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The Thrills and Chills

of Roller Coasters

Presented by: Kathryn Middlebrook

Project 16: Roller Coaster Thrills

January 13, 2012

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Roller Coasters have been a source of thrill and entertainment for years. The feeling of plummeting down the tracks at a fast speed is just crazy. Some people enjoy them, some people don’t, but for young and old alike, the butterflies that you get in your stomach is a wild feeling!

the history of the roller coaster
The History of the Roller Coaster

The First roller coaster was built in 1817 in France. It was built too provide thrills for the upper class of Russia and France. Catherine the Great was thought to love these coasters. The ride was built by using the idea of tracks from mining companies.

the history of the roller coaster cont
The History of the Roller Coaster Cont.
  • The first Coaster in the United States was built in Coney Island, New York, in June, 1884. In 1912, John Miller introduced the first under friction roller coaster
did you know
Did You Know?...
  • The fastest roller coaster in the world title goes to the newly opened Formula Rossaride which has a top speed of 149 miles per hour.
  • The Six Flags Great Adventure Park is home to the KingdaKa roller coaster, a whopping height of 465 feet.
  • The longest roller coaster in the world can be found at Japan's Nagashima Spa Land that covers 8133 feet.
  • The Colossus roller coaster in Thorpe Park, England, has an incredible 10 inversions.
  • The oldest recorded roller coaster was built in Coney Island, New York, in June, 1884
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Did You Know?...Cont.
  • Cedar Point theme park has the highest number of roller coasters, with 17 different rides to choose from.
  • In 2010, 102 roller coaster enthusiasts set a new world record at Adventure Island in Essex, for the most amount of people riding a roller coaster after eating a chinese buffet.
  • Richard Rodriguez holds the world record for the longest time spent on a roller coaster, a total of 401 hours.
  • Most conventional roller coasters do not have engines, instead they work by converting potential energy into kinetic energy.
  • In 1959, the first ever tubular steel roller coaster was created.
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I have been on many roller coasters, probably about 11! I have been on KingdaKa, Batman, Twister in Six Flags and many more! The first roller coaster I went on I was very scared, but after the experience I loved it! The jittery feeling before the ride and the butterflies in your stomach make it so exciting and fun!