World's Coolest Roller Coasters

Buckle up and let the fun begin! Roller-coaster reviewer and coaster enthusiast Robb Alvey reveals his favorite roller coasters around the world. Find out why you should ride them, too.

See more of Robb's favorite picks in Travel's Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015 and Crazy Roller Coasters.

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Goliath
Goliath (Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL)

Goliath (Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL)

Following up Silver Dollar City's opening of Outlaw Run in 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction is building yet another world record-breaking, wooden roller coaster for Six Flags Great America. Goliath will be the world’s fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster, plunging 180 feet at 85 degrees and traveling at 72 mph. 960 1280

Six Flags Great America  

Banshee (Kings Island - Mason, OH)

Banshee (Kings Island - Mason, OH)

At just over 4,124 feet long, Banshee will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. Riders will hit 7 inversions, where the track will turn adrenaline junkies upside-down and then right-side up. This ride will reach top speeds of 68 mph. 960 1280

Kings Island  

Helix (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Helix (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Right in the heart of Gothenburg, Sweden, Liseberg amusement park will open the multi-launched roller coaster Helix in 2014. Riders will travel more than 4,530 feet of track and 7 different inversions. Mack Rides developed this coaster and built Blue Fire, featured on Insane Coaster Wars Season 2. 960 1280

Liseberg  

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom - Orlando, FL)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom - Orlando, FL)

A new breed of family thrills opens at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2014. The masterminds behind this homage to the 1937 flick Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will offer a new element never before seen at any Disney park. The mine cars on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will swing and rock back and forth as the cars navigate the track to simulate being in a real mine shaft. 960 1280

Disney  

Kentucky Kingdom Reopening (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Kingdom Reopening (Louisville, KY)

After several attempts to revive Louisville's Kentucky Kingdom, Ed Hart, the former operator of the amusement park, and a group of investors will reopen Kentucky Kingdom in 2014. A $7 million steel roller coaster and expanded Hurricane Bay waterpark will be added to the remodeled tourist attraction. 960 1280

Kentucky Kingdom  

Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, FL)

Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, FL)

It might just be the most terrifying drop tower ever created! Falcon’s Fury will lift riders 300 feet into the air, tilt them 90 degrees, and give them a clear view of the ground before dropping them at 60 mph. This ride is going to be absolutely insane! 960 1280

Busch Gardens  

FireChaser Express (Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN)

FireChaser Express (Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN)

Dollywood’s tagline for this family-friendly coaster is "Heroes come in all sizes!” FireChaser Express climbs nearly 80 feet and launches riders back and forth. With a height restriction of 39 inches, this thrill ride is where the entire family can scream together. 960 1280

Dollywood  

Medusa Steel Coaster (Six Flags - Mexico City)

Medusa Steel Coaster (Six Flags - Mexico City)

With the success of Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction will work its magic again, transforming the wooden coaster Medusa at Six Flags Mexico. The remodeled coaster, Medusa Steel Coaster, will be one of the tallest, fastest hybrid roller coasters in the world, showcasing elements like an inverted first drop -- a feature never seen on any hybrid coaster. 960 1280

Six Flags  

Ratatouille (Disneyland Paris)

Ratatouille (Disneyland Paris)

Like Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, Ratatouille is a newer breed of ride, using modern trackless vehicle technology. You won't see any track on the ground, and the maneuvers this ride is capable of doing are unbelievable! If this attraction turns out anything like “Pooh” or “Manor,” Disneyland Paris Resort will have its own popular ride for Disney fans! 960 1280

Disneyland Paris  

Flug der Dämonen (Heide Park - Soltau, Germany)

Flug der Dämonen (Heide Park - Soltau, Germany)

This new coaster is sure to become one of Europe's best steel coasters in 2014. Built in the Transsilvanien-themed section of Heide Park, Flug der Dämonen is expected to be one of the most impressive wing coasters built to date. Similar to X-Flight featured on Insane Coaster Wars Season 2, the ride has passengers sit on the outside of the track, while the train barrels through some impressive twists and turns. 960 1280

Heide Park  

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios - Osaka, Japan)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios - Osaka, Japan)

Universal is keeping the details about this amusement park attraction quiet, but rumors are that a new theme park will open in Japan similar to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, including Hogwarts Castle and the Forbidden Journey. 960 1280

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (Universal Studios - Orlando)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (Universal Studios - Orlando)

In what could be the most expansive theme park attraction ever, the new Harry Potter expansion will link Hogwarts at Islands of Adventure to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida via the Hogwarts Express. The new development will feature an attraction with a Gringotts Bank theme, accompanied by new shops, restaurants and nearly everything any Harry Potter fan would want in a multi-destination theme park experience. 960 1280

Universal Studios  

Zumanjaro - Drop of Doom (Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ)

Zumanjaro - Drop of Doom (Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ)

Don’t hop on this ride if you have a weak stomach. When Zumanjaro opens this year, it will be the world's tallest drop tower at a record-breaking 415 feet. Built on the side of the world's tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, this new ride has riders pause at the top for a few seconds before plummeting to the ground at 90 mph. 960 1280

Six Flags Great Adventure  

Cinecitta World (Rome)

Cinecitta World (Rome)

A fascinating new $700 million theme park is rising just outside of Rome. Cinecitta World will be a beautifully detailed park featuring roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides and movie sets based on the 3,000 movies and television shows that have been produced by Italy's Cinecitta Studios to date. 960 1280

Cinecitta  

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