Summertime calls for traveling the world and possibly riding five of the WACKIEST roller coasters in the world.
Twists, loops, and insane drops are the perfect combination for a thrilling summer adventure. Now, I’ll be 100 percent honest, I wouldn’t ride any of these! I’m a big baby when it comes to this stuff but I do find them completely fascinating.
If you plan on visiting Sweden, Taiwan, or Japan, be sure to check out these crazy coasters!
“Tranan” also known as “The Crane” in english, is a unique coaster where the carts are actually dangling on the sides. This is the first “free fly” coaster ever.
The design of this ride is of a large crane bird with two bobsleighs suspended from its wings. The sleighs are where you sit.
During this experience, the sleighs rise and switch sides depending on the direction the bird is going and the turns it takes.
Gravity Max (Taiwan)
After slowly climbing up an 114 feet high incline, the coaster train gets to the top and nearly reaches the edge of the track. Over a three minute pause, the train fits itself into a tilt track, a track that tilts at a perfect 90 degree angle!
Once the track is aligned, the train is now in a downward facing position, then drops at 56 miles per hour, speeding down into a tunnel then up a loop!
The Gravity Max Roller Coaster has been running since 2002 at the park, Houli Hsiang in Taiwan.
Ultra Twister (Japan)
Rusutsu Resort in Japan is home of the Ultra Twister!
This two minute adventure takes you through two rounds of barrel roll twists, also known as “heartline rolls.” These twists are complete 360 rotations on one axis.
There is another version of the Ultra Twister that’s also in Japan at a different park called Nagashima Spa Land. What makes this one unique is that it’s the first one to have a dive loop before changing direction.
This means it goes from one level and then in a “half-vertical loop” to the lower level.
During this loop, you’re upside down from the previous series of twists. Then when you get to the lower level, you’re back right side up briefly before your next set of twists.
It looks like this ride was designed to mimic what intestines look like. Which is funny because I can’t imagine your intestines being in tact after riding this!
Insane is located at Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden and has been operating since 2009.
Beginning at the tippity-top, at 116 feet, you begin your descent slowly with one little dip, and then a drop to the next level, followed by more dips and drops, until you get back to the bottom.
This may sound super low key, but what’s extreme about this coaster is the carts! The four seated carts are set up with two on each side. When in motion, throughout the dips and drops, the carts are free to rotate, causing you to go upside down multiple times during your journey.
This coaster is known as a “zac spin” by the company Intamin. Insane is one of four Zac Spin series that are located throughout the world, including the Green Lantern Roller Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Known as the World’s Steepest Roller Coaster is located at Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park in Japan, Takabisha is famous for its 121 degree drop.
The ride begins with an immediate drop in a dark tunnel followed by a brief heartline barrel roll, then it immediately flies up the first loop and twists. THEN, we get to the steep, slow incline, that builds up terrifying anticipation before the iconic drop.