The fastest roller coaster and other record-setting thrill rides
Thrill-ride junkies, rejoice! The designers of your favorite attractions stay up at night thinking of new ways to get your adrenaline pumping. Nearly every year, theme parks unveil thrill rides that set new records for speed, height, duration and more. Here are 10 thrill rides that have set records -- or are on their way there.
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Tallest roller coaster: Kingda Ka( Six Flags Great Adventure / October 2, 2012 )
Kingda Ka, a record-setter at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., peaks at 456 feet.
ASTM International, a private standards-setting organization based in Pennsylvania, has published standards that spell out the maximum thrust, acceleration and drops for theme park rides. But the standards are not mandatory in every state. And even if they abide by the limits, ride designers say they can still come up with attractions that push the boundaries in new ways.