Spring and summer bring bugs, cookouts, picnics and pool parties. Yay! I can do without the bugs, but I can't do without my amusement parks! As a kid living on the East Coast, I was a frequent visitor of Hershey's Park and King's Dominion as soon as the weather turned warm. The food was yummy, my friends were great, but I totally lived for the exciting roller coaster. I remember standing in line over and over again for the fastest and most creative ride, then screaming and laughing like a crazy person once I got on. Then I'd do it all over again! My only complaint, and to the frustration of my friends...I had to carry a book with me. (lol)
Now my hangout is Carowinds in Charlotte North Carolina and the fun continues.
If you're a mini thrill seeker or love amusement parks, below are some neat facts.According to Wikipedia, some think that the very 1st roller coaster originated in Russia at the Russian Mountains and others believe it was created by the French in 1817.
Tallest Roller Coasters
|Top Thrill Dragster||Cedar Point||Intamin||Operating||May 4, 2003||420 feet (130 m)|
|Kingda Ka||Six Flags Great Adventure||Intamin||Operating||May 21, 2005||456 feet (139 m)|
|Fury 325||Carowinds||Bolliger & Mabillard||Operating||March 25, 2015||325 feet (99 m)|
|Millennium Force||Cedar Point||Intamin||Operating||May 13, 2000||310 feet (94 m)|
|Steel Dragon 2000||Nagashima Spa Land||Morgan||Operating||August 1, 2000||318 feet (97 m)|
|Intimidator 305||Kings Dominion||Intamin||Operating||April 2, 2010||305 feet (93 m)|
|Leviathan||Canada's Wonderland||Bolliger & Mabillard||Operating||May 6, 2012||306 feet (93 m)|
|1||Formula Rossa||Ferrari World||United Arab Emirates||149 mph (240 km/h)||Intamin||November 2010 – present|
|2||Kingda Ka||Six Flags Great Adventure||United States||128 mph (206 km/h)||Intamin||May 2005 – November 2010|
|3||Top Thrill Dragster||Cedar Point||United States||120 mph (190 km/h)||Intamin||May 2003 – May 2005|
|4||Dodonpa||Fuji-Q Highland||Japan||107 mph (172 km/h)||S&S Worldwide||December 2001 – May 2003|
|5||Superman: Escape from Krypton[nb 1]||Six Flags Magic Mountain||United States||100 mph (160 km/h)||Intamin||March 1997 – December 2001|
|Tower of Terror II[nb 1]||Dreamworld||Australia||100 mph (160 km/h)||Intamin||January 1997 – December 2001|
|*||ring°racer||Nürburgring||Germany||99.4 mph (160.0 km/h)||S&S Worldwide||N/A|
|6||Steel Dragon 2000||Nagashima Spa Land||Japan||95 mph (153 km/h)||D. H. Morgan Manufacturing||N/A|
|Fury 325||Carowinds||United States||95 mph (153 km/h)||Bolliger & Mabillard||N/A|
|7||Millennium Force||Cedar Point||United States||93 mph (150 km/h)||Intamin||N/A|
|8||Leviathan||Canada's Wonderland||Canada||92 mph (148 km/h)||Bolliger & Mabillard||N/A|
|9||Intimidator 305||Kings Dominion||United States||90 mph (140 km/h)||Intamin||N/A|
My son thinks I'm out of my mind because there is no roller coaster I won't try. Unless it's a ride at a fair or carnival. If a ride has been created in just one day, that's a pass, so that's the only time I stick to the kiddie rides. (lol)
But what about you? Are you game for a roller coaster ride for the thrill of your life?
Whew! After thinking about these rides, it's time to relax a little for my Stress-Free Sunday with a really good book and a cheeseburger. Hugs...