Roller Coasters have a special place in our hearts and in history…
Ever since the French came up with the idea for roller coasters in the 15th century man has been trying to improve upon the design. New concepts seek to make them sleeker, with higher drops and faster speeds. The parks that are home to the coasters on this list have pushed the envelope in an attempt to produce the fastest rides possible.
1. The Intimidator 305: Kings Dominion Theme Park, Virginia
this is for a hardcore rider. Standing at 305 feet this coaster starts with a first drop that measures roughly 300 feet and comes with a descent angle of 85 feet. It reaches top speeds of 90 miles per hour and is considered to be one of the fastest roller coasters in the world. The ride runs roughly 3 minutes with four hills and eight turns over the course of the journey. You have to be a die-hard rider to jump on this ride.
2. Leviathan: Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario
If the 90 miles an hour of the Intimidator does not intimidate you, perhaps you might like to try out the Leviathan. This ride’s top speed reaches 92 miles with a first hill that reaches 306 feet. The angle of the first drop is slightly less than the Intimidator, coming in at a mere 80 feet, however, it is the twist and turns that come after the first drop that will really get your attention.
3. Steel Dragon 2000: Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park: Japan
This monster weighs in as the longest and sixth fastest roller coaster in the world. The maximum height of the coaster is 318 feet with a first hill drop of 307 feet. During the first drop, you hit the 95 miles per hour top speed of the ride and quickly takes you over the next two hills.
4. Dodonpa: Fuji-Q, Japan
With a top speed of 107 miles an hour, the Dodonpa is the fastest roller coaster in Japan. What is perhaps more impressive is that the top speed is reached in under 1.8 seconds. The result of this speed and acceleration rate is a feeling of floating for passengers. The total length of the 3900 feet ride is covered in less than a minute, making it one heck of a thrill ride!