The ultimate rides and roller coasters revealed

These rides should be on every thrillseeker’s bucket list.

From the Ferrari coaster that hits 150mph in under five seconds in Abu Dhabi to the 90mph vertical drop of Zumanjaro in the US, they are designed for those who have screaming to go faster in their DNA.

Here, MailOnline Travel takes a look at some of the scariest theme park and roller coaster rides around the world.


Frantic twists and turns at 62mph – Tatsu, Six Flags, California

This video takes viewers on a stomach-churning ride aboard Tatsu – a face-down ride billed as the world’s most extreme flying roller coaster, which cost an estimated $21million to build at the Six Flags theme park in California.

Filmed on a GoPro camera from the front seat, footage cuts from blue skies to green ground as the carriage twists and turns at 62mph.

Filmed on a GoPro camera from the front seat, footage cuts from blue skies to green ground as the carriage twists and turns at 62mph on Tatsu

Filmed on a GoPro camera from the front seat, footage cuts from blue skies to green ground as the carriage twists and turns at 62mph on Tatsu

Tatsu is one of the tallest, longest, and fastest flying coasters in the world, Six Flags boasts

Tatsu is one of the tallest, longest, and fastest flying coasters in the world, Six Flags boasts

At the beginning, passengers climb to 17-stories-high before plummeting down. They are then treated to various high-speed loop-the-loops and corkscrews.

People can be heard screaming and laughing as the g-force kicks in.

It is one of the tallest, longest, and fastest flying coasters in the world, Six Flags boasts.

The steel ride, which opened in 2006, is 170ft tall and has 3,602ft of track.

The ride’s name comes from Japanese mythology and means ‘flying beast’ in Japanese. The video was shot by YouTube user GoPro Ozzy.

Plunging head first on your back – the X2, Six Flags, California

The X2 roller coaster at Magic Mountain in California sends riders down a huge drop head first - while they're lying on their backs

The X2 roller coaster at Magic Mountain in California sends riders down a huge drop head first – while they’re lying on their backs

X2 reaches speeds of 76mph and features two 'raven turns' - half loops that turn into sheer drops. Pictured is the terrifying initial drop

X2 reaches speeds of 76mph and features two ‘raven turns’ – half loops that turn into sheer drops. Pictured is the terrifying initial drop

The X2 gives riders an intense thrill within seconds – because they’re plunged head-first down a steep drop, while lying on their backs.

The ride then flips this way and that, leaving them in a total spin.

This ground-breaking roller coaster reaches 76mph and, as the Six Flags website states, contains ‘two ultra-rare “raven turns” – half loops that change their minds midway and become sheer drops’.

The most epic mountain slide ever – Switzerland

This incredible slide proves that you don’t have to don skis or a snowboard for an adrenalin rush in the Alps.

Running through verdant green countryside the ride lasts for over two minutes

Running through verdant green countryside the ride lasts for over two minutes

Incredible point-of-view footage has emerged of a ride down a 2,460ft-long slide that winds through the stunning snowcapped Swiss landscape.

Guests of the Oeschinensee run are treated to some of the most breathtaking sights on earth.

Captured by YouTuber Bruce Milleson, the footage begins with the adventurer hopping into his solo toboggan, with his friend perching in one in front.

Posted in 2015, the video showcases the spectacular views near Kandersteg as they set off down the winding run.

Lasting for nearly two minutes the ride features extensive track that cuts a path through verdant green hills.

If you are keen to add this exhilarating slide to your bucket list this year you’ll have to wait until May 7, as it only open during warmer months.

Riders on the 2,460-foot-long Oeschinensee run are treated to some of the most breathtaking sights on earth

Riders on the 2,460-foot-long Oeschinensee run are treated to some of the most breathtaking sights on earth

Aimed at both ‘young and old’, the ride can be undertaken in pairs or for a solo run.

One ride of Oeschinensee’s toboggan run is just CHF 4 (£2.83) for adults and CHF 3 (£2.12) for children, with the option to buy up to five and ten rides on the website.

The world’s tallest roller coaster – Kingda Ka, Six Flags, New Jersey

At 460 feet, this vertigo-inducing ride is the world’s tallest coaster… and the fastest in North America.

Kingda Ka uses a hydraulic launch to rocket riders horizontally from 0 to 128mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Kingda Ka uses a hydraulic launch to rocket riders horizontally from 0 to 128mph in just 3.5 seconds

Kingda Ka uses a hydraulic launch to rocket riders horizontally from 0 to 128mph in just 3.5 seconds

Kingda Ka, Six Flags, California is the world's tallest roller coaster and is guaranteed to set pulses racing

Kingda Ka, Six Flags, California is the world’s tallest roller coaster and is guaranteed to set pulses racing

Riders on Kingda Ka hurtle to a height of 460 feet above the park, before they plummet back down

Riders on Kingda Ka hurtle to a height of 460 feet above the park, before they plummet back down

Then comes the main tower – 460ft above the park. The train shoots up it then hurtles down and over a 132ft ‘camel hump’, which gives riders the feeling of being weightless.

The fastest wooden roller coaster – Goliath, Six Flags, Illinois

Goliath has the longest drop of any wooden roller coaster – and is the fastest.

The attraction, which opened at Six Flags Great America in July 2014, reaches 72mph.

Goliath is the world's fastest wooden roller coaster - and the one with the longest drop

Goliath is the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster – and the one with the longest drop

Those brave enough to take a ride on it are plunged down a 180ft near-vertical incline

Those brave enough to take a ride on it are plunged down a 180ft near-vertical incline

And those brave enough to take a ride on it are plunged down a 180ft near-vertical drop.

It takes just one minute and 15 seconds to complete the course of loops, rolls and spiraling section that includes an inverted zero-G stall, where the ride twists upside down.

It is rare for wooden coasters to have sections where riders go upside down, but Goliath has been built on specially designed track.

The biggest coaster loop – Full Throttle, Six Flags, California

Full Throttle is a steel launched roller coaster at the Six Flags amusement park.

The ride features the world’s tallest vertical loop at 160ft. It is also the first roller coaster to feature a top-hat element on a loop.

Full Throttle, at Six Flags California, features the world's tallest vertical loop at 160ft

Full Throttle, at Six Flags California, features the world’s tallest vertical loop at 160ft

Full Throttle is also the first roller coaster to feature a 'top-hat element' on a loop

Full Throttle is also the first roller coaster to feature a ‘top-hat element’ on a loop

From a complete stop riders on Full Throttle are propelled at speeds of up to 70mph

From a complete stop riders on Full Throttle are propelled at speeds of up to 70mph

It officially opened to the public on June 22, 2013.

Full Throttle has not one, but three separate launches – and hits 70mph.

The second time it launches – it’s backwards. Riders come to a slamming stop inside a sci-fi tunnel, only to be bolted back out, in reverse, looping just as high and fast.

Tallest wooden roller coaster – Colossos at Heide-Park Soltau, Germany

Representing the old school, Colossus at Heide-Park Soltau in Lower Saxony, Germany, is the tallest operating wooden coaster at 197ft.

Colossus at Heide-Park Soltau in Lower Saxony, Germany, is the tallest operating wooden coaster at 197ft

Colossus at Heide-Park Soltau in Lower Saxony, Germany, is the tallest operating wooden coaster at 197ft

Colossus' sections are designed to snap together like Lego pieces

Colossus’ sections are designed to snap together like Lego pieces

Unlike traditional wooden roller coasters, Colossos is prefabricated, meaning the track is laser cut in a factory to achieve a higher degree of precision.

The sections are designed to snap together like Lego pieces.

Take a ride on the largest wooden roller coaster in eastern China – Jungle Trailblazer

This heart-pounding footage gives a front-row account of what adrenaline junkies can expect to experience on board eastern China’s greatest wooden ride.

The largest wooden rollercoaster in the region belongs to The Fantawild Adventure theme park in Anhui province.

After the initial stomach-turning vertical descent, visitors are sent on a swirling ride of twists, turns and loops

After the initial stomach-turning vertical descent, visitors are sent on a swirling ride of twists, turns and loops

At an impressive 3,500ft long and reaching a peak of 105ft, this wild ride is definitely not for those with a fear of heights.

As the video shows, the entire experience starts out harmlessly enough.

A slow and steady climb leads guests up to the top of a towering drop, where cars can reach shocking speeds of up to 57mph, reports China Daily.

Footage of eastern China’s largest wooden roller coaster alone will get the heart racing

After the initial stomach-turning vertical descent, visitors are sent on a swirling ride of twists, turns and loops, before racing back to the station.

And it’s some of the most horrifying two minutes any thrill-seeking rider will experience.

‘I didn’t dare to open my eyes throughout the ride,’ one park-goer told Shanghaiist.com after trying the Trailblazer for the first time.  

Zumanjaro: ‘Drop of Doom’ at Six Flags, New Jersey

It is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and plunges thrillseekers 41 storeys at speeds of up to 90mph.

The world’s tallest and fastest drop ride hoisted its first riders into the sky on Independence Day back in 2014 and sent them freefalling down to ground level in less than 10 seconds.

Zumanjaro is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and plunges thrillseekers 41 storeys at speeds of up to 90mph

Zumanjaro is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and plunges thrillseekers 41 storeys at speeds of up to 90mph

The ride reaches the same speed as a female cheetah - the fastest animal in the world - chases her prey

The ride reaches the same speed as a female cheetah – the fastest animal in the world – chases her prey

The three soaring towers, each with eight-person gondolas, blasts riders 415ft into the air in just 30 seconds.

It then pauses for a few terrifying moments so people can catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers of Philadelphia 52 miles to the south, before plunging back to the ground.

The ride reaches the same speed as a female cheetah – the fastest animal in the world – chases her prey.

4.9 seconds to reach 150mph – Formula Rossa, Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

The world’s fastest roller coaster needs only 4.9 seconds to reach an astounding 150mph.

Sitting in a cart designed to resemble the Ferrari Formula 1 car, riders are made to wear safety goggles due to the intense speed of the ride.

Ferrari World's Formula Rossa roller coaster is the fastest in the world - providing 150mph thrills

Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa roller coaster is the fastest in the world – providing 150mph thrills

They are then launched 170ft into the air and experience a brutal 4.8G’s.

At over 80,000m² Ferrari World is the world’s largest indoor park and attracts an estimated 10,000 tourists a day.

Its red roof is modelled on the side profile of a Ferrari GT and features the largest prancing horse logo ever created.

Formula 1 speedsters Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were treated to the high speeds of the Formula Rossa roller coaster

An amusing video shows Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen visiting Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi along with Fernando Alonso to experience the Formula One inspired ride.

And while Alonso clearly loved the thrill of being launched 170ft into the air and experiencing 4.8G’s, Raikonnen looked bored.

While Alonso threw his arms up in the air as the ride roared off into the desert surroundings, Raikonen did not seem to acknowledge he was even moving.

This ride is certainly no joke – The Joker, Six Flags, California

The Joker ride mimics the antagonist’s chaotic personality, throwing guests around with twists and turns along its 3,200ft track.

The ride, based on Batman’s nemesis, features a world first for a coaster- a ‘step-up under-flip inverted roll’ manoeuvre.

The Joker ride mimics the antagonist's chaotic personality, throwing guests around twists and turns along its 3,200ft track

The Joker ride mimics the antagonist’s chaotic personality, throwing guests around twists and turns along its 3,200ft track

Riders also experience ‘wild Zero G rolls over 15 airtime moments’ on the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom attraction in California.

And you can look forward to these soon…

A 214ft freefall – Valravn, Cedar Point, Ohio

The ride, called Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, promises to be a terrifying experience, as daredevil passengers will free fall a record 214ft at a 90-degree angle and top speed of 75mph.

With stomach-churning twists and turns, Valravn will set 10 world records when it debuts in the summer of 2016 at the theme park, which is situated on a Lake Erie peninsula.

Adrenalin junkies have been offered a sneak peek at what to expect once the roller coaster is in action, thanks to computer-generated videos showing the extreme ride from various angles.

Thrillseekers are eagerly anticipating Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), a new ride that will debut at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, this summer

VALRAVN SET TO SMASH 10 ROLLER COASTER WORLD RECORDS

Tallest dive coaster: 223ft

Fastest dive coaster: 75mph

Longest dive coaster: 3,415ft

Most inversions on a dive coaster: 3

Longest drop on a dive coaster: 214ft

Highest inversion on a dive coaster: 165ft

Most roller coasters taller than 200ft at one amusement park: 5

Most rides at one amusement park: 72

Most steel track at one amusement park: 52,125ft/9.9 miles

Most roller coaster track at one amusement park: 60,110ft/11.4 miles

Source: Cedar Point


Anxious passengers will be carried more than 20 storeys to the top of a 223ft tall hill, and the floorless train will be held perilously over the edge of the first drop for approximately four seconds before the record-setting face-first drop.

Riders are then flipped upside down through a 165-ft tall Immelmann turn, a fighter jet-like manoeuvre that takes the train into a half loop and half roll before travelling in the opposite direction.

Cedar Point said the train then approaches another drop zone and plunges 125ft at a near-90-degree angle while twisting and turning upside down twice before coming to a stop at the end of the 3,415ft copper and steel track.

Once it’s up and running Valravn will set a number of records for dive coasters, including height (223ft), speed (75mph), distance (3,415ft), inversions (three), longest drop (214ft), and highest inversion (165ft).

On dive coasters, passengers experience at least one free fall with a 90-degree drop after coming off a flat section of track.

Cedar Point will become the record holder for the most roller coasters taller than 200ft at one amusement park (five), and most rides at one amusement park (72).

Valravn will also set new marks for the most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125ft/9.9 miles) and most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110ft/11.4 miles).

With stomach-churning twists and turns, Valravn will set 10 world records when it goes into service at the second-largest park in the US

The fastest wooden coaster in the world – Lightning Rod, Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction

Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster.

Themed after a ‘tricked out 1950s-era hot rod’, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45mph and gives riders an airtime moment 20 stories up.

Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster

Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster

At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the first drop.

Lightning Rod races down the 165ft drop and propels guests along its 3,800ft track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.

Whizzing around at 73mph – Mako, Seaworld, Orlando

Surfacing this summer is Mako, a 200-foot-tall ‘hypercoaster’ that will reach speeds of up to 73mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — leaving riders feeling both breathless and weightless.

Mako was named after the shark - which is known for its top speed, extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course

Mako was named after the shark – which is known for its top speed, extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course

The ride at SeaWorld is the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by one of the ocean’s fastest sharks – Mako sharks, also called ‘blue pointers’.

They are known for their speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.

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