Today is National Roller Coaster Day!  One of the most thrilling engineering designs in our lifetime is the roller coaster.  The inspiration for roller coasters came from the ice slides constructed in Russia in the 18th century.  However, the modern roller coaster was patented by LaMarcus Thompson in 1884.  It was first called the “Great American Scream Machine.”  Now, we have bigger and faster roller coasters all over the world.  The tallest roller coaster in the world is called the Kingda Ka and it is 456 feet tall.  

Here are some of the biggest, fastest, and best roller coasters in the world:

  1. Kingda Ka – This gigantic coaster is 456 feet tall, 128mph, and can be ridden at Six Flags Adventute in North America. 
  2. Top Thrill Dragster – This speedy coaster is 420 feet tall, 120mph, and can be enjoyed at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. 
  3. Red Force – This is the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Europe.  It is 112mph and 367 feet tall.  You can ride this coaster at PortAventura in Spain.  
  4. Formula Rossa – This is currently the fastest roller coaster in the world!  At a speed of 149mph, it even made Kevin Hart cry.  You can ride this coaster at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dahbi.  
  5. Falcon’s Flight – This roller coaster will premier in 2023 and will become the fastest in the world with a speed of 155+ mph.  You will be able to ride this roller coaster at Six Flags Qiddiya in Saudi Arabia.  
  6. Goliath – This wooden roller coaster proves that wooden coasters can have loops!  This coaster can be found at Six Flags in Metro Chicago.  
  7. Steel Dragon 2000 – This coaster is the longest roller coaster in the world.  This one has 8,000 feet of track, is 318 feet high, and goes 95mph.  You can ride this one at the Nagashima Resort in Japan. 
  8. Steel Vengeance – Here’s another beauty from Cedar Point in Ohio!  This roller coaster is the longest hybrid (steel and wood) roller coaster in the world.  It is 5,740 feet long, has a 200ft. drop at a 90-degree angle, and goes 74mph.  

Enjoy your day!