The 10 Craziest Roller Coaster Rides for Thrill Seekers
It’s time to set the record straight. We’ve taken into account the following criteria to find you the best roller coaster rides ever: G-forces, height, speed, track length, vertical angles and inversions. Whew! If you want daredevil, stomach-churning, anti-gravity induced thrills then get ready to raise your arms and scream your lungs out, ’cause what lies ahead are the 10 craziest roller coaster rides around the country (in no particular order). So ride on, thrill seekers!
1. Behemoth (Canada’s Wonderland): Etymologists associate behemoth to mean beast. Once you ride this animal, you may describe it as such! Behemoth features a seating arrangement that ensures an unobstructed view for every rider, which is a first for hyper coasters. This thrill lasts for three minutes and keep in mind, those rapid descents are not bunny hops! (via Halloween Alley)
2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point): America’s first Giga Coaster (a roller coaster that exceeds 300 feet in height) introduced riders to a whole new level of theme park thrills. Consistently rated as the number one steel coaster, the Millenium Force has been surpassed in height and speed, yet remains one of the most thrilling rides in the world. (via Cedar Point)
3. Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure): Forget about cheap thrills as you make your ascent on the world’s tallest roller coaster, raising upwards of 456 feet! At the top, there’s no time for sight-seeing, because Kingda Ka is powered by a hydraulic launch mechanism that shoots riders to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. Hold on tight, this one’s an adrenaline junkie’s dream. (via Ultimate Roller Coaster)
4. Apollo’s Chariot (Busch Gardens): The world’s first hypercoaster doesn’t disappoint, with eight air-time hills accelerating toward a 210 foot drop at a 64 degree angle… phew! Don’t hold your breath, ’cause this chariot rides along for almost 5,000 feet. (via The Bored Zombie)
5. Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion): The Intimidator 305 hurls riders forward at speeds of 90 mph. Get ready for a breathtaking view as you reach the crest, and keep in mind, when you look down, you’re higher than the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower. Talk about free-fallin’! (via Theme Park Review)
6. Full Throttle (Six Flags Magic Mountain): If you’re into loop-de-loops, this is the coaster for you. Full Throttle catapults and loops riders at a world record-breaking, 160 feet in the air. (via LA Times)
7. Maverick (Cedar Point): Some coasters have their own bag of tricks to ensure enthusiasts get a wild ride. Maverick is the first coaster to introduce the “Twisted Horseshoe Roll,” an element that corkscrews into a 180 degree banked turn and finishes with another corkscrew that rotates in the opposite direction as the first. Maverick’s motto is “The Old West Was Never This Wild” — and we fully agree. (via Suzy Greaves)
8. Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce): For wooden coaster aficionados, Boulder Dash is pretty sweet. Roaming through Lake Compounce’s natural terrain, riders are inches away from trees, mountainous terrain and boulders. All we can say is, hold on and SCREAM! (via Two in The Middle)
9. El Toro (Six Flags Great America): Spanish for “The Bull” this is one ride you can’t tame! One of the fastest and tallest wooden runs on Earth, El Toro blasts you over an area of insane hills at a whopping 70 mph. (via Nerd Wallet)
10. Coney Island Cyclone (Astroland): Even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t rip through the Cyclone. This historic wooden roller coaster has been riding the rails since 1927. If you’re a roller coaster junkie, we suggest paying your respects to this American legend. (via Today is The Day I)
Any twists, turns or dips we missed? Fill us in on the wild rides we need to add to our summer thrill list in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)