Ten Fun & Interesting Facts About Roller Coasters

By Alice Stewart
Most modern roller coasters are made out of steel.

Roller coasters are at the heart of almost every theme park, providing an adrenaline rush for adults and children alike. The roller coaster database states that there are currently over 2500 roller coasters in the world. Discover some of the fastest, tallest, largest and longest roller coasters around, along with other fun and interesting roller coaster facts.

The Fastest

The fastest roller coaster in the world title goes to the newly opened Formula Rossa ride, at Abu Dhabi's Formula One theme park. The ride launches thrill seekers to a top speed of 149 miles per hour.

The Tallest

The Six Flags Great Adventure Park is home to the Kingda Ka roller coaster, which is currently the tallest in the world, reaching a whopping height of 465 feet.

The Longest

The longest roller coaster in the world can be found at Japan's Nagashima Spa Land. The steel dragon 2000 has a track that covers 8133 feet.

Highest Number of Inversions

The Colossus roller coaster in Thorpe Park, England, has an incredible 10 inversions.

The Oldest

The oldest recorded roller coaster was built in 1904, and now stands in Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania.

The Largest Amount

Cedar Point theme park has the highest number of roller coasters, with 17 different rides to choose from.

Fun Fact

In 2010, 102 roller coaster enthusiasts set a new world record at Adventure Island in Essex, for the most amount of people riding a roller coaster nude.

Longest Time on a Roller Coaster

Richard Rodriguez holds the world record for the longest time spent on a roller coaster, a total of 401 hours.

Roller Coaster Science

Most conventional roller coasters do not have engines, instead they work by converting potential energy into kinetic energy.

The First Steel Roller Coaster

In 1959, the first ever tubular steel roller coaster was created. The Matterhorn bobsled roller coaster was built for Disneyland, in Anaheim, California.

About the Author

Alice Stewart is an experienced freelance writer who has specialized in creating unique and informative Web content since 2005. Her previous clients include the Times Online, Wizz Air, Cyprus Air, BMI, Highland Experience and Scottish Tours. Stewart studied English language and law at Oxford F.E. College and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in performing arts in 2007.