The Fastest Roller Coasters

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10. Phantom’s Revenge – Kennywood

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania , USA
Top Speed : 82 mph / 131.9 km/h

The Phantom’s Revenge is a steel roller coaster at Kennywood Park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Although the first hill is only 160 feet high, the second hill drops riders 232 feet into a ravine and through the support structure for Thunderbolt. This strategic use of the park’s hilly terrain is one of the coaster’s distinguishing features.

The coaster was originally named The Steel Phantom, and was built in 1991 by Arrow Dynamics. It was the first hypercoaster in the world to feature inversions, but these would soon prove to be the downfall of the 1st version of the coaster. After the 2000 season, Steel Phantom underwent extensive changes by Morgan Manufacturing, most notably the removal of all of its inversions. According to Kennywood, this was done because of many riders’ complaints of how rough the coaster was on their heads and necks. The modified coaster reopened for the 2001 season as the Phantom’s Revenge. -Wikipedia.org

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9. Goliath – Six Flags Magic Mountain

Valencia, California, USA
Top Speed: 85 mph / 136.7 km/h

Goliath is a steel roller coaster made by Giovanola of Switzerland. The hypercoaster is located in the Colossus County Fair area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It is considered to be Six Flags Magic Mountain’s signature coaster.  During a brief period from its opening on February 11 to May 13, 2000, Goliath’s 255-foot (78 m) opening drop was recognized as the longest and fastest (85 mph) on a closed-circuit roller coaster in the world. Millennium Force at Cedar Point eclipsed these records when it opened on May 13, 2000 with a drop of 300 feet (91 m) and speeds of 93 mph (150 km/h). -Wikipedia.org

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8. Titan – Six Flags Over Texas

Arlington, Texas, USA
Top Speed: 85 mph / 136.7 km/h

Titan is a steel hyper coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. Unlike most hypercoasters, Titan is a combination of an out and back roller coaster and a twister roller coaster. Titan begins by lifting riders up a 245 foot hill and then takes a 255 foot drop entering a 120 foot tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel, riders are taken through a large Carousel turn. Following the Carousel turn, riders encounter a large camel back.

The train subsequently enters an uphill 540 degree helix which leads to the mid-course brake run. Next, trains maneuver an overbanked turn, followed by the 2nd, downhill, 540 degree helix. Afterwards, the trains navigate an over-banked turn to the left and then another to the right. After this, the trains hit the final brake run and reenter the station. After returning, instructions will be given by the ride attendant. Titan operators never allow re-rides due to the extreme g forces on the carousel turns. You must always exit the ride again before riding the coaster another time. -Wikipedia.org

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7. Millennium Force – Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Top Speed: 93 mph / 149.7 km/h

Millennium Force is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin AG located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It is the fourteenth roller coaster built at the park since the Blue Streak opened in 1964. Standing 310 feet (95 m) tall at its highest point, the coaster overlooks Lake Erie. When built in 2000, it was the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet in height, and was briefly the tallest closed circuit roller coaster in the world, before being surpassed by Steel Dragon 2000, Cedar Point’s own Top Thrill Dragster, and Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Additionally, it is the longest steel roller coaster in the United States.

The only two roller coasters in the United States longer than Millennium Force are The Beast and Son of Beast, wooden roller coasters at Kings Island. It is also the first roller coaster to utilize a cable lift system, rather than a traditional chain lift. A potential chain lift was considered too heavy considering that Magnum XL-200’s chain was 7 short tons (6 t) and two-thirds as tall. The cable lift uses an 800-horsepower (600 kW) motor that turns a set of sprocket gears that pull the cable. Cable lifts were previously only used on smaller coasters in Europe. After the 2007 season, Millennium Force had given over twelve million rides total. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. -Wikipedia.org

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6. Steel Dragon 2000 – Nagashima Spa Land

Mie Prefecture, Japan
Top Speed: 95 mph / 152.9 km/h

Steel Dragon 2000 is a tall roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this gigacoaster opened, appropriately, in 2000 — “The Year of the Dragon” in Asia. It debuted only months after Millennium Force and surpassed the Cedar Point coaster as the world’s tallest complete-circuit coaster. It also took the record for the longest track length — 8133 feet, 2 inches (2479 m) — which it currently holds. It is the only gigacoaster which has been manufactured by Chance Morgan. -Wikipedia.org

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5. Superman: The Escape – Six Flags Magic Mountain

Valencia, California, USA
Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h

Superman: The Escape is a launched shuttle roller coaster located in the Samurai Summit area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California that opened in 1997. It is nearly identical to Tower of Terror, which opened two months prior in Dreamworld, Australia. These two coasters were the first to utilize Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) technology to propel vehicles to top speed.

Superman: The Escape was for a while the tallest roller coaster in the world, although its drop was the same as Tower of Terror. It was also tied with Tower of Terror as fastest roller coaster in the world. Today, it is fifth fastest. In 2001 the speed record was taken by Dodonpa in Japan. In 2003 Superman’s height record was taken by Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. -Wikipedia.org

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4. Tower of Terror – Dreamworld

Coomera, Queensland, Australia
Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h

Tower of Terror is a steel shuttle roller coaster at Dreamworld in the Gold Coast, Australia. It is currently the fourth fastest roller coaster in the world, but has been reported to be the fastest and tallest roller coaster on a tower. Tower of Terror is one of two reverse freefall coasters designed by Intamin AG (the other being Superman: The Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California).

Opening January 23, 1997, it held the world’s fastest roller coaster record for two months before Superman: The Escape opened. Officially both rides share the same top speeds. Tower of Terror is also the first roller coaster in the world to achieve a speed of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). -Wikipedia.org

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3. Dodonpa – Fuji-Q Highland

Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Top Speed: 106.9 mph / 172 km/h

Dodonpa is a roller coaster at Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It opened in 2001 and is a steel sit-down roller coaster with a compressed air launch. The ride was built by S&S Power of Utah, U.S.A.  It is 52 metres (170 feet) tall, and has a launch speed of 172 km/h (107 mph), which is reached in less than 2 seconds. Its hill goes straight up, down a hairpin curve, and then goes straight down.

When it was opened it was the fastest roller coaster in the world. As of 2010, it is not the fastest but still has the highest launch acceleration at 2.7 g. The name Dodonpa comes from the notes used by taiko drummers which can be heard while waiting in the queue. -Wikipedia.org

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2. Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point,

Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h

Top Thrill Dragster is a steel, hydraulically-launched roller coaster located at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. It was the first “Strata Coaster”, loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is over 400 feet tall. It was built by Intamin AG and debuted to the public on May 4, 2003. It is one of only two stratacoasters in existence, the other being Kingda Ka (2005) at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.  

Top Thrill Dragster was the second hydraulically-launched roller coaster built by Intamin AG, following Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm. The tagline for Top Thrill Dragster is “Race for the sky”.  Due to aviation safety concerns, for the purpose of warning air traffic, the tower is equipped with four dual strobes: three mid-way up, and one on the highest point on the coaster. -Wikipedia.org

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1. Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure

Jackson Township, New Jersey, USA
Top Speed: 128 mph / 206 km/h

Kingda Ka is a roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA. It is the tallest roller coaster in the world. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet (139 meters). -Wikipedia.org

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