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What is the most extreme roller coaster ride you have been on? What gets your adrenaline going...... height? speed? g-forces? or going upside down? The limits keep getting pushed harder and faster every year as the best theme parks in the world compete to have the most extreme rides.


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1) Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka is a roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA. It is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, claiming the titles from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point when it opened on May 20, 2005. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower reaching a height of 456 feet (139 meters).

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2) X Scream, Stratosphere Tower

Now this ride is not for those with a fear of heights! Situated above the observation deck on the 1,149 foot high Stratosphere Tower, riders are launched off the edge at a height of 866 feet, before instantly breaking at the last moment. During this process, riders are held in the carriage with a single lap bar as their only source of comfort from a long fall back down to earth.

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3) Goliath @ Six Flags, CA

This hyper coaster reaches speeds of up to 85mph and takes its riders up to a maximum 4.5 positive g-force. The initial 255 foot drop riders experienced was the longest in the world when it first opened on 11th February 2000. This was surpassed by the completion of Millennium Force at Cedar Point a few months later. Goliath can handle up to 1,600 riders an hour.

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4) Superman: The Escape @ Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA

Superman: The Escape is a twin of the Tower of Terror ride in Dreamworld, Australia, and launches its passengers from 0 - 100mph in 7 seconds to a height of 328 feet. The ride was designed by Intamin AG and opened in 1997 at a cost of USD 20,000,000.00, total ride time is a short 28 seconds. Passengers experience a feeling of weightlessness as the carriage reaches the top of its vertical climb.

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5) Nemesis @ Alton Towers, England

Nemesis is an inverted Bolliger & Mabillard manufactured roller coaster that opened in 1994 at the Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire, England. The ride reaches speeds of up to 50mph and throws its passengers through tight, deep, and fast bends. Despite being over 15 years old it still remains a favourite among roller coaster enthusiasts world-wide.

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6) Kraken @ Seaworld, FL

Kraken is as fierce as the infamous mythological sea creature it is named after, and does not fail to provide a thrilling experience for its riders. It is a steel floorless roller coaster manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard that has seven inversions and lasts for just over 2 minutes. Highest drop is 145 feet.


7) The Titan @ Six Flags Over Texas, TX

The Titan is a steel hyper coaster that climbs to a height of 245 feet and then plunges its riders down a 255 foot drop at 85mph into a long dark tunnel. The wheels on the train have to be sprayed with water every time before entering the station to prevent overheating. Manufactured by Giovanola, it is very similar to the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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8) Steel Dragon 2000 @ Nagashima Spa Land, Japan

When it opened, Steel Dragon 2000 was the tallest and longest complete circuit roller coaster in the world, taking the titles from Millennium Force and The Ultimate, respectively. Due to its location in Japan, the coaster had to be built with excessive amounts of re-enforced steel to add extra protection from earthquakes. The highest drop is 306 feet.

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9) Xcelerator @ Knott’s Berry Farm, CA

Xcelerator launches its passengers with a hydraulic catapult from 0 - 82mph in 2.3 seconds, and goes on to reach a height of 205ft. Occasionally the train does not get enough speed to reach the top of the track, and falls backwards down to the launch pad. This no doubt causes a bit of concern amongst some of the riders.

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10) Pepsi Max Big One, Pleasure Beach Blackpool

When it opened on 28th May 1994, the Pepsi Max Big One was the fastest, tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world. The track is over a mile in length, lasts for over three minutes, and reaches average speeds of up to 74mph. The ride cost £12,000,000.00 to build, and was manufactured by a now defunct steel coaster company Arrow Dynamics.

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11) New York New York, Las Vegas

Take in the sights and views of replica New York landmarks whilst spinning through twists, turns and drops at 67mph. This roller coaster has a lift hill 203 feet high, and is best ridden at night with everything lit up. . A trip on this fast paced sight seeing tour will cost you $14 per ride.

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