It makes total sense that the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster would live at the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio already has 17 roller coasters, but come 2016 they will add a new record breaker to their resume: Valravn. Thrill seekers will rejoice at the specs: a 223-foot initial climb topped off with a four-second pause (just to give riders a real good look at how far they're about the fall) and a 214-foot free-fall all taken at a terrifyingly vertical 90-degree angle. When the coaster really gets going, it'll hit speeds of 75 miles-per-hour. Needless to say, Valravn is not for the faint of heart.
The new 3,415-foot ride will soon break 10 different records: tallest dive coaster, fastest dive coaster, longest dive coaster, most inversions on a dive coaster, longest drop on a dive coaster, highest inversion on a dive coaster, most roller coasters taller than 200-feet at one amusement park, most rides at one amusement park, most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park, and most roller coaster track at one amusement park. Valravn will open to riders at the beginning of the 2016 park season. Think you can handle it? Lucky for us fence-riders, there's a video floating around that gives you a virtual ride down the soon-to-be record breaker so we don't have to wait in an enormous line before knowing if we're going to chicken out. Check it out:
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