The craziest rides in amusement parks
If you like the thrills, this article is made for you; otherwise, be careful, it could make you dizzy! Whether they break speed or height records, all the attractions we have selected have been built to put your limits to the test. Feet in the void, head upside down even the most reckless will have sweaty hands on board these rides: it is better not to forget to buckle up before the start! From the United States to Japan, France to Spain, Le Petit Futé offers you its selection of the craziest rides in amusement parks. And for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, rest assured, from below the show is just as impressive. Watch out for the start!
The Loch Ness monster from Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, United States
The Loch Ness monster invites himself to the United States at Busch Gardens amusement park in Williamsburg, Virginia. This amazing roller coaster is the only one in the world with two intertwined vertical loops: thrills guaranteed! His cars are propelled at a high speed, sometimes passing very close to the ground or through a dark tunnel. A fascinating ride, like the legend of Nessie
The Shambhala of Portaventura Park in Salou, Spain
The Shambala is the roller coaster of all records: with its 76 m height, 78 m of descent and more than 130 km/h of speed, we are about to take off from the seat at every turn or bump! The entire scenario of this attraction at Portaventura Park in Salou is based on Shambhala, a small town in Central Asia that holds the secret of eternal youth and happiness. One thing is for sure, Shambhala puts you in front of your greatest fears!
The Big Shot of the Las Vegas Stratosphere, United States
Although Las Vegas is better known for its casinos than for its rides, it looks like a gigantic adult amusement park. At the top of the Stratosphere Tower, 350 m high, there are four sensational attractions that overlook the famous Strip. The Big Shot simulating the takeoff of a space shuttle is impressive. The 4G acceleration over 50 m along the antenna will nail you to your seat!
The Takabisha of Fuji-Q Highland, Japan
Located in Japan, not far from Mount Fuji as its name suggests, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is known for its breathtaking roller coasters called Takabisha. Well installed in your seat, you will slide down the steepest slope in the world for a ride, at 121°! Over more than 1,000 m, the train alternates giant looping and falls at night at a speed of 100 km/h, at a height of 43 m. We come out of it shaken up!
La Tour de la Terreur de Disneyland Paris, France
When it comes to sensational attractions, France can count on its internationally renowned parks such as Disneyland Paris. Walt Disney Studios is home to the Tower of Terror, or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It should also be noted that this attraction is available in other Disney parks around the world, in the United States and in Japan. In an imaginary hotel, the Hollywood Tower Hotel, passengers are taken into an elevator before starting a free fall, faster than gravity. The feeling of weightlessness is unique!
The Zumanjaro: drop of doom from Six Flags Great Adventures in Jackson Township, USA
You have to have a good heart to get on board the Zumanjaro: drop of doom from Jackson's Six Flags Great Adventures. This attraction is a drop tower that rises to a height of 126 m. From the top, the view is splendid: passengers are given a few seconds to admire it before being propelled down in free fall. In less than 10 seconds, the speed reaches 150 km/h!
The Fury 325 of the Charlotte Carowinds, United States
Its height, speed and length make Fury 325 from Charlotte's Carowinds one of the most impressive roller coasters in the world! At a height of 99 m, its wagons run down the slopes at more than 150 km/h on a 2 km circuit. The first 81° descent nailed the passengers to their seats from the beginning, and we bet that even the most reckless will be out of breath at the end of the 3-minute lap!
Zeus Thunder from Parc Astérix, France
The main attraction of the Asterix Park of Plailly, in the Oise region, is undoubtedly "Le Tonnerre de Zeus". In this beautiful wooden roller coaster, Zeus challenges you to descend Olympus at over 80 km/h, in a deafening thunderous noise. The vertiginous 30 m high fall to reach the mainland is punctuated by bends, spirals and many climbs and descents
The Formula Rossa from Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World Park is a temple dedicated to the famous car brand located not far from Abu Dhabi. Among its main attractions, the Formula Rossa is a great success. It is the fastest ride in the world. Passengers board a vehicle with a 20,800 horsepower engine that, from the first straight line, reaches 240 km/h! In the first row, passengers wear safety glasses as the speed is impressive
The Booster Loop of the Aquaparc du Bouveret, Switzerland
Who said slides were for kids only? This one will impress the greatest! The Booster Loop is the largest slide in Switzerland. Once you get in the cabin, you will no longer be in control of anything: it is the attraction that will choose when to give the best start! And at that very moment, you will take an acceleration of more than 80 km/h for 8 seconds before leaving, a little shaken!