Are you an adrenalin junkie who chooses your holiday around the best theme parks at your destination? It is time to check some of these ultimate thrills off your bucketlist and plot your trip around the world. These are the tallest, fastest, most colourful, extreme, terrifying and beautiful rides. If teacups are your limit, then look away now.
Tallest rollercoaster – Kingda Ka
This champion of coasters in Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, America is known as the King. It is the world’s tallest and second fastest and it shoots you to a height of 139m at 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Tallest wooden rollercoaster – T Express
Wooden rollercoasters are always rickety and scary but T Express in South Korea takes the excitement to another level. It is the steepest wooden coaster in the world. Seeing the imposing wooden structure in the distance is enough to make anyone have second thoughts.
Fastest rollercoaster – Formula Rossa
This ride in Abu Dhabi will propel you faster than most supercars, getting to 100 km per hour in just 2 seconds. It is so fast you have to wear skydiving goggles to prevent insects blinding you. Ferrari drivers Massa, Alonso, Räikkönen and Vettel have all ridden and I think they probably screamed.
Most inversions – The Smiler
With fourteen inversions, this is one of the worlds twistiest rides. However, it is also one of the most notorious with incidents and accidents plaguing its lifetime. Safety standards have been reevaluated now though, so if you want to ride The Smiler, you can loop, roll, drop and corkscrew your way around.
Scariest – Takabisha
This ride in Japan is terrifying. It is a jet black scrawl of track that plunges you into darkness and a record breaking 121° beyond-vertical drop. This may be the most exhilarating two minutes of your life.
Most beautiful – Shambhala
This is one of the best rides in Europe, the crowning glory of Spain’s dizzyingly fun PortAventura theme park. It blends in beautifully with the blissfully blue continental sky and the best part is seeing for miles out to sea at its peak. You are hardly strapped in as well, so prepare to feel like you are floating.
Theme parks are the perfect day out for students getting to know each other. Take your housemates or coursemates out somewhere and watch out for Student Union trips in the UK.
If you are really interested in theme parks and tourist destinations, you may want to turn it into your career. Study our Tourism & Hospitality courses at CU Coventry and CU London and find out about the business, marketing and skills required to work in the industry.