It may not last long but roller coaster rides have the tendency to make every second count. And with each passing year and innovation in technology that comes with it, these rides have become more thrill-seeking, bold in their loops and dips, with some that dangle riders upside down or spray them with mist for an added twist. We have a list of five roller coasters that are the scariest and the most impressive.
Takabisha, Fuji-Q Highland, Japan
The biggest draw to this gigantic thrill-inducing ride is the beautiful view of Mount Fuji on a clear day. That is if you have the wits about you to actually notice the landmark, as Takabisha takes its massive drop. The falling angle of 121 degrees is unique and has a world record making people feel as if they will fall out of their seats. The best (or worst) bit? It is a single-vehicle coaster, so it doesn’t matter where you sit.
Yukon Striker, Canada's Wonderland, Canada
One of the world’s fastest roller coaster and the longest dive coaster, Yukon Striker has a 360-degree flip, four inversions and a 75-metre drop. This steep drop holds for three seconds offering panoramic views of the park and then goes directly into an underground tunnel that is surrounded by water. The floorless seating makes for an exciting touch, making the drop scarier.
Time Traveler, Silver Dollar City, USA
The Time Traveller, a spinning masterpiece, defies gravity wonderfully. The ride features three inversions including a vertical loop and two launches for maximum speed. The 100-feet tall ride zooms and spins for the very best adrenaline rush, mimicking a plunge through mountains.
Formula Rosa, Ferrari World, Dubai
One cannot go to Dubai without a visit to Ferrari World and a visit to Ferrari World isn’t successful without a tryst with Formula Rosa. As the fastest roller coaster in the world, this ride is capable of going from zero to 240 km/h in less than five seconds. With goggles strapped on, the riders go up to 52 metres in height. A champion of all rides.
Kingda Ka, Six Flags, New Jersey, USA
If it is the greatest adventure that you seek, Kingda Ka is right up your alley. The king in the truest of fashion, this U-shaped coaster scales the 90-degree height with remarkable speed, before plummeting down to 139 metres. There is a 129-foot camel hump and a 270-degree spiral to get you going. We are up for the challenge, are you?