Roller coasters are an attraction that symbolize the essence of amusement parks.
As a classic ride, they often take tremendous effort to build and simultaneously make a statement with their size, twists, and colourful tracks.
The dual nature of roller coasters are what make them most unique. They are equally exhilarating as they are terrifying.
Many argue that the loops and turns aren’t worth waiting in line for, but for National Roller Coaster Day, Guinness World Records won’t prolong the suspense any longer.
To mark the occasion, below we list out some of the world's most amazing, record breaking coasters.
Most roller coasters (country)
Those who love the excursion of a thrilling roller coaster will find pure happiness in the great nation of China. Although many assume the United States to be home to these themed rides, China takes the record title of most coasters with 824. The USA follows with 659, and Japan comes in third with 214.
Fastest roller coaster
Speed is native to what is playfully known as the “land of Ferraris”. Located in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the fastest roller coaster is the Formula Rossa, which races up to 149.1 mph in just 4.9 seconds. As a part of the amusement park Ferrari World, this coaster shoots upwards 52 m into the air. Since opening in 2010, it’s been a fun and popular ride for those who appreciate lightning velocity.
Largest roller coaster loop
In one minute and thirty seconds, you could ride the coaster with the largest loop. Full Throttle is as serious as its name. The coaster lives in Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, USA and is comprised of three major loops throughout the duration of the ride. Largest loop of the three measures 127 feet tall. That’s nearly the size of the Statue of Liberty!
Longest roller coaster (absolute)
Steel Dragon 2000 can be found in Nagashima Spa land amusement park in Japan. Since opening in 2000, it has maintained its official status as the longest roller coaster of all time.
First strata roller coaster
For those who are not familiar with coaster-lingo, a strata roller coaster is any track that has a drop between 400-499 feet and is a part of a full-circuit track. There’s only two in existence, but the first in history is the Top Thrill Dragster in Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, USA. It has a startling height of 420 feet, and was slightly topped in measurements by the Kingda Ka coaster in New Jersey, USA. Kingda Ka is the only other strata roller coaster, opening two years after Top Thrill Dragster.
Most hair rollers put on in one minute while on a roller coaster
This record was quite thrilling for our official adjudicator, who got to ride in the cart behind the participants for the attempt! German-natives Julia and Stephanie Mueller rose to the hair-pin challenge on the set of 'Wir Holen Den Rekord Nach Deutschland' at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. While being jerked left and right on the tracks of the coaster, the twins tried to fit as many rollers as possible in the hair. Achieving a total of 17- it’s one of our more light-hearted coaster records that is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Most roller coasters ridden in 24 hours
Four men who are the masters of time efficiency completed this record in March 2000. Adam Pivak, Aaron Rye, John Kirkwood, and Philip Guarno (USA) rode 74 coasters amongst ten parks in the span of one day. If your stomach isn’t churning already, the four used helicopters in order to travel to varying theme parks. As a charity event for the Children’s Miracle Network, the event named “East Coasters for Kids” raised $40,000. Well done!
Oldest roller coaster operating continuously
Roller coasters have always been an original ride at amusement parks, but most you see today are fairly new. The coaster with a bit of history and legacy stands in Melbourne Australia, which opened in 1912 and has remained operating since. Called ‘The Scenic Railway’ at Luna Park, it is a traditional wooden track that was designed by La Marcus Adna Thompson, who is better known as the “Father of the modern roller coaster”.
Most expensive roller coaster (excluding scenery and sets)
Minus the appearance costs, the most expensive coaster totalled $50 million for Steel Dragon 2000. In the heart of Japan, it now holds two record titles and has been a part of the park since 2000. With those credentials, it’s arguable that this coaster was worth the investment!
Most roller coasters in one theme park
If roller coasters are the ride you most look forward to, you’ll get the most of your amusement park ticket at Six Flags Magic Mountain (USA), home of the most roller coasters in a given park. At 19, the possibilities are endless, and you might need to spend more than one day of rides and fun to go on them all. Either way, make sure you relish the memory of fun through the various faces made smiling for the coaster cam!