The best thing about going to amusement parks is getting on all those rides. As you get older the allure of the merry go round fades and you start to want to go the grown up rides, the ones you have to be a certain height or age for. Americans are crazy about Roller coasters. Riding one is almost like a rite of passage, especially if you are a kid, trying to conquer some fear. There are coasters that are rather scary for being so fast they make you feel like your face will turn inside out, and then there are those that spin and hang you upside down before letting you plummet at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Those are the ones that make grown men cry. Getting on the fastest roller coaster in the world means you have to skip the cotton candy and the ice cream so you can enjoy the ride without hurling.
Here are the 5 of the fastest roller coaster in the world:
The Superman : Escape from Krypton Roller Coaster
This Roller Coaster is located at Six Flags Magic Mountain Park, California, which also happens to have 19 roller coasters in total. This makes it one of the amusement parks with the most roller coasters in the World. This theme park has more than one thrilling roller coaster, which has made it the one theme park every coaster thrill seeker should visit. The Superman Escape from Krypton Roller Coaster goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 7 seconds and rises up to a height 01 415 feet. At that height and that speed and the backward facing trains, riders will feel like Superman free-falling through the sky. The ride lasts only 56 seconds, but that could be the most terrifyingly fast 56 seconds of your life. It is might not be the fastest roller coaster in the world, but it is the most impressive at Six Flags Magic Mountain Park.
Dodonpa Roller Coaster
The Dodonpa Roller coaster is located at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Yamanashi, Japan. It was the fastest roller coaster in the world between 2001 and 2003 but it still is the fastest coaster in all of Japan with a top speed of 107 mph that it reaches in 1.8 seconds. The 1189 meter track rises up to 171 feet and reaches speeds that are more than twice the speeds that can be gained through gravitational acceleration. For about 55 seconds, it feels like you are floating.
Top Thrill Dragster
The top Thrill Dragster in Cedar Point, Ohio became the fastest roller coaster in the world in 2003 when it’s speed broke through to 120 miles per hour, 13 mph more than the Dodonpa. It takes about 4 seconds to reach top speed and rises to a height of about 400 feet to an inclination 01 90 degrees. There’s a 270-degree twist that the train goes through upon descent, which adds to the excitement. That is why it is called the Top Thrill. The total ride time is just 30 seconds!
Kingda Ka might not be the fastest roller coaster in the world but it is the fastest coaster in the United States. It is located in The Six Flags Adventure Theme Park in New Jersey, USA. It can reach speeds of up to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. It has a 456-ft tall incline and 418 feet descent at an angle of 270-degrees. The ride goes around 3118 feet long track in 28 seconds. The shortest and fastest ride in the U.S. The upside down ride down the track is as thrilling and it is scary. You are not advised to go through with a full stomach and a weak stomach.
It seems fitting that the fastest roller coaster in the world would be in a place called Ferrari World in a country known for building impossible structures, the United Arab Emirates. Formula Rossa accelerates from 0 to 150 miles per hour in 5 seconds. This is 4.8 faster than the speed of a free fall. The 2.2-kilometer track is modeled in the likeness of the Italian Autodromo Nazionale Monza track. There is a 171-ft hill that it ascends to and the total time to ride through the track is about 1.32 minutes.
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There are some rides that are worth mentioning: The X2 Coaster at Six Flag Magic Mountain This is probably not the fastest roller coaster in the world but is the scariest. It is the world’s first 4D coaster with seats that independently rotate along either side of the track.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio has set itself to be one of the amusement parks with the most coasters if not the fastest roller coaster in the world. They have just added their 17th Coaster which is also not the fastest roller coaster in the world the Valravn, a floorless dive coaster that will take riders to a 223 ft.-lift hill, through a 180-degree turn and towards another 90-degree, 214-foot drop where they will come to a halt staring straight down for about 4 seconds before plummeting down at the dizzying speed of 75 mph. The descent is followed by a 165-ft tall loop that will turn the train in another direction, go up, break and come racing down a 131-ft drop.