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Rollercoasters

Space Mountain with the Lights on

Space Mountain with the Lights on

One of Disney theme parks’ most famous attractions is Space Mountain, a thrilling indoor rollercoaster that you ride in the dark. If you’ve ever wondered what the ride looked like with the lights on, Theme Park University is here to show you just how much less exciting it is.

Rollercoaster Zipline

Rollercoaster Zipline

If flying down a zipline isn’t thrilling enough, Skywalker Adventure Builders‘ crazy ride suspends a bendy track from an overhead structure, adding twists and turns to the mix. We’re not sure if it’s made by the same guys, but this one in Australia is 2.5 mi. long.

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Working Wooden Rollercoaster Model

Working Wooden Rollercoaster Model

Model maker Adam Throgmorton shows off an incredible build – an intricate HO-scale replica of an old-school wooden rollercoaster that not only looks awesome, but is fully functional. Though the speed it zooms around at seems implausibly fast if it were to be scaled up.

LEGO Dinosaur Theme Park

LEGO Dinosaur Theme Park

Beyond the Brick takes a look at James Burrows’ incredible prehistoric-themed amusement park made from over 125,000 bricks. We so wish we could shrink down to minifig size and take a ride on the CoasterSaurus II.

Valravn

Valravn

Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park plans on breaking ten records with its latest coaster. Once complete, it will not only be the tallest and fastest, but have the longest drop, highest inversion and more. Here’s a CG demo of what riders can expect in 2016. Birdseye view here.

Skyscraper Rollercoaster

Skyscraper Rollercoaster

Coming to Orlando, Florida in 2016, the mile-long Skyscraper will likely be one of the world’s most insane rollercoasters, snaking its way around a 55-story tower at speeds up to 65mph. Part of the new Skyplex entertainment complex.

Dinoconda Roller Coaster

Dinoconda Roller Coaster

An insane “4th Dimension” ride located in China, the Dinoconda not only follows the twists and turns of its track, but spins riders in loops in their own seats. Oh, and it starts out backwards. Better skip lunch before this one.

Backyard Roller Coaster

Backyard Roller Coaster

Good parents take their kids to amusement parks. Awesome parents take the amusement park to their kids. This one is made of PVC, lumber and concrete. A helmet on the kid would be nice.

Archimedes Marble Rollercoaster

Archimedes Marble Rollercoaster

This intricate wooden coaster was built way back in 1990, but that makes it no less awesome. The central mechanism is an screw-like conveyance taking marbles to the top – gravity does the rest.

The Walking Roller Coaster

The Walking Roller Coaster

Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth’s walk-on sculpture in Dulsberg, Germany has all the right twists and turns. Though we don’t think you can make the loop without anti-gravity boots. More pics here.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The world’s largest indoor amusement park. Has Ferrari-themed rides – including the world’s fastest roller coaster – as well as a collection of both vintage and contemporary Ferrari vehicles.

Takabisha Roller Coaster POV

Takabisha Roller Coaster POV

YouTuber purplefinale gives us a front row seat on the Takabisha, one of the rides at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park. Its 121º freefall angle makes it the world’s steepest roller coaster.

Roller Coaster Safety

Roller Coaster Safety

Patrick Warburton prepares us for a safe ride on Zero Gravity Gulch, the rootinest, tootinest, gosh-darn good time of a roller coaster East (or is it West?) of the Mississippi.

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Losiah’s First Coaster

Losiah’s First Coaster

Little Losiah is totally stoked for his very first rollercoaster ride. Then the ride kicks in. Maybe next time they should go with the tea cups or the merry-go-round. It’ll get better someday, Losiah.

Fiat Loop the Loop

Fiat Loop the Loop

The video may be in Dutch, but defying gravity knows no language barriers here as British stuntman Steve Truglia completes a 360° loop in a Fiat 500 to promote the 2011 AutoRAI show.

Roller Coaster Parkour

Roller Coaster Parkour

Before anyone out there gets ready to flip out at the amusement park, you should know that the NJ State Fair closed the ride down for the WFPF to film these sick parkour moves. Kids: no, you may not.

Ferrari Roller Coaster

Ferrari Roller Coaster

Created for Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World, the Formula Rossa rollercoaster is designed to give riders the sensation of riding in a real F1 race car. It tops out 150mph, which it achieves in less than 4.9 seconds.

Reactionless Roller Coaster

Reactionless Roller Coaster

Can you imagine going through an entire rollercoaster ride without any expression? That’s exactly what this guy managed to do. We did see him blink a couple of times, though.

Video: Roller Coaster Skates

Video: Roller Coaster Skates

We already showed you pics of Dirk Auer’s death-defying ride down the rails of a roller coaster in skates. Now, Discovery Channel’s Is It Possible shares this video of the skater’s insane stunt.

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