Visiting an amusement park can be thrilling especially when you get a chance to experience the most dangerous amusement park rides. Those dangerous amusement park rides will leave you screaming out of your lungs, still the experience is so action packed that once you get down you want to have a ride again. Amusement Park rides are no more a child’s play these days. It is now challenging to prepare yourself before taking any dangerous amusement park rides. People wait for hours in a long queue to face the thrill and excitement in these amusement park rides. Tighten your seat belts, tie your hair, have a sip of water to clear your throat and get ready to have the most dangerous experience in the amusement park rides.
There are many amusement parks around the globe among which here is the list of top 10 most dangerous amusement park rides shortlisted for you.
1. SKY SCREAMER, SIX FLAGS GREAT ASTROWORLD, TEXAS
It is a free fall amusement park ride. And consists of a 131 feet vertical tower with horizontal braking runout. It has eight gondolas each carrying four riders. As soon as you start enjoying the view and get used to the motion the speed of revolution increases. Grab your seat but don’t get used to having your feet on the ground as your chairs will be hanging peacefully circling around at 242 feet at the centre of sky screamer.
Do not get fooled as the star shaped gondola will pick you up gently and will start swirling slowly and revolving around the centre. As you are lifted higher you will be spinning faster at a speed of 40 miles per hour. Imagine yourself dangling at a height of 24 stories up and swinging in a chair forming a circle of 98 feet. Feel the air on your face, feet hanging in the sky and hair blowing in the wind and earth is revolving.
2. RIDE AT STRATOSPHERE, LAS VEGAS– Amusement Park Rides
It is one of the most dangerous and stomach-churning amusement park rides in Las Vegas. It is positioned at one of the tallest structures, The Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas with an enormous mechanical arm which extends 64 feet over the side and dangles passengers at 265 metres in the air. Insanity is programmable and it can move in various different motions because of which no two rides feel the same.
Hanging at such an altitude and rotating at a speed of 64 km per hour is so dangerous. To have the greatest thrill just sit back, admire the view of Las Vegas and hope the seatbelt is done up. The ride can be enjoyed at a price of around $ 29. Things to remember
- Height should be above 132cm
- Open Monday – Thursday – 2pm-10pm
- Friday- Sunday – 12pm-12am.
3. FORMULA ROSSA, ABU DHABI– Amusement Park Rides
It is the world’s fastest roller coaster ride. Have a blast at Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa at a speed of 240 km/hr in just 4.9 seconds. You will reach a scaling height of 52 metres and an adrenaline rush at 4.8G. This amusement park ride works using a hydraulic launch system which gives it a velocity similar to aircraft carrier steam catapult.
The height restriction to enjoy the ride is 140-195cm. The rider gets strapped into formula 1 trains and the roller coaster hurls around a 1.3-mile steel track. The shape of the track is inspired by the legendary Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
4. GIANT CANYON SWING, GLENWOOD CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO
It is one of those amusement park rides where you will be launched 1300 feet above the Colorado River. A pendulum thrill ride where 4 passengers move back and forth taking them almost vertically in each swinging arc. It hits the top speed of around 50 mph and delivers negative g force with tummy tickling experience.
It is pneumatically powered which allows it to have a much faster speed. You must have a height of a minimum 48’’ to ride Grand Canyon Swing. The feeling of being suspended and diving toward the Colorado river is too dangerous. Make sure you have fastened your seat belts before the launch. Keep your expectations high as it will be fulfilled.
5. BATMAN THE RIDE, SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS– Amusement Park Rides
This is one of the amusement park rides which will give you the feel to be Batman. It was installed in 1999. The intense 50-mile-per-hour juggernaut is not for timid. It is a 360-degree loop, where your chair will be swinging from an overhead track.
Brace yourself with a 360-degree loop right off the bat soon after a 10-story lift to the top of the world. Once you are on this ride you have to face mind-warping five inversions. The duration of the ride is 2min and 15 seconds.
6. KINGDA KA, USA – Amusement Park Rides
It is the world’s tallest coaster and coaster with the longest vertical drop. It is located in Six Flags Great Adventure Park, New Jersey, USA. Measures 456 feet and it provides the longest vertical drop to its rider at around 418 feet from the ground. The riders are plunged down at the speed of 206 km/hr in less than 3.5 seconds.
It gives its rider the feeling of free fall. It is also the second fastest speed attained on any coaster in the world. As the riders are dropped down, the screaming and shouting is all you can here. The feeling is beyond imagination. The rider experiences thrill and chills at this time. This is one of the amusement park rides which redefined the term “No Limits”.
7. THE SMILER, UK– Amusement Park Rides
It is the roller coaster with the most inversions. When you get used to tall vertical inversions, just visit The Smiler which will provide you with a thrilling and dangerous experience of 14 inversions. Hold your breath and get ready for the fun and adventure when you reach The Smiler at Alton Towers, UK. Forget about having any meal before experiencing this topsy- turvy ride. It has a record of maximum number of inversions in a single ride. The maximum speed achieved during the ride is 85 km/hr. The duration of the ride is 3 minutes. This ride will challenge your body and mind to an extreme level.
8. THE GRIFFON, USA
It is the tallestfloorless dive among all the amusement park rides in the world. It is such a dangerous ride where you will experience hurtling towards earth in a free fall, above all there is no floor for supporting your feet. Feeling is like diving from height. This amusement park ride is located in Busch Gardens, Virginia, USA. This ride is not for the weak hearted. Free fall starts from a height of 205 feet above the ground at 90 degrees. Grab the front row and feel the thrill.
9. THE TIME TRAVELLER, SILVER DOLLAR CITY
It is the World’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster. It has a 96-feet tall vertical loop and, features three inversions. Imagine the feeling when you are falling and simultaneously spinning in a coaster. This ride is ahead of its time hence the name Time Traveller. This is one of the amusement park rides which defies the laws of gravity, breaks speed barriers and makes history. It gains the unprecedented speed of 50.3 miles per hour, 10 story drop. Minimum height to have the ride is 51 inches.
10. CYCLONE, LUNA PARK CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK
It is the second steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The length of the track is 2,640 feet and it carries 24 passengers in one ride. The maximum speed is 60 miles per hour. As the name of this amusement park ride is CYCLONE, you will feel the exhilarating drops, 27 elevations variations and sinusoidal layout. Even after 90 years since being operational it is delivering thrills even now. It got featured in many Hollywood movies and it is Brooklyn’s one of the iconic sites. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is the ultimate guide to fun-filled dangerous amusement park rides around the world. Before going on these rides there is a checklist to remember
- Riders must be physically and mentally fit as these rides will push you to extreme levels.
- Your height and weight should be within the advised guidelines.
- Do not eat or drink anything just before the ride.
- Before the ride check for the safety gears and emergency exits around the ride
- Keep your belongings like phone, camera, wallet etc on the ground.
- Don’t forget to scream and have fun.