THE BEST Thrill Rides

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.

How Drop Tower Rides Work

How Drop Tower Rides Work

If you’ve ever been a passenger on one of those drop tower rides, you know how the combination of speed and plummeting toward Earth can be quite the thrill. Art of Engineering talks us through the history of these rides, and the different techniques that have been used to bring a hurtling mass of steel and people to a safe stop.

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Neurotransmitter 3000

Neurotransmitter 3000

Artist and designer Daniel DeBruin created this interactive thrill ride, which gives its rider some control over their destiny by using biometric feedback to adjust the speed at which it flings them around. The 7-meter-tall ride uses sensors to measure heart rate, muscle tension, body temperature, as well as orientation and gravity.

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.

Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos

As we’ve seen previously, director Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films likes to play with our assumptions of what could be real. In his latest short, he creates a new sort of theme park with some awesome-looking, but highly unlikely rides.

The Roll-Ka

The Roll-Ka

Car hacker Master Milo decided to take an old Ford Ka and give it new life as a thrill ride. By slicing it up, adding a roll cage, and setting it into a set of round tracks, he transformed the subcompact car into a dizzying ride for two. Check out Milo’s original video here.

LEGO Ride of Blades

LEGO Ride of Blades

Take a trip on latest LEGO thrill ride from builder Shadow Elenter. Comprised of close calls with spinning saw blades, collapsing walls, and swinging swords, the ride plays out more like a level from God of War than an amusement park ride.

Slidewheel Water Slide

Slidewheel Water Slide

Water slides can be fun, but they take up a lot of real estate – especially if you want to build up any speed. Thrill ride maker Wigand Maelzer is testing an insane new water slide that spins like a ferris wheel, providing faster, longer rides in a very small space.

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.

Jet Ponies

Jet Ponies

(LOUD) Imagine a merry-go-round that spins its passengers around at breakneck speeds, propelled by jet engines, and you’ve got this insane thrill ride. Madagascar Institute created this crazy thing a few years back, and so far, it hasn’t killed anyone.

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