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Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois

It’s a wooden roller coaster, but steel layers in the track make possible the tallest, steepest drop (180 feet, 85 degrees) and fastest ride (72 mph) among its wooden brethren.

SKYSCREAMER

Six Flags New England Agawam, Massachusetts

This vertiginous version of the swing ride will dangle riders’ legs 400 feet up, spinning them in a circle till they hit 40 mph. Be warned: Six Flags says “only the birds will hear you scream.”

VERRÜCKT

Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas

At 17 stories, this waterslide is taller than Niagara Falls. Four riders hop on a raft and plunge at speeds that could exceed 65 mph, whooshing to the bottom, then up five stories—to drop again. Verrückt? German for insane.

BANSHEE

King’s Island Mason, Ohio

Tear through seven inversions across 4,124 feet of track. It’s the world’s longest inverted coaster, complete with a spiral and a zero-G roll. Hello, lunch! It’s nice to see you again.

ZUMANJARO

Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom will be the world’s highest drop ride, rocketing riders up 415 feet, pausing momentarily, then releasing them for a 10-second trip to the bottom at the vomit-inducing speed of 90 mph.

 

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