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.
The Roller Coaster of Death
At the Mangyongdae Fun Fair in North Korea, visitors are greeted to a mostly abandoned amusement park, filled with run down and outdated facilities. Of all their rides, however, the roller coaster is the most terrifying due to the rusty frame and lack of repair. It might be a good idea to write up a will before getting on this thing.
Battersea Fun Fair Big Dipper
In 1972, the Big Dipper at Battersea Fun Fair was just another roller coaster. Until a fatal accident changed everything. As a train was going up the first hill, the cable broke loose, causing the train to roll backward. Despite trying to stop the train, it took on too much speed, crashed into another train, and killed six people. The Big Dipper was torn down after the sad tragedy.
Eram Amusement Park
Eram Amusement Park in Tehran, Iran, much like North Korea’s amusement parks, is a rusting and sad display of rides, including a horrifying roller coaster that whips passengers instantly from one side to the other, cranking their necks in every direction. Theme park expert Stefan Zwangzer calls Iran’s roller coasters the worst in the world.
Fujin Raijin II
At Expoland in Japan, the Fujin Raijin II was working smoothly, thrilling fans of the ride until the unexpected happened in 2007. The cars suddenly derailed during the course of the ride, flying off the track, killing one and injuring 19 others. Experts found that the wheel axles hadn’t been replaced for fifteen years.
Let’s end on a little bit of a happier note, shall we? The Wild One has had a pretty solid run over the course of its life, a life that is older than most people on the face of the earth. Built in 1917, the Wild One is an operational roller coaster that’s 100-years old. While it’s probably perfectly safe to ride, the thought of riding a roller coaster that old sends chills down our spine.
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