Are you a thrill seeker? If so, these roller coasters are for you. Scary roller coasters have certain traits about them that make them the best. These include top speeds, high drops, twist and turns, G-force, and design considerations. When combined in a roller coaster, these traits can excite and electrify the rider. Listed here are the top 5 scary roller coasters in the USA, for those looking to add excitement to their life.
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure:
Kingda Ka combines two of the most important features of an impressive roller coaster: speed and height. Located in Jackson, New Jersey, this coaster holds the record for the tallest coaster in the world. Kingda Ka reaches 456 feet high, or 45 stories — that’s as tall as a skyscraper! Upon leaving the station, this coaster goes from 0 mph to 128 mph in under four seconds. These top speeds, as Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in North America, make 50 seconds seem much longer. The ascent takes riders up at a 90-degree angle, building for the drop down a 270-degree spiral.
- Top Speed: 128 mph
- Height: 456 feet
- Duration: 50 seconds
Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion:
Seeing as the Intimidator coaster is themed after NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, it’s no wonder this coaster goes extremely fast. This coaster is classified as a Giga coaster, or a coaster that is between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full cycle. There are five Giga coasters in the world, Intimidator 305 being one of them. Height, rather than velocity, is what makes this coaster exciting. On the first drop, riders are plummeted at 85-degree angle down from a height of 300 feet.
- Top Speed: 90 mph- Height: 300 feet- Duration: 3 minutes
Maverick at Cedar Point:
Although the Maverick only reaches a height of 105 feet, it still packs quite the adrenaline rush. With a duration of two minutes and thirty seconds, the Maverick has plenty of time to impress the riders. This ride is packed with crazy twists and turns while going at speeds up to 70 mph. The Maverick has a secret weapon in these twists: a 95-degree drop. That’s more than a 90-degree drop, which is equivalent to going straight down. This is guaranteed to fulfill the riders’ thrill-seeking complex and make them want to go a second time.
- Top Speed: 70 mph- Height: 105 feet- Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain:
X2 is what is called a “fifth dimension” roller coaster. It is labeled as such because the riders’ seats extend off of the track, able to turn 360 degrees. While that is happening, riders are careened around the ride at speeds up to 76 mph. X2 utilizes this by including two “raven turns” in which half loops pause and turn into a plummet downwards. This coaster reaches a height of 200 feet. To maximize sensory overload, there is action music, sound effects, and visuals as fire spit out in strategic places.
- Top Speed: 76 mph- Height: 200 feet- Duration: approx. 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain:
For those of you that like to live fast and dangerous, this coaster has it all. Full Throttle includes a loop that reaches 160 feet into the sky, something that no other coaster has. From the launch, riders are immediately shot forward at 70 mph. However, this isn’t the only launch of the ride. After the big loop, the coaster comes to a complete stop and shoots the riders backward at 70 mph. Yes, this means that riders get to experience the 160-foot loop forwards as well as backwards. Halfway through the reverse loop, the coaster stops, holding riders upside down at incredible heights. The ride then shoots forwards again, only to reach another thrilling loop.
- Top Speed: 70 mph- Height: 160 feet- Duration: 1 minute and 30 seconds