Friday, August 17, is National Roller Coaster Day. Roller Coasters have made quite the evolution throughout the years. The first ever successful roller coaster was created in 1884 on New York’s famous Coney Island. The creators name is LaMarcus A. Thompson, and he named the ride the primitive Gravity Switchback Railway. Riders would have to climb a tall tower to get to the top of the ride, they would then sit in a bench, and get pushed down the track to another tower going about 6 mph coasting about 600 feet. This roller coaster is no longer rideable, however there are some extremely old roller coasters that still exist today.
In 1902, Leap-the-Dips was built at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa. This was a figure eight roller coaster and was saved from demolition in 1999.
In 1912, Scenic Railway was built at Luna Park in Melbourne, Australia, and is currently the oldest continually operating coaster in the world.
Roller Coasters have come quite a way from when they originated. They have become more technologically advanced, faster, scarier, longer, and more thrilling. Here are some of the scariest roller coasters in the world.
The Gravity Max
This attraction is located at Lihpao Land Discovery in Taiwan. This ride reaches 114 feet, andthen the track “breaks,” tilting the car down 90 degrees to meet the rest of the track, and dropping you 34 stories. It is the only roller coaster of this type in the world.
This attraction is located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. This ride has the tallest vertical loop in the world standing at 160 feet. It launches the car at 66 mph.
This attraction is located at Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson, New Jersey. This ride is the tallest in the world at 456 feet. It has the longest drop for riders, at 418 feet from the ground. Riders will catch a speed of 206km/h in less than 3.5 seconds! Not only is it the tallest coaster in the world, it has the second fastest speed attained on any coaster in the world. They have held this record since 2005.
This attraction is located in the Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Japan. It is the steepest coaster in the world since 2011 and has a total of 7 vertical inversions. It has a maximum vertical angle of 121 degrees.
In honor of National Roller Coaster day go find the nearest roller coaster and ride it!