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May 19, 2010 12:31 ET

Take a Ride With's Top 10 Roller Coasters

Celebrating 125 Years of Thrills and Chills

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  This year marks the 125th anniversary of the roller coaster, which was first patented in 1885. From the first roller coaster -- a wooden structure 600 feet long and 50 feet in height called Switchback Railway in Coney Island -- this amusement park icon has come a long way. Thrill seekers are now getting ready to experience the ultimate in roller coasters with the soon-to-open Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, set to become the world's fastest roller coaster reaching a peak speed of 149 mph and climbing to 171 feet. Read about Formula Rossa along with nine other roller coasters from around the world in's list of Top 10 Roller Coasters. Roller coasters are the epitome of summer fun and, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, offers great airfare deals so all those roller coaster die-hards can start to map out their summer adventures.

Below are some of's top fast, fierce, and ferocious roller coasters to help thrill-seekers zoom through the season:

Tower of Terror at Dreamworld Park in Queensland, Australia 
At 100 mph, it's one of the fastest roller coasters on the planet. Shooting straight up into the sky on an L-shaped track, this magnetic induction shuttle coaster runs on linear synchronous motors, which propels it into a free-floating position, and then forces a drop to retrace its route backwards. Round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane are available on from $818. Search and compare more cheap flights to Queensland.

Megafobia at Oakwood Coaster Country in Pembrokeshire, Wales
One of the most respected wooden roller coasters on the planet, Megafobia runs on a twister-style layout, and is considered as the top wooden roller coaster in the world. Coming in at 100 seconds in time, standing at 85 feet tall, and running at 2,956 feet in length, Megafobia shows passengers that its old-time wooden frame isn't something to be scoffed at. Round-trip flights from New York to Cardiff are available on from $758. Search and compare more cheap flights to Wales.

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey
While Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi is still in the making, Kingda Ka is technically the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The ride begins with a scary launch that accelerates passengers to 128 mph and up 456 feet in the air. The only thing more terrifying than the ascent is the 90-degree (yes, that's a straight line down to the ground) plunge. Round-trip flights from Miami to Newark, NJ, are available on from $219. Search and compare more cheap flights to Newark.

Bizarro (formerly Superman, Ride of Steel) at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts
This ride has gotten attention from all around the world for being the most thrilling and enjoyable from start to finish with speeds reaching 77 mph and giving as much free-falling "air time" as one human being can handle. The real mystery though, lies in its altitude. This ride stands 208 feet tall, but boasts a 221-foot drop. Round-trip flights from Chicago to Hartford, Conn., are available on from $222. Search and compare more cheap flights to Hartford.

Behemoth at Wonderland in Toronto, Canada
Built in 2008, this $26 million project turned out to be the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Canada. Starting with an 85-degree descent, and speeding up to 80 mph in 3.9 seconds, this ride has eight drops and double-banked horizontal loops, and is one of the first roller coasters to provide completely unobstructed views for every rider. Round-trip flights from New York to Toronto are available on from $213. Search and compare more cheap flights to Toronto

Other heart racing roller coasters to make the list include: Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan; Eejanaika at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi, Japan; Furius Baco at PortAventura in Spain; Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and Nemesis at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. To read's list of Top 10 Roller Coasters in full detail, visit

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