Roller coasters are at the heart of almost every theme park, providing an adrenaline rush for all different adults and children who are looking for an exhilarating time. The roller coaster database states that there are currently over two thousand five hundred roller coasters in the world. There are many fun and interesting facts about roller coasters, they are tall, short, fast, slow, long, small, fun, boring and have different flips and turns. Discover some of the fastest, tallest, largest and longest roller coasters around, along with other fun and interesting roller coaster facts.
- The Fastest – The fastest roller coaster in the world title would have to go to the newly opened Formula Rossa ride, at Aby Dhabi’s Formula One theme park. The ride will launch people who are seeking thrill to a top speed of 149 miles per hour.
- The Tallest – The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Adventure Park is home to the tallest roller coaster in the world that reaches a top height of four hundred and sixty-five feet.
- The Longest – The Steel Dragon 2000 that is found at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land is the longest roller coaster that can be found in the world today that has a track that covers 8133 feet.
- Highest Number of Inversions – Ten inversions is the most any roller coaster has and it can be found in Thorpe Park, England, and it is in the Colossis roller coaster.
- The Oldest – The oldest recorded roller coaster now stands in Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania and was built-in 1904.
- The Largest Amount – Cedar Point amusement park has the most roller coasters to choose from with a total of seventeen different rides.
- The First Steel Roller Coaster – The Matterhorn bosled roller coaster was built-in 1959 for Disneyland, in Anaheim California. First ever tubular steel roller coaster!
- Roller Coaster Science – Most conventional roller coasters do not have an engine but instead run by turning potential energy into kinetic energy.
- The first coaster to top two hundred feet is the Magnum XL-200.
- The Top Thrill Dragster is the second fastest and highest roller coaster with the second biggest drop. It has a top speed of 123 mph, a height of 420 feet and a drop of 400 feet.
- The first roller coaster ever was opened in 1804 in Paris. The ride was not considered very safe for the reason the carts would actually fall off of the tracks.
- It is thought that the Coney Island Cyclone is the most famous roller coaster today.
- Longest Wooden Coaster is at Kings Island and it is called the Beast.
- There were two roller coasters that were built-in France in the early 1800s that were the first to feature wheeled cars that locked to the track for riders to sit in.
- The first American roller coaster was actually a train for moving coal down a mountain, called the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railroad.
- Biggest Drop – Kingda Ka takes the top spot for the largest drop of any roller coaster, 418 feet from the top of the largest drop to the bottom. Top Thrill Dragster’s drop places second, at 400 feet.
- Worlds first horror movie themed, 100 degree beyond vertical drop, and 100 foot drop coaster is Saw – The Ride at Thorpe Park
- Nemesis is a multi-award winning coaster designed by John Wardley, the coaster is located in Alton Towers
- Big One is the UK’s tallest coaster, located at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
- Kingda Ka is known to pull up to 5 G’s at the twist at the beginning of its big drop.
- The first looping gravity railway is exhibited at Frascati Gardens, in Paris, France.
- The Super Man Escape also has the most airtime at 6.5 seconds. When it gets to the top of a four hundred and fifteen foot, mountain it starts going backwards down the mountain
- The earliest known devices resembling roller coasters were ice-covered wooden slides constructed in Russia in the 1400’s
- Roller coasters are based almost entirely on physics
Of course there are many more fun and interesting facts about roller coasters and this is just the start. It is hard to say them all because there are so many different things that will make each and every roller coaster has its own differences from the others. They are different heights, loops, drops, spins, corkscrews, inversions, length, speed, and many others. Some are metal so they ride very smooth and some are wooden so they ride pretty bumpy and they jerk you around way more than a metal roller coaster would. No two roller coasters are the exact same, they always have little differences, even when they have the same theme and the same name because they are run by the same people they are still not the same because it would be too hard to be perfect. They add the same name to make people think I loved this ride there I would love it here also because it can not be too much different but it actually is.
That is what makes roller coasters so exciting is knowing if you go to a new park each year you always know that you will get to ride something brand new that you have never rode on before. There are many different amusement parks around the world but they are all so different in size, by rides, by destinations and the experience will always be different then going to the same park.
With all the facts, I still made this blog so interesting and my point is you never know what to expected before you have to experience the fun over and over again!