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The 10 Tallest Amusement Park Rides In The World (And Where To See Them)

Are you a thrill seeker who loves extreme amusement park rides? Do the sudden massive drops from a ride give you goosebumps? Then you're in luck. There are many different theme parks around the world, and all of them want to have the fastest, longest, and tallest rides out there. They are always building and adding on to theme parks, trying to top previous records in height and speed.

The rides are getting crazier and crazier every year, and thrill seekers are just loving it! Whether it is a ride that comes right off its tracks, goes backward, or hits top speeds, there is surely a ride out there that you will love. Here are 10 of the tallest amusement park rides in the world, and where you can find.

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10 Power Tower - 91m

Do you love being launched into the sky? Or what about the thrilling drop in your stomach when you fall from a great height? If you love these sensations, then the Power Tower will be a thrilling ride for you! This ride rockets you up 240 feet into the air, reaching speeds of 60 mph, and then sends you plummeting back down at the same speed.

Located at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, the Power Tower is only one of the many thrilling rides at this park; they even have a water park for you to enjoy as well. Reaching 91m in the air, the Power Tower is by far the tallest ride at the park, and it is our 10th tallest amusement park ride in the world!

9 Leviathan - 93m

Canada's Wonderland has been working hard to beat some roller coaster records lately, and with the addition of their new ride, Yukon Striker, it looks like they will be beating records in length, speed, and height. For now though, Wonderland's roller coaster, Leviathan, is our ninth tallest amusement park ride in the world.

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Based on the mythical sea creature, the Leviathan has all the twists and turns you would expect from a sea monster! Reaching heights of 93m and speeds of 92 mph, with an 80 degree drop, you are sure to enjoy this thrilling ride. Located in Vaughn, Ontario, Canada's Wonderland offers many different rides for all ages, and even a waterpark to cool off in.

8 Millennium Force - 94m

With its second of three roller coasters featured in our Top 10, Cedar Point Amusement Park is proving to be the perfect place to visit for thrill seekers. Its roller coaster, Millennium Force opened in 2000, and it was a great way to ring in the new millennium.

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The ride has broken records of highest drop and fastest speed, plunging from over 300 feet and reaching mind-blowing speeds of 94 mph. Because of its immense size, there needed to be a new classification for roller coasters, now known as giga roller coasters. It races through twists and turns, passing hilltops, lagoons, and other rides at breakneck speeds. An amazing ride to check out for those who love to go fast!

7 Steel Dragon 2000 - 97m

 

The Steel Dragon 2000 is another giga-coaster, as it reaches heights of over 300 feet tall and completes a full circuit, as per the definition of the new coaster term. The Steel Dragon snuck past the Millennium Force in terms of height and speed, being 3 meters taller and reaching speeds of 95 mph.

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The Steel Dragon 2000 was opened in the year 2000, in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. It is located in the Nagashima Spa Land in Japan and is one of the three most popular rides at the park. With all its twists, turns, and sudden drops, it is sure to be thrilling!

6 The Fury 325 - 99m

 

As mentioned before, amusement parks are always trying to beat records of length, speed, size, and height when it comes to their largest and most exciting rides. This ride is no different. The Fury 325 became the largest roller coaster to use a traditional lift hill in 2015 when it passed the Steel Dragon 2000's record.

The Fury 325 is another giga coaster, reaching heights of 99 meters and speeds of 95 mph. Located at Carowinds Amusement Park in North Carolina, this ride offers an 81-degree drop, followed by an exciting 190-foot tall barrel turn, reaching top speeds. This coaster is North America's longest steel coaster, at over 1.25 miles long, and it even crosses the state lines between North and South Carolina!

5 Red Force - 112m

A roller coaster built by Ferrari must be a fast and impressive one! Just like their cars, Ferrari doesn't make anything that isn't thrilling. This giga coaster is impressive in many ways, from its speed to its height. It launches from 0 to 112 mph in five seconds. Yes, five seconds! It reaches a maximum height of 112m on its 880m route.

This amazing coaster is located within Ferrari Land, which is part of the larger PortAdventura World Amusement Park, located in Catalonia, Spain. Speeding along this course, you might just feel like you are whizzing by in your own Ferrari!

4 Tower of Terror II - 115m

The Tower of Terror II sticks to what it knows best - thrilling and terrifying drops! Riders are launched out of a 206m tunnel backward, reaching speeds of 100 mph in less than seven seconds. Then, as if that weren't terrifying enough, prepare to plunge back down to earth at the same incredible speed...face first!

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The impressive tower is located at Dreamworld Amusement Park in Australia. In 1997, the ride claimed the first world record for speed of a roller coaster, maxing out at 100 mph - an impressive feat, considering that was achieved over 20 years ago! A thrilling ride, for sure.

3 Superman: Escape From Krypton - 126m

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's you flying through the air on the Superman roller coaster! To get you prepared to be a superhero, this ride launches you into the air at 90 degrees reaching a height of 126 metres - and it does all this backwards! Once you reach the top, you've officially achieved superhero status, and this is where the real fun begins! After feeling pure weightlessness for 6.5 seconds, you plummet back down to earth and the same crazy speed!

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This amazing ride is featured at Six Flags Magic Mountain, located in Los Angeles, California.

2 Top Thrill Dragster - 130m

The third impressive ride featured from Cedar Point in our Top 10 Countdown is the Top Thrill Dragster. If you can believe it, this speedy ride gets you from 0 to 120 mph in only 3.8 seconds! Talk about an adrenaline rush! Following that start, you are propelled up a 90-degree incline, reaching the top at 128 meters high!

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If you can dare a peek at the top, you'll have quite a view of the park from there! But then, in the blink of an eye, you are plummeting back down to earth on a 270-degree twist before finishing the ride. Needless to say, if you're in search of thrilling rides, Cedar Point should be an amusement park on your list!

1 Kingda Ka - 139m

Our final ride in this countdown is the ever-impressive Kingda Ka, the towering roller coaster ride located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It is the tallest roller coaster in the world and the fastest roller coaster in North America.

It takes quite a bit of power to propel you up a tower that is 140 meters high, so this ride launches you out of the gates, up the 90-degree climb, hitting 128 mph in only 3.5 seconds! Once you recover from that, in split seconds, you're turning around and plunging back down a 270-degree twist, ending with a 40m camel hump, just to make sure your stomach is left in knots! An incredible ride that is not for the faint of heart!

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