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Most Thrilling and Expensive Roller Coasters Around The World

Most Thrilling and Expensive Roller Coasters Around The World

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a child before you understood the meaning of any word and opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful and free. This is the best way of summing up the childhood phase of life. Being a child was not just about learning things and lessons; it was the phase where one explored the adventures of life. Toys, chocolates, rides and above all those giant roller coaster rides meant the world. Keeping with our childhood, we still love to go back to some of the thrills like amusement parks and taking a ride on a roller coaster. In this article, we are listing some of the most expensive rollers coasters around the world for you to add to your adventure bucket list for unique experiences. 

Expensive Roller Coasters For Your Adventure Bucket List

The fun of going up and down in a single ride and shouting in the air without feeling embarrassed a bit is the best way you can sum up the joy you experience in a roller coaster. Does it not seem fascinating to you? But, have you ever imagined what does it take to build a roller coaster? Let us talk about the ten most expensive roller coasters in the world.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is also known as the Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a steel roller coaster built at Disney’s Animal Kingdom themes park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Regarded as the most expensive roller coaster in the world according to the Guinness World Record, Expedition Everest was the first ride for Disney to have its trains travel both backward and forward. Also, Expedition Everest is the ride that is themed around the Yeti protecting the Forbidden Mountain next to Mount Everest.

The trains make passenger travel forward as well as backward, which makes it one of the fascinating roller coasters rides in the world. Elevated at the height of 199.5 ft with a drop of 80 ft, it has the capacity of accommodating 2050 riders per hour. It is a ride that makes people scream and then say wow. There are 6 trains built of which 5 are in operation at one time with 6 cars each. Riders are arranged in pairs in 3 rows except for the last car which has only 2 rows for a total of 34 riders per train.

Cost: $100 Million for 6 years of planning and construction

Speed: 80km per hour

Location: Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Timings: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 | Saturday- 9:00 am to 7:00 pm | Sunday- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Height restriction: 44 inches or taller

Age: Kids, Teens, Adults

Adventure activities that should not be missed:

  • Climb the mountain. Without any warning, the train screeches to a halt. 
  • Beware the legend.
  • Let your rides last for a lifetime. Purchase memory maker to relive your memories later.

Steel Dragon

If you are an adrenaline seeker, then this is a must-visit roller coaster ride for you. The second most expensive roller coaster Steel Dragon 2000 is a steel roller coaster situated at one of the amusement parks pf Japan. Morgan Manufacturing built the famous roller coaster in the year 2000. In the year 2018, Steel Dragon was declared as the world’s longest roller coaster. The roller coaster was built in such a way that it required more steel than other roller coasters in the world for Earthquake protection. The ride includes two tunnels which make it a unique one. Steel Dragon roller coaster is elevated at the height of 318 ft with a length of 8133 ft. The total duration is of 4:00 minutes. It has multiple trains with 7 cars and riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train. 

Cost: $52 million

Speed: 153 km/h

Location: Nagashima Spa Land, Japan

Timings- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price range: Starting from 1600 yen

Height restriction: 4 ft 7 inches to 6 ft 1 inch

Adventure activities to be done:

  • The cherry blossoms under the Steel Dragon 2000 make it an adventurous one.
  • It throws you from a height of 97 meters, and you can see the sunset from the ride.

Thunder Dolphin

Located at Japan’s Tokyo Dome City amusement park, Thunder Dolphin is one of the tallest continuous circuit roller coasters in the world. The roller coaster is ranked 11th among all the roller coasters of the world. It can hold 1660 riders per hour. Thunder Dolphin is regarded as the tallest roller coaster as it is situated at a height of 260 ft with a drop of 217 ft. The duration of the ride is short enough and ranges for approximately 1:30 minutes only. The feature that makes it a fascinating spot is that the long course passes through both a hole in the LaQua building and also through the Big O, the world’s first centreless Ferris wheel. 

Cost: $37 million

Speed: 130 km/h

Location: Tokyo Dome City Amusement Park, Tokyo, Japan.

Timings: Open daily 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Price Range: 1030 yen per person

Height restriction: 4 ft 3 inches or taller

Adventure activities to be done:

  • You can gaze at the heart of the city named Sky Flower by sitting at the ride.
  • Also, you can experience the thrill of speeding between buildings.

The Smiler

When you get off The Smiler, you just might be seeing stars. The Smiler offers riders not only 14 loops but also different types of mind manipulations. The roller coaster is a blend of psychological as well as physical thrills that are sure to get you adrenaline gush and blood pump at an increased rate. It is an Infinity Coaster model with track layout Infinity Coater 1170. With a drop of 98.4 ft, the Smiler has 2 chain lift systems of which is one is vertical while the other is horizontal. The Smiler has 4 trains with 4 cars and can accommodate a total of 16 riders per train. The ride lasts for 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Cost: $18 million

Speed: 85 km/h

Location: The Alton Towers, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Timings: Closed temporarily. Will open on March 17

Price Range: Euro 33

Height restriction: 4 ft 7 inches or taller.

The Leviathan

Have you ever experienced an incredible thrill of riding on a smooth and fast roller coaster? Leviathan is one such roller coaster based on the Hyper Coaster model. As of 2017, the Leviathan was declared as the second tallest and fastest roller coaster. One cycle of the train lasts for about 3 minutes and 28 seconds. Leviathan reaches the height of 306 ft and then drops to the ground at an 80-degree angle. Following the first drop, the train goes through a 30-meter tunnel. It can hold 1650 riders per hour. 

Cost: $28 million

Speed: 148 kilometers per hour

Location: Medieval Faire Section, Ontario, Canada.

Timings: 10:00 am- 10:00 pm

Price: $39.99

Height Restriction: 4 ft 6 inches to 6 ft 8 inches

Kingda Ka

The world’s tallest roller coaster Kingda ka is one of the highest-rated roller coasters across the globe. Kingda Ka has another title of being the second strata coaster ever built. The layout and experience is similar to Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster (listed below). Located in a jungle-themed area, the roller coaster awaits a lot of adventure. It has four trains that are color-coded with a capacity of 1400 riders per hour. Kingda Ka’s music is by Safari Duo. It is among the top 50s of the top steel roller coasters that lasts for about 28 seconds only.

Cost: $25 million

Speed: 206 km/h

Location: Six Flags Great Adventure. New Jersey.

Timings: Open daily

Price: $62 per person

Height restriction: 54 inches or taller

Millennium Force 

The roller coaster that broke six world records at the very initial stages of its launch gives the best experience you can ever dream. The ride is the longest roller coaster in North America with a length of 6595 ft. Elevated at 310 ft, the trip lasts for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. The maximum vertical angle at which it bends is 80 degrees. Millennium Force out and backtrack layout and drop the riders at 300 ft from the top. 3 trains with 9 cars each with a capacity of 36 riders, can give a thrilling experience to 1300 passengers per hour. The feature that attracts thousands of people every year is that it runs parallel to the shoreline of Lake Erie. 

Cost: $25 million

Speed: 150 km/h

Location: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio.

Price: $72 per person

Height restriction: 48 inches to 78 inches

Top Thrill Dragster

Top Thrill Dragster is another roller coaster built at the Cedar Point amusement park and is ranked as one of the most expensive roller coasters in the world. The ride gives a fantastic experience with a Christmas tree of enthralling beauty situated to the left of the launch area. It is based on the Top Fuel drag racing motorsport. Soon after its debut, it secured four titles to its name including the world’s tallest completed circuit roller coaster, the world’s tallest roller coaster drops and others. With a height of 400 ft and length 2800 ft, it can hold 1000 riders per hour. 

Cost: $25 million

Speed: 190 km/h

Location: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio.

Price: $72 per person

Height restriction: 52 to 78 inches

The Intimidator

Launched in the year 2010, the Intimidator is another ride that must be experienced once in a lifetime. The Intimidator’s ride lasts for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Immediately in the year of its launch. It was ranked as the fourth topmost still roller coaster in the world. One thousand six hundred riders per hour can be accommodated in the three trains of the roller coaster. With a height of 232 ft, it throws the passengers at a drop of 211 ft.

Cost: $23 million

Speed: 121 km/h

Location: Celebration Plaza, Carowinds

Height restriction: 54 inches

The fun of roller coaster can be defined by the adrenaline rushing through your nerves. The above mentioned are few of the most expensive roller coasters in the world. You must visit them once in your entire lifetime.

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