It’s true say that many of us like to get scared, a love of fear or fear factor if you like…For me, there’s nothing quite like the adrenaline of fear, nervousness and excitement combined, whether you are on a roller coaster, a bungee jump or a scary journey in the dark. It’s not always fun at the time but afterwards we always feel good for giving it a go and it’s something that I believe should be embraced. Restricting yourself from doing something “because you’re scared” is just plain ridiculous. You only live one life so why not make the most out of it. This is where scary rides come in…
My first experience of a scary ride was a Haunted house and is an experience that many would rather not undertake. Horror movies are one thing but to actually be experiencing jumps and frights in reality is another unnerving concept altogether. They have ‘special’ place in my heart as when I was about six years old I went to the local fair with my dad and my sister. Seeing the spooky haunted house I insisted that I went in, even after my sister explained that I wouldn’t like it. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t give in and before I knew it I was on my way into the haunted house. 10 seconds later, the walls screamed at me and I ran out crying. This was not a great start as far as Haunted House initiations go and it wasn’t until I was about nine or ten then that gave it another Haunted house another try. I loved it! After that came the roller coasters and having had the privilege of going to Disney Land and Alton Towers as a child, the rest, as they say, is history…
Multiple ghost trains and roller coasters later and I was hooked, confident that I could do anything and everything. It wasn’t so much a love of fear that drove me to do it, rather, it was the idea that I could prove “I wasn’t scared”. I was of course but there was no way I was going to let anyone know I was. These experiences cemented my love of scary rides and so, for all you thrill junkies out there, here’s my list for the Top 5 Scariest Rides in the World. We’re talking full blown gut wrenching, spine tingling, fear inducing shock horror masterpieces. Do you agree?
- Insanity (Stratosphere Hotel)
By Michael Liu
If you have a fear of heights this ride will be your worst nightmare. Located at the top of the 9th highest building in the USA and the tallest building in Vegas, insanity has you suspended and swinging above the city below. There’s something particularly horrifying about seeing the tops of buildings and miniscule car as its enormous mechanical arm dangles you over the building. The fact that you are hanging 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower combined with speeds of up to 3 G’s makes this ride sickeningly scary
2. Tower of Terror, Australia.
After a toss-up between the Tower of Terror and Oblivion as the scariest ‘drop’ ride out there I had to go for the Tower. Oblivion holds a special place in my heart but the Tower’s stats don’t lie. A zero gravity 100 mph drop that is enough to turn you inside out. Taking you from 0-160 km in under 7 seconds up 100 metres in the air, the moment before you are dropped must be truly terrifying!
3. Kingda Ka – New Jersey
By Nate Smith
An American institution, Six Flags has been providing adrenaline fueled, frightening roller coaster experiences for years. However, the best of the best, scarier than the rest, simply has to be The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags New Jersey. One of the tallest and fastest in the world, this coaster has you hurtling up into the sky and back down again at break neck speeds of 128mph. Rising up to 456 feet the Kingda Ka then makes a dramatic 90 degree left turn before near vertically plummeting to the ground below, this is a ride definitely not for the faint of heart.
4. Fahrenheit – Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
With loops followed by more loops, this roller coaster couldn’t fail to make the Top 5. Sporting a unique vertical loop rising up to 121 feet before you are dropped wildly, this roller coaster gives you the extremely frightening sensation of free falling. As the steepest roller coaster drop in the entirety of the USA, this is definitely one of the scariest roller coasters out there.
5. Eejananaika, Fuji-Q Highland, Japan
Prepare to be scared… as this is the world’s first 4D roller coaster (although others have been built since), upping the game for rides that claim to have fear factor. The only thing more terrifying than a rollercoaster with loops and turns is one that spins. This ride has you spinning 360 degrees. Surely not? Oh yes indeed.