Did you know the world’s first roller coaster opened 200 years ago?

The rides have evolved a lot from their early wooden iterations and to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, we’ve found out some of the best ones thrill-seekers can try today. So strap yourself in and let’s go…

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1. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, UAE

To try the world’s fastest roller coaster, you’ll need to head to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Formula Rossa will send you travelling faster than an F1 car and reaches 150mph in an astonishing 4.9 seconds.

2. The Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire


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A classic wooden roller coaster, The Big Dipper is an iconic British seaside attraction.

It’s been a prominent feature in Blackpool since it opened in 1923.

In 1998 an American named Richard Rodriguez undertook a bonkers world record attempt, riding the Big Dipper for 1,000 hours. He beat his own record two years later, doubling it to 2,000.

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3. Crush’s Coaster at Disneyland Paris, France


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The world’s first roller coaster opened 200 years ago this year in Paris.

While the Promenades Aeriennes may be long gone, take a trip to the city to try some of the more modern versions on offer.

Crush’s Coaster at Disneyland Paris is a thrilling twisting and turning indoor ride that’ll take you along the East Australian Current with some of your favourite Finding Nemo characters.

4. Galactic Attack at Six Flags Magic Mountain, California

Los Angeles theme park Six Flags Magic Mountain is just one of many to add virtual reality experiences for an extra rush of adrenaline.

Galactic Attack will see you dipping and diving through space, escaping alien drones firing at your spaceship.

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5. Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon at Thorpe Park, Surrey


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With the new addition of VR headsets to Derren Brown’s updated attraction at Thorpe Park, this immersive ghost train is sure to get your spine tingling.

The thrilling ride is not for the faint-hearted and comes with a long list of warnings.

It’s not suitable for under 13s, people with motion sickness or dizziness, and psychological or neurological disorders.

Do you think you can handle it?

6. Leap-The-Dips at Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania


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Leap-The-Dips is the world’s oldest roller coaster still in operation.

The ride was first built in 1902. It fell into disrepair in 1985 but was lovingly restored and reopened in 1999.

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7. SAW – The Ride at Thorpe Park, Surrey


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Based on the famous horror movie series, this one is sure to scare.

Brace yourself for a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100 degrees from 100ft.

What are your favourite roller coasters? Let us know in the Comments section below.