Awesome Roller Coasters

Building a LEGO Roller Coaster

Building a LEGO Roller Coaster

We love mini amusement park rides built from LEGO. Half-Asleep Chris shows off the floor-to-ceiling LEGO roller coaster he built, which includes loops, a big vertical drop, lighting effects, and even a smoke machine. He cheated a bit with the wooden platforms, but building the structure from LEGO would have been cost-prohibitive.

3D Printed Roller Coaster

3D Printed Roller Coaster

This miniature roller coaster is made from 3D-printed parts and has a motorized launch system and working brakes. The cars, twisty tracks, and supports were digitally fabricated. Its motion is controlled by an Arduino, micro servo motors, and a DC motor. It took 3D Coasters roughly six months to complete the project.

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Teddy Bear Roller Coaster

Teddy Bear Roller Coaster

Normally, when you aim a video camera towards the passengers on a rollercoaster, you hear screams or at least see some expressions on the rider’s faces. The same can’t be said when all of your ride’s occupants are teddy bears, like in this cute and soothing clip from the Walibi Holland amusement park.

Hot Wheels Roller Coaster

Hot Wheels Roller Coaster

Readers have commented that we called things roller coasters that are actually trains since they’re self-powered. Well, here’s a case where we’re using the term properly. This impressive Hot Wheels track by 5MadMovieMakers keeps cars moving with gravity, a handful of motorized booster stations, and… a leaf blower.

K’nex Magnum Backyard Roller Coaster

K’nex Magnum Backyard Roller Coaster

Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 is one of the world’s most beloved roller coasters. CoasterWriter shows off a backyard replica of the thrill ride, built using K’Nex construction toys, and dubbed the “Magnum XL-300.” Johnny from 3D Coaster created the detailed 3D-printed coaster car replica. Be sure to take the POV ride too.

Theme Park of Torment

Theme Park of Torment

After pushing his CPU and RAM to the limit with a mega-fireworks display in the physics-based sim game Planet Coaster, Let’s Game It Out decided he was going to build himself a terrifying virtual theme park, designed exclusively to torture its oblivious visitors in hilarious ways.

The Types of Roller Coasters

The Types of Roller Coasters

You might think that there are just two types of roller coaster – metal and wood, but there are many more shades of grey in thrill ride design. WIRED met up with engineer Korey Kiepert of The Gravity Group for an explanation of the main types of coaster, what makes them different, and what goes into designing a coaster.

LEGO Roller Coaster POV

LEGO Roller Coaster POV

Expert LEGO builder Akiyuki takes us on a ride on a 224-foot-long train track that he designed and built. Along the way, you’ll enjoy twists, turns, loops, cliffs, bridges, and a few obstacles. The self-propelled camera car’s speed is more railroad than roller coaster, but it’s still a fun ride, especially watching it climb the stairs.

NanoCoasters

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Do you love roller coasters? The guys at CoasterDynamix make teeny models of virtual thrill rides for your desk or bookshelf. They come in a variety of designs, including traditional, looped, and adventure-themed rides, each sold as an easy-to-build kit. Find more variants here.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

PC gamers have been able to build amazing and vomit-inducing thrill rides with Planet Coaster for a few years now. Soon, console gamers can join in the fun too, with a new version slated for release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Drops 11.10.2020. Gameplay demo here.

Minecraft Electric Joy Ride

Minecraft Electric Joy Ride

Creator DoodleChaos takes us on another one of their joyful musical rides, as a Minecraft cart enjoys spectacular views of fireworks, explosions, and flying blocks, perfectly synchronized with Electronic Joy Ride’s track Origin.

Axis Roller Coaster Concept

Axis Roller Coaster Concept

Thrill ride builders are always trying to up their roller coaster design game. The guys from Coaster Studios went for a spin on a prototype of Axis, a unique ride being developed by S&S Worldwide that can tumble its riders above or below the track as they zoom along its twisty track.

Awesome LEGO Roller Coaster

Awesome LEGO Roller Coaster

Beyond the Brick came across this epic and wonderfully-detailed LEGO thrill ride at Portland, Oregon’s Bricks Cascade 2020. It was built by Matthew Chiles, who says he used 100% authentic LEGO parts with no modifications, and that it’s been around in various configurations since all the way back in 2002.

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Music Coaster

Music Coaster

DoodleChaos has an obsession with making visuals that time perfectly with music. In this clip, he built a virtual roller coaster that syncs up beautifully with the finale of Tchaikovsky’s epic 1812 Overture, complete with cannon blasts. Want to build your own coasters? Check out the software he used – Planet Coaster.

Colossal K’Nex Roller Coaster

Colossal K’Nex Roller Coaster

Builder knexpert06 shows off an incredible creation made using K’Nex construction toys. The 141 foot-long roller coaster has dual tracks so two coasters can race side by side. It took nearly 500 hours to build, but a full lap of the coaster takes just under a minute.

Drone Chases Roller Coaster

Drone Chases Roller Coaster

Racing drone flyer Viggo Koch captured this epic aerial footage as he chased down the twisty and turny Helix roller coaster at Liseberg park in Gothenburg, Sweden. Note that the coaster was unoccupied at the time of the shoot for safety reasons. Check out more of Koch’s amazing drone vs. roller coaster footage here.

How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty awesome backyard rollercoaster builds over the years. Now learn about the physics and complexities of building one, courtesy of NightHawkInLight and engineer Paul Gregg, who shows how to create a gravity-powered thrill ride for less than $500. We also recommend checking out Gregg’s books on the subject.

LEGO Technic Roller Coaster

LEGO Technic Roller Coaster

LEGO Technic expert Shadow Elenter is back with another sweet build for his theme park collection. This time, he built a complex roller coaster using 17 motors, sending a Technic figure passenger on an crazy thrill ride. We’re surprised this little guy didn’t throw up from that backwards launch or the rotating seat gimmick.

Gym Roller Coaster

Gym Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty great backyard roller coasters over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen one built in a school gymnasium. We can’t believe that the school would have signed off on this rickety looking construction made from plywood, 2x4s, desks, and chairs though.

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Backyard 4.2G Roller Coaster

Will from London is like the calm version of Colin Furze, creating his own dangerous and over-the-top contraptions in his UK backyard, but minus the shouting. In this clip, he shows off a wood and PVC roller coaster that uses compressed air to produce 1200 lb. of thrust, and accelerating its sled at up to 4.2G. Build video here.

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Aliens Roller Coaster

Aliens Roller Coaster

Hin Nya constructed an incredible virtual roller coaster which incorporates the haunting visual and auditory elements of the Aliens films in an insane 15-minute-long ride, built with the theme park simulator app Planet Coaster. Headphones recommended.

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

5MadMovieMakers used some fun video tricks to keep the steel marble in this clip perfectly centered as it makes its way through a twisty, turny Quercetti Skyrail roller coaster track. Try playing the video a second time with your finger on the ball.

12 Years of Suffering

12 Years of Suffering

Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 addict Marcel Vos created the longest possible roller coaster ride in the game. Aptly called 12 Years of Suffering, the ride takes more than 12 and a half years in real time to complete. People are awesome.

How Roller Coasters Affect Us

How Roller Coasters Affect Us

While roller coasters offer up plenty of thrills, a whole lot of engineering goes into making them safe enough to not snap our necks or make us pass out. TEDEd looks at the impact that these rides can have on our bodies, and how coaster safety has improved over the years.

LEGO Expert Roller Coaster Set

LEGO Expert Roller Coaster Set

This wonderful LEGO VIP set is sure to be a collectible. The 4,124 piece roller coaster features a chainlift that can be upgraded with a motor, and tons of little details like a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, and coaster cars with movable lap bars.

Meccano Roller Coaster POV Ride

Meccano Roller Coaster POV Ride

Let’s go through the shrinker ray, and take a twisty, turny, disorienting ride on an awesome model roller coaster built by John and Michael Molden using Meccano metal construction toys. The spinning coaster cars were inspired by Reverchon’s real-life rides. Build video here.

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