If you are an avid roller coaster fan (or know someone who is), you should definitely check the following list. Maybe there are a few roller coasters you have not heard of that might get you the thrill and excitement you are always looking for when hitting an amusement park.
In the following article, we will talk about the fastest roller coasters in the world. The list has been recently updated and there are roller coasters in the US, but also in Canada, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. So enough with the talk; fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy this amazing ride! Also, feel free to let us know about any other roller coasters around the world that you think are worth mentioning, or should I say, worth riding.
15. Titan – 85 mph
Besides visiting The Alamo, Houston’s Space center or The Fort Worth Stockyards, if you visit Texas, the “Lone Star State”, you can’t miss Six Flags Over Texas, the amazing 212 acre theme park located in Arlington.The name of the main attraction is Titan, and it is the tallest roller coaster in Texas. It is a combination of an out and back roller coaster and a twister roller coaster. Aren’t you excited to try this hypercoaster?
Built in no more than a year, it has been operating since April, 27, 2001. Some interesting elements are its chain lift hill, and a thrilling 120 ft long underground tunnel. It has 3 trains, with 5 cars per train. The riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.The length of the Titan roller coaster is 5.312 ft, the height is 245 ft, and it soars down a 255-foot first drop. The total duration of the ride is 3:30 minutes, and it can hold up to 1,600 riders per hour. Would you like to try this exciting ride? I hope now you have a good reason if you are visiting Texas.
14. Goliath – 85 mph
Have you ever been to California? Did you know that California is the most populous state in the United States, with more than 39 million people? If California were a country, it would likely be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous. California has also many interesting places to visit, such as Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and Universal Studios.
But if you love action and amusement parks, Goliath is a roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, in Valencia, California. This roller coaster is themed and promoted with a subtropical landscape, characterized by ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization. Goliath has been operating since 2/11/2000. It has a length of 4,500 feet, and its height is 235 ft. The total duration of the ride is 3:00 minutes. Imagine 3 extremely intense minutes of ups and downs, positive g-forces, loops and an underground tunnel… sounds pretty exciting, right? If you are looking for extreme experiences, some users have reported “nearly passing out from extreme positive G forces”. How would you feel if you are riding Goliath and after a few turns and loops you have a very short feeling of dizziness followed by a strange sensation as if you were going to pass out? Would you be scared?… if you love extreme experiences I am sure this ride is going to be a sure bet on your list of roller coasters to visit ASAP.
Some details about this ride are that Goliath roller coaster has 3 trains with 5 cars per train, and its riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train. The total duration of the ride is 3 minutes. A very interesting feature is that at the end of the initial 255 ft drop, there is an underground tunnel, and that is the point where Goliath reaches its maximum speed of 85 MPH.
13. Phantom’s Revenge – 85 mph
Can you imagine a roller coaster riding at 85 mph? Imagine yourself sitting in a roller coaster train, and climbing slowly a very steep hill. Can you feel how the train slowly reaches the top of the hill? Can you feel your guts being pulled inside when the train begins going down the hill and reaches the top speed? Phantom’s Revenge is a roller coaster located at Kennywood Amusement Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
Some interesting details about Phantom’s Revenge: it debuted with the name of Steel Phantom and had four inversions, but many people started complaining, and experienced more-than-usual head banging and pain in their necks. So the owners of Kennywood Amusement Park had to recast the ride as Phantom’s Revenge, ditching the loops and reopening again in 2001, focusing exclusively on the coaster’s powerful speed. As a result of the modifications done to the roller coaster, it was renamed as Phantom’s Revenge, and the biggest proof of the success of the changes is that the roller coaster has been featured in second place nonstop since 2011 at the yearly survey done by the NAPHA ( National Amusement Park Historical Association), under the Favorite Steel Roller Coaster section.
I am sure after reading the above mentioned information I have piqued your curiosity and interest about riding Phantom’s Revenge. I am absolutely sure when you finally ride it, it won’t disappoint you at all.
12. Intimidator – 90 mph
Visiting Virginia means, above anything else, visiting the state where four of the first five presidents of the United States of America were born. Virginia claims the most Civil War battlefields of any state, as well as the places where the Revolution and the Civil War ended. But if you are visiting Virginia, there is also room for fun and joy, so a sure bet would be visiting King’s Dominion amusement park, in Doswell. This park has fourteen roller coasters… yes, fourteen, but we are going to pay attention to the last one built back on April 2, 2010. Its name is Intimidator 305, and… well, a roller coaster named Intimidator sounds pretty challenging especially for fun and active people looking for new and thrilling experiences.
Intimidator 305 had a total cost of $25,000,000 USD, and as of today, it is still the second Giga Coaster to be built in North America. The first version of Intimidator 305 had an original speed of 94 mph, but shortly right after it debuted in 2010, the owners of King’s Dominion amusement park decided to add a new security measure, in the form of trim brakes which slowed the speed of the roller coaster to the actual 90 mph.
11. Leviathan – 92 mph
Do you know what a Leviathan is? The word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. It is mentioned in the Old Testament.
Leviathan is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, and it is also ranked as of 2015, as the eighth-tallest and the eighth-fastest roller coaster in the world. It is located at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park in Maple, Ontario, and it has been operating since 5/6/2012. It is 5,486 ft long, and reaches a height of 306 ft. The ride has a total duration time of 3:28.
Before Leviathan opened, the owners of the amusement park launched a worldwide auction in which bidder competed to be one of the first ninety-six public riders on Leviathan, on the 27th of April 2012, a week before the park officially opened. When it was built in 2012, Leviathan was the first roller coaster to be labeled as a Giga Coaster, because it exceeded a height of 300 feet ( it reaches 306 feet).
The total cost of Leviathan was $28,000,000, and it has a top speed of 92 miles per hour… can you picture yourself riding Leviathan at such a unbelievable speed? Can you imagine yourself riding on the back of a legendary sea creature, similar to a gigantic marine dragon? That must be the feeling you will experience if you take a ride on the Leviathan.
10. Millennium Force – 93 mph
Some of the best tourist attractions in Ohio are the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, or Hocking Hills State Park, but there is also an amusement park located at Cedar Point, Sandusky.
In 2000, the owners of Cedar Point finished the construction of Millennium Force, the world’s first Giga Coaster, exceeding 300 feet in height. For a short period of time Millennium Force was the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world, until Steel Dragon 2000 debuted the same year. Since its debut in 2000, this Giga Coaster has been voted the number one steel roller coaster ten times in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards. Millennium Force has a 310 feet height, 2 tunnels, and reaches a maximum speed of 93 miles per hour. Can you imagine the feeling of the wind on your face at 93 miles per hour? Can you imagine the thrill and emotion of your whole body while you ride Millennium Force?
9. Fury 325 – 95 mph
Fury 325 is a roller coaster that is located at Carowinds amusement park, Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the tallest roller coaster in the world with a maximum height of 325 feet. I cannot imagine the face of the riders at 325 feet when the train is reaching the top of the hill and about to begin its free fall downhill. The cost of Fury 325 was $ 30,000,000 USD and debuted in 2015. The maximum number of riders it can hold per hour is 1,470. It has 3 trains with 8 cars per train. When it debuted in 2015, it was labeled as the tallest roller coaster in the world, at 325 feet. At that time, it was also the fastest roller coaster in the world reaching 95 mph.
8. Steel Dragon 2000 – 95 mph
Located at Nagashima Spa Land, Nagashima, Japan, this roller coaster has been operating since August, 1st, 2000. This coaster has 7 cars per train, and riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train. It has a length of 8.133,2 ft and reaches a maximum height of 318,3 ft. Maybe the most original feature of this ride is that unlike its closest competitors in the list, it uses a traditional lift hill that takes the cars up to a remarkable 318 feet. Although it takes a veeeeery long time to climb that high hill, the payoff is a brutal and face-melting speed of 95 mph.
7. Ring Racer – 99.4 mph
This coaster is located in Nurberg, Germany, and opened on Halloween in 2013, but it only operated a few days. Seven people were injured and it never reopened. It has a length of 3,976 ft and a height of 123 ft. Ring Racer has 2 trains with 2 cars per train. Riders of the coaster are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train. It can hold up to 400 riders per hour, and it was supposed to reach 0 – 99,4 mph in 2.0s using its compressed-air launch system. This roller coaster was created for speed, and runs parallel to the famous German raceway of Nürburgring, on a straight track, and then turns around to head back to the loading station. Unfortunately for all roller coaster enthusiasts and fans, Ring Racer is still standing but not operating. Hopefully it will reopen someday soon.
6. Tower of Terror II – 100 mph
Located at Dreamworld, Queensland, Australia, this roller coaster has a length of 1,235 ft, and a height of 377.3ft This ride has been operating since 1997. It has an L-shaped track, stops at the top, and retraces its route backwards reaching 100 mph in both directions. This coaster has only 1 car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 4 rows for a total of 16 riders.
In 2010, the original Tower of Terror was modified and transformed into the Tower of Terror II. The most remarkable change was changing the rider’s position so riders now face downwards. The maximum acceleration of the coaster is 0 – 100 mph in 7.0s, and the duration of the ride is only 28 seconds.
5. Superman: Escape from Krypton – 100 mph
Located at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, in Valencia, California, this roller coaster has an amazing 415 feet-tall tower. It holds the record of being the first coaster to reach 100 mph. When it started operating in 1997 (as Superman: The Escape), it was the world’s tallest and fastest coaster.
Superman has a length of 1235 ft and a height of 415 ft. The G force reached is 4.5. The maximum acceleration is 0 – 100 mph in 7.0s. Can you imagine how would you feel riding this roller coaster? Maybe in your next visit to California you can put this roller coaster on your “to do” list.
4. Dodonpa – 107 mph
Dodonpa is located at Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi, Japan. This coaster has a length of 3,900 ft and a height of 170,6 ft. It has been operating since December 21st, 2001. The Dodonpa uses a compressed air launch, and goes from 0 to 107 mph in just under two seconds. I would like to see the faces of the users of this super fast roller coaster…
As an interesting detail, the Dodonpa, is named for musical sounds (similar to Do Re Mi, but percussive) and it is also the “chant” referred to occasionally while you wait in line for the coaster.
3. Top Thrill Dragster – 120 mph
This coaster is also located at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio. It has been operating since May 4th, 2003. Dragster has a length of 2,800 ft and a height of 420 ft. The total duration of the ride is just 30 seconds.
As a curiosity, when it debuted in 2003, Top Thrill Dragster was the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world. Besides having a racing car theme and reaching unbelievable speeds, its hydraulic launch system catapults riders from 0 to hyperspeed in no time. The front car has always only seated two riders due to the nose shape, so there are 18 riders per train.
2. Kingda Ka – 128 mph
This awesome ride is located at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, and has been operating since May 21st, 2005. Kingda Ka has the record of being the fastest roller coaster in the United States. It was also the fastest coaster in the world for a few years but has since been overpassed by newer roller coasters. However, Kingda Da is still the tallest roller coaster in the world. It’s very similar to Top Thrill Dragster, although it is much, much faster, and it feels rougher. If you are looking for top speed, then Kingda Ka is certainly your best choice.
1. Formula Rossa – 149.1 mph
Do you like racing cars? Do you like Formula 1 cars? Do you like roller coasters? Although it seems as if there is no link between them, you better think twice. In Abu Dhabi, at the Ferrari World theme park in the United Arab Emirates, there is a roller coaster named Formula Rossa. It has been operating since November 4th, 2010.
Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world, themed as a Formula 1 Ferrari, and can reach a maximum speed of 149.1 miles per hour. Being the fastest roller coaster in the world and themed as a Formula 1 car, the experience is so intense that safety glasses are required (and provided) to ride the Formula Rossa. Can you imagine the feeling?
Formula Rossa surpassed Kingda Ka as the world’s fastest roller coaster with Kingda Ka keeping the record of the tallest roller coaster in the world. Rossa accelerates from 0 to 62 miles in 2 seconds, and climbs 171 feet, generating 1.7 Gs. Its maximum acceleration is 0 – 149,1 mph in 4.0s The riders of Rossa are required to wear special protective glasses similar to the ones used for skydiving. They also wear full size racing helmets, similar to those used by Formula 1 drivers.
If you love speed, and you are looking for a unique and jaw-dropping experience, start saving some money for a nice vacation in the United Arab Emirates so you can ride Formula Rossa at Ferrari World theme park.