If you think theme parks are just for kids, you’d be wrong – some of the most intense thrills in the world are actually roller coasters. As technology has evolved, theme parks have really pushed the limits with their rides to deliver heart-stopping thrills. At Fifty50, we’re always on the hunt for the next adrenaline rush.
Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure
While all of the Six Flags parks are known for their intense roller coasters, this one is truly not for the faint of heart. Right now, it’s the world’s tallest roller coaster, and it’s also one of the fastest. It uses a hydraulic launch system, which means you’ll feel as if you’ve been shot out of a cannon before heading up an incline of 456 feet.
Formula Rossa – Ferrari World
While Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa is the fastest. It’s located at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates and is designed to mimic the speeds of the world’s fastest sports cars. While the track doesn’t look particularly intimidating at first, you’ll feel differently when it hits nearly 150 miles per hour. Like Kingda Ka, Formula Rossa is also a hydraulic launch coaster.
Takabisha – Fuji-Q Highland
Japan has some of the best and most exciting theme park roller coasters in the world. This roller coaster is located near Mt. Fuji and has one of the steepest inclines of any ride in the world. In addition to its 121 degree drop, it has plenty of loops and inversions to make your head spin. What makes this roller coaster interesting is that the steepest drop isn’t at the beginning of the ride, so the layout will really keep you guessing.
Intimidator 305 – King’s Dominion
This roller coaster is located at the King’s Dominion theme park in Virginia. It’s one of only a few roller coasters to have a drop of over 300 feet, so if you’re scared of heights, this is definitely not the coaster for you. In fact, this coaster had to be modified shortly after it was built due the intense reactions it was causing for many riders. Don’t worry – it’s still plenty scary, just a bit safer now.
Banshee – King’s Island
What makes this roller coaster so scary is its inverted track. This means that you’re swinging from the track above you instead of riding in a car. It’s also the world’s longest inverted coaster. In addition, it comes with plenty of loops and inversions, making it unpredictable and completely terrifying.