Roller coasters are always the main attraction to any theme park or fairground. Countries the world over have their own versions of the roller coaster and a good number of these boast of giving riders the thrill of their lives.
With roller coasters, the higher and faster they are; the more thrill that you get. Quite a few of these attract tourists from different parts of the globe every year. If you wish to experience one thriller of a ride, check out the list below for some of the world’s most popular roller coasters.
The World’s Tallest Roller Coasters
1. Kingda Ka – The main attraction at Six Flags Adventure located in Jackson, New Jersey; this giant of a roller coaster holds the title of being the world’s tallest roller coaster.
Measuring to a dizzying height of four hundred and fifty-six feet or roughly about one hundred and thirty-nine meters; Kingda Ka accelerates to a staggering one hundred and twenty-eight miles per hour in three and one-half seconds!
It is three thousand and one hundred eighteen feet in length which is equivalent to nine hundred and fifty meters long.
2. Top Thrill Dragster – Previously the record holder for the tallest roller coaster in the world, it now ranks second to the Kingda Ka. It is four hundred and twenty feet in height or about one hundred and thirty meters high.
It accelerates to one hundred and twenty miles per hour or about one hundred and ninety kilometers per hour. When it was first opened to the public back in 2003, it held the record for the fastest roller coaster in the world, breaking the one hundred and seven miles per hour of Dodonpa, a roller coaster located in Yamanashi, Japan.
3. Superman: Escape from Krypton – Formerly known as Superman: The Escape, this giant roller coaster is located in Valencia, California at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park. It stands at four hundred and fifteen feet high, equivalent to one hundred and twenty-six meters.
It used to hold the record for the tallest roller coaster in the world from the years 1997 up to 2003. The roller coaster closed to the public after the Fourth of July weekend this year but will re-open in 2011 with promises of a new and improved roller coaster, together with its new name, Superman: Escape from Krypton.
Superman: The Escape accelerates up to one hundred miler per hour or about one hundred and sixty kilometers per hour. It can accommodate up to one thousand riders per hour.