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Top 5 Tallest Roller Coasters In The World

Updated on August 27, 2013

Tallest Roller Coasters In The World

Every year, when the warm summer weather comes around, it becomes theme park season for thrill seekers and roller coaster enthusiasts all over the world. These thrill seekers search far and wide for the biggest, baddest and fastest coasters, trying to experience the best the world has to offer. Theme Parks consider this a challenge, and many take great pride in having the fastest or tallest roller coasters in the world. That is why they are constantly looking to do one better than those before them. Who knows where it will stop, but for now, here is the top 5 tallest roller coasters in the world!

Tallest Roller Coaster #5 - Steel Dragon 2000

The fifth tallest roller coaster in the world stands at a whopping 318ft (97m) tall and is located at Nagashima Spa Land in Japan. Known as ‘Steel Dragon 2000,’ the ride held the title of the world’s tallest roller coaster for around three years, and is still the record holder for longest track length. What is truly amazing about this ride is that it has two massive hills following the initial drop, both of which are taller than most roller coasters. Then of course there are the 95mph speeds!

Interestingly, the ride was actually shut down for close to three years, following an accident, but is now fully operational again.

Tallest Roller Coaster #4 - Tower of Terror II

Located at the Dreamworld amusement park in Queensland, Australia, the ‘Tower of Terror II’ is the fourth tallest roller coaster in the world. Standing at 377ft (100m) the ride is obviously massive, but it also gained fame for being the first coaster to hit the 100mph mark in terms of speed. Not one of the longest rides, it relies on quick hitting thrills and certainly the statistics suggest that it does not disappoint. Also, the ride is not to be mistaken for other variations of the Tower of Terror, which involve free fall drops. For example, the Twilight Zone themed ride in Florida.

Tallest Roller Coaster #3 - Superman: Escape From Krypton

Next on the list, and in third, is ‘Superman: Escape From Krypton’ which towers a massive 415ft (126m) above the grounds of Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. Another very short coaster, the ride relies on the massive drop and equally ridiculous speeds of 100mph to beat it’s riders into submission. Oh, and since recent changes and a revamp to the ride, there is also the fact that you are shot on your horrifying launch backwards. With the recent release of the film ‘Man of Steel’ one has to wonder if this monster ride may receive a bit more attention from riders who have some Superman fever!

Tallest Roller Coaster #2 - Top Thrill Dragster

The number two tallest roller coaster in the world is very near and dear to my heart, being located at Cedar Point, in my home state of Ohio. A monstrous structure, the ride stands at 420ft (130m) tall and rockets riders up to 120mph. The ride starts from a standstill, and after the red light turns green the car hits its top speed in no time and shoots it to the top, where it promptly plummets back to earth. The whole thing takes under 20 seconds, which continues the theme of short, thrilling rides. What makes this ride truly terrifying is the well-known possibility that the car will not make it to the top, which it sometimes doesn’t. Of course, this is perfectly safe, due to magnetic brakes, and if this happens you are lucky enough to get to ride twice!

Tallest Roller Coaster #1 - Kingda Ka

Finally, the tallest roller coaster on our list and the number 1 in the world, is ‘Kingda Ka,’ located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Named after a mythical tiger, the ride is certainly fierce. It is basically an exact clone of the Top Thrill Dragster, however it outdoes it in size, at 456ft (139m) and speed, which reaches 128mph. Kingda Ka is slightly longer than its rival, at 28 seconds, largely due to a second smaller hill following the big drop, which gives the rider a sense of weightlessness before ending the experience. Who knows how long the ride will be able to hold onto the top spot before another park decides it wants to take over the crown. But for now, this jungle themed, green menace stands above the rest as the world’s tallest roller coaster.

So there is the list of the tallest roller coasters in the world. Have you ridden any of these monsters? All of them? Which one's do you most want to check out?

If you are a true thrill seeker you will hunt them down and cross them off your list!


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    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Ha agreed superherojaes - these are some enormous structures.

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      James Horsham 

      6 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Insane! This would have object sexuality people foaming at the mouth!!!!

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Pamela, they are definitely getting scarier! I have to admit, I am a bit of a fan of being as scared as a possibly can during those rides. Can't explain why!

      Thanks for reading!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great list. I am not into roller coaster so much anymore, but have loved them in the past. The new ones are so big and fast that I don't know if I would dare ride. They look a bit scary.

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks Elias! I can tell you from experience, that they are!

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      7 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Nice list! I have never been to such a tall roller coaster. Seems from the pics it would be really frightening.

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks for reading Ceres, I certainly hope it proves useful!

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks so much dilipchandra12, I agree they look intimidating! I have ridden a couple!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      7 years ago

      Wow these roller coasters are really tall as can be seen in the images. This would be very useful for those who like roller coasters, heights and thrills so they'll know where to go to ride the tallest roller coasters in the world.

    • dilipchandra12 profile image

      Dilip Chandra 

      7 years ago from India

      Oh god, the pics are alone enough to scare. Real thrill perhaps if tried! Great list, the pics are simply awesome. Thank you.


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