Top 10 Roller Coasters in the World

What about spending a vacation abroad? I really enjoy travelling outside even thought I cant post something to my readers. But, the only pla...

What about spending a vacation abroad? I really enjoy travelling outside even thought I cant post something to my readers. But, the only place I really really enjoy is Roller Coaster. When ever I use it, I really feel happy. It May be childish, still i enjoy that opportunity. There are so many big roller coasters around the world. But, Im going to show the big guys. Followings are the Top 10 Roller Coasters in the world. Have a look!

01. Kingda Ka Roller Coaster

Kingda Ka is a roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It is the world's tallest roller coaster, and was the world's fastest until Formula Rossa opened in November 2010. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of thelaunch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m). Kingda Ka is 3,118 feet (950 m) long.
02. Top Thrill Dragster Roller Coaster

Top Thrill Dragster is a steel, Hydraulic-launched roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It was the first "Strata Coaster", loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is over 400 feet (120 m) tall. It was built byIntamin and debuted to the public on May 4, 2003. It is one of only two stratacoasters in existence, the other being Kingda Ka (2005) at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The 'Dragster is the second tallest roller coaster in the world, only behind Kingda Ka.

It was the second hydraulically-launched roller coaster built by Intamin, following Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm. The tagline for Top Thrill Dragster is "Race for the Sky". Due to aviation safety regulations and for the purpose of warning air traffic, the tower is equipped with four dual strobes: three midway up and one on the highest point on the coaster.

03. Superman: Escape from Krypton Roller Coaster

Superman: Escape from Krypton is a launched steel shuttle roller coaster located in the Samurai Summit area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California that opened in 1997. It is similar to Tower of Terror II, which opened two months prior in Dreamworld, Australia. These two coasters were the first to utilize Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) technology to propel vehicles to top speed. The ride closed throughout the latter half of 2010 to aid in a major redevelopment and transformation into "Superman: Escape from Krypton" from "Superman: The Escape". The refurbished ride opened on March 19, 2011.
04. Tower Of Terror II Roller Coaster

The Tower of Terror II is a steel shuttle roller coaster located at the Dream world amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. When the Tower of Terror opened on 23 January 1997, it was the first roller coaster in the world to reach 161.9 kilometres per hour (100.6 mph) speeds making it the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The ride is situated on the Dreamworld Tower which also houses the Giant Drop free fall ride. The ride was originally known as the Tower of Terror until it was modified and relaunched in September 2010.

The steel and concrete structure cost A$16 million to construct. The original ride featured a shorter, 80-metre (260 ft) tunnel, a rigid lap bar using a hydraulic locking system and would carry 15 passengers at a time.

The relaunched ride takes 14 passengers. It propels passengers to just under 161 kilometres per hour (100 mph) with a maximum of 4.5Gs and 6.5 seconds of weightlessness. As of 2010, the ride is 4th in the tallest roller coaster rankings, 3rd in the tallest roller coaster drop rankings and 4th in the fastest roller coaster rankings.
05. Steel Dragon 2000 Roller Coaster

Steel Dragon 2000 (スチールドラゴン2000 Suchiiru Doragon Nisen?) is a roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this gigacoaster opened, appropriately, in 2000—"The Year of the Dragon" in Asia. It debuted only months after Millennium Force at Cedar Point, and surpassed that as the world's tallest complete-circuit coaster. It lost these records in height in 2003 when Top Thrill Dragsteropened at Cedar Point. It also took the record for the longest track length—8,133 feet 2 inches (2,478.99 m)—which it currently holds. It is the only gigacoaster which has been manufactured by Chance Morgan.
06. Millennium Force Roller Coaster

Millennium Force is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It is the fourteenth roller coaster built at the park since the Blue Streak opened in 1964. Standing 310 feet (95 m) tall at its highest point, the coaster overlooks Lake Erie.On a clear day you can see Canada from the top of the main hill. When built in 2000, it was the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet (91 m) in height, and was briefly the tallest closed circuit roller coaster in the world, before being surpassed by Steel Dragon 2000, Cedar Point's own Top Thrill Dragster, and Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Additionally, it is the second longest roller coaster in North America after The Beast at Kings Island. It is also the first roller coaster to utilize a cable lift system, rather than a traditional chain lift. A potential chain lift was considered too heavy considering that Magnum XL-200's chain was 7 short tons (6 t) and two-thirds as tall. The cable lift uses an 800-horsepower (600 kW) motor that turns a set of sprocket gears that pull the cable. Cable lifts were previously only used on smaller coasters in Europe. After the 2007 season, Millennium Force had given over twelve million rides total. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.

Millennium Force has been voted the number one steel roller coaster in the world in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket awards six times since the year 2001, and has never been ranked lower than number two since it opened in 2000. Millennium Force has switched the top position with Bizarro at Six Flags New England, a megacoaster of very similar construction, five times in the last ten years.

Today, Millennium Force is no longer the tallest or fastest roller coaster at Cedar Point, having been surpassed in height and speed by Top Thrill Dragster. Nonetheless, Millennium Force remains one of the tallest, fastest, and longest steel roller coasters in the world. Millennium Force's tagline is "The future is riding on it."

07. Intimidator 305 Roller Coaster

Intimidator 305 is a steel roller coaster designed and built by Intamin located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia in the United States. Standing at 305 feet (93 m) tall and reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour (140 km/h), it is the tallest, fastest roller coaster at Kings Dominion. It is the fifteenth roller coaster installed at the park and the third non-launched roller coaster to top 300 feet (91 m), following Millennium Force and Steel Dragon 2000. The ride's designer, Intamin, has also built Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio.

Intimidator 305 has a first drop of 300 feet (91 m), with a maximum descent angle of 85 degrees. The massive lift-hill structure for Intimidator 305 is unique in that the lift-hill and crest only have three points of support. The balance of the ride's track consists of Intamin's new double-spine track, which allows for longer spans with fewer supports, particularly on crest curves. The ride provides five air-time humps and three near-ground level high-speed turns. The overall height of Intimidator 305 matches the height of the top of Drop Tower: Scream Zone at Kings Dominion, one of the world's tallest drop tower rides which, like Intimidator 305, was built by Intamin.

08. Thunder Dolphin Roller Coaster

Thunder Dolphin is a steel roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park, which is part of Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Japan. The ride was designed and constructed by Intamin. At 262 feet (80 m) tall, Thunder Dolphin is currently the 6th tallest continuous circuit roller coaster in the world, behind Kingda Ka, Top Thrill Dragster,Steel Dragon 2000, Millennium Force, and Intimidator 305.

Thunder Dolphin's 3,500 feet (1,100 m) long course passes through both a hole in the LaQua building, and through the Big-O, the world's first centerless Ferris wheel. Thunder Dolphin's maximum speed is 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph).

09. Fujiyama Roller Coaster

Fujiyama is a steel roller coaster at Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. When Fujiyama opened in 1996 it was the world's tallest roller coaster at 259 feet (79 m), and had the largest drop in the world at 230 feet (70 m). Fujiyama was also the world's fastest roller coaster for a year of its operation, succeeded by Tower of Terror at Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia in 1997. Despite being the world's fastest roller coaster in operation for a year, Fujiyama set no world records for roller coaster speed. Steel Phantom at Kennywood set the world record for speed before engineers added additional brakes to slow the ride down because of safety and rider comfort concerns.
Fujuyama is named after the iconic Mount Fuji, which stands to the west of Tokyo. The term Fujiyama comes from "fuji" which means king, and "yama" which means mountain. Mount Fuji is seldom referred to as "Fujiyama" in Japanese culture, but is instead more commonly referred to as "Fujisan", using the on'yomi pronunciation of the "mountain" character. The roller coaster Fujiyama is named as a play on the common foreign mistranslation.

10. Eejanaika Roller Coaster

Eejanaika (ええじゃないか?) is a steel 4th Dimension roller coaster at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. The ride is the world's second 4th Dimension coaster, the first being X (now X²) at Six Flags Magic Mountain inValencia, California, United States. Eejanaika is the taller, faster, and longer of the two.

Eejanaika, designed by S&S Arrow, is a "4th Dimension" coaster, a design in which the seats can rotate forward or backward 360 degrees in a controlled spin. This is achieved by having four rails on the track: two of these are running rails while the other two are for spin control. The two rails that control the spin of the seats move up and down relative to the track and spin the seats using a rack and pinion gear mechanism.

Eejanaika is pronounced "Ee ja nai ka" and written in Japanese as "ええじゃないか", but the roller coaster's official spelling turns the second "え" upside down. Eejanaika has several meanings, but means "Ain't it great!" According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Eejanaika is the roller coaster with the most inversions in the world. Throughout the ride, the riders go through 14 inversions. However, most of these inversions are accomplished by spinning the seats rather than actually inverting the track.

The track itself only inverts five times -
Inside raven turn (½)
full-full/zero-g roll (1)
fly to lie (½)
outside raven turn (½)
half camelback twist (½)

This has led to some controversy in the roller coaster enthusiast community concerning the legitimacy of Eejanaika'sclaim. The Roller Coaster DataBase does not acknowledge these seat inversions for the purpose of record-holding.

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