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The World's Fastest Roller Coasters

By Edited Aug 31, 2016 3 13

Summertime is fast approaching. Roller coaster enthusiasts are plotting their summer plans trying to cram in as many adrenaline pumping, heart thumping, scream uncontrollably coasters as possible. With more than 1400 roller coasters in the world how do you know which ones to pack into your summer? If crazy speed is your after then here are ten of the fastest rollers coasters in the world.

Roller coasters offer riders an adrenaline rush like no other. It is the one ride that you can be scared to death and have the time of your life all in 60 seconds. Not all roller coasters are worth the wait in line of course; especially if you are a fan of fast and furious roller coasters and what you end up with is a headache and a sore bum. To help you maximize your summer fun, here is a list of the fastest roller coasters from around the world. There is something for everyone regardless of whether you prefer the jerky bumps of the wooden roller coaster or the smooth exhilaration of the steel coaster.

When it comes to steel roller coasters the fastest in the world is the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great America in Jackson, New Jersey. This coaster opened in 2005 and it is the tallest and the fastest coaster in the world. Going from 0 to 128 mph in less than 4 seconds, loaded with a 90 degree twist on ascent and a a whopping 270 degree spiral on descent not to mention the 129 foot camelback hill in between. Each train holds five cars; each car has two rows seating two abreast, with the exception of the very last car which only has one row. Naturally the choice is yours as to where you sit for the most excitement the very front or the very back. You do need to be at least 4.5 feet tall to ride the Kingda Ka.

For those that are not roller coaster fans, Six Flags Great Adventure offers you more than 200 rides and attraction including the 45 acre Hurricane Harbor water park.

If you are looking for a really fast wooden roller coaster the fastest in the world currently is the Colossos which rips through the ride at 74.6 mph. The Colossos is located in Heide Park in Soltau, Germany. This coaster offers a 159 foot drop and is 4,921 feet long. The ride lasts for 2 minutes and 25 seconds and each train holds 30 passengers. While it may not be the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world, it is the steepest according the Guinness Book of Records in 2003. Unlike many wooden roller coasters the ride on Colossos is smooth; many have said it is almost like riding in a hovercraft. There are height requirements you must be at least 3 feet tall. If you have a heart condition are disabled or pregnant you are not allowed to ride Colossos for safety reasons.

A quick and important note, the fastest documented wooden roller coaster is Son of Beast, located in Ohio just outside of Cincinnati at Kings Island. This coaster has been shut down due to a number of causalities last summer even after the loops were removed the year before to make the ride safer for all passengers.

Finally, for those that love the shuttle roller coasters, these coaters go forward and backward and usually take you up to towering heights and then drop you. If you are planning a trip to Australia then you will want to make sure you visit DreamWorld and take a ride on the Tower of Terror. This shuttle coaster takes you up 377 feet in the air through at a 90 degree angle and then drops you 328 feet at 100 mph allowing you to feel absolutely weight less for about 6 seconds. A few fun facts about the Tower of Terror, when it opened in 1997 it was the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, only to be eclipsed by Six Flags Magic Mountain "Superman the Escape" coaster.

There are a few tips that you should adhere to if you are looking at getting the most out of your roller coaster ride. The most important tip is to avoid eating 30 minutes prior to riding any roller coaster; this will help decrease the feelings of nausea and the risk of vomiting. Ride with a friend if you are nervous. Remember the closer to the middle of the train that you sit, the less dramatic the ride will be. For those that are real adrenaline junkies grabbing the very first seat or the very last seat is highly recommended.



May 9, 2010 1:18am
Nice article! I go to Cedar Point and Kings Island every year. I have never ridden the Son of Beast and I don't understand why people still do. It blew over like 3 times the first year it was made! After that I made up my mind. I stick to the Vortex and Flight of Fear :-)
May 9, 2010 5:37am
Adrenaline rush is true. Some of those rides are destined to be ridden five, six times or more by the smae person, because of the excitement they create.
May 9, 2010 5:38am
May 10, 2010 11:40pm
I love roller coasters!

When I was in college I worked summers at Six Flags playing in Rock and Country bands. Thus, I got to spend a lot of time on the coasters there.

I also travelled around to try out roller coasters all over the country.

Love 'em!
May 12, 2010 1:54pm
I get sick on small roller coasters, I would probably die on those fast ones!
Jun 25, 2010 1:08am
Oh gosh! I went to my first roller coaster in a local park called Lagoon -- I discovered the trick to enjoying them was to scream voluntarily. Without a conscious action to do so, I just sit there in a panic (LOL).

I love them now, though. :)
Jun 28, 2010 8:16am
Great article! I'm glad to hear that son of beast shut down. Nobody enjoys truly dangerous roller coasters.
Jul 22, 2010 2:12pm
Love roller coasters!
Jul 23, 2010 8:03pm
Six Flags Great America has some really fast ones - including Raging Bull, Superman and Batman.
Aug 12, 2010 3:51pm
very nice article good to know fastest documented wooden roller coaster is Son of Beast, located in Ohio
Nov 10, 2010 1:43pm
Nice article. I have only ever ridden roller coasters once. I loved it even though they definitely made me feel ill. I wanted to do it again with my husband some day, but found out he gets ill (really ill) from carnival rides so I don't see that being part of our future...
Jan 14, 2011 12:23am
I love roller coasters. I spent my summers in college playing in rock bands in theme parks, so I got to go all the time on some great ones!
Jan 31, 2011 8:02pm
I think I'm gonna throw up just thinking about this.
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