Hottest Amusement Park Attractions 2014

Get the inside scoop on the hottest new attractions to hit amusement parks around the globe, courtesy of roller-coaster reviewer and coaster enthusiast Robb Alvey.

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Thunder Dolphin, roller coaster, Tokyo, Japan
Thunder Dolphin

Thunder Dolphin

Not only does this coaster — located at Tokyo Dome City — have a wacky name, but it features some very bizarre elements, including an interesting “thread the needle” move at the top of a building and a pass through the center of a giant Ferris wheel. The coaster tours the shopping mall area and then twists and dives around the midway before heading back to the station. 960 1280

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The Bullet

The Bullet

The Bullet at Selva Magica in Guadalajara, Mexico, is a shuttle loop folded in half to take up less space. This bizarre ride starts with a backward launch and hits speeds of over 50 mph, reaching the strongest G-forces in any vertical loop. There is almost no straight track in the entire ride — in fact, even the station is twisted! This coaster has traveled the world, having been in Germany, Austria, England and Florida, and has now found permanent residency in Mexico.  960 1280

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Gravity Max (The Tilt Coaster)

Gravity Max (The Tilt Coaster)

One of the wackiest roller coasters is located at Lihpao Land in Taiwan. The Gravity Max, also known as the Tilt Coaster, is the world’s first coaster to feature a true 90-degree drop and the world’s only tilt coaster. 960 1280

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Hundeprutterutchebane

Hundeprutterutchebane

When it comes to purely wacky coasters, this ride at Denmark's BonBon Land makes the top of the list. In English, Hundeprutterutchebane means “the dog fart coaster.” BonBon Land is a kid-friendly amusement park filled with fun, humorous rides. 960 1280

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Great Wall of China Toboggan Ride

Great Wall of China Toboggan Ride

Do you want to see the Great Wall by roller coaster? Well, you most certainly can! Ride enthusiasts can travel about an hour north of Beijing to Badaling, where they can board a (relatively slow) roller coaster that takes them to the top of the Great Wall. After visitors are done sightseeing, they can take another ride back down. This is the best way to see one of the great wonders of the world! 960 1280

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Driving Coaster: Vanish

Driving Coaster: Vanish

Located at Cosmoworld in Yokohama, Japan, Diving Coaster does just as its name implies. This coaster creates a splash as it dives underwater through a man-made lagoon. It's both visually awesome, and quite the fun ride! 960 1280

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Ultra Twister

Ultra Twister

This bizarre ride was all the rage in Japan in the 1980s through 1990s. There was a similar coaster at the Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, but it was moved to the Six Flags' Astroworld in Houston. This unique "pipeline" coaster shuttles riders back and forth. It also features a near 90-degree drop and a series of "heart line twists." This one pictured is at Nagashima Spaland about 45 minutes from Nagoya by train. 960 1280

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Tranan

Tranan

Tranan is a one-of-a-kind "free fly" coaster located at Skara Sommerland in Sweden. It’s billed as family friendly, but it’s also a strange, thrill ride. The seats are aligned on the outside of the vehicle, providing riders with a 360-degree, swinging experience throughout the ride. 960 1280

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Euro Mir

Euro Mir

Euro Mir is by far one of my favorite wacky rides, and it's also completely awesome! The coaster, located at Europa Park in Rust, Germany, is a mix of a Russian-inspired techno dance party, a weird mirrored-tower structure and all on a turning roller coaster. There isn't really any way to fully describe it other than to ride it yourself. 960 1280

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Dauling Dragons

Dauling Dragons

Dauling Dragon in China is a wooden roller coaster with coasters on duel tracks racing simultaneously up a 90-degree incline. At the top of the incline where the coasters meet, it appears to look like riders in the train are close enough to reach over for a “high-5.” 960 1280

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Maximum RPM

Maximum RPM

Myrtle Beach’s Hard Rock Park is closed, but it had one of the wackiest coasters. Maximum RPM was the only ride in the world to feature a Ferris-wheel-lift design. Is it unique and wacky? Oh, yeah! The ride was a lot of fun, and it was an efficient way for the park to save space. The coaster is still standing at the closed park, but hopefully it will find a new home someday. 960 1280

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Olympia Looping

Olympia Looping

This is quite possibly one of the most majestic looking roller coasters ever. Olympia Looping is a 5-loop steel roller coaster -- the world's biggest, "portable" roller coaster. It travels the German fair circuit and is one of the stand-out attractions at Munich’s Oktoberfest. This roller coaster is not to be missed. 960 1280

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The Smiler

The Smiler

Alton Towers may take the prize for some of the wackiest build-up to a roller coaster debut ever. Park marketers shaved Smiler coaster logos into sheep and sold a mouth guard that could give you an instant, forced smile. So what's all the hype for? The world's only 14-loop roller coaster! It's a crazy concept, but you will be smiling at end your ride. 960 1280

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Outer Space Flying Car

Outer Space Flying Car

Yes, Outer Space Flying Car is the Chinese translation of this roller coaster’s real name! Located in Fisherman's Warf outside of Shanghai, this coaster features some bizarre and wacky roller coaster elements, including a vertical lift hill inside a metal tube and drop into a 360-degree—all at an insane coaster speed. The ride is so rough and brutal that the park requires riders to wear headgear. 960 1280

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Insane

Insane

Just as the ride's name suggests, this coaster’s design is insane. Located at Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, Insane’s track is in the middle and seats on the side that freely spin and rotate based on the weight distribution of the riders. Prepare to spin out of control if the car is unbalanced. 960 1280

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The Lost Coaster

The Lost Coaster

At Indiana Beach Amusement Resort in Monticello, IN, Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain will take riders on a strange wooden roller coaster journey they won't forget. The journey starts with a vertical lift up a hill system and enclosed in mine cars. Riders travel through the mountain making sharp turns and other off-track attractions including a bear. The park is located about 90 minutes from Indianapolis. 960 1280

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Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

This coaster at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa, is wacky and terrifying. Tower of Terror is built like an abandoned mine shaft. Riders plummet 164 feet down at a 90-degree angle. 960 1280

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Takabisha

Takabisha

Talk about strange and wacky -- just look at the angle of the decent on this roller coaster at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland! At 121-degree angle, this coasted is touted as the world's steepest coaster. 960 1280

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Wacky Worm

Wacky Worm

You just simply cannot talk about wacky coasters without mentioning the king of all of them, the Wacky Worm. This is one of the most popular family-friendly roller coasters found around the world. At the amusement park, the Wacky Worm is a great “starter” roller coaster for young riders. 960 1280

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Alpine Coaster

Alpine Coaster

Do you want to ride a roller coaster in the cold and snow? In Park City, UT, you can race along with skiers as you descend the side of Wasatch Mountain at Park City Mountain Resort. You’ll feel as though you’re flying on this toboggan-style coaster with 4,000 feet of curves, bends and loops. 960 1280

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Veil of Dark

Veil of Dark

Located at Tokyo Joypolis in Japan, the Veil of Dark is an interactive video game and indoor roller coaster. Part of the ride allows passengers to shoot at screens in front of them, and then suddenly, they are launched into an indoor, looping roller coaster. It's a strange but very fun ride! 960 1280

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Ednör L'Attaque rollercoaster at Six Flags La Ronde
Ednör L'Attaque rollercoaster at Six Flags La Ronde

Ednör L'Attaque rollercoaster at Six Flags La Ronde

Ednör L'Attaque located at Six Flags La Ronde in Montreal makes its way up the lift hill. The inverted steel rollercoaster has an initial drop of 91 feet! 960 1280

  

Raptor rollercoaster at Cedar Point in Ohio

Raptor rollercoaster at Cedar Point in Ohio

Raptor located at Cedar Point in Sandusky OH is a floorless rollercoaster. The Raptor opened in 1994 and back then it was the first of its kind: the tallest fastest and longest inverted coaster in the world. 960 1280

  

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia CA holds true to its name. A steel hyper rollercoaster Goliath stands at 235 feet tall and has a 255-foot drop. 960 1280

  

Superman el Último at Six Flags Mexico

Superman el Último at Six Flags Mexico

Superman el Último located at Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City is the tallest fastest and longest rollercoaster in South America – boasting a 205-foot drop. 960 1280

  

White Cyclone at Nagashima Spa Land

White Cyclone at Nagashima Spa Land

At Nagashima Spa Land in Japan White Cyclone is the third longest wooden rollercoaster in the world and the longest outside of the US! 960 1280

  

Silver Star rollercoaster at Europa Park in Germany

Silver Star rollercoaster at Europa Park in Germany

Silver Star located at Europa-Park in Germany is a steel rollercoaster that sends its riders into hairpin turns with intense G-force speeds. 960 1280

  

Kumba at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay

Kumba at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay

Intense close up of Kumba at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay FL. Kumba features 7 inversions and was the first rollercoaster to send its riders into a vertical loop. 960 1280

  

Fahrenheit rollercoaster at Hersheypark

Fahrenheit rollercoaster at Hersheypark

Located at Hershey Park in Hershey PA Fahrenheit is a steel rollercoaster with 6 inversions and a 97-degree vertical drop! 960 1280

  

Gravity Max at Lihpao Land in Taiwan

Gravity Max at Lihpao Land in Taiwan

The first and only tilt coaster in the world -- Gravity Max at Lihpao Land in Taiwan -- tilts riders off the open-ended track and drops them straight down a 127-foot, 88-degree drop. This coaster races at 60 mph into an 88-foot-tall vertical loop at a heart-pounding 4.5 g-force. 960 1280

  

Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio

Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio

The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio is a hybrid coaster that combines the characteristics of a wooden coaster with modern steel tracks. Reaching speeds up to 70 mph, the coaster features a staggering 171-foot, 81-degree drop and it is the 1st coaster of its kind with an inverted barrel loop. 960 1280

  

Superman: La Atraccion de Acero at Parque Warner in Madrid

Superman: La Atraccion de Acero at Parque Warner in Madrid

Standing at 164 feet tall, the Superman: La Atraccion de Acero (Superman: The Attraction of Steel) at Madrid?s Parque Warner takes riders on an adrenaline-pumping, 60-second thrill ride that flips, twists and turns through 7 inversions at speeds reaching 60 mph. 960 1280

  

Mamba at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO

Mamba at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO

Located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO, Mamba is one of the world?s tallest, longest and fastest rollercoasters. For the coaster?s 1st drop, riders will plummet straight down a 205-foot drop at 75 mph with 4 g-forces. It will snake through a 540-degree helix and 4 consecutive camelbacks. 960 1280

  

La Avalancha at Xetulul in Guatemala

La Avalancha at Xetulul in Guatemala

La Avalancha, located at Xetulul in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, is the biggest rollercoaster in Central America. With 8 dizzying inversions, it is one of the only coasters in the world to feature a triple heartline roll. 960 1280

  

Insane Speed at Janfusun Fancyworld in Taiwan

Insane Speed at Janfusun Fancyworld in Taiwan

Known as the ?Crazy Coaster,? Insane Speed, at Janfusun Fancyworld, is the only floorless rollercoaster in Taiwan. This coaster twists, flips and turns riders through 4 inversions in 2 exhilarating minutes. 960 1280

  

Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA

Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA

Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA, has a 2nd drop higher than its 1st. Riders will experience an adrenaline-pumping, 228-foot drop at 85 mph and 4 g-forces. 960 1280

  

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO

The world?s steepest wooden rollercoaster -- Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO -- takes riders down a 162-foot, 81-degree drop. It is also the 2nd-fastest wooden coaster in the world, reaching speeds up to 68 mph. Outlaw Run is the 1st and only wooden coaster with a 720-degree double barrel roll. 960 1280

  

GateKeeper at Cedar Point

GateKeeper at Cedar Point

GateKeeper, located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, is the world?s longest, fastest and tallest winged roller coaster. This world-record breaking coaster has an adrenaline-pumping 164-foot drop, 6 dizzying inversions and reaches speeds up to 67 mph! 960 1280

  

Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land

Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land

One of 4 giga coasters in the world, the Steel Dragon 2000 -- at Nagashima Spa Land in Japan -- is the world?s longest steel coaster at 8,133 feet. This non-inverting coaster hurls riders over a heart-stopping 30-story drop and 6 camelbacks. 960 1280

  

Coaster Express at Parque Warner

Coaster Express at Parque Warner

Located at Madrid?s Parque Warner, Coaster Express is the longest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Reaching speeds up to 59 mph, the 4,500-foot-long Wild West-themed coaster has a 12-story drop, 2 dizzying helixes and camelbacks! 960 1280

  

Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa

Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa

Fast like a cheetah! Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa has 3, 60 mph launches. Thrill-seekers will experience a 13-story drop, followed by multiple s-line curves, helixes and a heartline roll. 960 1280

  

Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Full Throttle, located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, is the world?s tallest and fastest looping roller coaster. Three separate, adrenaline-pumping launches shoot riders 70 mph into a record-breaking 160-foot-tall loop -- forwards then backwards! 960 1280

  

Goliath at Six Flags La Ronde

Goliath at Six Flags La Ronde

Standing at 175 feet tall, Goliath at Six Flags La Ronde in Montreal takes riders on an exhilarating, 3-minute ride down a 171-foot, 70-degree drop at speeds up to 68 mph. 960 1280

  

MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast at Six Flags St. Louis

MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast at Six Flags St. Louis

In 3.8 seconds, MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, at Six Flags St. Louis, launches riders backwards at 70 mph into a 150-foot ?top hat? loop and up a 218-foot tower. This adrenalin-pumping ride returns back down and does it all over again. 960 1280

  

Wodan Timburcoaster at Europa-Park

Wodan Timburcoaster at Europa-Park

Located at Europa-Park, the Wodan Timburcoaster -- the park?s 1st wooden coaster -- stands 131 feet high and has a vertical acceleration of 3.5 G?s, reaching speeds more than 62 mph. 960 1280

  

The X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

The X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

The first drop of the X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, shoots riders face-first down a 215-foot drop and flips them head over heels through an 18-story raven turn on the world's first 4D roller coaster. 960 1280

  

The track of the Superman Escape ride in Australia

The track of the Superman Escape ride in Australia

The track for the Superman Escape ride at Warner Bros. Movie World in Queensland, Australia, literally launches riders with a gravity-defying liftoff, hurtling them from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds in a 90-degree vertical top hat maneuver. 960 1280

  

The X-Flight at Six Flags Great America

The X-Flight at Six Flags Great America

The X-Flight is a winged beast at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. It boasts 5 inversions with unique Air Force-themed elements. 960 1280

  

The iSpeed at Mirabilandia in Italy

The iSpeed at Mirabilandia in Italy

A massive inversion kicks off the thrills on the iSpeed at Mirabilandia outside of Venice, Italy. The initial launch measures 4Gs of force. 960 1280

  

Superman: Ride of Steel

Superman: Ride of Steel

Superman is known for leaping over tall buildings in a single bound, but taking a 20-foot drop on a mile-long rollercoaster? He could do it, and if you’ve got nerves of steel, you can, too. Brace yourself for Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD. 960 1280

  

Shambhala Roller Coaster

Shambhala Roller Coaster

When it comes to super coasters, Shambhala's stats are staggering: It stands at almost 250 feet tall and reaches over 80 miles per hour on its first descent. Located at PortAventura Park in Salou, Spain, it is the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in all of Europe. 960 1280

  

Formula Rossa Roller Coaster

Formula Rossa Roller Coaster

Of course, Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World would have the world's fastest coaster. Formula Rossa puts you in the cockpit of a Formula 1 race car and sends you on a 150-mile-per-hour, adrenaline-pumped ride at 4.8 Gs. 960 1280

  

Riders on a rollercoaster in Canada

Riders on a rollercoaster in Canada

Rollercoaster riders hang tight as they "drop" while riding Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland in Ontario. 960 1280

  

Colossus rollercoaster in Germany

Colossus rollercoaster in Germany

The Colossus coaster races by the destroyed Statue of Liberty at Heide Park in Soltau, Germany. 960 1280

  

Hersheypark rollercoaster Skyrush

Hersheypark rollercoaster Skyrush

Water fountains spray water as Skyrush's track looms above at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. 960 1280

  

Riders brace themselves on Dodonpa in Japan

Riders brace themselves on Dodonpa in Japan

A close-up shot of riders on Dodonpa at Fuji-Q Highland Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. 960 1280

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Busch Gardens rollecoaster the Griffon

Busch Gardens rollecoaster the Griffon

Close-up shot of the Griffon loading station at the lift hill and first drop at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Gforce hitting a turn at Holiday Park in Germany

Rollercoaster Gforce hitting a turn at Holiday Park in Germany

Expedition GeForce hitting a bank turn at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventures in New Jersey

Rollercoaster Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventures in New Jersey

Nitro zooms past the camera, which captures riders screaming with joy, at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. 960 1280

  

The track of rollercoaster Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan

The track of rollercoaster Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan

Takabisha's many inversions are overshadowed by Mount Fuji, at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Japan. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland

Rollercoaster Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland

A wide shot of the rollercoaster Behemoth on the backside of an airtime hill at Canada's Wonderland. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

Rollercoaster New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

New Texas Giant going over the banked turn above the Angus oil well at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Blue Fire at Europa Park in Germany

Rollercoaster Blue Fire at Europa Park in Germany

Blue Fire coming out of the brake run and hitting a drop at Europa Park in Rust, Germany. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Furius Baco at PortAventura Park

Rollercoaster Furius Baco at PortAventura Park

Furius Baco zooming toward the camera at PortAventura Park in Salou, Spain. 960 1280

  

The Titan rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas

The Titan rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas

The Titan at Six Flags Over Texas speeds down one of its steep drops. 960 1280

  

The Volcano rollercoaster at Kings Dominion in Virginia

The Volcano rollercoaster at Kings Dominion in Virginia

Volcano coaster at Kings Dominion in Virginia, goes roaring around the mountain after blasting out from its starting point. 960 1280

  

rollercoaster Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia

rollercoaster Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia

Intimidator 305, a relentless speedster, zooms up an incline at Kings Dominion in Virginia. 960 1280

  

The red rollercoaster track of the Maverick at Cedar Point in Ohio

The red rollercoaster track of the Maverick at Cedar Point in Ohio

The twists and turns of Maverick red-track coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Batwing at Six Flags America in Maryland

Rollercoaster Batwing at Six Flags America in Maryland

Batwing soars through the air in this banked hill at Six Flags America in Maryland. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point in Ohio

Rollercoaster Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point in Ohio

Magnum XL-200 cresting over the lift hill and about to go down its first drop at Cedar Point. 960 1280

  

Rollercoaster Katun at Mirabilandia in Ravenna, Italy

Rollercoaster Katun at Mirabilandia in Ravenna, Italy

Vertical loop of Katun at Mirabilandia in Ravenna, Italy. 960 1280

  

Tatsu Roller Coaster

Tatsu Roller Coaster

Sprout dragon wings and spiral through the air on Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Plummet 263 feet, fly at 62 miles per hour and cover over 3,000 miles of track. 960 1280