A far away view of one of the massive rollercoasters at Fuji Q Highland in Japan

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World's scariest theme parks for next level thrills

Published June 9th, 2016

If the mere click of a rollercoaster chain gives you goosebumps of pleasure, then you owe it to yourself to check out these epic theme parks from around the globe. With scream-inducing rides that make the most ardent theme park fan break into a cold sweat, make sure to leave your merry-go-round loving friends at home when you test your fear threshold at these terrifying amusement parks:


Fuji Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Japan

My friend and I made the snail-paced three-hour bus trip from Tokyo to this theme park last year. However, it was well worth the effort, if having an anxiety attack in abject fear is your idea of a good time. Housing seven insane-looking roller coasters, this park is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The Fujiyama roller coaster is one of the tallest rollercoasters in the world, and I reckon I could have read a small novella in the time it took us to be pulled to the peak of ride. Its towering height means that you can spy a glimpse of Mount Fuji on a clear day

This was not even the most scary ride of the park though. That prime spot is taken by the Eejanaika, a fourth dimension roller coaster. With seats rotating 360 degrees backwards and forwards, you end up inverting a grand total of 14 times.


 

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Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, USA

With a massive 50 rides, 13 of those roller coasters, this is the second largest theme park in the world (Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes numero uno on that one), and not one to miss. With 11 themed areas it might take a wee while to explore the whole park but make sure you don’t miss the Kingda Ka, though this is quite hard to do considering it is the tallest rollercoaster in North America. Just remember to breathe as you skyrocket 45 stories at a 90 degree angle, before plunging down in a 270 degree spiral.    

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, USA

Even if your trip isn’t taking you to the East side, you still have a chance to check out a Six Flags theme park on the West Coast. This one might not be as big in size as the New Jersey park but it does take the cake for the theme park with the most roller coasters in the world, topping the bunch with an awe-inspiring total of 19.

With ride titles such as Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom and Scream you won’t need to look far for pacemaker disqualifying thrills. For a ride that sounds truly terrifying check out X2, a fifth-dimension roller coaster. I don’t even really know what that means but from its tagline of: ‘Quite simply, you will be spun into another dimension’, it seems like it might have something to do with teleportation or perhaps nausea is the 5th dimension?

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Thorpe Park, Surrey, UK

With a slogan of ‘an island like no other’ you know you are in for a bit of a treat at this theme park in Surrey. Experience the ten-looped roller coaster called Colossus, which features the UK’s only quadruple barrel roll. Or take a whirl on the Stealth rollercoaster. Going from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds, this ride has the fastest acceleration of any ride in Europe. Probably partake in your lunch afterwards if you don’t want to see it again.  

Wanda World, Nanchang, China

In an attempt to rival the upcoming opening of Disneyland in Shanghai on the 16th June, China’s richest man has created Wanda City, an epic complex that includes a shopping centre spread over two square kilometres, a gianormous movie theatre with 14 screens, one of the world’s largest ocean parks and the China-centric theme park to end all China-centric theme parks: Wanda World. Not only does the amusement park embody Chinese culture, it also embodies scare-tastic rides, including the highest drop tower in China (still not as scary as the highest drop toilet), as well as the longest and fastest roller coaster in the country.



Holiday Park, Habloch, Germany

Trust Germany to have such a literal-sounding theme park name, but don’t let it fool you. This park is home to the world-renowned Expedition Geforce roller coaster, one of the largest roller coasters in Europe. With a top speed of 120km per hour, and a mixture of speed variance and free-fall, the rider is given the sensation of zero gravity more than a few times on this hair-raising ride. Delivering such high fright experiences, it’s no wonder that since its unveiling in 2001 it has rated in the top three consistently for the amusement park industry’s yearly Golden Ticket Award for top steel roller coasters.

Theme parks are definitely not just for kids, so if scary thrills are your bag then why not tick a few of these jaw-droppers off you list? And if terrifying yourself silly is not your thing… well, you can always eat expensive concession stand ice cream.  

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Odette Des Forges

I am a travel nut that is always looking for the next big adventure, and the next cheap cocktail. Once the plane hits the landing strip on a return journey, I’ve already mapped out an upcoming trip in my mind. And in my mind it is miraculously free somehow, which helps as travel makes me chronically broke.