Have you ever experienced the following scenario? You’re in an amusement park when suddenly you look up and see a deadly looking ride, and think, ‘Oh, hell no!’ Your friends then grab your arm and try to convince you to have a try at it. Shortly after, you find yourself locked in a seat, screaming, and about to pee your pants.
The advance in construction and engineering encourage the development of the most innovative and fascinating rides that we have never seen. Some of the most spine-tingling and heart pumping scream rides are certainly exciting to those fearless spirits out there. Yet, they are the worst nightmare for many others.
Around the globe, there are thousands of scary thrill rides that are going to freak you out. For roller coasters, the jaw-dropping speed, endless twists, and the annoying weightlessness just make your stomach float again, again and again. And the fact proves that the most horrifying rides may not necessarily be roller coasters. Imagine a mechanical arm extends over the top of a 900-feet hotel, would you dare to take a seat in it? How about being up in the air and waiting for the hair-raising drop from crazy heights? Sounds fun? Absolutely not!
Now, let’s take a look at the 15 most terrifying rides in the world.
Always top in any list of the must-go roller coasters in Japan, the Takabisha in Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida is the steepest coaster in the world, with a maximum vertical angle of 121 degrees. This engineering masterpiece takes the riders towards the skyline in the matter of seconds. Do you think you can enjoy the amazing view from the top-down? Especially when the extraordinary Mount Fuji is in the backdrop. You probably think it’s too much. But the ride only lasts 112 seconds and you are plummeted down 141-feet in a single vertical drop shortly after you reach its peak. While it may not seem like a big deal, there are altogether seven vertigo-inducing inversions during your ride. It is definitely a gravity-defying and chilling journey.
14. FULL THROTTLE
Apparently, the designer of this plans to freak all of us out by the tallest vertical loop in the world at 160-feet. We’re talking about The Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain located in Valencia, California. It is the first roller coaster to have a top-hat element on a loop. Can you imagine yourself being held upside down, lingering at the apex of the loop, and experience a timeless and weightless airtime without passing out? This steel launched roller coaster doesn’t even give you a chance to breath. Departing from the station, the train starts from 0 to 70 miles per hour and loops you twice in less than 90 seconds, before a fast, surprising face-down drop back to the station.
13. STRATOSPHERE TOWER INSANITY
Wanna have an astonishing view of the historic downtown Las Vegas? Right. I am sure you will get one if you try this one out—if you are brave enough! Located on the top of Stratosphere Hotel in Vegas, um…… not exactly right, since the mechanical-green-coloured centrifuge extends out 64 feet over the north edge of the Stratosphere Tower, and 900 feet away from the ground! It is deemed by the players as the scariest out of the Stratosphere’s three rides. You will be angled down by 70 degrees, which means your body position will be basically straight down. The Vegas ride will provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking street-view—if you are bold enough to keep your eyes open.
12. SUPERMAN – RIDE OF STEEL
Are you excited for a 90-degree airtime hill with a dramatic drop? Come and get a seat in one of the most famous rides in the world! There are three versions of the Ride of Steel in the U.S. The one that keeps winning the best roller coaster awards every year is in New England, Massachusetts. It features over 1-mile of track and a 208-foot lift hill—where you will have a feeling of weightlessness for 10 seconds. Get your stomach ready! With its speeds of more than 77 mph and a 221-foot drop into a tunnel, you will kind of understand why it keeps making into top 3 of the Golden Ticket Awards.
11. KINGDA KA
Oh wow, that height, that upside down U-shaped tack……it certainly does not hold any competition. Kingda Ka is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. It is well-known to be the world’s tallest and the second fastest roller coaster. The top level reaches a height of 456 feet and the brave riders will be catapulted into its peak in just 3.5 seconds, with the help of special hydraulic launchers at a speed of up to 128mph. Don’t scream yet! Cause there is a 270-foot spiral on the way down waiting for you! There’s nothing you can think of when you are experiencing both negative and positive g-force at a mind-bending speed, just hope and pray you don’t pee your pants after this.
10. THE GRAVITY MAX
Not all the scariest rides are about loops, a fact that everyone who has been to the world’s first tilting rollercoaster knows too well. Located at Lihpao Land Discovery World in Taiwan, The Gravity Max is hideous just to look at. The train goes up to 114-feet at a speed of 56 mph with a maximum 3.5 g-force. Then, the fantasy begins: the track breaks, the car is flipped down and the riders are hung upside down over a 34-story vertical drop at 90 degrees. It’s a feeling like the train is going to fall to the ground. All of a sudden, the train is sent off on the roller coaster ride with an 88-foot tall loop.
9. SHIVERING TIMBERS
The wooden giant at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon County will definitely arouse your interest by its epic architecture. It is the sixth longest wooden coaster on the planet, involving a number of exciting drops. The train is launched from the station with a left turn to a 125-feet lift hill, with a maximum speed of 65 mph. You think that’s not enough for you as a daring spirit? Don’t worry, there are three camelback hills and a double-up hill ahead of you, where you can experience the terrifying ‘ejector air-time’. Before you can exit this harrowing ride, you will reach a series of bunny hop hills and 630-degree helix. Tell me how the lateral G-force feels if you survive!
8. TOWER OF TERROR II
OK. Unlike the other rides, this one in Gold Coast, Australia decides to scare you first by its name alone. It is known as the tallest and fastest ride in the southern hemisphere. The ride takes you to the 377-feet tower with the speed of over 100 miles per hour. Yet, it’s just the opening of the ‘terror’. You will be experiencing a zero-gravity drop in a few seconds, at a speed accelerating to 161 km per hour, with a maximum heart-stopping 4.5Gs. The riders will enjoy a grand total of 7 seconds of weightlessness. When you get off the ride with your wobbly legs, you will realize how your sweat, tears, and screams make this indeed the tower of terror.
Here comes one of the most expensive roller coaster’s in the world. It is famous for being the 500th roller coaster designed by Werner Stengel. As the first roller coaster featuring a Twisted Horseshoe Roll, it took more than $21 million to build the fourth longest roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The total duration of the ride is 2.5 minutes, and at a speed of over 70 miles per hour. It has everything needed to be a scary ride: corkscrews, launches, twists, tunnels and a lot of airtime. More than that, there are unexpected sharp turns and water cannons at the end. You won’t be able to plant your feet anywhere to balance yourself, just enjoy being hurtled through the air!
6. ZUMANJARO: DROP OF DOOM
I swear, this is the one I won’t try ever in my entire life. I’m clearly a chicken, but a drop tower can be scarier than any roller coasters in the world. Look at this one at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey, the tallest drop tower in the world with a height of 415-feet. It’s insane! It first lifts you to the top at a relatively slow speed in less than 30 seconds. Just enjoy the little pause with the marvellous scenery in the air. Then, you won’t be able to see anything clearly as the gravity pulls you towards the ground at a speed of 90 miles per hour. Get your stomach prepared cause it will go up and down…and then up and down again.
This terrifying ride is equipped with very bulky and extremely uncomfortable restraints. Don’t feel embarrassed about that. Trust me, you will need them in order to walk away alive from the ride. Being the first major attraction at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, Colossus has 10 inversions and flips you over and over in a vertical loop and cobra roll. Then the train is speedily pulled through a double corkscrew, before confronting a quadruple clockwise heart-line roll. When you think the twists are over, there is a surprising final inversion that pushes you toward the surrounding foliage. There is an exact duplicate called 10 Inversion Roller Coaster in Guangzhou, China. Go there, and just hope you will not feel jelly legged after getting off the ride.
4. INTIMIDATOR 305
While there is nothing more fun than visiting an amusement park, I’m sure I will not be smiling when standing in front of this thing. This aptly named steel roller coaster is located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. The ride stands 305-feet at its maximum height and features drops over 300-feet with a descent angle of 85 degrees, and a thousand high speed twists and turns. It’s worthwhile to challenge this thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast if you are an adventurous person, considering it is one of the only four coasters in the world that can perform such an exciting drop from that shocking height.
3. SKY COASTER
You must be joking. Are you going for bungee jumping or sky-diving with this one? Have you signed a well-defined contract before you get up there and jump? Ridiculously, this type of ride can be found in many major amusement parks including the Six Flags Over Georgia in the U.S. When you get up to the steel arch towering over the park at over 100-feet with your shaking legs, you are equipped with vests and attached to a rope only, before being released and plummeted back towards the earth. You can enjoy the fantastic view of the park—just in case you are confident enough to embrace the free fall. It will never be a good option for someone who prefers his feet on the ground.
2. EXPEDITION GEFORCE
Are you overwhelmed by the scale of this gigantic ride? True. This steel roller coaster located at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany is one of the largest and tallest in Europe. The length of it approaches 4,003-feet while the highest point reaches 203-feet above ground. The ride gives you the first thrill by ascending the 188-feet lift hill and dropping at 82-degree, making a 74-degree right-hand turn, at a speed exceeding 74 mph, reaching 4.5 G. There are seven chilling moments of weightlessness during the journey, and all of this will be done in less than 90 seconds — OK, insane will be just an understatement for this.
‘Hey, what the hell?’ is the particular phrase translated from the Japanese ’Eejanaika’. Probably, there is no other better name for this 4th Dimension roller coaster at Fuji-Q in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It is known as the taller, longer and faster version of the two 4th Dimension coaster on the planet. Eejanaika is unique in that its seats can rotate forward or backward 360-degree in a restrained spin. As the ride has the most number of spins in the world, the riders will go through 14 inversions attained by seats spinning. Once it reaches its top, it’s nearly 250-feet! You can grab a quick view of Mount Fuji, before you are quickly dropped at a speed of 78 mph while shouting, ‘Hey, what the hell!?’
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