Are you brave enough to take a ride on America‘s most thrilling roller coasters? Well, take it as a challenge but before you rush to prove us wrong please check out the scariest roller coasters that exist in the USA!
1. Cannibal, Lagoon Amusement Park, Utah
The name of it is enough for one to know what to expect from a ride on Cannibal. Cannibal is the result of the cooperation of Lagoon Amusement Park with other companies of the field in Utah. This attraction isn’t open yet but the information referring to it seems to be very promising. According to reliable sources, about 22$ million has been spent on the project and something tells us that it’s totally worth its costs. Also it is notable that the planning of the project took five years while the actual building process required about two years. Located in Utah, with a 116-degree drop and 208ft/70mph speed this roller coaster is definitely a hard challenge even for the adventurous travellers looking for extra adrenaline.
2. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
Translated from Spanish, El Toro means “the bull”. One of the most interesting facts about this roller coaster is that it’s actually made of wood. El Toro has been designed by Intamin Worldwide, which is a famous designing and manufacturing company in Switzerland. It officially announced its opening in June of 2006. It is notable that the image of the bull is officially the main theme of ”El Toro” and this is why you can see a bullhead printed on the front part of the front seats. The maximum speed of El Toro is 181ft/70mph, so it takes courage to have a ride on it.
3. Fury 325, Carowinds, North Carolina
Fury 325 is if not the scariest then at least one of the scariest roller coasters that you can find in America! With maximum height of 325 feet Fury 325 appears to be one of the tallest roller coasters in the world. The manufacturer of this attraction appears to be Bolliger & Mabillard, a very famous company in Switzerland. The costs of the whole designing and building project fall around 30$ million but the results are totally worth it. The first test run of the coaster was successfully completed on March 4th of 2014 due to which the official opening day marked on March 25th of 2015.
4. GateKeeper, Cedar Point, Ohio
Another great option for extremers appears to be the famous roller coaster named ”Gatekeeper”. This is a thrill that one must be prepared to experience. With 170ft height and 67 mph maximum speed level, this roller coaster seems to be a serious challenge. GateKeeper is located in Ohio, to be more specific at Cedar Point in Sandusky. This roller coaster has also been designed and manufactured by Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard and the budget of the entire project falls around 24$ million. The whole constructing process of it took about eight months after which we got to see the world’s fastest coaster with the longest drop.
5. Goliath, Six Flags Great America, Illinois
Goliath is another wooden roller coaster that stands out for being on the top list of the fastest ones. Located at Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee IL, this ride also is only for those who have the guts to take it. The official opening of Goliath was on June 2014 and the reviews were quiet affirmative. Goliath was manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction. The height of it is 165 feet while the drop is 85 degrees at the height of 180ft. This thrilling attraction consists of two trains with six cars and has the capacity of 24 riders per train.
6. Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion, Virginia
Located in Virginia, at Kings Dominion and operating since April of 2010 this scary roller coaster is also on the list of the most thrilling attractions in the USA. It is notable that Intimidator was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and designed to have a maximum speed of 90 mph and a height of 305 ft. Its scariest drop is 300ft at 85-degree angle. The average cost of this attraction was about 23$ million and the model is of the hyper coaster type. Intimidator 305 consists of 3 trains and each has eight cars and it has the capacity of maximum 32 riders per train.
7. Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world! Have a look at the pictures of this thrilling coaster and check out the corresponding videos and you’ll get the whole picture! With 456ft height and maximum speed of 128 mph this crazy ride seems to be promising a lifetime experience! Another interesting fact about Kingda Ka is that it also has a drop ride attached to it, the so-called Zumanjaro Drop of Doom. The latter is a high drop of 415ft in 10 seconds. If you consider yourself a real extremer maybe you should take in the front seats? Take it as a challenge!
8. Leap-The-Deaps, Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania
Manufactured by Edward Joy Morris Company this wooden roller coaster is also on the list of the best rides in USA. Leap the Deaps is located at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is notable that if not the oldest then it definitely is one of the oldest roller coasters in the history of America as it was built in 1902 and has been operating since 1985. Ok, it might not be the scariest ride in the world but its rich historical background makes it valuable from the architectural point of view.
9. Millennium Force, Cedar Point, Ohio
Millennium Force was built by Intamin and is located in Sandusky, Ohio at Cedar Point Amusement Park. The date of the official opening of this attraction was on May 13th of 2000. The average cost of the entire project was 25$ million, but the results are totally worth the price. The height of Millennium Force is 310ft with the maximum speed of 93mph and the drop being at 300ft. Another interesting fact about Millennium Force is that the whole planning and designing of the project took about two years. The construction work of the roller coaster started in 1999 and it took seven months to be completed. The average number of passengers that each train can hold is 36.
10. Skyrush, Hersheypark, Pennsylvania
Skyrush is located at Herseypark in Pennsylvania. This roller coaster was designed by Werner Stengel and it was manufactured by Intamin. The height of Skyrush is 212.6 ft and the maximum speed is 75mph, while its highest drop is at 85 degrees. The official opening of this attraction was on May of 2012. The main colors chosen for the design of this roller coaster are yellow and blue.
11. Superman: Escape from Krypton, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
Also known as ”Superman: The Escape”, this roller coaster was built by Intamin. Made of steel and featuring 415ft height, speed of 100mph and drop of 328ft at 90-degree angle, this ride is definitely for those looking for experiencing high adrenaline! The official opening of this attraction was on March 15 of 1997. While there have been some updates and renovations ”Superman: Escape” has still been operating since then.
12. The Voyage, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Indiana
Located in Santa Claus Land, Indiana and operating since May of 2006, this roller coaster is also worth mentioning due to its breathtaking rides. The Voyage was built by the Gravity group. It should be noted that The Voyage has marked the record of the having most air-time of any coaster in the world at 24.3 seconds. Also it was officially considered as the “Best Wooden Roller Coaster” from 2007 to 2011.
13. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, Ohio
You’ll find this roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Top Thrill Dragster was built by Intamin in 2003. The whole planning process of the project started in 2000 and it took 3 years to be finally done. The height of Top Thrill Dragster reaches 420ft and the maximum speed is 120 mph, while the drop is from 90 degrees as the height of 400ft. The capacity of it is 1000 riders per hour and it consists of six trains with five cars in each.
14. Manta, SeaWorld Orlando, Florida
Manta is located in SeaWorld Orlando. Manta has been designed and manufactured by Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard. The height of this exciting attraction is 140ft with the maximum speed level of 56mph and the drop at the height of 113ft. It is worth mentioning that the name choice wasn’t accidental as ”manta” is a large ray inhabiting tropical seas and it’s linked to the theme of the park. Last but not least it should be noted that the whole planning of the construction of Manta as well as the designing process took about four years and today after so many years the results are satisfying.
15. Diamondback, Kings Island, Ohio
Diamondback is located in Ohio, to be more concrete at Kings Island in Mason. It was built in 2009 it was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard. Diamondback is a hyper coaster. The average cost of the whole construction project of this attraction forms the amount of 24$ million, but the results seem to be totally worth the investment. The height of Diamondback is 230ft and the maximum speed level is 80 mph. The ride takes about 3 minutes and it also features splashdown that makes the whole experience seem more fun than when riding classic roller coasters.