We get it, ok? Virtual reality—it’s all very exciting and cool. Who wouldn’t want to be transported to another world that’s way more awesome than this one? But Samsung, who’s known overdoing it, is now turning popular roller coasters across North America into insane torture machines using Gear VR headsets.
To help celebrate the annual festival of broken necks, the town of Bassersdorf in Zurich, Switzerland holds a parade featuring some of the most ridiculous floats you’ve ever seen, including one with a working roller coaster that Hollywood stuntmen would pass on riding.
Virtual reality already makes some people woozy. For others, roller coasters are also a motion-sickness nightmare. What happens when you mix two stomach-turning activities? A theme park in the UK is going to find out.
I wasted a ridiculous amount of my youth building fictional roller coaster parks on my computer with Roller Coaster Tycoon. It was so fun! Building new rides, dealing with your customers, handling demand, creating park layouts, it all made me want to work for Six Flags. This video from AndrewMFilms imagines a day at a…
There are lots of coaster parks in the world, but few have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of thrill rides like Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has. And when it opens next summer, its new Valravn Birdseye coaster will officially break ten world records in one fell swoop.
If you’ve ever been on Space Mountain at Disney, you just know deep down that if you stuck your arm out, your limbs would get chopped off by one of those rafters flying by. Except it doesn’t. No one’s limbs ever get chopped off. This weird looking device is how Disney makes sure it doesn’t happen.
Dear Lord. Cleaning the windows of skyscrapers is already a scary enough job but cleaning windows of the 91st floor of the 1600-foot tall Shanghai World Financial Center while the wind violently throws around the scaffolding like some unhinged, unbuckled roller coaster swing? That is absolutely pants laundering…
It must be terribly dizzying to be on the never ending cycle of a human hamster wheel but boy does this guy make it look fun. In fact, it looks like he's moving inside his very own roller coaster. Or at the very least, it looks like he has combined every fun thing on a playground in one fun ride.
Yowza. I think if I hopped on this jet-powered boat in New Zealand my hair would fall out, my neck would get stretched out and my face would be permanently smushed in. It goes fast. Like a runaway roller coaster that's off its track fast. I mean, look how quickly it zips in and around the turns of the canyon.
Somehow, it's almost scarier to watch a GoPro video of a roller coaster than to ride the roller coaster itself in real life. I don't know why that works but it's like you get none of the thrills and all of the fear when you see the first person point of view, it's just terrifying dizziness mixed with a constant…
The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period."
A lot of people already think that riding a motorcycle is dangerous. A lot of people find riding a roller coaster thrilling and scary. So why not combine the both and use a motorcycle to ride a roller coaster track? Mixing all that scariness and dangerousness and ridiculous thrills together gets you pure crazy.
The world's tallest roller coaster won't even be made until 2017 and this is just a demo video of what the roller coaster is going to feel like but I'm already scared. Skyscraper at Skyplex in Orlando will be the tallest roller coaster in the world at over 500 feet tall and you ride the thing all. the. way. down.
Six Flags theme parks have had plenty of Batman coasters, but the new one opening in San Antonio, Texas, in summer of 2015 claims to be "4D." More importantly, as this promotional video for the ride clearly indicates, this thing is obviously one of the Joker's nefarious plans, designed to induce mass vomiting.
Growing up outside of St. Louis, there was a Six Flags only a forty-minute drive away. You could look right off the highway and see the sprawling parking lot, the giant Ferris wheel, and the twisted metal of all the roller coasters. The most imposing snake-like construction was Batman: The Ride.
Here's an insanely scary ride for those who need to feel like they're close to dying in order to feel like they're living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. They hang you from a safety rope—then they cut it off and you free fall at 55 mph down onto a net 100 foot below. For fun.
This week marks the opening of the Thunderbolt, a modern roller coaster looping and corkscrewing through historic Coney Island in Brooklyn. The coaster is a towering orange lasso with 2200 feet of track, squeezed into an unbelievably narrow space. Here's our up close and personal look at NYC's latest thrill ride.
Coaster enthusiasts are always on the hunt for their next big thrill, and come 2016 they may be drawn back to Orlando. That's when the Skyplex complex is set to open, featuring the world's tallest roller coaster wrapped around its 570-foot tall tower.
Many extreme roller coaster these days have vertical loops. Have you noticed that these loops are never circular? Why is this?