There are roller coasters and there are roller coasters. And then there are roller coasters that make you wonder about the twisted mind that created the equally twisted loops and drops of death. All for good fun, where fun equates to probably dying early. Cedar Point in Ohio might not be one of the most popular coaster parks in the world, but come 2016, it would probably be right there on the map, probably with 10 world records bagged all at once, and hopefully without any tragic mishap.
Yes, Cedar Point’s Valravn Birdseye coaster wants to break 10 world records all at once. As the 100th coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard in Monthey, Switzerland, it definitely deserves some laud. This ten records include:
1. Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
8. Most rides at one amusement park (72)
9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)
But while those might be impressive for records, what will probably draw crowds is the fact that the coaster has completely vertical, near 90-degree angle drops. Yes, plural. There are two of them, the first one at 223 feet and the second one, just when you thought it was all over, at 125 feet.
No one will probably contest that achievement, at least not for a long while. And though the coaster won’t open until next summer, if you have a VR headset lying around, you can somewhat experience part of the thrill with the 360-degree video of the ride available below. Just be sure you’re heart, or stomach, can take it.