We all need a good scare now and then. It’s the whole reason why amusement parks exist in the first place. Feeling the anticipation before getting on a ride and then that quickened pulse and rush of adrenaline afterward can be addicting. Most rides have their varying degree of risk, but others take it to a whole new level. Here are the 25 Scariest Amusement Park Rides In The World.
Hold on to your hats, and make sure to be buckled in because Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds up to 149 miles per hour (239 km/hr). Located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, it models itself after Formula One racing, which makes a whole lot of sense considering, you know, the whole 149 miles per hour thing.
Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster saw a lot of world records broken in its prime, including the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster. Of course, it didn’t stay on top forever, being surpassed by Kingda Ka and Formula Rossa. Though it still holds the unique position of being one of two complete roller coasters with a 400-foot (121 meter) drop.
Kingda Ka! It sounds like a monster from a cheesy 1950’s movie. In some ways, that might not be far from the truth. Being the tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka is a behemoth, measuring at 456-feet high (138 meters) and hitting speeds up to 128 miles an hour (205 km/hr). It’s safe to say this thing will blow our minds when all is said and done.
Kathmandu Funpark Ferris Wheel
Let’s talk about rides so unsafe it’s insane that they’re still in operation. Most Ferris Wheels go at a nice, slow and steady pace. At Kathmandu Funpark in Nepal, however, a Ferris Wheel goes so fast it looks like anyone could fall out at any moment. In fact, in 2014, a girl fell out of the Ferris Wheel car and hung on for dear life, waiting for someone to climb up and help her.
The Cannonball Loop
In Action Park of Vernon Township in New Jersey, they built a waterslide so dangerous it was shut down within a month. Called The Cannonball Loop, at first glance it’s easy to see that this thing was a death trap. It’s surprising they didn’t throw the lunatic who invented it in a jail cell. This was not a one-off problem at Action Park, a place known for its dangerous rides that collected a stack of lawsuits, injuries, and unfortunately, six fatalities.