The screams of roller coaster riders fill the air at theme parks and summer fairs around the world. From the slow climbs to the g-force of those sudden drops, there’s something about roller coasters that’s hard to resist–maybe due to the adrenaline rush riders feel.
And fear, they should. The West Edmonton Mall roller coaster (named Mindbender), pictured above, is one minute and thirteen seconds of thrills and chills. With a height of 44.1 m (145 ft) and a drop of 38.7 m (127 ft), the 1,279.5 m (4,198 ft), Mindbender is the largest, and fastest roller coaster I’ve ever seen (and no, I couldn’t work up the courage to ride it!). In fact, it goes 96.5 km/h (60.0 mph), and is the world’s largest, indoor triple-loop roller coaster.
I can’t imagine Mindbender’s 60 mph speed on something lacking today’s technology and materials–but the 1927 wooden roller coaster, Cyclone, does just that at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.
Cyclone, however, wasn’t the first roller coaster in North America — although the first one was at Coney Island, opening way back in 1884 on June 16. The resort also offered horse racing, theaters, and dining to attract locals to visit. And in case you didn’t know, Coney Island is also where the hot dog was invented in 1867, by Charles Feltman.
World’s Most Thrilling Roller Coasters
Today’s roller coasters offer even bigger dares and more extreme fun. OverseasAttractions has dug out the absolute craziest rollercoasters ever assembled and included them in this infographic. See the fullsize original at: http://visual.ly/fastest-roller-coasters
Would you go 150 mph on a roller coaster? If you’ve ever ridden one of these super roller coasters please tell us about the ride!