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 soothing clip from the Walibi Holland amusement park.
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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.
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.
Doodle Chaos 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After wowing us with his 90,000 piece LEGO roller coaster model, builder Tomáš Kašpařík aka Chairudo shared this footage that gives us a look at what minifigs see when they go for a ride. We wish we could go through the shrinker ray and hang out at his theme park.
CoasterDynamix’s Cyclone is a modular and LEGO-compatible kit for making roller coaster models. It comes with everything you need, including a train, lift chain and gears. By default it’s powered with a hand crank, but you can also use a LEGO Power Functions motor.
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