If your idea of a fun-filled day is one that`s filled with an adrenaline rush, skip the kiddie parks this season and move on to the amusement parks that feature thrill rides, where the pressure will knock you silly and where free-fall drops which will leave you either laughing or praying for your dear life.
This season, there are two thrill rides that are worth paying for: Hersheypark`s eleventh roller coaster called Fahrenheit (in Pennsylvania) which features the steepest roller coaster drop in the United States. Then there`s the reopening of the so-called fourth dimension ride formerly known as X, no X2, which you can find California`s Magic Mountain.
However, you don`t need to go to Pennsylvania or California to have your fill of thrills. The most thrilling of thrill rides can be found all over the world
You can find the Colossus in the United Kingdom, the Tower of Terror in Australia. On the home front, you will find the Kingda Ka in New Jersey at the Six Flags Great Adventure.
Some of the newest and best thrill rides come straight off the pages of Guinness Book records or newest list. The best rides among them include Germany`s G-Force and Massachusetts?Superman Ride of Steel. These rides are at the top of our list.
Other thrill rides that make for real fun this summer include the following rides:
Airtime ?Where you will feel a floating sense of weightlessness produced by negative G forces
Camel Back a series of hills at the end of a ride to give you more airtime
Boomerang or Cobra Roll – A dual inversion in which a car twists then goes up and back on one track
Barrel Roll or Corkscrew – A twisted inversion that looks a lot like a corkscrew
Such is the case of 61-year old Shaun Brashares in Marysville, Ohio. Annually he takes part in CoasterMania, a celebration at Cedar plank Reason for Sandusky, Ohio, where theme-park fans ride curler coasters from 6 a.m. until after night time. It`s no surprise that his wife, Angie, calls him a coaster-crazy. He`s actually part of the American Coaster Fanatics, and he抯 doing thrill rides for the last 56 years. At their wedding a few years ago, he even convinced his wife to get married inside an amusement park and to ride a coaster after in their tuxedo and wedding dress.
This summer time, with his extended family in tow, he’ll be on the highway looking at newer and more effective rides, including Banshee, a ride at Nobleman Island in Ohio, and Guardian, an interactive 4-D ride in Canada`s Wonderland.
The ride called Verruckt (literally razy?in German) is of particular interest, at 335 feet, it抯 the tallest drop tower in all of North America. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, riders of the Verruckt are held in the tower`s peak for a certain period of time before the seats are tilted 90 levels. They free-fall, face-first, at 60 miles per hour for around six seconds prior to the seats returning to upright position.