Fasten you seatbelts as you soar, plummet, spin and speed your way aboard some of the world's fastest, highest and tallest terror machines on Extreme Rides, a primetime television special.
Extreme rides featured in the show Extreme Rides include:
THE BIG SHOT at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, NV
The Big Shot is an acceleration ride that towers 1,000 feet above the Las Vegas skyline, making it the highest extreme amusement ride in the world. It actually sits atop the Stratosphere Hotel, where it shoots riders up 160 feet for a breathtaking view of the universe before dropping them.
PITT FALL at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, PA
NASA astronauts in training have the KC-135. A 4-engine turbojet that soars 36,000 miles above sea level just so it can drop 10,000 miles down allowing astronauts to experience 25 seconds of sheer weightlessness. While down here on Planet Earth, we have the Pitt Fall. As the world's tallest free-fall ride, it lifts seated riders 251 feet straight up only to drop them for the thrill of their life. Advice is, when you hold your arms and legs straight out, the stomach wrenching is twice as good.
AXS at Knoebels in Elysburg, PA
Truth is, many of today's extreme rides require the stomach of an astronaut in training. The AXS at Knoebels features two rotating arms that twist seated passengers every each way but loose. This ride is also known as the Mixer. In EXTREME RIDES, you'll find out just why!
SKYCOASTER at Kennywood Park
For those who wanted to know what it's like to skydive, there's the Skycoaster at Kennywood. Riders are harnessed and attached to a chord that hoists them 200 feet into the air. When one of them dares to pull the rip chord, the team drops through the air and flies forward at speeds of 70 miles per hour. Everyone who rides it gets to feel like Superman, if only for a few seconds.
ULTRA TWISTER at Six Flags Astroworld in Houston, TX
Even some coaster enthusiasts think twice before stepping aboard this extreme rollercoaster -- the Ultra Twister. It's not like any other coaster in America. Literally. The only other one like it is in Japan. It drops riders 9 stories head first, 90 degrees straight down, before it corkscrews them forward and backdward 360 degrees through its space-agey track. It's best appreciated (or feared) when seen in action. People either laugh in hysterics or scream in terror. Houston, we are ready for lift off!
ALPENGEIST at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia
Then we find ourselves at a Swiss ski resort to board the Alpengeist, the world's tallest, fastest, and most-twisted inverted steel rollercoaster. Alpengeist, which stands 195 feet and reaches speeds of 67 miles per hour, lauches Alpine "skiers" (riders) into six staggering inversions and a 170-foot drop for the most chilling ride of their lives. No wonder this 300-ton metal marvel is widely considered as one of the best extreme scream machines in the world.
SUPERMAN THE ESCAPE at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA
In that same extreme class is Superman The Escape. This record-breaking supersonic wonder is the fastest and tallest non-circuitous rollercoaster in the world. It employs a state-of-the-art electro-magnetic propulsion system to launch riders from 0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds. As riders rocket up the 400-foot tower and make their terrifying backward descent, they experience an unprecedented 6.5 seconds of weightlessness!
ROCKET at Dinosaur Beach Pier in Wildwood, NJ
For those who are curious about bungee jumping, but thought the real thing was too extreme for you, there's the Rocket. Bungee-like technology has created this unique ride where guestsare strapped into a seat that ejects them 180 feet straight up into blue sky. The ride is an extreme adrenal rush, lifting guests from zero to 60 miles per hour all within two seconds time!
THUNDER RAPIDS RAFT RIDE at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT
Then for those who prefer to challenge nature at her wettest, there's the Thunder Rapids Raft Ride. With waters raging at 120,000 gallons per minute, it's the newest, latest, and considered by many the best white water river rafting amusement ride in the country.
TOP ELIMINATOR DRAGSTERS at the Malibu SpeedZone in Dallas, TX
And for those who want to push the envelope when it comes to land thrills, there's the Top Eliminator Dragsters. Malibu SpeedZone, which also has parks in Atlanta and Los Angeles, offers visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of modified 18-foot-long, 300-horsepower dragsters that speed them from zero to 70 miles per hour in 3 seconds!
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