In the past, we’ve published list about the tallest and longest roller coasters in each state, but sometimes, you just feel the need, the need for speed. Have you ever wondered about the fastest roller coaster in your state?
Maybe its a familiar coaster to enthusiasts like Top Thrill Dragster or Fury 325. Maybe it’s a kiddie coaster. Maybe your state doesn’t have any coasters at all, which is a bummer. Utilizing RCDB, along with some other sources, we’ve compiled a list of the fastest roller coaster in each state.
In states with a limited coaster portfolio, there may be some overlap of coasters on this list with the tallest and longest in each state. Like previous lists of this nature, we’re not including mountain coasters in the official list. It’s rare that they would top other coasters in the state anyway!
Rampage at Alabama Adventure. Top Speed: 56mph
This CCI Wooden Coaster edges out the 2nd fastest coaster in the state, Rollin’ Thunder at The Park at OWA by 0.1 miles per hour!
Aftershock at the Alaska State Fairgrounds: Top Speed:35mph
Debuting at the Alaska State Fair in 2021, Alaska’s first permanent roller coaster is manufactured by Interpark.
Desert Storm at Castles N Coasters. Top Speed: 46mph
Opened in 1992, Desert Storm is one of two Hopkins coasters at Castles N’ Coasters (and one of only 5 coasters currently operating made by Hopkins.)
X Coaster at Magic Springs. Top Speed: 65.3mph
X Coaster is the only roller coaster of its type (Maurer Sky Loop) in the United States
Superman: Escape From Krypton at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Top Speed: 100mph.
The fastest full circuit roller coaster in California is Goliath, also at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It tops out at 85mph. The park operates 8 of the fastest 11 roller coasters in California.
(TIE): Twister II atElitch Gardens andCyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park. Top Speed: 55 mph
These two coasters are located a short 4.2 mile drive from one another in Denver, Colorado.
Phobia Phear Coaster at Lake Compounce. Top Speed: 62 mph
Phobia Phear Coaster is a Sky Rocket II model from Premier Rides. Unlike the Sky Rocket II’s at Seaworld/Busch Gardens, Phobia Phear Coaster only has 2 cars instead of three.
There are no coasters currently operating in Delaware. Sorry, Delawareans!
Currently: Mako at SeaWorld Orlando. Top Speed: 73mph. Soon: Iron Gwaziat Busch Gardens Tampa. Top Speed: 76mph.
Mako’s marketing campaign included the tagline #NothingFaster. However, just down the road, once Iron Gwazi officially opens, it will lose that title.
Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia. Top Speed: 70mph.
The Georgia Goliath is one of seven roller coasters named Goliath at a park either currently owned or once owned by Six Flags.
There are no current operating roller coasters in Hawaii. E kala mai. (That’s “Sorry” in Hawaiian.)
Aftershock at Silverwood. Top Speed: 65.6mph
If Aftershock looks familiar to you, you’re not experiencing Déjà vu…well, maybe you are. That was the coaster’s former name at Six Flags Great America.
Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America. Top Speed: 78mph
Maxx Force reaches its top speed in just 1.8 seconds, thanks to the coaster’s pneumatic launch.
The Voyage at Holiday World. Top Speed: 67mph
Manufactured by The Gravity Group, Holiday World’s late owner, Bill Koch, was listed as a member of the design team for The Voyage.
Monster at Adventureland. Top Speed: 65mph
Monster was the first Infinity Coaster manufactured by Gerstlauer to open in the United States.
There are six roller coasters currently operating in Kansas. All six are kiddie coasters. There aren’t speeds listed for them on RCDB. We don’t think any of them are particularly fast.
Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom. Top Speed: 55mph
Lightning Run remains the only Hyper GT-X coaster manufactured by Chance Rides.
Ragin Cajun’ at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’. Top Speed: 47mph.
This Boomerang coaster is the fastest currently operating coaster in Louisiana. However, the SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) Mega Zeph at Six Flags New Orleans had a top speed of 57mph.
Excalibur at Funtown Splashdown. Top Speed: 55mph
Funtown Splashtown will not open in 2020 due to COVID-19. Excalibur was designed by Larry Bill, who also designed Alabama Adventure’s Rampage and Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce.
Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America. Top Speed: 73mph
Superman: Ride of Steel celebrates its 20th Birthday on May 13, 2020.
Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Top Speed: 77mph
Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England will also celebrate a 20th birthday this year, 8 days prior to the Six Flags America Superman in Maryland.
Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure. Top Speed: 57mph
Shivering Timbers opened at Michigan’s Adventure in 1998 at a cost of $4.5 Million.
Wild Thing at Valleyfair. Top Speed: 74mph
Wild Thing was designed by Steve Okamoto, who designed every Morgan hyper coaster.
All American Coaster at Brookhaven Exchange Club Park.
The speed for the All-American Coaster wasn’t readily available. However, when you’re the only coaster in the state, kiddie coaster or not. you’re by default the fastest.
Mamba at Worlds of Fun. Top Speed: 75mph
While there may not be in operating roller coasters in Montana, did you know that the state has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation?
Another state with only kiddie coasters within its borders, we’re not sure which the faster Nebraska coaster is between Go Gator or Safari. Neither of them seem very fast.
Big Apple Coaster at New York New York Resort. Top Speed: 67mph
Technically, this honor should go Desperado atBuffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino, which has a top speed of 80mph. However, Desperado may have finally closed for good. This list is for operating coasters.
Untamed at Canobie Lake. Top Speed: 43.5mph
The Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter opened at Canobie Lake in 2011, one of four Eurofighter coasters to open that year, worldwide.
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Top Speed: 128mph
The tallest roller coaster in the United States is also the fastest. It reaches its top speed in just 3.5 seconds with a hydraulic launch.
New Mexico Rattler at Cliff’s Amusement Park. Top Speed: 47mph
Custom Coasters, Inc. (CCI) went bankrupt while building the New Mexico Rattler. Cliff’s Amusement Park finished the construction on their own.
Ride of Steel at Darien Lake. Top Speed: 73mph
Ride of Steel at Darien Lake used to have Superman in its name during the park’s original Six Flags Darien Lake branding. It’s a mirror image of Six Flags America’s Superman.
Fury 325 at Carowinds, Top Speed: 95mph
Fury 325 flies above the main park entryway before diving underneath it. The coaster is a 4-time Golden Ticket Award winner for “Best Steel Coaster.”
Runaway Train at Super Slide Amusement Park.
Another coaster where it doesn’t matter what its speed is. When you’re the only coaster in the state, you’re the fastest. We don’t make the rules.
Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, 120mph
Top Thrill Dragster was the world’s first full-circuit strata coaster.
Silver Bullet at Frontier City. Top Speed: 47.8mph
Silver Bullet is the lone remaining Schwarzkopf Looping Star in the United States.
Adrenaline Peak at Oak’s Park. Top Speed: 45mph
Adrenaline Peak is the smallest roller coaster to feature a lighting package from KCL Engineering.
Phantom’s Revengeat Kennywood. Top Speed: 85mph
Phantom’s Revenge is one of few coasters where its second drop is larger than its first drop, made possible by the use of the terrain at Kennywood.
While there are currently no operating roller coasters in Rhode Island, there used to be Cyclone, a Schwarzkopf Wildcat, at Rocky Point Park. The speed of the coaster was 37.3mph.
Intimidator at Carowinds. Top Speed: 75mph
While Carowinds has a North Carolina address, Intimidator is located 100% in the Palmetto State. For a true “South Carolina” Park, the fastest coaster is Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom, reaching speeds of 50mph.
Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall at Storybook Land.
Another solo-state coaster, South Dakota will likely have a new fastest coaster sometime soon. The state recently approved construction plans for an RMC Raptor Coaster at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls.
Lightning Rod at Dollywood. Top Speed: 73mph
Lightning Rod is the world’s first launched wooden coaster.
Titan at Six Flags Over Texas. Top Speed: 85mph
While Titan may look like a traditional B&M Hyper, the coaster was actually manufactured by Giovanola, and is one of just three coasters manufactured by the company.
Cannibal at Lagoon. Top Speed: 70mph
Cannibal was built completely in-house by Lagoon, and features a 116-degree, beyond vertical drop.
Vermont has no traditional roller coasters, but does have two mountain coasters.
Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion. Top Speed: 95mph
Intimidator 305 was one of two Dale Earnhardt-themed roller coasters opened in 2010, the second being South Carolina’s tallest coaster: Intimidator.
(TIE) Classic Coaster at Washington State Fair and Timberhawk: Ride of Prey at Wild Waves. Top Speed: 50mph
Classic Coaster was built in 1935, Timberhawk in 2003. Both wooden coasters have the same top speed.
Big Dipper at Camden Park.
While the speed of Big Dipper isn’t readily available online, it’s the largest coaster at the only amusement park in West Virginia.
(TIE) Zeus & Hades 360, both at Mt. Olympus Resort. Top Speed: 60mph
Both Zeus and Hades 360 have a top speed of 60mph. Zeus was designed by Custom Coasters International, and Hades 360 was built by Gravity Group.
There are no traditional roller coasters in Wyoming. Its lone Mountain Coaster, Cowboy Coaster has a top speed of 27mph.
Are you surprised by any of these numbers? What’s the fastest roller coaster in your state? Let us know in the comments below!
The tallest roller coaster in the United States is also the fastest. It reaches its top speed in just 3.5 seconds with a hydraulic launch.
What is the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the United States? The Kingda Ka coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure holds the title of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in America. This New Jersey park's ride reaches a top speed of 128 miles per hour in just over three seconds.
Kingda Ka: 128 mph
Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in the United States and was the fastest coaster in the world for a few years until Formula Rossa eclipsed it. (At 456 feet, Kingda Ka is still the world's tallest roller coaster by almost 40 feet, however.)
Formula Rossa (Arabic: فورمولا روسا) is a launched roller coaster located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Formula Rossa, which was manufactured by Intamin and opened in 2010, is the world's fastest roller coaster featuring a maximum speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph).
|1||Formula Rossa||149.1 mph (240.0 km/h)|
|2||Kingda Ka||128 mph (206 km/h)|
|*||Top Thrill Dragster||120 mph (190 km/h)|
|3||Red Force||111.8 mph (179.9 km/h)|
Formula Rossa is the world's fastest rollercoaster with a speed of 0 to 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Feel the surge of 4.8Gs in the pit of your stomach as you scale heart-racing heights of 52m.
Which is the tallest rollercoaster in the world? Kingda Ka boasts 456 feet of height and is in Jackson Township, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It is the tallest rollercoaster in the world.
Kingda Ka is a hydraulically-launched steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. Manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel, Kingda Ka opened as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world on May 21, 2005, surpassing Top Thrill Dragster.
The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi amusement park is home to the Formula Rossa, which is the world's fastest roller coaster at 149.1 miles per hour! If you're looking for a tall roller coaster with a massive drop, visit Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
Kingda Ka is quite simply the tallest coaster in the world and fastest roller coaster in North America. Is that impressive enough to warrant royalty? You bet it is. This upside down U-shaped track bolts up 45 stories in the sky—that's 456 feet high!
Six Flags owns the most theme parks and waterparks combined of any amusement-park company and has the seventh highest attendance in the world. The company operates 27 properties throughout North America, including theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and a family entertainment center.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, United States
This theme park, located outside of Los Angeles, is a must for thrill seekers. Six Flags Magic Mountain has the most roller coasters of any amusement park in the world (19), so it's safe to say that it has earned its title as the "Thrill Capital of the World."
There are over 760 coasters located across the U.S., and parks continue to roll out sleek, new ones every year.
The statistic shows roller coasters ranked by length worldwide as of February 2022. The Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan ranked as the longest roller coaster in the world, with a total length of 2,479 meters.
Tiger and Turtle Duisburg: The Slowest Roller Coaster in the World.
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- 1 Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa – RMC. ...
- 2 Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point – RMC. ...
- 3 The Voyage at Holiday World – Gravity Group. ...
- 4 Velocicoaster at Islands of Adventure – Intamin. ...
- 5 Fury 325 at Carowinds – B&M. ...
- 6 Maverick at Cedar Point – Intamin.
- Dodonpa, Fuji-Q Highland – Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. ...
- Taron, Phantasialand – Brühl, Germany. ...
- Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion – Doswell, Virginia, USA. ...
- Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land – Kuwana, Japan. ...
- Silver Star: Europa Park – Rust, Germany.
The two scariest roller coasters in the US are Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure and Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point.
Kingda Ka — Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
In fact, given its height and speed, it could just be considered the scariest roller coaster in the world as well. The track reaches heights of 456 feet (over 45 stories) before sending riders hurtling down at 128 miles per hour — a speed reached in just 3.5 seconds.
Skyscraper (roller coaster)
|Designer||US Thrill Rides|
|Length||5,200 ft (1,600 m)|
The world's longest wooden roller coaster is The Beast at Kings Island, an amusement park in Ohio, US, and it has held onto its record since 1979.
The oldest operating roller coaster is Leap-The-Dips at Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania, a side friction roller coaster built in 1902.
It would fall to an American inventor named LaMarcus Thompson to revolutionize the amusement industry in the US, earning him the title of the "father of the American roller coaster." Born in 1848 in Jersey, Ohio, Thompson was a natural at mechanics, designing and building a butter churn and an ox cart when he was 12.
A strata coaster is a type of roller coaster with a height or drop of at least 400 feet (120 m). As with the other two height classifications, the term strata was first introduced by Cedar Point with the release of Top Thrill Dragster, a 420-foot-tall (130 m) roller coaster that opened in 2003.
A hypercoaster can mean one of two things: Any continuous-circuit roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet.
Why are drink coasters called coasters? From the 1570s a ship that traded from port to port along a coast was called a “COASTER.” By 1874 the term “BOTTLE COASTER” was used to describe a 'low, round tray' used to hold a wine bottle and used as a decanter.
Dyrehavsbakken ( lit. 'The Deer Pasture's Hill'), commonly referred to as Bakken ( lit. 'The Hill'), is an amusement park in Lyngby-Taarbæk Kommune, Denmark, near Klampenborg (Gentofte municipality), about 10 km (6 mi) north of central Copenhagen. It opened in 1583 and is the world's oldest operating amusement park.
Located at historic Seabreeze Amusement Park outside Rochester, the Jack Rabbit is the oldest continuously operating coaster in North America. In the overhead rafters of the ride there is still an original sign that reads “pay as you leave.”
The Giant Dipper
It's the fifth oldest coaster in the United States, has been declared a national historic landmark and is the focal point of a long, active boardwalk. Its white structure and red track soar to the skyline, providing views of Monterey Bay from the top of its lift hill.
Kingda Ka is a launched roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Designed by Werner Stengel, Kingda Ka is an Accelerator Coaster model from Intamin, opening as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world on May 21, 2005.
"Iron Gwazi takes you up to a height of 206-feet, and as you're up there, you crest the lift, and you realize you're going to drop down at a 91-degree angle at 76-miles an hour," said Thurman. It is the tallest hybrid coaster in North America, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world.
1. Kingda Ka. Head to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey to experience the largest roller coaster in the world – and it's also the second-fasted in the world, launching you from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Leap-the-Dips: Altoona, Pennsylvania
Leap-the-Dips in Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania, is the world's oldest operating roller coaster.
Here's the deal: You won't find a traditional roller coaster in the entire state of Alaska. They just don't have 'em.
On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.