If you can’t enjoy a theme park without feeling as though you are hurtling through space and time in an adrenaline fuelled, action-packed fight for survival, then this is a list for you. We’ve gathered together some of the most spectacular rollercoaster rides in the world, that you’re sure to fall head over heels for, literally!
Kumba at Busch Gardens, Florida
The Kumba at Busch Gardens is one of the highest ranked rollercoasters in the world for the most inversions on a steel rollercoaster. This results in a gut-wrenchingly, mind-boggling good ride, just be sure you haven’t eaten your lunch yet.
If you’re hoping to ride the Kumba for a good price, then be sure to buy your tickets for Busch Gardens with FloridaTix to get some great savings. With FloridaTix you could squeeze in three major parks for the price of two, as well as getting a voucher for a delicious meal – just make sure you use it after the Kumba.
Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya at PortAventura, Spain
Wow. The Shambhala is a steel hyper coaster rollercoaster with one of the longest drops in the world. If you want to know how it feels to have your heart in your mouth, then this is the ride for you.
Opened in 2012, it is the fastest rollercoaster in Europe, and you’ll get to “enjoy” a drop of 255.9 feet. Makes your legs tremble just thinking about it! It has also been described as one of the smoothest rollercoaster rides available, which should make the death-defying drop more fun to experience!
California Screamin’ at Disneyland, California
This is one of the world’s longest steel rollercoasters, so if you are always disappointed that your adrenaline rush is over too fast, then this one won’t disappoint you. Stretching over 6702 feet, it is also the longest looping rollercoaster in the world.
This coaster is also one of Disney’s fastest attractions, accelerating guests from zero to 55 miles per hour in four seconds at the launch. Don’t wear a hat!
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, USA
Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest steel rollercoaster, reaching a height of 456 feet at its highest point. Accelerating to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, it is also the world’s second fastest rollercoaster.
If you fancy flying along with the birds at unbelievable speeds, then the Kingda Ka may be just what you’ve been searching for. Make sure you don’t suffer from vertigo, as incredible height coupled with incredible speed is sure to make anyone dizzy!
Saw – The Ride at Thorpe Park, England
Inspired by the horror movie Saw, this is a rollercoaster guaranteed to get your pulse racing as it is ranked as one of the steepest rollercoasters in the world, with a maximum vertical angle of 100 degrees. Advertised as “the world’s most terrifying rollercoaster,” it is the first and only horror film-themed rollercoaster in the world.
As if the alarming 100 degree angled drop wasn’t scary enough, as scenes featuring characters from the movie laugh at you as you pass by, and your train is sprayed with “blood”.
Whichever rollercoaster you choose to experience, or even if you attempt all five, these are rides that cannot be beaten for their sheer thrill factor. Get ready to start screaming, and if you dare to lift your hands above your head while speeding by on one of these, then you surely deserve a medal for valour!
About the Author: Marie Wright is a writer and roller coaster enthusiast from London. Always in search of the latest and greatest thrill rides, she finds the best way to write about the best coasters is to experience it for yourself–firsthand. Get ready to scream!