Taller, Faster, Loopier: 7 of the World's Wildest Roller Coasters

Taller, Faster, Loopier: 7 of the World's Wildest Roller Coasters

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From incredible speed, to gut-churning drops, to head-spinning inversions, these rides provide the ultimate rush.

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    The ride begins with a bone-rattling 85 foot drop and rolls into six twisting bends and eight more drops with the aggressive, disjointed movement that’s characteristic of classic wooden coasters.
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    The first drop of the Intimidator 305 had to be re-profiled during its first year of operation — people were actually blacking out in the dive.
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    Bizarro is loved by coaster fans for its extended airtime and the rush of fear you get from the low sides of the car — they only come up as far as your ankles.
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    This freaky ride packs intense acceleration, an 18 story drop, a white-knuckle snake dive and its trademark 135 foot cobra loop all into a high-speed trip that comes in at right around 30 seconds.
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    Europe’s second-tallest roller coaster, the Silver Star is smooth, fast, and minimalist. It features a great series of helixes, turnarounds and hills with lots of airtime.
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    Hang on to your hat! The one-minute climb to the top of the first hill will have you squirming in suspense. And the drop that follows? 306 feet straight down.
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    Holding the record for the tallest roller coaster on the planet, Kingda Ka stands 45 stories high and drops you into a terrifying 418 foot dive that will take your breath away.
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