Takabisha, World's Steepest Rollercoaster, to Open in Japan

Posted Jun 17th 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Jun 17th 2011 11:35 AM

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World's Steepest Rollercoaster to Open in Japan

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A new rollercoaster in a Japanese resort town beneath Mount Fuji has bragging rights: Over a little less than a half mile of track, the Takabisha features a bundle of twists and turns and the steepest vertical drop of any ride on earth.


According to the Daily Mail, the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park is set to open the ride in mid-July, shortly before a host of woozy kids start throwing up all over the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park. The $37 million ride drops about 130 feet at 121 degrees, which is damn close to freefall.

The current Guinness World Record holder for steepest rollercoaster is the Mumbo Jumbo in Malton, England, which has a 112 degree dip. The Jumbo last made headlines in 2010 when a minor mishap resulted in several riders dangling from one of its loops for 20 minutes.

The Takabisha, like the Mumbo Jumbo, will likely be dethroned fairly quickly. A theme park arms race has been ramping up over the last several years as engineers find innovative ways to restrain passengers and distribute the weight of massive tracks.

The Japanese, ever-willing to stomach all sorts of centrifugal indignities, are leading the charge. The country already has the Steel Dragon, which boasts the world's longest track, and the awesomely named Thunder Dolphin, which you sort of have to see to believe.


Would you climb aboard the Takabisha?
Yes. You only live once.2700 (54.9%)
No. You only live once.2215 (45.1%)


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JJ

Has anyone ever heard of a protractor? Homer says DOAH!

June 20 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nikel138

This article is wrong. The Sheikra in Busch Gardens Tampa has the steepest drop. It's a 90 degree drop (can't get any steeper than that!) and it dangles you over the edge for a few seconds before releasing you into a free fall.

June 18 2011 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike & Heather

The millennium force at Ceder Point is where its at!

June 18 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gopspirit9

No thanks!

June 18 2011 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xjoker33x

ThiSz XsHit iS AsOmEe B]

June 18 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
manutd3581

lol.....Over a little less than half a mile of track. That sentence makes no sense.

June 18 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
justin

If you want to talk about fact-checking, how about the line "the...ride drops about 130 feet at 121 degrees, which is damn close to freefall"

I am no Trigonometry expert, but 90 degrees is free fall. 121 degrees is not free fall at all, but 31 degrees past freefall. There is as much rise-to-run on this ride, than a coaster that boasts a 59 degree drop. Sure doesn't sound as intimidating...

Why are all of these AOL articles written without any editing? Thanks AOL, for making us all a little dumber this morning.

June 18 2011 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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suprb383

Humm if you look at a clock 12 would be either 0 or 360 degrees so 3 would be 90 and 6 straight down would be 180 FREEFALL OH well Kids !

June 18 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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justin

So by your logic suprb383...a 90 degree drop would be, what...going in a straight line? And a 0 degree drop would be going straight up??

You are not looking at a clock when you are riding a roller coaster. Degrees are relative to the direction you are moving. I am not going to be mean and berate you on this, but use your head before posting next time. Thank you!

June 18 2011 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
calabrit

good luck looks awesome

June 18 2011 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J Green

guess that you have never been to Cedar Point dude!

June 18 2011 at 2:25 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
blandj

hello

June 17 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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