With over 4,000 roller coasters to choose from around the world, there are so many great roller coasters that coaster addicts, like us, want to ride. For many, a wish list of twenty or thirty new, must-ride thrill machines is pretty easy to come up with, even for those enthusiasts who have ridden several hundred roller coasters throughout their lifetime. Still, there are a select few that really stand out – maybe, they are unique in some way or hold a crazy world record. Narrowing them down to a select few is tough and likely impossible for a number of reasons. In a perfect situation, coaster enthusiasts could ride them all. However, every roller coaster bucket list should include these five roller coasters:
This is the roller coaster that really kicked off the next phase of the coaster wars. Unveiled in 2010 at Cedar Point, Millennium Force was the very first roller coaster to exceed a height of 300 feet, thereby creating a brand-new classification of roller coasters, the gigacoaster! At a height of 310 feet and speeds of 93 mph, this roller coaster has been a gold standard among steel roller coasters since it opened in 2000. Between the amazing views and the enjoyable ride experience, enthusiasts should ride this at least once in their lifetime.
Opened in 2015 at Carowinds, this gigacoaster stands 325 feet tall and is 6,601 feet in length. Hitting speeds of 95 mph, Fury 325 is fantastic. After many enthusiasts ride this coaster, they often exclaim that it is the best steel roller coaster in the world before they immediately jump back in line to ride it again. Lines move quickly for this amazing roller coaster. This roller coaster spans across two states, North Carolina and South Carolina. Enthusiasts should ride this at least once and likely twice because, like Millennium Force, Fury 325 offers great rides during the day and especially at night.
Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world. This Intamin launch coaster hits speeds of nearly 150 mph in under 5 seconds. Located at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, this coaster packs quite the punch. In fact, with speeds at those intense levels, the park requires that riders put on eye protection just for extra safety. With a track length of 6,561 feet, enthusiasts who love speed and acceleration will absolutely love this ride.
While Do-Dodonpa is not quite the fastest in the world, it does have the fastest acceleration of any roller coaster on the planet. Found at Fuji-Q Highlands, this roller coaster catapults riders to nearly 112 mph in just 1.56 seconds. After such an intense jolt, navigate nearly 4,100 feet of track. But, this roller coaster is not just a one-trick pony, for this new version of the ride throws guests for a loop, the world’s tallest vertical loop that is (130.25 feet tall).
From all accounts from those enthusiasts who have ridden this insane roller coaster, Eejanaika is super intense and even offers from great views of nearby Mt. Fuji. At a price tag of around $31 million, this 4th dimension roller coaster flips riders head over heels a world record-breaking 14 times. Pair those inversions with the fact that this coaster is nearly 250 feet tall and generates speeds in excess of 79 mph, and can also be found at Fuji-Q Highlands in Japan. For those who have ridden X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, think bigger, badder brother!
So, there you have it; five crazy and fun roller coasters to add to your bucket list. Have others on your list that you feel should be in this top five? Reach out and let us know!