Wheee! It's National Roller Coaster Day!

See the girl holding on to her seat for dear life, yet still smiling? Yeah, that’s me! And my very handsome support system to the left. He loves roller coasters, however, I can be a little bit (okay, a lot) of a scaredy cat. But to face a fear, I added “riding a big roller coaster” to my list of things to complete before I turned 24. And off we went to Six Flags New England! I have to admit that I was terrified getting on that ride, but the adrenaline pumping through me afterwards is still indescribable. So in honor of National Roller Coaster Day, which happens to be today, let’s look into some history and fun facts about roller coasters.

First Ever Roller Coaster

The very first roller coaster to ever exist has been up for debate between countries, dates, and years, like many things. But the first two roller coasters that were built to run on one continuous circuit were created in France in 1817.  One of them was called Les Montage Russes (“The Russian Mountain”) and was built in Belleville, France. The other, called Promades Aeriennes, was built in Paris.

Fastest Roller Coaster

You’ll find the world’s fastest roller coaster in Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. It’s called the Formula Rossa and goes up to 149 mph. As speedy as that may be, I don’t think I have any interest in riding something that carries me that quickly.

Longest Roller Coaster

If you’re heading to Japan for a vacation, you can check out the Dragon 2000 in Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan.

Tallest Roller Coaster

Kingda ka, a name that if you’re not from the tri-state New York area may sound strange, but for those of us from around here, you’ve probably heard the name many times while listening to the radio or watching TV. Formerly, one of the fastest roller coasters, but still reigns in as the tallest at 456 feet high at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

Steepest Roller Coaster

Or should we say coasters? Because there’s a tie for the steepest. One of the coasters, located at Warner Brothers Movie World in Queensland, Australia, is known as the “El Loco” version. This coaster’s steepest incline is between 120 and 122 degrees. It’s competitor for the steepest coaster is the Takabisha, which is located in Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. This roller ride’s incline comes in around 121 degrees.  I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty terrifying if you ask me!

Hoopie, what do you think of roller coasters? When you soar through the skies does that feel like a roller coaster to you?

Dear Amanda, I love roller coasters!  Of course I have no fear of heights, flying, or falling!  And yes, when I soar through the skies it can feel like a roller coaster ride. Thanks for your roller coaster history lesson, it was very interesting.  Now I want to go on one!  Wheeee!  Love, Hoopie

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