The 8 craziest roller coasters in the world

Roller coasters were originally called Russian Mountains, as that is where they first appeared as snow sleigh tracks. The name Roller Coaster was adopted later in the US, where early American installations consisted of sledges that would “coast” on rollers rather than on rails with wheels.

Today, as we all know, roller coasters are on wheels and slide along rails that twist and turn to thrill and scare those who ride it, making it difficult to distinguish one emotion from the other.

Let’s take a close look the world’s 8 craziest roller coasters, including their records in height, acceleration, descent, switchbacks, and all fun facts that delight true enthusiasts.

If you are terrorised by rollercoasters, even kid ones, this is the right moment to get over it.

8) Steel Dragon 200 (Japan)

Let's start from the longest roller coaster in the world, the Steel Dragon 2000, located in Japan in the Nagashima Spa Land amusement park.

It takes a 4 full minutes to cover it all of its 2.5 kilometres. It has held this record for over 20 years, but length is not its only virtue. If you consider that it is also the sixth highest in the world with the fifth longest free fall, we can say that it provides one of the most complete experiences. Not suitable for newbies, but if you happen to go to Japan, it is worth a visit.

7) Blue Tornado (Italy)

It's not particularly long, it's not particularly fast, so why did we include it in this ranking? Firstly because it is located in the Gardaland amusement park in Italy, and secondly because it was the first Italian “Inverted coaster”. The inverted coaster is a particular type of roller coaster where instead of traveling comfortably (so to speak) sitting in a car, you are hanging from a track suspended in the void, like in a chairlift but a lot more thrilling. Also because in the chairlift you do not twist and turn, unless you are very unlucky. But really unlucky.

6) TMNT Shellraiser (United States)

Set in an amusement park dedicated to the Ninja Turtles, this roller coaster holds the record for the steepest descent in the worldat 121.5 °, with a vertical fall of 42 meters. Basically it's the most dangerous descent you have ever done in your life, without brakes. 

To make the journey less monotonous, the train stops for 14 seconds on the edge of this precipice, before dropping giving into gravity. If you ever try it, it could be the longest 14 seconds of your life.

5) The Smiler (UK)

Located in Staffordshire in England, it holds the world record for number of inversions, the rotations during which you suddenly find yourself upside down. Those that we in Italy call "Twists of death"

There are 14 of them, along a path of just over a kilometre. For 14 times you find yourself upside down. A light breakfast is advisable. And as English breakfast isn’t the lightest, you may want to to let a few hours go by.

4) DiVertical (Italy)

Located in the Italian Mirabilandia amusement park, it is the highest water coaster in the world , inspired by the world of offshores it has several water sections. Don't worry, you won't have to dive in, but the different water sections will result in a lot of splashing. As with the Smiler, make sure you don’t have a go straight after eating.   

3) Red Force (Spain)

The highest and fastest roller coaster in Europe, it can also flaunt the fastest acceleration in the world: from 0 to 180 km / h in just 5 seconds. It is located inside an amusement park dedicated to Ferrari, so it comes as no surprise it has the same acceleration (almost) of a Formula One car. 

For those who, like me, are used to driving from 0 to 100 km / h in about 60 seconds, is is certainly a different sensation. Also considering that there are no traffic lights. 

2) Superman: Escape from Krypton (United States)

Among the highest in the world, it is known above all for its gravity tower, which allows you to experience the thrill of weightlessness as the train falls backwards after a near vertical climb. Particularly suitable if you want to experience zero gravity, as if you were flying in space or had followed a very, very strict diet.

1) Kingda Ka (United States)

The King, the undisputed "monster" of our ranking. The tallest rollercoaster in the world, with a 138 metre tall main tower. So high that sometimes the train does not have the speed to go over it, having to go back to take another run-up. Once you have passed the tower, you are launched at insane speed towards a 270 ° inversion.

Not suitable for the faint hearted or those suffering from vertigo.

We hope you enjoyed this top 8 of worldwide roller coasters, the craziest in the world. If you get the chance to try one of them out, please let us know! test test test