Roller coasters the pocket-friendly dose of adrenaline that every amusement/theme park likes to boast about. The competition by the parks to claim the world record is very intense which leads to frequent changes in the listing all thanks to the attractiveness of the rides.
Roller coasters draw its inspiration from wooden Bobsleds which took people down icy slopes in Russia, as it was very popular as a form of entertainment during the winters. The first roller coaster as we know it was made of food and was constructed in France. The roller coasters that are now in operation can be divided into three main categories: Ride length, Drop height and Ride speed. In this article, we will be looking into the roller coasters with the largest drop in the world.
Here are the top 12 Biggest Roller Coasters in the world in 2018
12. Coaster Through the Clouds
Coaster Through the Clouds is located in Nanchang Wanda Park, China. The coaster has a total length of 5,105 ft which travels up to heights of 243ft. The coaster achieves a top speed of 84.5 mph. The drop of the coaster measures to 255.9ft, placing it at the bottom of our ranking. The Coaster Through the Clouds has the capacity to carry 1200 riders per hour. Nanchang Wanda Park authorities sought the help of Intamin Amusement Rides for the construction of this monstrous machine and were helped to install one crowd favorite.
11. Shambhala: Expedicion Al Himalaya
Shambala located in Port Aventura, Salou has the fastest (134 kph/ 83mph) and the tallest (standing at 78m/ 256 ft.) hyper coaster in continental Europe. the ride is called Expedition Al Himalaya. Shambala derives its name from the inaccessible land in the Himalayas. This project was opened to Public on May 12, 2012. The coaster was made by Bolliger and Mabillard. The ride also holds continental Europe’s drop record of 78m/256 ft.
Energylandia park in Zator, Lesser Poland is the largest amusement park in the country. The park is yet to commission its largest roller coaster. When operational it will be 256.8 ft/ 81 m tall. It will be continental Europe’s new record holder. Now you know when to plan that Euro trip.
9. Millenium Force
The Millenium Force ride in Cedar point Park is located in Ohio, U.S.A. The millennium force was the world’s first Giga ride ( rides that exceed 300ft/ 91 m in height and completes a full circuit). The ride on its launch broke 6 world records and it also was the 14th ride to be done at Cedar point since Blue Streak. The ride is by Intamin and has a top speed of 93 mph/ 150 kph.
8. Intimidator 305
The Intimidator 305 is a steel roller coaster need after the Nascar Legend Dale Earnhardt ( Dale was known as ‘Intimidator’). The ride is part of the King’s Dominion park located in Virginia, USA. It was the second Giga Ride after Millennium Force and coincidentally the 14th ride to be commissioned in the King’s Dominion park. The Intimidator 305 stands at 305ft/ 93 m height and has a maximum speed of 90 mph/ 140 kph. The ride also won the Golden ticket award for the “best new roller coaster in 2010”.
The Leviathan is part of Canada’s Wonderland Park. It is located in Ontario, Canada. The ride is 5486 ft/ 1672 m long, 306ft/ 93m tall and has a top speed of 92 mph/ 148 mph. Thus making it Canada’s longest, fastest and Highest roller coaster. The Leviathan was designed by Bolliger and Mabillard and it was the firm’s first Giga ride. It was the 16th ride to be built in Canada’s wonderland and was opened for the general public in May 2012.
6. Steel Dragon 2000
Steel Dragon 2000 is a steel roller coaster built in Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park. It’s located in the Mie prefecture, Japan. The ride was opened to general public in the year 2000 which also happened to be the year of the Dragon, hence the name. It has a height of 97m/ 318.3 ft, and a length of 2478.9m/ 8133ft. The steel Dragon has a top speed of 153kph/ 95mph. The roller coaster is Japan’s second-fastest and sixth in the world. It currently uses coasters designed by Belliger & Mabillard.
5. Fury 325
The Fury 325 roller coaster is at the Carowinds amusement park. It is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The maximum ride height stands at 325 ft/ 99m and has a top speed of 95 mph/ 153 kph. It also happens to be the second tallest and fastest Giga roller coaster in the world. The ride is by Belliger & Mabillard. The Fury 325 was The Golden Ticket Award winner for the year 2016.
4. Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror a.k.a The Tower of Terror is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tokyo DisneySea, and Walt Disney Studios Park. The coaster speeds up and reaches a maximum speed of 39 mph. The riders can experience a drop of 130 ft and reach a height of 199ft at its maximum. Opened on July 22 in 1994 the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was a $140 Million project and has continued to impress its regular users throughout its functioning.
3. Superman: Escape From Krypton
The Superman: Escape from Krypton also known as Superman: The Escape is located in Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Built on a budget of $20 Million, Superman: Escape From Krypton was first flagged off in 1997. Superman: Escape From Krypton succeeded in capturing the attention of roller coaster riders worldwide by achieving speeds of up to 100 mph. Over the drop distance of 100m, the coaster exerts a force of up tp 4.5 Gs on the bodies of the riders.
2. Top Thrill Dragster
The Top Thrill Dragster is located in the Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States of America. Built on a budget of $25 Million, the Top Thrill Dragster was launched in 2003. The Top Thrill Dragster is especially notorious for the tremendous speed it is able to achieve (up tp 120 mph)!With a height of 420m and a massive drop of 400m, this coaster can definitely get your adrenaline pumping. After the launch of the Top Thrill Dragster, it held various records like World’s tallest complete circuit roller coaster, World’s tallest roller coaster, World’s tallest roller coaster drop, and World’s fastest roller coaster.
1. Kingda Ka
The Kingda Ka is a monstrous roller coaster which has found a home in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States of America. Kingda Ka can reach tremendous speeds of up to 128 mph!With massive drop of about 418 ft, it is one of the biggest roller coasters in the world and is known to excite riders across the world while trying the same. Riding in the Kingda Ka is said to be a must have experience in an adrenaline junkie’s life.