Coasters!

It’s officially summer in the northern hemisphere, and that means it’s time to partake of some summer fun like theme parks and roller coasters! In honor of that, here’s a taste of what’s to come. This beautiful 360° Video takes you on a fun, though impossible journey — don’t forget to look around and enjoy the view!

If you prefer something more real, try this one!

If you are thinking of seeking out some real world thrills, here’s a more traditional, but recent video preview of the best coasters in the world.

These are the coasters in the video.

10. El Toro@ Six Flags Great Adventure
9. Twisted Colossus@ Six Flags Magic Mountain
8. Skyrush@ HersheyPark
7. Lightning Rod@ Dollywood
6. Wildfire@ Kolmården Wild Life Park Sweden
5. Expedition Geforce@ Holiday Park Germany
4. Maverick@ Cedar Point
3. Superman the Ride@ Six Flags New England
2. Intimidator 305@ Kings Dominion
1. Fury 325@ Carowinds
Honorable Mentions
Millenium Force@ Cedar Point
Leviathan@ Canada’s Wonderland
Shambhala@ Portadventura Spain
The Voyage@ Holiday World
Thunderbird@ Holiday World
The Flying Dinosaur@ Universal Studios Japan

This CNN article about coaster fanatic Patrick Lindich highlights a different set of coasters in just the US.
A roller coaster fanatic’s 10 picks for 2017 (Katia Hetter, CNN)

Mystic Timbers, Kings Island, Ohio
GaleForce, Playland’s Castaway Cove, New Jersey
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas
Super Cyclone, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, Illinois
Hydrus, Casino Pier, New Jersey
Rollin’ Thunder, OWA, Alabama
Mine Blower, Fun Spot, Kissimmee, Florida
The Joker, Six Flags Great America, Illinois
Invadr, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia
Patriot, California’s Great America

Perhaps there’s at least one just a road trip away from you.

If you’re the inquisitive type, here are a couple of more videos and some links explaining a bit more about how coasters work and their history.



How Roller Coasters Work (Tom Harris, How Stuff Works)
Amusement Park Physics (Annenberg Learner)
Roller Coaster History (Annenberg Learner)

Happy Summer!

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