Spring time has finally started warming up and it’s almost summer! University students will soon be on their summer breaks and kids will be out of school shortly after! You know what that means? It’s time to load up the sunscreen, break out the swimsuits, and shell out a ridiculous amount of money for a season pass to our favorite amusement parks! Though, amusement parks aren’t for everyone. You have to love crowds, you shouldn’t have a very queasy stomach, being a bit of a thrill junkie certainly comes in handy, and you’ve got to love the bone=shivering and headache inducing excitement that comes with roller coasters.
People have been enjoying roller coasters for centuries. Some believe that the first technical roller coaster came in 1784 in Russia, though others contend that the French invented the thrill ride. In either case, we know that thrill seekers have had somewhere to go to quench their thirst for ages. Nowadays, there are so many corporations with theme parks across the world that we typically don’t have to travel very far to get a good thrill, though it might cost us an arm and a leg,perhaps literally.
Thrills are great, until the thrill crosses a line and becomes fear. So many rides have closed because they’ve become genuinely dangerous, or because their threat wasn’t realized until tragedy struck. Here are 15 of the most exciting, coolest, and most dangerous rides that you’re no longer allowed to ride.
Let’s start out with one of the most popular theme parks in the United States, Cedar Point. Though it’s not exactly a giant park, it’s renowned because of its picturesque location right on Lake Erie and because it’s the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. One of the top rides in the park was Mantis for a few years, a stand-up roller coaster with numerous upside downs that was added in 1996. At that time, it was the tallest, steepest, and fastest ride of its kind! But maybe those records weren’t meant to be broken… the ride closed after twenty years running claiming several reasons, but one of primacy were complaints of back aches and pain caused by the ride. To avoid lawsuits, they completely redid the coaster so that it’s now a dangling coaster. It’s no where near the thrill it used to be, but the memory of it lives on!