Here’s a comprehensive list of every current roller coaster world record. Roller coasters are great objects for setting records. Be it height, length, or speed, new roller coaster records are set on a regular basis.
SPEED is determined by the top speed a coaster hits at any point of its circuit, however a coaster usually hits the top speed at the bottom of a drop or from a launch system, such as LIM, LSM or Hydraulic.
Some parks boost their coasters HEIGHT by using “sea level” as the base measurement. The height records here are measured from ground level to the highest part of the track.
The LENGTH of a coaster is the total length of one complete coaster circuit.
Metric values have been calculated from Imperial units. They are given to one decimal place.
North American Records
Other Roller Coaster & Theme Park Records
- Oldest operating roller coaster: Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park, PA, USA Opened in 1902
- Most expensive roller coaster: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, FL, USA – $500,000,000
- Roller coaster with the most inversions: The Smiler at Alton Towers, UK – 14 inversions
- Highest inversion on a roller coaster: Zero-G Roll on Steel Curtain at Kennywood, PA, USA – 197 feet (60.1 m)
- Steepest angle on a roller coaster: TMNT Shellraiser, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, NJ, USA – 121.5°
- Roller coaster with tallest vertical loop: Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA, USA – 160 feet (49 m)
- Fastest acceleration on a roller coaster: Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America, IL, USA – 0-78 mph (125.5 km/h) in 1.8 seconds, 19.4 ms−2 (2.0 g)
- Roller coaster with the most airtime: The Voyage at Holiday World, IN, USA – 24.3 seconds
- Longest roller coaster tunnel: Hades 360 at Mt. Olympus, WN, USA – 800 feet (243.8 m)
- Park with the most roller coasters: Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA, USA – 20 coasters
- Oldest operating theme park: Bakken in Copenhagen, Denmark Opened in 1583
- Most visited theme park: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, FL, USA – 20,960,000 (2019)
- Most expensive attraction (non-roller coaster): Test Track at Disney World’s Epcot, FL, USA – $300,000,000
- Tallest StarFlyer: Orlando Starflyer at ICON Park, FL, USA – 450 feet (137.1 m)
- Tallest Drop Tower: Zumanjaro Drop of Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure, NJ, USA – 415 feet (126 m)
- Longest roller coaster marathon: Richard Rodriguez (USA) on The Big One & Big Dipper, Pleasure Beach Blackpool, UK in August 2007 – 405 hours 20 minutes
- Most consecutive days riding a roller coaster: Richard Rodriguez (USA) on The Big One at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, UK May-September 2012 – 112 days
- Most roller coasters ridden in 24 hours: P. Guamo, A. Spivak, J. Kirwood, A. Monroe Rye (All USA), 9th Aug. 2001. Ten parks in four states, using a helicopter – 74 coasters
- Highest average age on a roller coaster: 32 riders on Big Dipper, Pleasure Beach Blackpool, UK – 75.25 years
- Longest ride on bumper cars: Jan Spekker and Manuela Benus, Stardust bumper car, Hamburg Dom, Germany, 11th Aug. 2016 – 28 hours