It seems like every year a new roller coaster is being built with the hopes of being one of the tallest roller coasters in the world. This year is no exception. In light of that, we compiled a list of 2016’s top 10 tallest roller coasters in the world. See below for thrills, chills and ridiculous facts about these 10 amazing rides.
Number Ten: Thunder Dolphin, Tokyo Dome City Attractions. Thunder Dolphin is located in Tokyo Dome City Attractions in Tokyo, Japan. This steel coaster was designed by Intamin and opened in 2003; it boasts a peak height of 262 feet.
Number Nine: Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion. Intimidator 305 stands at, you guessed it, 305 feet. Located in Kings Dominion in Virginia, Intimidator 305 was also designed by Intamin and opened in 2010.
Number Eight: Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland. At a peak height of 306 feet, Leviathan comes in eighth on our list of the world’s tallest roller coasters. Leviathan is located in Canada’s Wonderland and was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard.
Number Seven: Millennium Force, Cedar Point. Located in Cedar Point theme park in Ohio, Millennium Force stands at an impressive 310 feet. Millennium Force has been operating since 2000 and was manufactured by Intamin.
Number Six: Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land. Steel Dragon 2000, located in Nagashima Spa Land in Japan, boasts an impressive 318-foot-long drop. Built to resemble the humps of a dragon, Steel Dragon 2000 has been operating since, unsurprisingly, 2000.
Number Five: Fury 325, Carowinds. Fury 325 will carry you up and down 325 feet of steel at its peak. Located in Carowinds, which is on the border between North and South Carolina, Fury 325 has been operating since March of 2015 and was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard.
Number Four: Tower of Terror II, Dreamworld. The Tower of Terror II, located on Australia’s Gold Coast, reaches a peak height of 377 feet. Manufactured by Inamin, the Tower of Terror II has been operating since 1997, and it held the record for tallest roller coaster in the world from January to March of that year.
Number Three: Superman: Escape from Krypton, Six Flags Magic Mountain. Located in California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain, Superman: Escape from Krypton has a peak height of 415 feet. It held the record for world’s tallest roller coaster from March of 1997 through May of 2003.
Number Two: Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point. The penultimate coaster on this list is another from Cedar Point in Ohio. The Top Thrill Dragster has a peak height of 420 feet, and it held the record for world’s tallest roller coaster from May of 2003 through May of 2005.
Number One: Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure. Finally, at number one on our list is Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka, which stands at 456 feet. Manufactured by Intamin, Kingda Ka has held the record for the tallest roller coaster in the world since May of 2005.