When you think of the world’s most famous amusement parks, the Disney franchise may come to mind. But this isn’t a list of the biggest or most famous amusement parks in the world. This is a list of the most daring amusement parks in the world! Hold on to your hat and check out some of the best places for thrill-seekers to cash in.
At Fuji-Q Highland in Japan, nestled at the base of majestic Mt. Fuji, things are anything but peaceful. It’s home to the world’s steepest rollercoaster with a 121 degree freefall, called the Takabisha, and the second ever fourth dimension roller coaster, the Eejanaika (which can rotate 360 degrees forward or backward). You can also visit the Haunted Hospital, the world’s second largest haunted attraction. Most of the park’s rollercoasters were, at the time of their construction, the world’s tallest, fastest or longest, however they’ve now been surpassed by newer models.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest steel rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of up to 149 mph – a full 20 mph faster than the next fastest coaster. It’s to be expected at a Ferrari-themed park, where speed is the order of the day. Feel the rush of an F1 race car accelerating in the 62 metre crystal tower known as G-Force and race your own Ferrari (in virtual reality, of course).
The Six Flags franchise in the United States has consistently produced some of the world’s top coasters, and with locations all over the US, thrill seekers can work a visit into most any vacation. Six Flags Jackson, NJ is home to the world’s tallest steel coaster (with the tallest drop) and the tallest wooden coaster drop (also the fastest wooden coaster), the El Toro – a regular recipient of awards for world’s best wooden rollercoaster. The New Jersey location also features an animal safari for those daring enough to get up close with the wild.
One place you won’t be able to visit on your ultimate thrill tour is Action Park in New Jersey. It has perhaps the worst reputation for poor safety that has been blamed on poorly designed and maintained attractions and inattentive employees. At least six deaths are known to have occurred as a result of mishaps at the park, and severe injuries made it notorious with local hospitals. Personal injury lawsuits resulted in the closure of the park in 1996.