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Thread: 7 Most Extreme Roller Coasters

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    7 Most Extreme Roller Coasters - Oddee.com

    1. Kingda Ka: the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster

    Arms down, head back and hold on. With only 28 seconds, the Kingda Ka may not be very long, but it's bound to leave you wide eyed and twitching. Located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA, it's the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet (139 meters)! At a cost of US$25 million, the Kingda Ka opened to the public on May 21, 2005, was closed several times for different technical problems and was also struck by lightning in early May 2009.


    2. Dodonpa: the highest launch acceleration, 2.7 g

    Dodonpa messes with your mind from the moment it starts, as passengers are forced to wait anxiously in a darkened tunnel before the countdown to an insanely fast acceleration out of the tunnel, screaming down the track and then getting fired up and over two humps which have 90 degree drops on each side. When the Dodonpa was opened in 2001, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world. As of 2010, it is not the fastest but still has the highest launch acceleration at 2.7 g. It is 52 meters (170 feet) tall, and has a launch speed of 172 km/h (107 mph), which is reached in less than 2 seconds. Located at Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan, its hill goes straight up, down a hairpin curve, and then goes straight down.


    3. Steel Dragon 2000: the world's longest track length, 8,133ft

    Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this gigacoaster at Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park in Mie Prefecture, Japan, opened in 2000 "The Year of the Dragon" in Asia. It debuted only months after Millennium Force and surpassed the Cedar Point coaster as the world's tallest complete-circuit coaster. You might be used to getting on a roller coaster and stepping off much sooner than you hoped - scream, scream and it's all over. Not on this ride - the Steel Dragon is quite the endurance coaster. It's so long that you might actually deplete your ability to scream by the end of the record breaking 8,133ft long track, the one record it still holds.


    4. Top Thrill Dragster: Kingda Ka's arch rival

    Kingda Ka's arch rival, the Top Thrill Dragster was the first "Strata Coaster", loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is over 400 feet tall. Located at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, USA, it reaches speeds of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) and when it first debuted in 2003, it set three new records: tallest, fastest and steepest drop on a roller coaster; all of them later claimed by the Kingda Ka.


    5. Thunder Dolphin: Tokyo's most terrifying ride

    Known for its unique design around buildings in central Tokyo's Dome City Attractions amusement park, the Thunder Dolphin starts off with a dizzying 218 foot lunge at a steep 80 degree angle. You then race around the track at speeds in excess of 80 mph making this impressive 3,500-foot long, 26-story tall a mental joyride. The ride passes through both a hole in the LaQua building, as well as through the Big-O, the world's first hubless Ferris wheel. Thunder Dolphin's maximum speed is 130 km per hour, or 80 miles per hour.


    6. Tower of Terror: the fastest and tallest flat ride in the world

    Located at Dreamworld in the Gold Coast, Australia, it is currently the fourth fastest roller coaster in the world, but it has been reported to be the fastest and tallest roller coaster on a tower. The six ton passenger vehicle, called the 'Escape Pod', is electro-magnetically powered and rapidly accelerates its passengers to 160.9 km/h (100 mph) in seven seconds. The track then pitches up 90 degrees to the vertical, with the passengers pulling 4.5Gs. Riders are weightless during the entire vertical section of the ride for about 6.5 sec, 3.25 seconds going up and 3.25 seconds falling back down. The car then pitches back down to horizontal and hurtles back into the station where it comes to a rapid stop. There has been some controversy over whether Tower of Terror is a roller coaster, since the car goes up a tower only to fall back down again. Because of this, the ride is found on many lists of the tallest and fastest roller coasters.


    7. Millennium Force: most G-force at one time (4.5 times Earths gravity) and the longest track in the US

    Also located at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, USA, the Millennium Force was the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet in height back in the year 2000, and was briefly the tallest closed circuit roller coaster in the world, before being surpassed by the roller coasters already mentioned. At the tallest section you'll endure a stomach-churning 300ft drop; passengers rush and plunge along the track through two separate dark tunnels and two crazy 122 degree overbanked turns that produce a gut-wrenching G force. It is still the longest steel roller coaster in the United States with 6,595ft of steel track and goes up to 93 mph (150 km/h), lasting 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and being capable of handling up to 1,600 riders per hour.


    Reader Contribution:

    Griffon: world's first floorless dive coaster


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    I have never been a fan of roller coasters. They just scare the crap out of me and I almost pee myself when I ride them.
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    Ok, trip to Japan or Ohio? Darn, hubby gets a migraine on the tilt-o-whirl.
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    i want to go on all of them. i love a good roller coaster.
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    nope. Cannot be good for your brain
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    I think these videos are just as close as I'll get!
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    I haven't been on a roller coaster in some time. Looks like "fun". lol!

    There's nothing like that stomach-in-your throat feeling.
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    No fucking way...

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    We live about 2 hours from Cedar Point in Ohio. I've seen the Millenium Force. Even if the wait wasn't 2 hours, you couldn't pay me to go on it. It gets shut down a lot if it gets too windy. I have goosebumps just thinking about it!
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    that 1st video of the 'kingda ka' has me laughing uncontrollably... *ai ai ai*

    i want to go on that one. several times.

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    If I were 10 years younger I'd be all over the one in Ohio!
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    I think I'd go on all but the Griffon...the words "floorless" and "dive" just don't belong in any sentence. I got scared just watching the vid.

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    Remember when the Brady Bunch had an episode where they went to an amusement park and the episode ended in a POV shot of them riding a roller coaster? Apparently Robert Reed noticed the camera looked 'off' and sure enough it would have flown off and into their faces. That's all I can think of when I see POV clips like this. Fuck that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalique View Post
    We live about 2 hours from Cedar Point in Ohio. I've seen the Millenium Force. Even if the wait wasn't 2 hours, you couldn't pay me to go on it. It gets shut down a lot if it gets too windy. I have goosebumps just thinking about it!

    I live right about smack in between Cedar Point, and King's Island. I like Cedar Point better, actually.

    Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragsta rule!

    On Top Thrill Dragsta (and Kingda Ka) they go so fast that you have to scrape the bugs off your face when you get off the rides.. short but incredible rides..like being on a fighter jet.

    I also of course love The Beast at King's Island. love that double helix at the end. And it is such a long coaster too with just about everything but a loop.
    When I first rode this back in 1980, it was the first time I actually had to go throw up after riding a coaster. But I got right back in line.
    This ride is great at night with a wet track..very fast.

    This coaster also went through fire..a grass fire started along the tracks, and one of the coaster trains actually zoomed right through the fire, and people actually had to be treated for burns(minor..good thing it was going fast). Talk about a ride-right through actual flames!

    *Top Thrill Dragsta actually got stalled at the very top one time, and the people were trapped at the very top over 425 feet up, for over 15 minutes!
    I would have had a bit of an anxiety attack.

    I think Cedar Point still has more coasters than any other place

    Amusement parks..this is one area where Ohio RULES!!
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    I love me some coasters, but I think this is a bit too intense for me. It doesn't help that I watched Final Destination 3 last night.

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