From childhood to being adults, there is one thing that never changed, that is loving the thrilling rides and enjoying the adrenaline rush. There have been a few infamous amusement park rides around the world that people couldn’t avoid although riding them meant facing your doom.
We bring you 11 Deadliest Amusement Park Rides You’ve Got to Try before you are too old to do that. Check out how many of these can you try on:
1. SCAD Tower, Denmark
If you are bored of your routine and seeking some thrill, then you must head to Denmark and try out this amusement park scary ride known as SCAD Tower located at Trivoli Friheden. An elevator takes you to a height of 100 ft where you are strapped into a harness from a platform. And when you are ready, they let you lose to have a free fall of 100 feet into a net. I’m sure we all wanted to try jumping from a building terrace, now is your chance.
2. Superman: Ride of Steel, Six Flags
You ever dreamt of having superpowers and saving the world? Ride of Steel at Six Flags America amusement park gives you the chance to do it. Riders can take the roller coaster experience to the next level by wearing a VR headset powered by Oculus to create a 360-degree 3D experience while riding. It is based on the theme of Superman saving the city from Lex Luthor’s Bots who are creating an anti-gravity zone. The ride has 5 airtime hills and 2 helixes (540 degrees and 500 degrees), enough to give you goosebumps of a lifetime.
3. The Big One, Lancashire
The Big Max is located at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool Lancashire, UK. The ride opened for the people on 28 May, 1994 and has the capacity to carry around 1800 people. It was the steepest and the tallest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in Europe. The ride lasts for approximately 3 minutes during which riders face negative g-forces of up to o.5g and positive up to 3.5g. The highest point of the ride is 235feet.
4. Mission: Space, Epcot
Be an astronaut for a day and get on a mission to Mars. A centrifugal motion simulator thrill rides at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Mission: Space simulates the adventures of an astronaut from higher g-force of liftoff to the speculative hypersleep. It had a grand opening to the public on 9 October 2003 which was attended by several NASA astronauts. The mission includes liftoff, a slingshot around the moon, a brief hypersleep and descent on the Martian surface. Each rider is assigned some role to play during the journey. This amusement park ride is surely is a dream-come-true for the people wanting to go into space.
5. Batman: The Ride, Six Flags
This can be an interesting amusement park ride for the Marvels fandom as this ride is based on the first Batman film. The ride was the first inverted roller coaster when it opened in 1992 at Six Flags Great America and has been awarded Coaster Landmark status. The ride consists of 360-degree vertical loops and zero-G-roll. It goes to a maximum height of 100 feet but it is no less in making the riders scream.
6. All Rides of Action Park
Action park is famous for giving scars and bruises to its guests, it is sort of a souvenir. It is an amusement park located in Vernon, New Jersey and mainly consists of water rides. Although the rides seem pretty normal but the incidents that have happened in the past would state otherwise which led to the closure of the park. But it reopened again in 2013, shutting down rides with major malfunction like alpine slide and cannonball loop. It is considered as a place where no one leaves without being hurt or scratched during rides.
7. Maverick, Ohio
Built by Intamin at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, US, Maverick was opened in 2007 after testing the intense elements of the ride. This was the first roller coaster which featured a Twisted Horseshoe Roll. It had a drop of 95 degrees which makes it the steepest roller coaster of Cedar Point. Maverick also won an award for the “Best New Ride” and “Best New Attraction” in 2007. This ride is one of the best you would have if you are up for adventures.
8. Expedition GeForce, Germany
Located at Holiday park in Germany, Expedition GeForce is one of the largest roller coasters in Europe and travels up to 120 km/hr. The trains ascend at a height of 188 feet and make the first drop at 82 degrees. The ride has several large hills which give a sensation of air-time and it also has a lot of overbanked turns. It was awarded the title of “Best Steel-Tracked Roller Coaster“.
9. Kingda Ka, New Jersey
Located at Six Flags Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, US, Kingda Ka was built by Stakotra, a subcontractor to Intamin. The ride opened to the public in 2005 is the world’s tallest roller coaster, the world’s second fastest roller coaster and was the second strata coaster ever built. It attains the speed of 206 km/hr in 3 seconds and the highest point of the ride is 456 feet from the ground. This ride definitely sets roller coaster goals!
10. Insanity, Las Vegas
Situated at 900 feet, Insanity is one of the four thrill rides of Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. It opened in 2005 and is now the third highest thrill ride in the world. It dangles the riders over the edge of the tower and then spins in a circular motion at 40 miles/hr. Who said that only roller coasters can be scary rides?
11. Tower of Terror, Hollywood
The Twilight Zone, popularly known as the Tower of Terror located at Disney Hollywood Studios is one of the highest towers of the respective studios. The elevator rises for a few seconds before coming to its first stop. The ride also enters the Fifth Dimension section which is a collection of sights and sounds and star fields. The riders enjoy the view of the park from a height of 157 ft which is equal to a 13-story building.
PS – The Twilight Zone has now been transformed into Guardians of Galaxy theme ride from January 2017.
“Faster, Faster, Faster
until the thrill of speed overcomes
the fear of death”