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Thrill Rides

  Thrill Ride Reviews
Reviews and photos of featured thrill rides at amusement parks around the globe.

StarFlyer StarFlyer
Viennese Prater, Austria
A traditional swing ride combined with the height of a tower make for a fantastic thrill ride, so long as you're not afraid of heights.
Delirium Delirium
Paramount's Kings Island
Take a spin on this powerful thrill ride as it spins madly while swinging back and forth reaching heights of up to 137 feet.
Tower of Terror Tower of Terror
Dreamworld, Austrailia
The tallest, fastest thrill ride in the Southern Hemisphere sends riders up a 38-story tower at speeds of up to 100 mph.
Supreme Scream Supreme Scream
Knott's Berry Farm
This awesome triple tower vertical thrill ride is one of the world's tallest freefall rides standing over 30 stories tall.
Freefall Freefall
Six Flags Magic Mountain
This first-generation freefall drops four riders eight stories reaching speeds of up to 55 mph.
Superman The Escape Superman The Escape
Six Flags Magic Mountain
The world's tallest shuttle roller coaster and the first thrill ride in the world to break the illusive 100 mph speed barrier.
VertiGo VertiGo
Cedar Point
This first-of-a-kind thrill ride lauches six passengers nearly 300 feet at speeds up to 50 mph.

Roller Coaster Riders Left Hanging

Power Outage Strands 12 Upside Down On The X-Coaster At Magic Springs

X-Coaster, stranded riders, Magic Springs, June 10, 2007

An amusement park visitor took this picture of the X-Coaster at Magic Springs when the ride froze, leaving 12 riders hanging upside down. 



(AP) A dozen riders on an Arkansas roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down — 150 feet above the ground — after a power outage shut down the attraction.

It took about 30 minutes for the city Fire Department to rescue the riders using a ladder truck Saturday evening, said Aundrea Crary, spokeswoman for the Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park.

Spectators cheered when the riders were brought to the ground from the highest point of a loop on the X-Coaster, but one passenger threw up after reaching safety.

The X-Coaster was one of several rides brought to a halt by the outage that originated somewhere near the park.
"You could tell who got off the (X-Coaster) because their faces were red," said Angela Salter. She was riding the Gauntlet, another coaster, and said park employees worked quickly to free her.

The park resumed normal operations, although the X-Coaster remained closed.

One X-Coaster passenger, Jay Plummer, 37, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs after complaining of neck pain and a headache.

"It was very scary," said his girlfriend, Connie McBride. "I love the amusement park, but I will never get on the X-Coaster again."

The park has experienced outages before, but usually they last only seconds, said Dan Aylward, Magic Springs president and general manager.

Entergy Corp. was investigating but crews found no faulty wiring.

"The cause could be a (tree) limb or as simple as an animal (on the lines)," said Mark Hunt, general manager of customer service for Entergy. "We could find no faults, but we are going to continue to investigate until we find the cause."