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The Biggest Roller Coaster in the World + Tips to Stay Safe at Amusement Parks

It’s that time of year again, thrill seekers of all ages are eagerly awaiting the chance to hop on their favorite rides and indulge themselves in a day full of fun and excitement with their friends and family. That’s right, it’s amusement park season! Who doesn’t love to get their adrenaline pumping and childhood nostalgia flowing with a day at the park? 

While amusement parks are a great opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones, they are still very high risk environments. In our next report, TKN reporter Brittany reports on the importance of amusement park ride safety.

Here is a list of some of the biggest roller coasters in the world, and every single one of them is sure to take its riders’ breath away. 😬

Kingda Ka

Riders on the “Kingda Ka” roller coaster (Photo: Stan Honda via Getty Images)

Location: Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, USA | Top Speed: 128 mph

The highest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in North America, Kingda Ka, known simply as ‘The King’, is a staggering 139 metres tall and propels the daredevil riders from 0 – 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It’s so fast it completes a full circuit of the 950 metre long track in under a minute!

The King also holds the record for the biggest drop roller coaster at 127 metres. It opened in 2005 and when it did, it whisked both records away from Top Thrill Dragster. That former-holder of the title of highest roller coaster in the world, which is located at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio, is 130 metres tall with a drop of 120 metres.

T Express

The T Express is one of the highest wooden roller coasters (Photo: Kotryna Markunaite via Getty Images)

Location: Everland, South Korea | Height: 56 metres | Wooden Blocks: 45,000

T Express is the joint-biggest wooden roller coaster in the world by height. Opened in June 2009, it is modelled on sightseeing trains through the Alps, but this is no sedate journey around Mont Blanc. The first 46 metre drop accelerates to 64 mph and riders experience a pull of 4.5G, a true thrill ride!

The other holder of the biggest wooden roller coaster in the world by height record is Wildfire at Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden. It has a slightly longer drop at 49 metres and the 120 second ride takes riders through three inversions and 12 airtime hills at a top speed of 71 mph.

Goliath

Some of the thrilling twists and turns of the Goliath (Photo: Chicago Tribune via Getty Images)

Location: Six Flags Great America, Illinois, USA | Top Speed: 72 mph

Goliath by name, goliath by nature! Opened in 2014, it is the biggest wooden roller coaster in the world by speed (72mph), by tallest drop (55 metres) and it has the world’s steepest drop for a wooden coaster at a near-vertical 85 degrees.

It’s almost a kilometre long and the three over-banked turns, a 180-degree zero G-roll twist and two wild inversions have coaster lovers queuing for hours!

Formula Rossa

Supercar fans take a ride on a rollercoaster at Ferrari World (Photo: Robert Cianflone via Getty Images)

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE | Height: 52 metres | Length: 2,200 metres | Top Speed: 149.1 mph

This is as close as it gets to riding shotgun in an F1 car! Formula Rossa at Ferrari World is not about loops or corkscrews or inversions, it’s all about raw, unadulterated speed. Neither the biggest roller coaster in the world nor the highest roller coaster in the world, the world’s fastest roller coaster – whose design was inspired by Italy’s famous Monza racetrack – accelerates to an eye-watering top speed of 149.1 mph in just 4.9 seconds and puts riders brave enough to experience the rush through a jet fighter-esque 4.8G of force.

Steel Dragon 2000

Thrill seeker as they begin their decent down The Steel Dragon 2000 (Photo: Toru Yamanaka via Getty Images)

Location: Nagashima, Japan | Cost: $50 million+ | Speed: 95 mph | Height: 97 metres

The Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land is a staggering feat of engineering and if we were judging the biggest roller coaster in the world by length, it comes out on top by a very long way.

With a track length of 2,479 metres (over 120 of the world’s biggest dump trucks laid end to end) and a ride time of four minutes, it is the longest roller coaster in the world and one of only seven ‘giga-coasters’ in operation in the world, that is, coasters built purely for height, speed and airtime.

The other six giga-coasters are:

  • Millennium Force, Cedar Point, Ohio, USA (height: 94m, speed: 93 mph)
  • Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion, Virginia, USA (height: 93m, speed: 90 mph)
  • Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario, Canada (height: 93.3m, speed: 92 mph)
  • Fury 325, Carowinds, North Carolina, USA (height: 99m, speed: 95 mph)
  • Red Force, Ferrari Land, Catalonia, Spain (height: 112m, speed: 112 mph)
  • Orion, Kings Island, Ohio, USA (height: 87m, speed: 91 mph)

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