With all of the buzz around Fury 325, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster. Many have asked exactly what the “giga” refers to.
What is a giga coaster?
A giga coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar Point in 2000. Today, there are five in operation around the World, with another one planned for 2016 (Ferrari Land, Spain).
Below is a list of the giga coasters that are currently operating:
|Rank||Name||Age||Theme Park||Location||Year Opened|
|1st||Jack Rabbit||97 Years||Kennywood||West Mifflin, PA||1920|
|2nd||Jack Rabbit||97 Years||Seabreeze||Rochester, NY||1920|
|2nd||Roller Coaster||96 Years||Lagoon||Farmington, UT||1920|
|3rd||Thunderbolt||96 Years||Kennywood||West Mifflin, PA||1921|
|4th||Giant Dipper||93 Years||Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk||Santa Cruz, CA||1924|
|5th||Thunderhawk||93 Years||Dorney Park||Allentown, PA||1924|
|6th||Giant Dipper||93 Years||Belmont Park||San Diego, CA||1924|
|7th||Racer||90 Years||Kennywood||West Mifflin, PA||1927|
|8th||Wildcat||90 Years||Lake Compounce||Bristol, CT||1927|
|10th||Cyclone||90 Years||Luna Park||Brooklyn, NY||1927|
Ride Experience: Giga Coasters are Tall and Fast!
Giga coasters are incredibly tall and fast roller coasters. They’re skyscraper-like lift hills help them generate intense speeds of 90 mph or more. Instead of using loops to turn riders upside-down, they use all that speed to thrill riders by climbing large hills and then diving back to the ground. Some also provide high-speed twists and turns.
Kings Dominion’s Intimidator 305 focuses most of its insane course on heavily banked track and twisted transitions from side-to-side. Fury 325 has a mix of twist, turns, and a few hills.
Currently, all giga coasters are steel roller coasters. In terms of height and speed, they are only surpassed by strata coasters that use powerful launch systems to rocket higher than 400 feet tall.
To give you an idea of what giga coasters are like, here’s video of Fury 325 at Carowinds:
To learn more about other roller coasters terms and see lists of record holders my Coasterology posts.
What’s Your Take?
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