Orlando is packed full of excitement for theme park lovers, but this choice for my coaster list remains a surprising one. But did you know Sea World now has a thrilling coaster too? They call it the Kracken, named after a mythical sea monster that used to strike a boat and then feast on its own sailors. The theme fits well with this roaring, stomach-flipping, longest, fastest coaster in Orlando. The Kracken has an extremely unique floorless design where the riders sit on what can only be described as a pedestal with nothing but the sky above, beside, and sometimes under you.
Universal Studios would like to alter the fact that many of us think of Disney when we think of Orlando. Aside from the studio itself, which provides rides and exciting excursions, Universal also offers Islands of Adventure. This park is all the excitement and visual impact of the amusement business and all the action-packed thrills of any great amusement park. The most exciting coaster here needs to be The Incredible Hulk. The ride goes from 0 to 40 immediately and reaches even higher rates through seven full inversions. During the ride, the Hulk’s roar fills your ears.
Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia, is next on the list. I like the legendary themes behind these coasters. Apparently Apollo’s Chariot consistently makes top ten lists for steel coasters as it continues to live up to its name. Then there is the Griffon named after a mythical bird – part lion, part eagle. There’s a 70 mile per hour drop with this one, and it is in a 90-degree angle. I don’t think you are going to be considering lions or eagles by that point in the ride. Continuing their fictional creature streak, they have a coaster called the Big Bad Wolf in addition to The Loch Ness Monster. This one flings you 13 stories in the air and 114 feet back down, begging the question, Who is the phony now?
Six Flags – 2 of it’s Finest Versions – Tie for Second
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, is second in the world for the most coasters in 1 spot, and that’s why it makes this list for the best theme parks in the country for high thrills. The subject here is “Extreme,” exemplified in their new ride, X2. Apart from that, they have the Riddler, which is the world’s tallest, fastest stand up roller coaster and Tatsu, that is the longest, fastest, and tallest flying coaster. This means that you ride in a supine position like in actual flight. De Ja Vu is another exceptional coaster at this park. It takes you forwards and backwards! Hey, I think I’ve been flung from this height before …”
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, technically has fewer coasters than its California counterpart, but this park has an incredible record breaker. Here you’ll discover the world record for the tallest, fastest roller coaster, which is also the one with the tallest fall. Besides that, this park as 9 other roller coasters ranked as maximum thrill and among the latest movie-themed coasters in the country. Based on the hottest Batman installment, The Dark Knight is an enclosed coaster that will make you rethink your answer to the question, Are you afraid of Raccoon in Attic?
I don’t believe you can call yourself a coaster lover if you haven’t been to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This park has the most roller coasters of any on earth. They comprise the Corkscrew, which according to Cedar Point was “the first scream machine to span a midway.” This means that you get the thrill twice, once while riding the coaster and again while standing underneath it while others do. Cedar Point also has its own dueling coaster, in addition to Raptor, an inverted coaster with six complete up-and-overs. And that’s only three of the sixteen coasters in this park ranked as high or aggressive thrill. Just call me the messenger.