Travel Picks: Thrills, chills on the top 10 rollercoasters

Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:26am EDT
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - The rollercoaster has come a long way since it was first patented in 1885, with the first amusement park ride of this kind appearing at New York's Coney Island measuring 600 feet long and 50 feet high.

Travel website ( has come up with a list of the top 10 fast, fierce and ferocious rollercoasters for this summer. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Behemoth, Wonderland Park, Toronto, Canada

Built in 2008, this $26 million project turned out to be the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Canada. Starting with an 85-degree descent and speeding up to 80 mph in 3.9 seconds, this ride has eight drops and double-banked horizontal loops.

2. Eejanaika, Fuji-Q Highland park, Yamanashi, Japan

Opened in 2006, this "fourth dimension" ride has seats that can rotate 360 degrees forward or backward in a controlled spin. It's the second of its kind on the planet, (the first lives at Six Flags in the U.S.) but Eejanaika surpasses its predecessor in both height and speed, rising 249 feet in the air, and zooming a quick 78.3 mph.

3. Tower of Terror, Queensland, Australia

Shooting straight up into the sky on an L-shaped track, this magnetic induction shuttle coaster runs on linear synchronous motors, which propels it into a free-floating position, and then forces a drop to retrace its route backwards. At 100 mph, it's one of the fastest roller coasters on the planet.

4. Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land, Nagashima, Japan   Continued...

<p>The Behemoth rollercoaster at Wonderland Park in Toronto. REUTERS/Handout</p>