National Roller Coaster Day: Five record-breaking rides that will make you scream

National Roller Coaster Day: Five record-breaking rides that will make you scream

Published 16 August 2017

Put your hands in the air! It's National Roller Coaster Day in the US and thrill seekers throughout the country will be getting strapped in to their favourite theme park rides to celebrate.

To mark the special occasion we’ve created a list of the world's most jaw-dropping, scream-inducing roller coaster achievements.

1. Oldest person to ride a non-inversion roller coaster

Proving you’re never too old to set a world record, great-granddad Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield, UK attempted this Guinness World Records title on his 105th birthday in April to raise money for a charity.

Jack’s roller coaster of choice was the Twistosaurus in Flamingo Land, Malton, and he sat alongside his 56-year-old daughter Jayne, Good Morning Britain’s Kay Rickitt and Dr Hilary Jones.

“It were okay. I’m going for another ride in a minute!” Jack said after the attempt.

Oldest person to ride a non-inversion roller coaster

2. Tallest vertical drop amusement ride

The Giant Drop at Dreamworld, in Queensland, Australia drops from a height of 119 m (390 ft), giving riders five seconds of free fall time before being brought to a halt by electromagnetic brakes.

The ride, which is as tall as a 30-storey building, opened on 26 December 1998 and cost AU$12 million (£4.5 million or US7.4 million).

Tallest vertical drop amusement ride

3. Longest marathon on a roller coaster

Richard Rodriguez (USA) rode the Pepsi Max Big One and Big Dipper roller coasters at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, UK for 405 hr 40 min from 27 July to 13 August 2007.

He must have felt very sick afterwards!

Longest marathon on a roller coaster

4. Largest roller coaster loop

Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA, has the tallest loop, at 38.75 m (127 ft 1 in).

Its name doesn’t lie either: riders accelerate into the record-breaking loop at a fearsome 110 km/h (70 mph) and are turned upside down twice in less than a minute.

Largest roller coaster loop

5. Highest average age for a roller coaster

A group of 32 riders with an average age of 75.25 years were passengers on the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, UK, on 24 September 2003.

Highest average age for a roller coaster