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Facts About Roller Coasters

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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.

The first roller coaster in the worldThe first roller coaster in the world, the Aerial Walk, France. Photo by Adam Sandy.

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 The Ultimate in Lightwater Valley park, England which has 7,442 feet of track. The longest roller coaster in the United States in the Beast at Kings Island in Ohio that has 7,359 feet of track, and it is made out of wood.

Steel Dragon 2000. Photo by JanmaThe longest roller coaster in the world, Steel Dragon 2000. Janma.

Kingda Ka & Top Thrill Dragster

Located at Six Flags Great Adventure there is a roller coaster called Kingda Ka. It is the fastest and highest roller coasters with the biggest drop. It has a top speed of 128 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 120 mph, a height of 420 feet and a drop of 400 feet.

The fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, El Toro. Photo by Paulm27The fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, El Toro, with speed up to 70 mph (110 kmh). Paulm27.

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.

Formula Rossa. Photo by Jazon88The fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa in UAE. Top speed 149 mph (240 km/h).

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.