost one-hundred-and-thirty miles per hour which it reaches in just over three seconds thanks to its hydraulic launch system. Blink and you’ll miss this ride as it’s over in just twenty-eight seconds.
Dragon Challenge, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando USA
At number one is possibly the world’s most entertaining coaster, the Dragon Challenge in the Universal Studios resort at Orlando in the United States. Based on the famous Harry Potter character created by author J.K. Rowling and featuring in a series of very popular movies from Universal Studios, the Dragon Challenge offers two rides in one. There are two dragons to choose from, the Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball, and as they proceed to twist and turn about each other, there is a moment of genuine terror as it appears that the two dragons will clash before parting at the last second.
Of course, only those of us with very deep pockets can afford to travel the globe in search of coaster thrills. So it may be wise to choose an area that has your favourite ride, along with some other nearby attractions. For example, if you choose the Dragon Challenge in Orlando, you could top up your visit by dropping in on another dozen or so coasters. By venturing a little further out, you could enjoy up to forty-four phenomenal coasters in Florida alone.
If you’re flying in to enjoy Orlando’s coasters, consider a car hire service at Orlando airport. That way, you can find your way easily around Orlando and then set up some trips out to other amusement parks further afield in Florida. After all, if you only make it to Florida once, you will want to make the most of all of the roller-coasters available.