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Top roller coasters in the world

Also known as the 'Russian mountains', the first roller coaster in the world was found in France sometime in the 1800s. Today, it is a common ride in nearly every theme park. The best roller coasters of the world are ranked according to size (length and height), speed, inversion (track on the ride that puts riders in upside down position) and steepness.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey first opened to the public on 21 May 2005. It holds the record as the world's tallest steel roller coaster. It is 139 m in height and 950m in length.

In addition to this honour, it is also the world's second fastest ride with a speed of 128mph or 206 km/h. King Da has also the world's longest steel roller coaster drops at 127m or 418ft.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

When it comes to wooden roller coasters, the Colossos in Heide Park, Germany is the tallest with a height of 197ft or 60m. It first opened to the public in 2009.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

When it comes to wooden roller coasters, the Colossos in Heide Park, Germany is the tallest with a height of 197ft or 60m. It first opened to the public in 2009.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Goliath at Six Flags America in Gurnee, Illinois earns the reputation as the longest wooden roller coaster with a drop length of 180ft or 55m. Its fastest speed is recorded at 72m per hour or 116km/h.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Of course, the majority of thrill seekers go on a roller coaster for the speed. If you are looking for the most exciting ride of your life, hop on the Formula Rossa located in the United Arab Emirates. Its top speed is 149mph or 240 km/h making it the fastest steel roller coaster in the world. It first opened in November 2010.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Japan is host to the world's longest steel roller coaster, the Steel Dragon 2000 located in Nagashima Spa Land. Its length is 8133ft or 2479m.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Japan is host to the world's longest steel roller coaster, the Steel Dragon 2000 located in Nagashima Spa Land. Its length is 8133ft or 2479m.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

Meanwhile, the world's longest wooden roller coaster title is awarded to The Beast on Kings Island, Mason, Ohio spanning 7359ft or 2243m in length.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

The steepness of the roller coaster is also a determining factor to qualify as one of the world's best rides. Takabisha in Fuji-Q Highland has a maximum vertical angle of 121° whilst Goliath wooden roller coaster is at 85°.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

When it comes to inversions, the GateKeeper in Cedar Point holds the record for the dive drop from a height of 170 ft or 52m. Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain has the tallest vertical loops at 160ft or 49m.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

The Smiler in Alton Towers, United Kingdom has the most inversions, 14 in toal. Outlan Run on the other hand, in Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri is the wooden roller coaster with the most inversions, 3 all in all.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

The Smiler in Alton Towers, United Kingdom has the most inversions, 14 in toal. Outlan Run on the other hand, in Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri is the wooden roller coaster with the most inversions, 3 all in all.

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Best Roller Coasters in the World

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