10 Most Extreme Rollercoasters in the World

Rollercoasters are the epitome of adrenaline-pumping fun, and nothing beats the thrill of conquering the world’s most extreme rollercoasters. In this riveting article, we’ll take you on a wild ride, exploring the scariest, fastest, and most jaw-dropping rollercoasters across the globe. From heart-stopping heights to bone-chilling inversions, these amusement park attractions are not for the faint-hearted. So, buckle up, hold on tight, and let’s dive into the exhilarating world of extreme rollercoasters!

10 – Wicked Twister – Cedar Point, Ohio

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‘Wicked Twister’ by Matt T.

Located at Cedar Point in Ohio, Wicked Twister is the world’s tallest and fasted inverted steel rollercoaster. It features 450° twists which rise vertically into the air, which is part of the thrill. That, as well as the fact that the ride constantly launches the riders both forwards and backwards. Not being able to see where you’re going on a ride like this has got to be one of the most thrilling experiences ever!

09 – The Coney Island Cyclone – New York

Coney Island Cyclone
Coney Island ‘cyclone’ by Maurice King

The Coney Island Cyclone was originally built in New York in 1927, and it has been maintained ever since. This wooden coaster has twists and turns aplenty – if you want a ride that gets your stomach churning, this is it!

08 – Intimidator 305 – Virginia

Intimidator 305
Intimidator 305 – ‘Intimidator 305 side track layout’ by David Fulmer

Virginia is home to the Intimidator 305, a red and yellow steel rollercoaster which has an impressive 5,000 feet of track.One of the most exciting aspects of this ride is its speed, which reaches 90 mph. Add that to its incredible height and it’s easy to see why this rollercoaster is so extreme.

07 – Bizarro – Massachusetts

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Bizarro – ‘Bizarro Little Hill, Six Flags, Springfield’ by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

This rollercoaster is named after the Superman‘s supervillain clone; it can be found at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts. Bizarro has won award after award for its extreme ride experience, 221 feet drop, hills and twists, and its mist-filled tunnels. Going on this ride really is like having an adventure with the real Bizarro!

06 – The Smiler

The Smiler
The Smiler – By TowersStreet [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Branded as ‘the world’s first 14 looping rollercoaster’, The Smiler is enough to put you in a spin. Its home is the Alton Towers theme park in England; it’s one of the newest rides on this list as it only opened in 2013. Riding The Smiler is an experience unlike no other, which will give you one of the most extreme thrills of your life!

05 – Takabisha – Japan

Takabisha – By Jeremy Thompson (3848Uploaded by themeparkgc) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Takabisha officially holds the title of the ‘steepest rollercoaster in the world’, with its drop that sends riders flying at an angle of 121°. Throw seven inversions into the equasion and this steel coaster is easily one of the most extreme rollercoasters in the world, let alone Japan where it is located.

04 – Nemesis

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Nemesis – Untitled by Jenny Brown

Nemesis is a steel inverted rollercoaster which can be found at England’s Alton Towers. This is by no means the fastest coaster on this list, but its track is very complex. It features corkscrews and loops to name just a couple of features – and that’s not even taking into account the roll which gives riders the feeling of weightlessness. Much of the thrill with this ride is in the fact that it dips below ground and features underground tunnels, which just adds to the excitement.

03 – Kingda Ka – New Jersey

Kingda Ka
‘Kingda Ka – tower closeup’ by Adam Ahmed

New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure theme park contains the world’s tallest rollercoaster, which also happens to be the world’s second fastest rollercoaster: Kingda Ka. Clearly, it thoroughly deserves its place on this list of most extreme rollercoasters in the world! The launch mechanism sends riders from being still to travelling at 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and at one point the track soars to more than 450 feet high. Riders experience an adrenaline-fuelled 5 Gs, so it’s certainly not a ride for the faint hearted.

02 – Dodonpa

Dodonpa – By Geomr [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
At its launch, Dodonpa broke several records in the rollercoaster world. To this day, this Japanese rollercoaster still remains unchallenged when it comes to acceleration: it begins by launching its riders from a standing start to 107 mph in under two seconds. However, it’s not just the acceleration which makes this ride so extreme. It contains almost 4,000 feet of track, which includes some steep drops and breathtaking hairpin curves.

01 – El Toro – New Jersey

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El Toro – By Paulm27 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
In general, steel rollercoasters tend to be preferred over their wooden counterparts. However, El Toro throws that idea straight out! It remains one of the steepest, highest, fastest and most extreme wooden rollercoasters in the world, with one of the biggest drops you’ll ever experience!

We’ve taken you on a whirlwind tour of the most extreme rollercoasters in the world, each providing an unparalleled adrenaline rush. From dizzying heights to mind-bending twists and turns, these incredible attractions are not for the faint of heart. So, next time you find yourself seeking an adrenaline fix at an amusement park, why not take on one of these monumental rollercoasters? Remember, life’s too short for boring rides – it’s time to embrace your inner adrenaline junkie and conquer these thrilling rollercoasters!


Q: Which rollercoaster is the tallest in the world?
A: Kingda Ka, located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA, is currently the world’s tallest rollercoaster.

Q: What is the fastest rollercoaster in the world?
A: Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is the fastest rollercoaster in the world. It is reaching speeds of up to 149 mph.

Q: Which rollercoaster has the most inversions?
A: The Smiler at Alton Towers in the UK currently holds the record for the most inversions on a rollercoaster. With a total of 14.

Q: Are there any safety concerns when riding extreme rollercoasters?
A: While accidents are rare, it’s essential to follow all safety guidelines provided by the amusement park and rollercoaster manufacturers. Listen to park staff, buckle up, and always stay seated during the ride.