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The biggest, baddest, roller coasters in the business
March 22, 2009, 11:10 pm
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Roller coasters give you a sense of thrill this is unrecognizable to most people, except when you hear the shrieks coming from the lady riding next to you, and all you want to do is cover up her mouth, or throw her off the side.

Millennium Force: Cedar Point

Millennium force stands taller than 300 feet at it’s highest point, reaches speeds of 93 mph, and is considered to be the tallest circuit roller coaster in the world. However, in 2000 it was beaten by Steel Dragon 2000.

“Millennium Force has been voted the number one steel roller coaster in the world inAmusement Today’s Golden Ticket awards five times since the year 2001, and has never been ranked lower than number two since it opened in 2000.”

The Steel Dragon: Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park

The Steel Dragon was built in 2000 right after the Millennium Force at Cedar point. The name was derived from “The Year of the Dragon”. The track is the longest in the world measuring – 8133 feet, 2 inches (2479 m)in length.

Top Thrill Dragster: Cedar Point

Now this is what I’m talking about. The first “Strata Coaster,” measuring 400-499 feet tall. The Dragster can reach speeds up to 120mph, it can accelerate to 236 mph in 3.8 seconds, it’s stands tall at 420 feet in the air, and has a drop of 400 feet. The overall ride takes about 17 seconds, but it’s well worth the wait.

Xcelerator: Knotts Berry Farm

“Xcelerator was Intamin AG’s first hydraulically-launched coaster”. Xcelerator’s has a powerful hydraulic catapult motor accelerating it to over 82 mph in 1.8 seconds. The Xcelerator has the ability to reach speeds of 117 mph, but it doesn’t need to. The power of the jolt is enough to send thecar shooting down the steep tracks and around the over banked turns.

Kingda Ka: Six Flags

“At its opening on May 21, 2005, it became the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, claiming the title from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point.” Kingda is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, she reaches speeds of 128 mph after launch, stands close to 456 feet high, and has a drop of 418 feet.

X-Six Flags

The X2 located in Valencia, California at Six Flags is the worlds first 4th Dimension roller coaster. What’s truly unique about it is that the seats rotate 360 degrees backwards or forwards. The X stands only 190 feet at it’s highest point, but the  3,610-foot length of the tracks make up for it with “two inversions including a skydive, two “raven turns”, one back flip, and a twisting front flip.”

The Pipeline

This Ultra Twister was the first successful coaster of it’s kind, built in 1985 at LaQua amusement park in Tokyo, Japan.  Six Flags purchased one of these coasters for their Adventure Park, where it stayed until 1990, then it was moved to Six Flags Astroworlduntil the park closed in 2005.

The Beast: Kings Island…The Beast is located at the back of the park, behind Vortex

I had to include this one considering it’s my favorite one on earth. The Beast has been around for years, through construction and the fear of being torn down. However, with constant upkeep, this beast ofwood is one heck of a thrill through sharp tunnels, 180 degree turns, and reaches speeds of 65 miles an hour. This may not seem that fast compared to the others, but trust me, this one will take your breath away. The length reaches 7,359 ft, which actually feels like you’re on the coaster for 2 minutes.

The Son of the Beast: The Baby

“Son of Beast has been considered by many roller coaster buffs as one of the biggest “busts” of all-time, due to its high bumpiness throughout the ride.” I don’t agree with this statement one bit. The biggest thrill you get from a wooden coaster is the bumps, so I imagine the statement might have been made by steel coaster enthusiasts. The Son of the Beast reaches speeds of 78 mph, stands close to 220 feet high, and has a 214 ft drop. The first time I rode this was when it first made it’s debut. I have to admit, I felt like I was going to fly out of the side of the car the entire time; but, I kept my cool and had a stiff cocktail after leaving the ride. Cheers!

[Via Trifer L Axelrod]


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