The term Giga Coaster was coined by Cedar Fair and Intamin AG to describe their world record breaking ride: Millennium Force. This coaster was built in May 2000 and was the first coaster to go over 300 feet (91.5m) in height. Essentially, any full circuit coaster between 300 feet and 399 feet (121.6m) should be classified as a Giga Coaster.
INTAMIN GIGA COASTER
The first, and only for a decade, Intamin Giga Coaster was multi-award winning Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Ohio, USA. Standing 310 feet (94.5m) tall with a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h), Millennium Force proved that you could have massive height coupled with a layout people adore.
In 2010, Intamin opened its second Giga Coaster – Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia, USA. I305, as it is affectionately known, is 305 feet (93m) tall with a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h) and travels relatively close to the ground – other than on the massive lift hill and the airtime hill underneath.
Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion, USA
Millennium Force at Cedar Point, USA
MORGAN GIGA COASTER
Within months of Millennium Force’s opening, Nagashima Spaland in Japan opened Steel Dragon 2000. This Morgan beast topped Millennium Force by 8 feet (2.5m) and captured the record for height; not that it would be keeping it too long.
BOLLIGER &MABILLARD GIGA COASTER
Over a dozen years after manufacturing their first Hyper Coaster, B&M stepped it up a notch with Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland – the company’s first Giga Coaster. Instead of featuring an abundance of floater airtime, this 306 foot (93m) tall, 92 mph (148 km/h) monster is strictly all about height and speed.
In 2015 B&M created their second Giga – Fury 325 at Carowinds in the Carolinas, USA. Some 14 feet (4m) taller and 5 mph (8 km/h) faster than it predecessor, this record breaker also features airtime hills and a unique treble clef turnaround in its layout.