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This Trippy Roller Coaster Ride-Along Will Make You Vomit Faster Than the Real Thing

Jeb Corliss brought along a GoPro Fusion 360-degree camera during a ride on Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Goliath roller coaster. But instead of using the footage to create an immersive VR experience, he instead turned it into a fantastically trippy 2D video that will make you dizzier faster than riding the real thing. Read More >>

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A Water Slide Ferris Wheel Might Be the Most Stomach-Turning Ride Ever Invented

Water slides are best when they take you on a long meandering ride through curves and hills, but not every amusement park has room for a big installation. That’s why a German company has combined water slides with Ferris wheels to create this dizzying attraction that will have riders wondering which way is up. Read More >>

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Every Kid Can Enjoy a Day at the Waterpark With This Air-Powered Wheelchair

Most electric wheelchairs and mobility devices can easily shrug off a little rain, but on the whole, they really don’t mix well with water. So engineers at the University of Pittsburgh designed a powered wheelchair that runs on compressed air, allowing those with limited mobility to safely enjoy a day at the water park. Every now and then, good things really do happen in this world. Read More >>

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How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird. Read More >>

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The Scariest Thrill Ride in the World Trades Safety for Sheer Terror

If you get queasy even on a docile Ferris Wheel, next time you’re at a carnival in Myanmar looking for a cheap thrill you’ll want to avoid a ride called the Tagada at all costs. Safety concerns aside, it looks like it would make even RAF test pilots lose their lunches as it spins and lurches, throwing riders in all directions. Read More >>

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An Amusement Park That’s Also a Giant Spa is Obviously the Greatest Idea Ever

The Japanese city of Beppu is known for its countless hot springs and spas that pop up around them. So much so, that the city’s mayor, Yasuhiro Nagano, pledged to build an entire spa-themed amusement park — although it might not be quite as awesome as the one featured in this promotional video. Read More >>

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Largest Water Slide in the World to Be Dismantled After Fatal Accident

A fatal accident three months ago has left a water park in Kansas City, USA with no choice but to dismantle its star attraction. The 17-storey tall Verrückt water slide has been inactive since the accident in August. “Verrückt will be decommissioned — closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower,” a statement to the Kansas City Star from the park read. Read More >>

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A Jet Engine-Powered Merry-Go-Round is the Ultimate Carnival Ride

You’re already accepting some level of risk when you climb aboard any carnival ride. So if you’re going to endanger yourself for some cheap thrills, this merry-go-round powered by real jet engines should do the trick. Read More >>

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How the Best Rides at Universal Studios Work

Universal Studios is a bizarre theme park that welcomes over seven million people a year. Lately, the big draw is a sprawling replica of Harry Potter’s world, though it’s long been famous for making tourists feel like they’re characters in one of Universal’s many hit movies. The technology involved in these spectacles, however, has remained a mystery—until now. Read More >>

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Metropolis: The Real-Life Town That Superman Couldn’t Save

Until the 1970s, the tiny southern Illinois town of Metropolis in the US had two claims to fame: The long-demolished fort George Washington founded nearby, and the Uranium Hexafluoride Processing Facility, which employed hundreds of its citizens. But in June 1972, the Illinois House of Representatives and DC Comics gave Metropolis a new history. They declared it the official hometown of Superman. Read More >>

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Eerie Images of America’s Abandoned Amusement Parks Will Haunt You

Certain parts of the US have teetered into decline. Places designed to bring joy are now rotting quietly, wrapped in weeds. Seph Lawless, an artist and chronicler of all things ruin-related, recently visited several of these abandoned amusement parks. He returned with some pretty creepy pictures. We’ve got a gallery. Read More >>

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Amusement Park Drops People From 30 Metres With No Rope or Vehicle

Here's an insanely scary ride for those who need to feel like they're close to dying in order to feel like they're living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. They hang you from a safety rope—then they cut it off and you free fall at 55 mph down onto an airbag 30 metres (100 feet) below. For fun. Read More >>

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Coney Island’s Newest Roller Coaster is Incredibly Narrow

This week marks the opening of the Thunderbolt, a modern roller coaster looping and corkscrewing through historic Coney Island in Brooklyn. The coaster is a towering orange lasso with 2200 feet (670.5 metres) of track, squeezed into an unbelievably narrow space. Here's our up close and personal look at NYC's latest thrill ride. Read More >>

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A New Terrifying Ride Drops You Face-First at 60 MPH

Amusement parks love those heart-stopping vertical drop rides because they don't take up much space. But when you've ridden one, you've ridden them all. At least until Busch Gardens' new 335-foot (102m) Falcon's Fury ride is open to the public. Read More >>

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Roller Coaster Workers Recreate an Iconic 1932 Photo

Everybody knows Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. Eleven men eating lunch on an I-beam beam hundreds of feet above New York City, none of them wearing safety harnesses—it's iconic! That's what makes this roller coaster recreation from Alton Towers so much fun. Read More >>