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The Top Scariest Roller Coaster Rides in the US

Updated on March 4, 2010
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Is it that sinking feeling that makes some roller coasters so appealing? Or that heart stopping acceleration which forcibly pushes your body against the seat? Perhaps it's those jerking twists and turns followed by that sudden plummeting drop which allows riders to experience that typical breath taking ''free fall'' sort of sensation, lasting for a few seconds.... If you are passionate about roller coasters you may be simply looking for a combination of all these thrills which often can be found in the scariest roller coaster rides in the U.S. Following is a guide on the top scariest roller coaster rides for the ride of your life!

The top 5 Scariest Roller Coasters in the U.S

The search for the top five scariest roller coaster rides starts by visiting several amusement parks. Experienced roller coaster riders try the most fearsome rides and rate them accordingly. Today, thanks to many advances in technology, roller coaster rides are becoming more and more intimidating. Rides are getting faster, higher and in some cases, longer (not ideal for those that want to get off!). Following is the top list of scariest roller coaster in the U.S. according to Forbes.com.

• Kingda Ka


Located in Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, this G force loaded ride lasts a brief 28 seconds. It is classified as the fastest and tallest roller coaster on earth. The world will zoom by you as this ride propels you via hydraulic launch from zero to 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. Then you will be blasted up in the air at 456 feet high ( that is 45 stories!). But what goes up must come down, therefore a deep vertical plunge into a 270-degree twisting spiral awaits all those courageous riders which end their trip with the finishing touch: a129-foot camel hump.

Top Thrill Dragster

Make sure you hold on well on this one, as this is one of the fastest and tallest roller coasters on this planet. These dragster-style trains will launch you at 120 mph in less than 4 seconds. Following you will be climb the beauty of 420 feet where you will have a few split seconds to acknowledge the impressive height and then plummet over the finish line at a 270 degrees spiral. It all happens in a mere yet unforgettable, 27 seconds. Top Thrill Dragster is found in Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio.

Superman: The Escape

All those Superman fans out there will finally have a chance to experience how it feels like to fly. Located at Six Flags, Magic Mountain in Valencia California, this ride will have you speeding faster than a bullet at 100 miles an hour and 415 feet in the air on two parallel tracks. It all starts in Superman's launching chamber, an icy cavern featuring glowing paints and black lights. Then you are launched and up up and away you go as you look at the impressive height. If you are attentive enough you will notice that looking straight down at you from the top of the tower is Superman! But not too long as the ride will come back down in reverse and way down giving you 6.5 seconds of weightlessness, that sure feels like flying!

• Millennium Force

Located at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio this ride will reach 93 miles per hour and will plunge riders down a nice vertical drop of 300 feet. This ride is not for the faint of heart or those who want to get off the ride quick. Indeed, this ride lasts a great two minutes and 20 seconds. A lot of twists and turns, climbs and descents as this coaster flies to the finish line. This roller coaster has ranked as the number one steel roller coaster in the world in a multitude of times since the year 2001 and for a good reason! Indeed, this coaster remains one of tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters in the world

• Titan

If Millennium Force seemed a too long ride, then Titan steel coaster may feel like forever since it lasts an impressive three-and-a-half minutes! This roller coaster features impressive climbs followed by spectacular plunges, spirals, camel back hills and then the unexpected: a 120 foot long tunnel in total darkness. Not for the faint of heart or those who want to get over with it within seconds. Located at Six Flags over Texas.


Roller coaster are becoming more and more impressive nowadays. These are the current top scariest rides for those seeking thrills and goose bumps. Of course, this list will be replaced soon, as newer and more scary rides are in the making. Until then, enjoy these mighty monsters granting racing heart beats and the loudest screams!




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      Andria 

      8 years ago

      this rollarcoaster is so scary i might of peed in my pants

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      Sammi 

      8 years ago

      The Titan At Six Flags Over Texas Does Not Go Through A Tunnel!

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      talfonso 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Great Hub - it's interesting to note that the tallest roller coaster in the world (Kingda Ka) is in my native New Jersey! I haven't ridden any of the rides mentioned here, but I'm definitely checking them out!

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      My vote is for the Millennium Force hands down! I used to live quite close to Cedar Point not to long ago and would frequent Cedar point often and let me tell you....of all the times I went and waited in LONG lines for the Top Thrill Dragster...it would always shut down. I'd sit there for an hour watching them do dry runs and the thing would only make it to the top half the time. There was even one time I was all the way up the little gate things (finally) and then it started to get the least bit of wind and they shut it down. Better safe than sorry I guess but I'm still dying to ride it. Everyone that has rode it says its amazing though!

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Hey, I am like Adrian Monk when it comes to roller coasters. I don't get on those; and lately planes after a turbulent trip from CA to Florida.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      OMG, Never...I would get so sick, and I am to freaked out about a roller coaster. Great hub the subject is a good pick, thumbs up on this one...just don't invite me...lalalalala

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      8 years ago from USA

      Which are your favorite roller coaster rides? Share them here!

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