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The Thrills of a Roller Coaster. By Adam Kelemen. Roller Coasters.

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roller coasters
Roller Coasters

The oldest roller coasters are believed to have originated from the so-called "Russian Mountains", which were specially constructed hills of ice, located especially around Saint Petersburg.[1] Built in the 15th century, the slides were built to a height of between 70 and 80 feet (24 m), consisted of a 50 degree drop, and were reinforced by wooden supports.

Some historians say the first real roller coaster was built under the orders of Russia's Catherine the Great in the Gardens of Oranienbaum in Saint Petersburg in the year 1784. Other historians believe that the first roller coaster was built by the French. The Les Montagnes Russes à Belleville (The Russian Mountains of Belleville) constructed in Paris in 1812 and the Promenades Aeriennes both featured wheeled cars securely locked to the track, guide rails to keep them on course, and higher speeds.[2]

roller coaster
Roller Coaster

The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. LaMarcusAdna Thompson patented the first coasters on January 20, 1885. In essence a specialized railroad system, a roller coaster consists of a track that rises in designed patterns, sometimes with one or more inversions (such as vertical loops) that turn the rider briefly upside down. The track does not necessarily have to be a complete circuit, as shuttle roller coasters exhibit. Most roller coasters have multiple cars in which passengers sit and are restrained. Two or more cars hooked together are called a train. Some roller coasters, notably Wild Mouse roller coasters, run with single cars.

did you know
Did You Know?
  • That roller coasters were first built in 1885.
fastest roller coaster in the world
Fastest Roller Coaster in the World

Rank Name Park Location Height Manufacturer Record Holder

1. KingdaKa Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, NJ, USA 456 feet (139 m) Intamin May 2005 – present

2. Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio, USA 420 feet (130 m) Intamin May 2003 – May 2005

3. Superman: Escape from Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia, California, USA 415 feet (126 m) Intamin March 1997 – May 2003

4. Tower of Terror II DreamworldCoomera, Queensland, Australia 377 feet (115 m) Intamin January 1997 – March 1997

5. Steel Dragon 2000 Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima, Mie, Japan 318 feet (97 m) Chance Morgan N/A

6. Millennium Force Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio, USA 310 feet (94 m) Intamin N/A

7. Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia, USA 305 feet (93 m) Intamin N/A

8. Thunder Dolphin Tokyo Dome City Attractions Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 262 feet (80 m) Intamin N/A

9. Fujiyama Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan 259 feet (79 m) TOGO July 1996 – January 1997

10. Eejanaika Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan 249 feet (76 m) S&S Arrow

fastest roller coasters in the usa
Fastest Roller Coasters In The USA

1. KingdaKa Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, NJ, USA 418 feet (127 m) Intamin May 2005 – present

2. Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio, USA 400 feet (120 m) Intamin May 2003 – May 2005

3. Superman: Escape from Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia, California, USA 328 feet (100 m) Intamin March 1997 – August 2003

Tower of Terror II DreamworldCoomera, Queensland, Australia 328 feet (100 m) Intamin January 1997 – August 2003

4. Steel Dragon 2000 Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima, Mie, Japan 307 feet (94 m) Chance Morgan N/A

5. Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia, USA 300 feet (91 m) Intamin N/A

Millennium Force Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio, USA 300 feet (91 m) Intamin N/A

6. Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia, California, USA 255 feet (78 m) Giovanola N/A

Titan Six Flags Over Texas Arlington, Texas, USA 255 feet (78 m) Giovanola N/A

7. Fujiyama Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan 230 feet (70 m) TOGO July 1996 – January 1997

8. Phantom's Revenge Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA 228 feet (69 m) Chance Morgan May 1991 – July 1996

9. Desperado Buffalo Bill's Primm, Nevada, USA 225 feet (69 m) Arrow N/A

10. Bizarro Six Flags New England Agawam, Massachusetts, USA

roller coasters in action
Roller Coasters In Action

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