Happy National Roller Coaster Day
On August 16th we celebrate the roller coaster. You usually either love them or hate them, tell us below what you think and if you have a favorite!
Some Rollercoaster Trivia for You
- In 1884, LaMarcus Adna Thompson invented the Switchback Gravity Railway, a patented coaster that visitors to Brooklyn’s Coney Island could ride for just five cents. The cars on this rollercoaster faced sideways so riders had a view and went six miles an hour.
- In 1884, Phillip Hinkle patented the suspenseful powered chain lift to pull the cars up that first incline before letting gravity pull the coaster down the rails.
- As of 2021 the tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It goes 465 feet straight toward the sky and then descends rapidly straight down going from zero to 128 miles per hour in only 3.5 seconds in order to speed you up the rails 45 stories high at a 90-degree angle.
- Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World can help dislodge kidney stones, at least two-thirds of the time according to according to a 2016 study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
- The fastest roller coaster is Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This roller coaster goes from zero to 149 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
- The longest roller coaster is Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Japan at 1.5 miles long. It will take you four minutes to ride this roller coaster!
- Leap-The-Dips in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a wooden rollercoaster was built in 1902, and, 117 years later is still in operation. It goes ten miles an hour and doesn’t have seatbelts, lapbars or headrests.
- Ron Toomer, an American engineer credited with pioneering steel rollercoasters could barely ride roller coasters due to motion sickness.
- The Smiler at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, UK has the most loops. It has 14 loops.
- The smallest coaster in the world is the Dvergbanen at Tusenfryd near Oslo, in Norway. It has a height of just 2.5 metres and runs 26 metres in length.