Worlds Tallest Coasters?

Tuesday, October 3, 2000 7:23 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows what coasters have held the "Worlds Tallest" status, and what coaster was next to break the record.

I know recently its been Fujiyama, Goliath, Millennium Force, and now Steel Dragon. Some other coasters I know that have held the record include, Tidal Wave, American Eagle, Shockwave (all at SFGAm) Magnum, Pepsi Max, among others...

And if anyone knows, what was the first coaster to break the 100 ft. mark, or was that achieved fairly easily?


What's life if you never get to the Point?
Tuesday, October 3, 2000 8:12 PM
The world's tallest coaster at oen time was Viper at SFMM I belive its 188 ft high. Super Man the escape is the worlds highest "coaster" at 400 ft but it is not a full circut.


Tuesday, October 3, 2000 8:19 PM

I believe that when built, Gemini was the tallest coaster in the world. Surprising, I know, if that's true ...
Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
Tuesday, October 3, 2000 8:37 PM
Screamin' Eagle, Orient Express, Gemini....

Tuesday, October 3, 2000 10:45 PM
I think the Beast at one time was the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in the world when it opened, but I could be wrong. Does anyone know if that was true?


Can you take me higher? (CREED)
Tuesday, October 3, 2000 10:49 PM
No, it was the tallest, fastest woody when it opened but it was the longest coaster overall until just this year with SD2K in Japan. I am pretty sure this is true but if I am wrong than someone please clarify. On another note, the Beast is still the longest woody and will continue to stay that way for a long time to come.

"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL *** This post was edited by Chitown on 10/4/2000. ***
Tuesday, October 3, 2000 10:58 PM
Yeah, Junior almost beat that record, but it didn't want to hurt Dad's reputation. ;)


Can you take me higher? (CREED)
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 5:13 AM
Hey I'm going to go see Creed on the 13th! :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2000 7:51 AM
A few corrections...

Viper (SFMM) was never the tallest, it opened after Magnum XL200. It was the tallest looping coaster until the Steel Phantom. So, I suppose it is once again the tallest looping? Unless you count Manhattan Express. It has a height of 204 feet, but the drop is only 144.

The Beast's record of longest coaster was beaten in 1991 by The Ultimate. It is in the United Kingdom with a total length of 7542 feet, beating The Beast by a mere 142 feet.

Desperado (225 feet) was the tallest/fastest before Fujiyama. The rest of the hypers (Wild Thing, AC, RB, Steel Force, Mamba, Pepsi Max) are all around 200-215 feet.

Gotta ride 'em all!
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 7:58 AM
I think Steel Phantom at one time heald the record of longest drop, but not the tallest, as the drop lead into a deep ravine.

Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 8:50 AM
According to the book "Cedar Point Queen of American Watering Places" Gemini debuted as the tallest coaster at 125 feet when it opened it 1978.
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 9:02 AM
Actually since Steel Phantom is gone SOB is now the tallest looping coaster (if you count woodies) at 218'
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 9:11 AM
OOPS!! You are absolutely correct. I forgot that one, I wonder why...

Gotta ride 'em all!
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 9:37 AM
Many people forget about SOB, the only reason I thought of it was because I had heard someone mention it on another post a few weeks ago.
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 11:28 AM
Yea... Wee want Hyperloopers, and lots of 'em... This 3H crap (hills, hops, and helixes for the acronym impaired) is actually getting old. (I never thought i would say that about a hyper coaster when i first rode steel force...)

But if a loop is all positive Gs, peolple shouldn't even thinka bout OTSRs
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 11:41 AM
Blue Streak was the tallest in Ohio. I think..

Magnum-Just Ride It!!!
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 2:23 PM
Because I have way too much time on my hands, here goes some recent coaster history:
1976 Screamin' Eagle SFStL 110' height; 92' drop
1978 Colossus SFMM 125'; 115
1979 Beast PKI 135'; 141'
1981 American Eagle SFGAm 127'; 147'
1989 Hercules Dorney 157'; 157'
1991 Mean Streak CP 161'; 155'
1992 Rattler SFFT 179'7"; 166'6" (original) 124' (reprofiled)
2000 Son of Beast PKI 218'; 214'

For steel (stats conjoined from &
1978 Montazooma's Revenge KBF 148'; n/a
1983 Dragon Mountain Marineland (Canada) 186' (I dont believe this!!)
1983 Moonsault Scramble FHP Japan 207'; n/a
1988 Shockwave SFGAm 170'; 155'
1989 Magnum XL-200 CP 205'; 194' 8"
1991 Steel Phantom KW 160'; 225'
1993/4 Desparado Buffalo Bill's 205'; 225'
1994 Pepsi Max: The Big One BPB 214; n/a'
1996 Fujiyama FHP Japan 259'; 239'
1997 Superman: The Escape SFMM 415'; n/a (if you count it, if not keep reading)
1998 Mr. Freeze SFoT/StL. 218'; n/a
2000 Goliath SFMM 235'; 255'
2000 Speed Nascar Cafe 224';n/a
2000 Millennium Force CP 310'; 300'
2000 Steel Dragon NS Japan 318'; 306'

Because of the various thoughts about what constitues a coaster, I have included a gang of coasters. You make your own determination. Hope this helps.
later days,

*** This post was edited by 2Hostyl on 10/4/2000. *** *** This post was edited by 2Hostyl on 10/4/2000. ***
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 2:31 PM
In 1927, a 138-foot woodie was built, named Blue Streak, which was quite an accomplishment more than 7 decades ago.
Wednesday, October 4, 2000 2:43 PM
The Beast was longest in America. The world's longest coaster was in England, named the Ultimate. It's the same track design as the Gemini.
In Robert Cartmell's book, there's a coaster shown that was the world's tallest for like fifty years. Was it the Cyclone at Puritas Springs(sp?)? It was either 120 or 140 feet tall depending on who you listened to. Until Gemini, it had the record.

Fear the Wrath of the Phantom!
Monday, October 23, 2000 11:58 AM
1.) Superman: The Escape at SFMM (415 ft.)
2.) Tower of Terror , I don't know where it is (390 ft.)
3.) Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan (320 ft.)
4.) Millennium Force at CP (310 ft.)
5.) Some other Japan hyper (259 ft.)
6.) Goliath at SFMM (239 ft.) (259 ft. drop)

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