Ferrari World Roller Coaster Top Speed
Amusement parks are trying to build the fastest and craziest rides of roller coasters in a variety of designs so as to attract people and boost overall park popularity. For all those who are fans of roller coasters, this is going to be a very interesting to-do list, presenting the tallest, longest and more important... the fastest rides all over the world. So be ready to get thrilled !
Ferrari World Roller Coaster Top Speed
Photo : BEN SCHUMIN ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSIntimidator 305, located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, is the tallest and fastest steel roller coaster in East Coast of United States. It has a height of 305 feet and it reaches 90 mph (145 kilometers per hour) at maximum speed. This roller coaster was opened on 2nd April 2010 and was named after late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt whose nickname on track was Intimidator. The ride duration of Intimidator 305 is 3 minutes, with four hills and eight turns in total.
Photo : COASTERMAN1234 ON ENGLISH WIKIPEDIAMillennium Force located at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio is the ninth fastest roller coaster of the world with a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h) and a height of 310 feet. It was opened in 2000. This 6595 feet long track has three trains with nine passenger cars, meaning that the ride is also the third-longest roller coaster in North America, and the total ride duration is 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Photo : ALPSDAKE ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSSteel Dragon 2000 is placed at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture. It was opened in 2000 and since then it remains the world's longest roller coaster. It is also the seventh tallest steel roller coaster in the world, being 318.3 ft (97.0 m) tall and the second fastest in Japan. During the first drop, the roller coaster can achieve a maximum speed of 95 miles per hour. The ride duration is 4 minutes in total. Interesting fact: Steel Dragon 2000 contains more steals than any other roller coasters for earthquake protection.
Photo : PILTLINE02 ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSRing Racer is a formula-one themed roller coaster located at the Nurburgring motorsports complex in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. It is the seventh fastest roller coaster in the world - as it can reach 99.4 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds (160 kilometers per hour) - and is 123 feet tall. The total ride duration is 1 minute and 25 seconds. Ring racer didn't last long as after its opening in 2013, the authorities announced the termination of the project in 2014.
Photo : JORDAN MESSENGER ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSTower of Terror II placed at Dreamworld theme park is the fastest roller coaster in Australia relaunched in September 2010, 13 years after the original Tower of Terror opened. The steel track accelerates to a maximum speed of to 100 mph (161 km/h) within seconds. It cost $16 million to be constructed with a height of 377 feet. A ride with Tower of Terror II lasts 28 seconds.
Superman: Escape from Krypton is located at six flags magic mountain park in Valencia of California. Even though it was opened in 1997, the roller coaster can achieve a maximum speed of 100 mph (161 kilometers per hour) in just 7 seconds.The steel track is approximately 1,235 feet (376 m) in length and the height of the tower is approximately 415 feet (126 m). Taking a ride with Superman: Escape from Krypton will last 56 seconds.
Photo : NIKM ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSDodonpa, located at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida is the fastest roller coaster in Japan :it accelerates to the speed of 107 mph in 1.8 seconds. The ride will last just 55 seconds to cross the track's total length of 1189 meters and peaks at a maximum height of 49 metres (161 ft). It was opened in the year 2001 when it broke two records: fastest roller coaster in the world and with the fastest acceleration in the world.
Photo : DUSSO JANLADDE ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONSThe second location for the fastest roller coaster beaches belongs to Kingda Ka, located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It is the tallest roller coaster in the world - reaching 139 meters, followed by a drop of 127 meters, the second fastest roller in the world, and was the second strata coaster (over 400' tall) ever built. The Kingda Ka accelerates from 0 to 128 miles per hour (0 to 206 km / h) in 3.5 seconds. It covers a length of 3118 feet in just 28 seconds. Interesting fact: if you want to ride this one, you must be at at least 54 inches tall (137 cm).
Formula Rossa officially opened to the public on 4 November 2010. It is the fastest roller coaster in the world with a top speed of 150 mph in 5 seconds. This ride is located in Ferrari world of Abu Dhabi and covers its length of 2.2 kilometers in 1.32 minutes. The steel track have the theme of Italian track Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Formula Rossa also reaches 171 feet in height.
It is being advertised as "the world's most immersive mega-coaster". Guests are called to complete a mission to safely deliver a top-secret Ferrari spy car to a Ferrari Factory hidden deep in Maranello, Italy. This multisensory 5D roller coaster includes 5 high-speed LSM launches, backward inverted loops and the world's first sideways coaster drop. There are 9 riders per car, 541m of track and the mega-coaster hits a top speed of 72km/h.
As you can see from the POV embedded above majority of the roller coaster is set indoors apart from the short outside section which contains an inversion. You can also clearly see that some of the attraction is set in the dark and it is split into different sections which alternate between projections and then roller coaster and then back to projections and visual effects and then roller coaster again.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is also home to the world's fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa with a speed of 0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds. It also has Flying Aces which boasts the world's highest roller coaster loop.
My son's a huge Ferrari fan and I've been following open-wheel racing since I can remember. (My uncle once crewed for Mario Andretti, and my father used to work in timing and scoring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.) So you'd expect me to get excited about the marriage of racing and theme parks. Abu Dhabi's not exactly in my neighborhood, so I don't know that I'll ever visit, but I am beginning to follow the park's development. One item which caught my interest was the recent announcement that riders on the park's signature Formula Rossa roller coaster will be required to wear goggles.Ferrari World Director of Maintenance Wayne Meadows tries on the goggles. Image from the park's promotion video on Formula Rossa.Formula Rossa will be an Intamin launch coaster with a top speed over 140 miles per hour. While most of Ferrari World is located indoors, the park's roller coasters will travel outside the enclosure, into the sandy Arabian Peninsula desert. High speeds + blowing sand = need for goggles.I haven't been to the Middle East, but I have been on more than a couple roller coasters where goggles might have made the ride less painful on my eyes. Which gets me thinking: Should other theme parks require goggles on their outdoor roller coasters? And if so, how fast does a coaster have to go before goggles should be provided?Let's assume for the sake of this argument that the park can keep the goggles clean and clear. And that there'd be no additional charge for them. Vote below for the top speed over which you'd prefer to have goggles, or, if you don't think coasters should require goggles, select that option. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading Theme Park Insider!Tweet !function(d,s,id)var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s),p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id))js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle ).push();
I almost got hit in the face with someone's camera once and the guy next to me on Sheikra caught a pigeon halfway through the ride, so I figured a little eye protection isn't a bad thing. Jack CurleyMay 14, 2010 at 9:22 AM I don't think that riders should be required to wear goggles (Except in cases like Abu Dhabi). I like the goggles they have on this ride, though. They're not too bulky, and they look comfortable. A pair like that would be easy to carry around for people who feel they need protective eyewear. Meagan EvanoffMay 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM Here you go: a girl commenting on a main article on the blog! Let's do this. :)This made me think of the front seat on my fave roller coaster, Maverick at Cedar Point. You know what you get if you open your mouth to scream?Dead bugs on your teeth. EWW!I don't think it's the speed (70 mph), Millennium and TTD are way faster, so I can only think it's the zigzag motion and crazy turns that catches the bugs off-guard?Anyway, there are a couple other factors for your goggles poll (motion type, font seat or not).I don't wait in line for the front seat on Maverick, anymore, btw. :) Maybe I will for photo ops this summer but, uh, I'll keep my mouth shut. 188.8.131.52May 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM In the case of a 140 mph roller coaster-- yeeeeeeaaaaah, I think i'd require the goggles. I see WAY too many openings for frustrated/grumpy/lawsuit-happy guests to argue if goggles weren't required.I really want to visit that park. I don't know anything about nice cars generally... but I KNOW Ferraris are sexy and expensive (I only know because my old Barbie dolls drove a Ferrari). I'm imagining myself on that insanely fast coaster, sporting some nice "shades" (Goggles) and flashing a smile for the photo at the end. Robert NilesMay 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM It's no different, really, than being handed a pair of 3D glasses when you go see a movie. People are used to this, and I think it'd help ratchet up the excitement a bit in the station as you get ready to launch. ("Wow, this coaster's so fast they're giving me goggles!")Cleaning costs would provide the biggest reason why parks wouldn't do this. But when you're a Ferrari-branded theme park (especially in a location such as Abu Dhabi), you can't afford *not* to cover every detail. Pyra-Danny VMay 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM BTW... I submitted the "anonymous" comment about goggles SHOULD be required because of grumpy/lawsuit-happy guests Phillip FlorendoMay 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM Fabio would approve. 184.108.40.206May 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM I wouldn't mind being given the option to wear goggles, especially on some of the higher speed coasters. Don;t think it should be mandatory though. A few years ago I was on Rolling Thunder at SFGAdv and something flew into my eye and scratched my cornea. I actually had to have minor surgery to get a small piece of metal removed from my eye. Nick MarkhamMay 14, 2010 at 11:40 AM I have to say if people need to wear goggles they are not fit to ride a roller coaster. Period. I am sorry Robert, but I just think the idea is absurd. Bobby MillerMay 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM My way of thinking, you can get hit at any speed, 20 mph or 140 mph. The impact with said object would increase with velocity, making the damage worse.So how much damage would you get from being hit by a brick at 20 mph and getting hit by that same brick at 140 mph? Robert, your good with numbers. I say, let the rider beware, no goggles.Once while riding my motorcycle, I passed a flat bed semi-truck. A wheel threw up a rock and hit my full face shield and split it right in half. It was at about 55 mph and I hate to think of what would have happened to my face had I not had the shield on. I was lucky, I didn't even crash from the sudden impact itself. 220.127.116.11May 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM I am happy with a pair of my own shades. If goggles are required, then I have to take my shades off and put their scratched up, ugly buy eyes on. No Thanks. Optional goggles yes! Marc RickettsMay 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM It would be nice to have the option, but I think requirements should be rare. I just wish Cedar Fair parks wouldn't make me (sometimes)remove my glasses even when strapped to my head. Melissa DonahueMay 14, 2010 at 3:53 PM I have to say that I'm in favor of the "riders should never be required to wear goggles" option, but it probably makes good sense to wear them on high-speed coasters. My fastest coaster ride has been on Top Thrill Dragster, and during the majority of the ride, I'm either closing my eyes or squinting, anyway! I guess that's my natural reaction when shielding my contacts from dust and dirt.This is probably the "OCD" in me, but I shudder to think that I'd be required to wear goggles that have been worn countless times before. I know... I know... They are thoroughly cleansed and sterilized, but there's just something about it that grosses me out if I think about it too carefully. I wear the darn 3-D glasses, but I don't like it... Larry ZimmermanMay 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM All it takes is one bug in the eye, and you're spending the rest of your life with monocular vision. If you're in the front row, glasses or goggles should be mandatory! Anthony MurphyMay 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM If you need goggles to go on a roller coaster, that ride is going too fast! Mike GallagherMay 14, 2010 at 6:16 PM Marc Ricketts,That's a good point. I've been asked to remove my glasses (strapped on) a handful of times over the last several years. Once on FireHawk, once on Kingda Ka, and the others escape me right now. I refused to remove them, and the ops didn't push the issue. I work in a performing arts center. One of my managers is intimately familiar with the intricacies and enforcement of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA.)I wonder..and I'm speculating here, playing devil's advocate..if forcing a guest to remove his/her spectacles would be a violation of that act.As far as the question goes, I'm in the camp that says goggles should not be REQUIRED on any coaster, but because Ferrari is in the desert, the sand is a hazard. That may be a case where the goggles could be offered as an option. Tim WMay 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM They shouldnt be required but im sure there would be some people who would appreciate the googles and would use them. Wok CreativeMay 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM I also think that more than a requirement, optional would be good. I wear glasses, but my eyes still water from the wind on coasters, so I wear my sunglasses to prevent the eye watering. It even enhances Space Mountain and helps against the strobe with the picture taking at the end. Joshua CounsilMay 15, 2010 at 2:08 AM I answered that goggles should not be required. Why? =juFZh92MUOY Michael OwenMay 15, 2010 at 4:35 AM I've done quad biking and other such outdoor things in Dubai and trust me, at that speed you need something to protect your eyes from the sand. I'm not too sure how much of a problem it's going to be over in Abu Dhabi. I've visited the site of the new park and it's on a man made Island just off the coast which will most likely be covered in grass or something along those lines, reducing the impact of the sand when on the outdoor segment of the coaster. Doug KelleyMay 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM This is the same mentality that has kids wearing helmets while riding bikes and not being allowed to climb trees. We've gone a little nuts with safety and we're raising a bunch of pansies. Derek PotterMay 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM Even at 60 mph, someone could be hurt (See Fabio). We've had 60 mph coasters for about 75 years...haven't really had mass instances of eye injury. Sure there have been cases, but not enough to merit handing out more potential flying objects. Many people wear sunglasses on the rides now, and even those receive close scrutiny on the ultra high speed rides. In the case of a 140 mph ride in the middle of the desert and the blowing sand, I understand. Nobody wants sand in the eyes. Give them the goggles. If they don't want them, they sign a release. Most rides are in a pretty controlled environment though, and aren't in such climates that would require goggles. Personally, I always have a pair of sunglasses on when I ride to keep the wind out of my eyes. I've gotten some bug guts on them before while riding, but only in rare occasions. Shane MillerMay 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM I think if a human being ever has to wear an additional item to ride a roller coaster, then that roller coaster should be one HELL of a roller coaster. 18.104.22.168May 16, 2010 at 1:15 PM well the fastest ride i have been on is Top Thrill Dragster (one hell of a ride btw) and its "offical" speed is 120 in 4 seconds. But Caranddriver actually hooked their car testing equitment on the Dragster and they clocked it at 0-120 in 2.8 seconds, and actually a top speed of 124 point something..(60 in 1.2 seconds) and i have never felt the need for eye wear on the Dragster. but maybe if we are getting to 140+ mph then there might be a need. Eric FisherMay 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM Having had an idiot hit me in the face with a cookie on Big Thunder Mountain at Disney World a few years back...I think safety goggles are a great idea. 22.214.171.124May 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM at 140mph, i would wear the goggles, especially if there's a sand storm outside, LOL 126.96.36.199May 18, 2010 at 1:52 AM All I can say is that as a current cast member, and motorcycle enthusiast, I have been wondering why it is not already a policy that is in place. Granted when you are Rockin the Roller Coaster with AeroSmith, or being banged around in the darkness of Space Mountain, you are indoors, but who is to say that some object may not come off the little girls head in front of you? Hair pins and other "ornaments" can easily become projectiles and at even 60 mph they can do severe damage to an unprotected eye. When riding a motorcycle here in Florida, you don't have to wear a helmet, and of course their is no seat belt law that speaks to bikers, however it is MANDATORY that you wear eye protection. So one day I experimented and staying on the back roads in my neighborhood I wanted to see what speed I would reach before I felt I was endangering my vision. That speed was 45 mph when a small bug caught me. Mind you at that speed I was already having to squint just because of the wind, but it seems an easy, cheap, measure of protection for theme parks to provide eye protection for their riders. 188.8.131.52May 18, 2010 at 9:24 AM Hmmm I never thought about wearing goggles I guess it could be needed in some situations as you had mentioned. This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.