It might sound silly or even shocking to some but the truth is there have been quite a few surveys and scientific studies that focus on why so many people seem to love dangerous activities for the thrill of it. One obvious answer is that some people are adrenaline junkies and this is the main reason so many extreme sports have risen in prominence in the past few decades. Another possible explanation is the freedom such activities give to an individual to act wildly and blow off steam. This appears to be one of the main reasons why so many millions of people around the world flock to amusement parks every year.
Of course, roller coasters are a major part of this attraction, and the people who run the parks keep looking for ways to make coasters taller, faster, and scarier. Here follows a list of 25 of the most intense roller coasters ever created, the vast majority of which are still operating today so you can visit them anytime you wanna get your adrenaline pumping.
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Rebel Yell is a wooden racing roller coaster located at Kings Dominion and opened with the park in 1975. This year Rebel Yell celebrates its fortieth anniversary and throughout the years it has earned multiple honors and awards for its safety and unique design with the greatest being in 2003 when it received the prestigious ACE Coaster Landmark Award.
Batman: The Ride
Batman: The Ride, which is located at Six Flags Over Georgia, isn’t the fastest, tallest, or prettiest roller coaster out there. Instead, it’s one of the most unattractive and plain ones you will probably ever see. However, in 2008 after a young man got decapitated by the roller coaster car while trying to retrieve his lost hat, Batman: The Ride became one of the most macabre roller coasters on the planet even though the park was not responsible for the fatal incident.
Located in the LaQua section of the Tokyo Dome City Attractions is this impressive twenty-six-story tall, 3,500-foot-long roller coaster that has seduced all the locals and tourists who are after adventure and high speeds. It has been described as the Coliseum of roller coasters and judging from the photos we must agree it looks like the epitome of a ridiculous thrill ride.
This is the only roller coaster on this list that is still under construction but we couldn’t ignore it for all it promises to offer. This spring Fury 325 will be the world’s tallest, fastest giga-coaster and may place the Carowinds Amusement Park, located in South Carolina, on the map as the world’s biggest and baddest amusement parks in the world.
Full Throttle, which is located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, opened to the public on June 22, 2013, and immediately set the record as the world’s tallest loop de loop at 160 feet in the air. It’s also the first roller coaster to feature a top-hat element on a loop and has drawn hundreds of thousands of brave visitors in less than two years of operation.