Facts About Roller Coasters
The first roller coaster ever was opened in 1804 in Paris. It was not a very safe roller coaster, the carts would actually fall off of the tracks, talk about a thrill ride! It is thought that the Coney Island Cyclone is the most famous roller coaster. It was built in 1927, and is still running today although it has been updated. To find out more about coasters just read on.
Top-left: the first roller coaster in Paris, the most famous roller coaster, the Coney Island Cyclone and Japan’s Steel Dragon 2000.
Longest Roller Coasters
The longest roller coaster in the world is the Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie, Japan that has 8,133 feet of track. The second longest roller coaster in the world is Daidarasaurus at Expoland in Suita, Japan which has 7,677 feet of track. The longest roller coaster in the United States in the Beast at Kings Island in Ohio that has 7,355 feet of track, and it is made out of wood.
Top row: The Beast at King’s Island in Ohio, Kingda Ka (middle row, green colored coaster) and the Top Thrill Dragster (bottom row, red and yellow).
Kingda Ka & Top Thrill Dragster
Located at Six Flags Great Adventure there is a roller coaster called Kingda Ka. That coaster is the fastest and highest roller coasters with the biggest drop. It has a top speed of 182 mph, a height of 456 feet and a drop of 418 feet. If you travel to Cedar Point you will find the Top Thrill Dragster. 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.
Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters in North America
There are many different wooden roller coasters in North America. The top wooden roller coasters are the Cyclone at Coney Island, The Wild One at Six Flags America, the Rave at Holiday World, the Lightning Racer at Hersey Park, the Phoenix at Knoebels, The Comet at The Great Escape, the GhostRider at Knott’s Berry Farm, the Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce, The Voyage at Holiday World, and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Some of the coolest, wackiest and awesome roller coasters in the world: (left) Vanish in Cosmo Land in Japan and Vertical Velocity at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California.
Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters in North America
When everyone thinks of roller coasters, they think of steel roller coasters. The top steel roller coasters are the Ride of Steel at Darien Lake, Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa, the Maverick at Cedar Point, The Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure, the Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Sheikra at Busch Garden Tampa, the Griffon at Busch Gardens Tampa, the Diamondback at Kings Island, Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Bizarro at Six Flags New England.