16th August: Rollercoaster Day

[Brad Johnson | Vice President Communications & Media]

On a day like this, it fair to say you’ll be having a few ups and downs. There might even be a chance that Ronan Keating will pop along to tell you about his life.

But in all seriousness, Roller coaster Day is a chance to celebrate some of the best roller coasters in the world! It’s fair to say that there are some truly outstanding feats of engineering around the world that are designed purely to give theme park goers the thrill of a life time.

Afterburn

Our first trip is to Carowinds in the USA for the Afterburn. The Afterburn is a steel inverted roller coaster that opened in 1999. It cost just over $10 million to build, has six inversions and a top speed of 62 mph. This is true superstar amongst the global roller coasters.

The Boss

Heading next to Six Flags, St Louis. This theme park is home to ‘The Boss’, a terrain twisting wooden roller coaster. This is completely different to many roller coasters in the world as its made from wood instead of the normal steel. Even though it is made of wood, this coasters hits an impressive top speed of 66 mph.

Stratosphere Tower

The final coaster was based at the top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas. This roller coaster towered above the Las Vegas strip over 900 feet in the air. The coaster wrapped around the top of the Stratosphere tower and was only 264 metres long. Although the coaster only hit 30mph, its sheer height off the ground makes this one of the most insane coasters in history. The ride closed over ten years ago but there are still attractions on top of the tower to keep guests happy during their holidays.

Where ever you go, enjoy the thrill of roller coasters and take a moment to appreciate the engineering excellence that goes into providing guests with a good time.

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16th August: Rollercoaster Day