Incredible Roller Coasters

The amusement park industry has experienced a roller coaster boom of sorts in the past 15 years or. These architectural marvels are built for the sole purpose of thrilling passengers with the experience of plummeting falls and crazy loops within loops. With the advancement of technology, a new world of options have opened up for designers. Here’s a look at 12 incredible roller coasters that won’t keep your lunch down after riding.


Posted by David Galbraith

 
&quot;Dueling Dragons is a pair of dueling roller coasters at Universal Studios&#039; Islands of Adventure. The ride is the only dueling inverted roller coaster in the world. The ride is themed to two dragons, one side being Fire and the other Ice. It features a layout in which the two trains share adjacent lift hills, but then traverse two completely unique courses. The ride features three near misses between the two trains, which bring riders&#039; feet within several inches of riders on the other train. The ride was constructed by Bolliger &amp; Mabillard of Switzerland. The Fire dragon reaches a top speed of 60 mph and the Ice dragon reaches a top speed of 55 mph. Both dragons have a two minute and twenty-five second ride duration and include five inversions.<p />As part of the development of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Dueling Dragons will be incorporated into the new section and re-themed as Dragon Challenge upon the section&#039;s planned opening in Spring 2010.&quot;
&quot;The rider is sent on a high speed trek through the woods and through two tunnels, echoing the rider&#039;s screams. There is more than a 300 ft. difference between the height of the first drop to the lowest point in the ride, meaning the train just gets faster and faster. You get a slight breather up the second lift hill but that&#039;s soon over as you&#039;re plummeting down and around one of the wildest wooden coaster tracks in the world!&quot;
&quot;When it first opened in 1978, it was the world&#039;s tallest roller coaster.&quot;
&quot;Dragon Khan boasts eight inversions; this was a world record when the coaster was built. This record was equalled in 1998 by Monte Makaya at Tera Encantada, Brazil, and broken in 2002 with the opening of Colossus in Thorpe Park, United Kingdom, which has 10.&quot;
&quot;Titan begins by lifting riders up a 245 foot hill and then takes a 255 foot drop entering a 120 foot tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel, riders are taken through a large Carousel turn. Following the Carousel turn, riders encounter a large camel back. The train subsequently enters an uphill 540 degree helix which leads to the mid-course brake run. Next, trains maneuver an overbanked turn, followed by the 2nd, downhill, 540 degree helix. Afterwards, the trains navigate an over-banked turn to the left and then another to the right. After this, the trains hit the final brake run and reenter the station.&quot;
&quot;This 215-foot-tall ride consists of one train operating on a double-ended track. Both ends of the towers (track) are designed with 450-degree vertical twists to provide an exciting ride experience.&quot;
&quot;Thunder Dolphin is an impressive 26-story tall, 3,500-foot long roller coaster. Even more amazing is how they figured out how to squeeze this megacoaster into the cramped quarters of this Tokyo amusement park. Thunder Dolphin begins with a 218-foot descent at a steep 80 degree angle. Traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph, Thunder Dolphin roller coaster flies above a building and through the center of LaQua&#039;s Giant Wheel attraction.&quot;
&quot;Top Thrill Dragster is a steel, hydraulically-launched roller coaster located at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. It was the first &quot;Strata Coaster,&quot; loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is 420 feet tall. It was built by Intamin AG and debuted to the public on May 4, 2003. It is one of only 2 stratacoasters in existence, the other being Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.&quot;
&quot;X2 (formerly known as X) is a steel roller coaster operating at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California . It is the world&#039;s first 4th Dimension roller coaster and was the last roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics. It is unique in that the trains&#039; seats can be rotated 360 degrees backwards or forwards. The ride first opened to the public on January 12, 2002. On December 2, 2007, the ride closed for upgrades. It was repainted, received new third generation trains, and features new special effects. The ride reopened on May 24, 2008&quot;
&quot;Dominating the skyline for miles around, Steel Dragon 2000 is Nagashima Spaland&#039;s signature attraction. As well as being the longest coaster in the world, it is also the tallest and fastest non-launched coaster.<p /><p />The first giant drop if followed by two more large hills: one of over 250 feet, and the other 210 feet. The best part of this coaster though has to be the bunny hills on the return trip to the station. These hills are taken at high speed, providing insane amounts of airtime on every hill. Your butt will hardly touch the seat!&quot;
&quot;Once the world&#039;s fastest roller coaster, Dodonpa, to this day, still has the fastest accelleration of any coaster, reaching its top speed of 106.9 mph in just 1.8 seconds! The launch is followed by a huge, sweeping, overbanked curve, giving riders a chance to catch their breath back, before they hit the 170 foot top hat; an element with some extreme negative G forces. One of the most insane, intense coasters you are ever likely to experience!&quot;
&quot;When it debuted in 2005, Kingda Ka at New Jersey&#039;s Six Flags Great Adventure laid claim to the twin titles of the world&#039;s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Its 50.6-second adrenaline rush of a ride sends coaster freaks up a 456-foot top hat tower and reaches a maximum speed of 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. Yikes!&quot;

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