Orlando is packed full of excitement for theme park lovers, but this option for my coaster list is still a surprising one. When I say Sea World, you probably think seals, dolphins, and most likely of all, Shamu, the loveable killer whale. But did you know Sea World now includes a thrilling coaster too? They call it the Kracken, named after a mythical sea monster that was able to strike a boat and then feast on its sailors. The theme fits well with this roaring, stomach-flipping, longest, fastest coaster in Orlando. The Kracken has a very unique floorless design in which the riders sit on what can only be described as a base with nothing but the sky above, beside, and sometimes below you.
The Entertainment Industry Comes in Fourth
Universal Studios wants to alter the fact that many of us think of Disney when we think of Orlando. Aside from the studio itself, which offers rides and exciting excursions, Universal also offers Islands of Adventure. This park is all the excitement and visual impact of the amusement industry plus all the action-packed thrills of any great amusement park. The most exciting rollercoaster has to be The Incredible Hulk. The ride goes from 0 to 40 immediately and reaches higher speeds through seven complete inversions. Throughout the ride, the Hulk’s roar fills your ears.
The Exotic Third
I enjoy the legendary themes behind those coasters. Apparently Apollo’s Chariot consistently makes top ten lists for steel coasters as it continues to live up to its name. Then there is the Griffon named after a mythical bird – part lion, part eagle. There is a 70 mile per hour fall with this one, and it is at a 90-degree angle. I don’t think you are going to be considering lions or eagles by that point in the ride. Continuing their fictional creature streak, they have a coaster called the Big Bad Wolf as well as The Loch Ness Monster. This one flings you 13 stories in the air and 114 feet back down, begging the question, Who is the phony now?
Six Flags – two of it’s Best Versions – Tie for Second
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, is second in the world for the most coasters in 1 spot, and that’s why it makes this record for the best theme parks in the nation for high thrills. The theme here is “Extreme,” exemplified in their newest ride, X2. Apart from that, they have the Riddler, that’s the world’s tallest, fastest stand up roller coaster and Tatsu, which is the longest, fastest, and tallest flying coaster. This means you ride in a supine position as though in actual flight. De Ja Vu is another unique coaster at this park. It takes you forwards and then backwards! Hey, I believe I have been flung from this height before …”
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, technically has fewer coasters than its California counterpart, but this park has an unbelievable record breaker. Here you’ll discover the world record for the tallest, fastest roller coaster, which is also the one with the tallest drop. Besides that, this park as 9 other roller coasters rated as maximum thrill and one of the latest movie-themed coasters in the country. Based on the hottest Batman installment, The Dark Knight is an enclosed coaster which will force you to rethink your reply to the question, Are you afraid of the dark?
The Winner Hands Down
I don’t believe you can call yourself a coaster lover if you have not been to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This park has the most roller coasters of any in the world. They include the Corkscrew, which according to Cedar Point was “the first scream machine to span a midway.” This means that you have the thrill twice, once while riding the coaster and again while standing underneath it while others do. Cedar Point also has its own dueling coaster, as well as Raptor, an inverted coaster with six full up-and-overs. And that’s just three of the sixteen coasters in this park ranked as high or aggressive thrill. Cedar Point made itself number one. Just call me the messenger.