Roller coasters: 56 American scream machines

Do you enjoy getting turned upside down, being hit with a couple of Gs and screaming your head off? Then this is for you: A guide to 56 of the best roller coasters in the country.

Millenium Force
Cedar Point

Known as a giga-coaster because of its great height, this coaster rises 310 feet above the ground and reaches a top speed of 93 mph. Millennium Force took 10 world records when it debuted in 2000. Since its debut, Millennium Force has consistently been voted the world’s No. 1 steel roller coaster. In its first six years, Millennium Force carried more than 10 million riders.

Blue Streak
Cedar Point

The Blue Streak roller coaster at Cedar Point has withstood the test of time for more than 41 years. A traditional out-and-back coaster, with a 78-foot-tall lift hill, the Blue Streak features more than a half-dozen hills, a hairpin turn and maximum airtime.

Cedar Point

Built in 1976, the red white and blue Corkscrew takes its riders upside down three times in about two minutes. When it opened, Corkscrew was the first roller coaster ever to span a midway and was the first triple-looping scream machine in the world.

Magnum XL-200
Cedar Point

Cruising at a top speed of 72 mph, this roller coaster was the tallest and fastest ever created when it debuted in 1989. But what really sets the Magnum apart is its airtime. That feeling of floating over each of the rideâ��s hills helps make Magnum one of the greatest coasters of all time. A traditional “out and back” coaster , the Magnum’s 5,106 feet of track that winds its way along the Lake Erie shore, giving riders a great view of the lake.

Cedar Point

Mantis riders board high-tech trains to fly down a 145-foot-tall first hill at 60 mph while standing up. The roller coaster features a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, a 103-foot-high dive loop, a heavily banked 360-degree turn and an 83-foot-tall inclined loop in the space of two minutes and 40 seconds.

Cedar Point

The park’s newest coaster, the Maverick opened this year. The roller coaster begins its journey by climbing to the top of a 105-foot-tall first hill. From there, the scream machine takes its passengers down to within five feet of the ground at an astonishing 95-degree angle and at speeds of up to 57 mph. Passengers will experience eight “airtime-filled hills,” three inversions and a second launch through a dark tunnel at speeds of 70 miles per hour.

Mean Streak
Cedar Point

The Mean Streak features a stunning 161-foot-tall first hill, a top speed of 65 miles per hour and more than 5,400 feet of excitement. Made from 1.7 million feet of treated Southern yellow pine, Mean Streak is one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world.

Cedar Point

Riders of the Raptor sit in specially designed seats that allow their legs to dangle, providing the sensation of flight. This roller coaster turns its passengers upside down a thrilling six times. The highlight of the ride is the cobra-roll, which flips riders over, spirals them upside down into a 180-degree roll and repeats the motion in reverse.

Top Thrill Dragster
Cedar Point

Reaching 420 feet and topping out at a speed of 120 miles per hour, this roller coaster opened in 2003. The Dragster is one of the tallest and the fastest roller coasters in the world. Riders begin their in trains that resemble top fuel dragsters. The train then moves into starting position and is launched forward, reaching 120 mph in approximately four seconds.

Cedar Point

Seated in individual four-passenger cars, riders experience a series of hills and tight turns built into the figure-8 layout. The roller coaster is 1,837-feet long and reaches a top speed of 40 miles per hour.

Coney Island

This historic scream machine has been operating since 1927. The Cyclone also occupies the same space on Coney Island as the world’s first roller coaster, LaMarcus A. Thompson’s Switchback Railway. It’s also the site of the first successful looping roller coaster, Loop The Loop. Though the 80-year-old structure has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, it can still go up to 60 miles per hour.

Expedition Everest
Animal Kingdom

You’ll climb the Forbidden Mountain in this high-altitude, high-speed roller-coaster. The rides hurls you through hairpin turns forward and backward as you struggle with the snarling beast who watches over this treacherous terrain–the Yeti.

California Screamin’
Disney California Adventure

The white-by-day and blue-by-night coaster is the fifth longest in the world at 6,072 feet long. Its highest point is 120 feet, followed by a 108-foot drop. Although it looks like a wooden coaster, it’s made of steel. A favorite among guests, California Screamin’ accelerates from zero to 55 miles per hour in four seconds.

Rock n Roller Coaster
Disney Studios

The roller coaster accelerates from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, making this the second-fastest ride at the Walt Disney World Resort. Riders experience 4.5Gs as they enter the first inversion, more than an astronaut does on a space shuttle launch.

Mystery mine

The U.S.’s first roller coaster based on the Euro-fighter design, this ride combines an intimate guest experience with 95-degree drops and multiple inversions. Mystery Mine is presented as an abandoned coal mine with a scary history. The coaster features state-of-the-art special effects, audio and lots of excitement.

Hydra, the Revenge
Dorney Park

Hydra features seven inversions, a zero-gravity experience and several drops below ground level. As a floorless coaster, riders experience the sensation of floating in air throughout the ride. The ride begins with jojo roll, a pre-lift hill inversion in which riders twist upside-down after exiting the launch station. Rders climb out of the jojo roll up a 95-foot-tall lift hill, followed by a 53 miles per hour plunge down a 68-degree, 105-foot sideways drop into a canyon.

Steel Force
Dorney Park

With a 205-foot drop, two tunnels, steep banks and speeds reaching 75 miles per hour, Steel Force has been ranked among the top 10 steel coasters in the world. Riders experience over 2.5 G’s at the bottom of the first hill. Two 120 ft tunnels and a 510-degree helix accentuate add to the coaster’s high speed thrills.

Dorney Park

Talon is the tallest and longest inverted roller coaster in the Northeast. A 135-foot hill sends riders through four inversions–a vertical loop, a zero-gravity roll and a corkscrew.

Great Bear
Hershey Park

An inverted steel coaster, on the Great Bear you ride below the track, not above it. The ride starts by lifting you 90 feet off the ground, speeds up to 60 miles per hour and rips down the tracks through a loop called a half-immelman, followed by a barrel roll.

Hershey Park

The Comet contains many unexpected changes in speed, direction, and elevation. You’ll start of with an an 84 -foot lift followed by a 96-drop and go through many twists, turns, bumps, spins, and loops on this 51-year-old coaster.

Storm runner
Hershey Park

The first hydraulic launch coaster to feature inversions, this coaster will launch you from 0 to 72 miles per hour in 2 seconds. The ride goes 18 stories straight up, and then 18 stories straight down. You’ll fly through a 135 foot cobra loop, barrel rolls, and a dramatic flying snake dive.

Hershey Park

Riders are pulled backwards out of the station up a hill where the train is released, and speeds through the station and goes through three inversions, including a cobra roll and a vertical loop. The train goes up a second lift hill, then the lift disengages, and the train falls backwards through the inversions, and returns to the station.

Hershey Park

This is a family-friendly coaster that has a 36-inch height minimum for children accompanied by an adult. The steel roller coaster is 1,600 feet long and achieves speeds of 45 miles per hour.

Hershey Park

The wildcat crosses over and under itself 20 times during the ride, and includes a curving double-down. The ride is 3,100 feet long and achieves a maximum speed of 48 miles per hour.

Phantom’s revenge

One of the fastest roller coasters in the world, the Phantomâ��s Revenge travels over and under another coaster in the park and includes banked curves and lots of airtime.. The biggest drop on this scream machine s not the first but the second – a whopping 230 feet that reached speeds of 85 miles per hour.

Kings Dominion

Anaconda was the first looping coaster in the world that went through an underwater tunnel. The coaster gives riders and exciting trip over (and under) a lake with giant twisting drop and corkscrews over the water.

Kings Dominion

This wooden roller coaster features a double figure-8 layout that was patterned after Coney Island’s defunct Wildcat roller coaster. The ride reaches a height of 87 feet, with a 78-foot drop and achieves top speeds of 50 miles per hour.

Volcano, the blast coaster
Kings Dominion

Ranked by Washingtonian Magazine as the best roller coaster in the country. At its debut in 1998, Volcano was the world�s first inverted linear induction motor-launched (LIM) rollercoaster� and featured the world�s tallest inversion. With more than 2,700 feet of track, it is Kings Dominion�s longest coaster.

Hypersonic XLC
Kings Dominion

Hypersonic was the first compressed-air launch coaster in the world and it remains the only one in the United States. Zero gravity airtime and free-fall sensations combine to make HyperSonic an incredible coaster experience.

Son of Beast
Kings Island

A record-breaking wood coaster, Son Of Beast is the tallest wooden roller coaster at 218 feet, with the highest wooden roller coaster drop, 214 feet. It’s also the fastest wooden roller coaster at 78 miles per hour and has the most wooden roller coaster track at one park, 22,612 feet.

The Beast
Kings Island

A terrain coaster that travels across 35 heavily wooded acres of land, the Beast is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world.

Ghost Rider
Knotts Berry Farm

A wooden double out and back coaster, you enter the queue by going through a mining tunnel followed by a mine-themed queue house. The ride is renowned for its initial 108-foot banked drop, the longest banked wooden coaster drop in the Western U.S., it reaches a speed of 56 miles per hour at an angle of 51 degrees.

Space Mountain
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

The Orlando Space Mountain was the first of fives rides by that name to open and remains a fan favorite. It was also the first roller-coaster ride to occur in perpetual darkness. Space Mountain opened in 1975 but Walt Disney came up with the idea of a high-speed space age attraction in the 1960.

The Riddler�s Revenge
Six Flags Magic Mountain

A blazing-fast coaster with a twist: you stand, not sit, as you race at 65 miles per hour and go head-over-heels six times over nearly one mile of twisting, looping, inverted steel track. The ride, on the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the world, lasts almost 3 minutes.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Towering 255 feet above earth, Goliath hits speeds of 85 miles per hour over 4,500 feet of steel track.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

This floorless coaster features seven 360-degree inversions on 4,000 feet of track. The elements include an initial 128-foot vertical loop, a heartline spin, and a dive loop. Its 78-foot cobra roll flips riders over and features a good dose of airtime.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Soar on the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster on Earth. Seating is designed to simulate flight. After the riders are harnessed, their seats rotate from upright to a face-down position and remain that way throughout the 3 1/2 minute ride. The 3,602-foot track passes over four areas of the park and reaches an elevation of 263 feet.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Billed as the the first coaster to enter the fourth dimension, X spins riders 360-degrees forwards and backwards. It achieves speeds of 76 miles per hour while spinning riders head-over-heels and forward and backward through a 3,600-foot steel maze.

Superman the Escape
Magic Mountain

A launched reverse freefall coaster, Superman the Escape accelerates from 0 to 100 miles per hour in seven seconds before shooting straight up a 41-story tower. You’ll 6.5 seconds of zero gravity as the ride begins its backward descent.

Shivering Timbers
Michigan’s Adventure

One of the top ranked wooden coasters in the world, Shivering Timbers offers riders over a mile of hills, with drops of 125 feet, 105 feet, and 95 feet. Trains reach speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour, and feature lots of airtime.

Mr. Freeze
Six Flags

Featured at both Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis, Mr. Freeze is powered by an electromagnetic field. The ride blasts out of a 190-foot icy tunnel to travel. through 1,382 feet of track at of 70 miles per hour. Then it repeats the process in reverse.

El Toro
Six Flags Great Adventure

Featuring a record-breaking, 76-degree drop, the steepest of any wooden roller coaster in the U.S. , El Toro is also the second-tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the country. The ride offers nine separate “airtime” opportunities at speeds of 70 miles per hour.

Kingda Ka
Six Flags Great Adventure

The tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka goes from 0 to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. This rapid acceleration pulls about 1.67 G�, before tumbling 418 feet down through a 270-degree spiral. After this dip, the coaster climbs a 129-foot hill, creating a moment of weightlessness for its passengers, before coming to stop.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Debuting in 1999, with no floor, Medusa East was the first roller coaster of its kind. The ride features vertical loops, diving loops, a Zero G roll, a Cobra Roll, and interlocking corkscrews.

Six Flags Great Adventure

When this steel roller coaster opened in 2001, it was the tallest, fastest roller coaster in New Jersey. It’s still a great ride, featuring a 540-degree helix spin, a 215-foot heart-lurching drop at 6 degrees, and boasting speeds of 80 miles per hour.

Superman Ultimate Flight
Six Flags Great Adventure

Premiering at Great Adventure in 2003, Superman: Ultimate Flight begins as an inverted roller coaster, tilting forward to 90 degrees before leaving the station, thus putting its occupants in the flying position we all associate with Superman.

Batman the Ride
Six Flags Great Adventure

This thrilling roller coaster features a 109-foot first drop, speed of approximately 50 miles per hour, and a Batman theme.

Six Flags Over Texas

The Titan features one of the world�s mightiest drops at hyper-speeds of 85 miles an hour. It runs over a mile of twisted steel with huge sweeping spirals, spectacular plunges, a 120-foot-long tunnel in total darkness, a series of camel-back hills, huge spiral curves, and high-speed helixes.

The Rattler
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

This ride opens with world’s largest drop on a wooden roller coaster. Snake through nearly a mile of high-speed action and plunge into a state of thrill-induced shock.

The Voyage
Holiday World

Voted the number one wooden coaster on the planet in 2007, the Voyage features three drops of over 100 feet, with the first drop’s angle of descent a steep 66 degrees. The top speed of the three-train coaster is 67.4 miles per hour. The ride goes underground eight times through five tunnels.

Texas Giant
Six Flags Over Texas

Named the top wooden coaster on earth at 14 stories high, this beast howls at 62 mph.

The Boss
Six Flags St. Louis

Ranked among the country’s top five wooden coasters, the Boss features an unprecedented double-down, double-drop of 150 feet, two additional drops of 103 feet or more, several 52-degree turns, and a 570-degree helix.

Incredible Hulk
Universal Studios – Orlando

Riders enter Project Gamma tube and hear Bruce Banner talking. At the end of his sentence, the ride shoots out of the tbue at 40 miles per hour and goes into a zero-g roll, down a 105 foot drop and through a cobra roll. The Hulk launches riders upward 150 feet and reaches top speeds of 67 mph. It features seven inversions and two subterranean trenches.

Dueling Dragons
Universal Studios – Orlando

This jaw-dropping ride, which also happens to be the world�s first inverted, dueling ride, flings you through the the air at up to 55 miles per hour and at heights of 125 feet above ground. The Fire Dragon and Ice Dragon coasters pass within inches of each other, as the coasters �fight� across the sky.

Worlds of Fun

Named for one of the fastest and most feared snakes in Africa, Mamba is one of the tallest, longest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Mamba’s first hill takes riders more than 200 feet high and flings them down at 75 miles per hour.