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Roller Coasters

If you have ever been to an amusement park, then you will know that roller coasters are one of those rides that can be both thrilling and terrifying! The excitement and adrenaline rush is something that thrill seekers come from many distances to experience. Roller coasters have come a long way since the 1600s when the first rides were ice slides in Russia. As modern technology improves, these rides keep getting bigger, faster, and taller. Almost every year another extreme coaster is created, which attracts people of all ages for a super thrill!

Did you know?

  • The oldest operating roller coaster built in 1902 is Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Roller coasters are made of either wood or steel. Steel coasters offer a smoother ride and more amazing designs with twists and loops
  • Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio holds the record for the most coasters in one park, with an impressive 17 roller coasters to choose from
  • Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is the tallest and fastest coaster in the world. It is 456 feet tall and reaches 128 miles per hour. This ride lasts less than a minute where riders feel weightless at the top before they whip straight down through a spiral
  • Safety always comes first when operating a roller coaster. Today computers can be programmed to run the thrill rides with few or no mistakes. Many amusement parks hire people to inspect each ride before they open

Rollercoaster Reads

Marvelous Machinery
Lepora, Nathan
A fun, easy exploration of how roller coasters and other rides work.
Roller Coaster
Frazee, Marla
Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before.
Bones and the Roller Coaster Mystery
Adler, David A.
Junior sleuth Jeffrey Bones and his grandfather enjoy a day at the amusement park until their tickets to ride the giant roller coaster mysteriously disappear.
Rip-roaring Roller Coasters and All Access to Fun
Join Jay, Elisha and Tyler on a huge adventure into fun. You'll brave some of the world's fastest roller coasters, learn how to fly on the circus trapeze, go backstage at a mega-rock concert, and even step into the ring with a real WCW wrestler.


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