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Top 10 Longest Roller Coasters in the World

Monday, August 15th 2011. | Longest

Roller coasters are known for their speed and height, but what about their length? It’s somewhat ironic that coaster lovers will often stand for hours in line (not to mention travel great distances) just to spend a minute or two (if that) screaming like ninnies aboard thrill machines. Sometimes, dazed riders will depart a roller coaster wondering what just happened. But a select few coasters reward the anticipation with extra-long rides. Here with are the world’s ten largest roller coasters.

 

 10. Vertigorama – 5958 Feet

vertigorama

vertigorama

Location : Parque de la Ciudad, Buenos Aires, Argentina

One of the oddest entries on the list of the world’s ten longest coasters, Vertigorama is really two coasters. With two separate tracks, each spanning 5958 feet, the ride actually boasts a total length of nearly 11,800 feet. That’s a lot of track! It is unranked, however, because the ride is standing, but not currently operating. Even odder: Although Vertigorama was built in 1983 and appears to have been completed, it has never opened. To make matters even stranger, none of the coasters at Parque de la Ciudad are operating, although the city-owned park’s smaller rides are open.

 

9. California Screamin’ – 6072 Feet

california screamin roller oaster

california screamin roller oaster

Location : Disney California Adventure, Anaheim, California, US

Duration : 2:36

Disney isn’t typically known for record-holding coasters, but California Screamin’, all 1.15 miles of it, is quite a long coaster. And although it looks like an old woodie (befitting its location in the retro Paradise Pier section of the park), it’s actually a souped-up, magnetically launched coaster that goes from 0 to 55 mph in 4 seconds and includes a dramatic loop high above the faux vintage boardwalk and midway.

 

8. Voyage – 6442 Feet

voyage

voyage

Location : Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana, US

Duration : 2:45

Often voted at or near the top of fans’ favorite wooden coaster lists, The Voyage holds the record for the most air time (24.2 seconds) of any wood coaster. It also features a number of underground tunnels and reaches an impressive height of 163 feet and speed of 67.4 mph (making it one of the world’s tallest and fastest wood coasters).

 

7. Formula Rossa – 6562 Feet

Formula Rossa

Formula Rossa

Location : At Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates

Befitting its race-car theme, Formula Rossa accelerates from 0 to 100 km (62 miles) in 2 seconds. More fittingly, it reaches a peak speed of 149 mph, which makes it the world’s fastest roller coaster. With all of that speed, Formula Rossa needs a lot of track to burn off its pent-up energy. It’s no surprise then that it is among the world’s longest coasters. Formula Rossa starts inside the indoor theme park, accelerates through the dome, travels outside the park, and returns to the loading station inside the building. The train’s cars look like flashy red Formula One Ferraris.

 

6. Millennium Force – 6595 Feet

millennium

millennium

Location : Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, US

Duration : 2:20

Impressive on many levels, Millennium Force reaches a staggering height and speed of 310 feet and 93 mph, respectively. Cedar Point’s ride is so intense that I experienced a brief moment of “grayout” at the bottom of the first drop when I rode the coaster. And it’s so fast, Millennium Force covers its 6595 feet of track in a mere 2:20.

 

5. Fujiyama – 6709 Feet

Fujiyama

Fujiyama

Location : Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi, Japan

Duration : 3:36

Like many thrill machines that make the cut for the world’s top-10 largest coasters, the massive Fujiyama is represented on other record-holder lists. The Japanese monster is also among the world’s tallest (259 feet) and fastest (80.8 mph) coasters. Fujiyama has an impressive running time of 3:36. That’s a long time to endure such intense thrills.

 

4. Son of Beast – 7032 Feet

Son of Beast

Son of Beast

Location : Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, (near Cincinnati), US

Duration : 2:20

The second-longest coaster in the US (outstripped only by its “dad,” The Beast), Son of Beast is notable for being the world’s fastest wooden coaster (78.4 mph) as well as the tallest (218 feet). It’s also notable for being extremely rough. Kings Island shut it down, possibly for good, in 2009. That’s why it’s currently unranked. When it first opened, Son of Beast included an inverted loop, which was made out of tubular steel track. The loop has since been removed.

3. The Beast – 7359 Feet

the beast roller coaster

the beast roller coaster

Location : Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, (near Cincinnati), US

Duration : 4:10

To keep the momentum going over the course of its long 7359-foot race through the Ohio woods, the legendary Beast has two lift hills. After the second lift hill, it drops 141 feet, which is a long way down for a woodie. At nearly 65 mph, it also is one of the world’s fastest wooden coasters–although The Beast is often heavily braked and may not reach its intended top speed.

 

2. Ultimate – 7442 Feet

ultimate roller coaster

ultimate roller coaster

Location : Lightwater Valley, Ripon, Yorkshire, UK

Duration : 5:36

Like The Beast, Ultimate also features two lift hills, and it spends a lot of time racing through grassy and wooded areas. At 5:36 minutes, it may hold the coaster record for the longest duration.

 

 1. Steel Dragon 2000 – 8133 Feet

Steel Dragon 2000

Steel Dragon 2000

Location : Nagashima Spa Land, Nagashima, Japan

Duration: 4:00

Steel Dragon 2000 is the longest roller coaster in the world to break the 8000-foot threshold. It is noted for other world-class specifications as well. Particularly one that rises a staggering 318 feet and reaches a mind-numbing speed of 95 mph (the most for any non-launched coaster).

 

 


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