Riding on a roller coaster is one of the most adventurous episodes ever. After all, there is nothing quite like the feeling of experiencing the gush of air above the ground. The feeling of weightlessness right before falling through the breakneck speed will make you shout with delight. A roller coaster is a must-experience ride when you visit any amusement park.
To dig deeper into their history, roller coasters were invented in the 16th century in Russia. During those times, ice-covered wooden slides were used as an amusement ride. The first true roller coaster of the world was built in Paris. After that, many amusement parks worldwide made their own roller coaster rides open for the public.
The rise of roller coasters was especially marked in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, the world is full of the tallest roller coasters.
What are the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World?
Want to ride the tallest roller coasters in the world? Here is the list to enthrall you.
This roller coaster is located at the Kolmarden Wildlife Park in Sweden. Apart from being tall, it is also considered the fastest roller coaster, thanks to its 115 km/h speed.
It has a height of 56 meters and a drop of 49 meters. The whole ride on this swing includes twelve hills and three inversions. Sadly, it was closed in late 2016 after the state authorities closed its license, stating some environmental concerns.
This roller coaster is a wood and steel hybrid roller coaster. It is also known as the longest of its kind. It is located in California and was built in 1978.
The construction of the original Twisted Colossus took place in 1978, but the ride was closed in 2014 for a makeover. However, it was later made open in 2015. The newer version of this ride entertains higher speeds, twisting barrel rolls, offering a great deal of adventure. It has a drop of 128-feet.
With a drop of 525 feet, Falcon’s Flight is the tallest roller coaster in the world. It will be officially made open to the public in 2023. This ride is believed to surpass the heights and drops of all the existing ones.
So far, everything planned for this roller coaster is mighty impressive. It is said that it will dive off a cliff into a valley and achieve its incredible drop. If you love a roller coaster ride, don’t forget to visit this one in Riyadh.
Kingda Ka was opened in 2005, and since then, it has created a buzz among adventure enthusiasts. Back then, it was the fastest and the tallest roller coaster worldwide. This mighty machine runs at a speed of 128 m/h.
The height and speed of this roller coaster together make it a gigantic ride. Riding on this roller coaster is an experience you will never forget.
T Express is the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. Situated at the Everland Theme Park in Yongin City, South Korea, this ride was built by a Swiss manufacturing company (Intamin). Interestingly, Intamin is a maker of eight of the twelve tallest roller coasters on the planet.
T Express became operational in 2008. It rides at a speed of 103.09 km/h. This ride has a height of 56.02 meters and a drop of 45.99 meters.
This ride became the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Canada in 2012. It has a height of 93.3 meters and rides at an incredible speed of 148 km/h. This ride is themed after and inspired by a mythical sea monster of the same name.
Leviathan starts a few meters behind the tallest chain lift hill. Other highlights of this roller coaster include a high camelback of 56 meters and a hammerhead turn of 115-degree.
Superman: Escape from Krypton
This steel roller coaster is located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. The acceleration ride shoots riders from the darkness of a cave-like arrangement. Afterward, it flies high up in the air at a height over 400 feet and then goes straight back down again – something that you will barely experience.
This breathtaking experience leads to over 6 seconds of weightlessness before the coaster car starts its amazingly thrilling descent.
This ride enjoys being the tallest Giga coaster in the world. It is a full-circuit ride offering a height and drop of 300-400 feet. Located at Carowinds, a theme park in North Carolina, you will be thrilled by its 81-degree drop, 95 m/h speeds, and 91-degree turns.
This ride has been created to emulate a furious flight, hence the name. It is known to be the longest steel roller coaster in North America. The tracks of this ride cross state lines. They zoom into South Carolina and then head back into North Carolina.
Steel Dragon 2000
You will find this ride at the Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Steel Dragon has a height of 97 meters, a drop of 93.5 meters, and rides at a speed of 152 km/h. It is the tallest roller coaster ride in Asia and the longest ride worldwide.
Initially built by D.H. Morgan Manufacturing in 2000, its working trains were later replaced by Bolliger & Mabillard in 2013. This ride includes a 96.9-meter chain lift hill. The total length of this roller coaster is 2,479 meters.
Top Thrill Dragster
This roller coaster ride is located at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio. Interestingly, it is one of the only two strata coasters worldwide. It has a height and drops above 120 meters. When Top Thrill Dragster debuted, it attracted a lot of limelight.
This ride is inspired by the Top Fuel drag racing sports. Once upon a time, it featured decorative engines and spoilers, but soon they were traded. Unfortunately, this roller coaster remains temporarily shut following bad weather conditions like rain, thunder, and high-velocity winds.
The next time you think of doing an adventure, visit the theme parks that host these roller coaster rides. We are sure you will have a lot of fun.
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