The ultimate summer challenge? Ride them all.
As we move boldly into the future, our entertainment is advancing, too.
Although the very first version of a roller coaster is thought to have been built by the Russians in the 15th century, it wasn’t until 1884 that roller coasters came to the United States. When “The Switchback” opened at Coney Island, the roller coaster traveled six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.
Over the past 100 years, theme parks have becoming much more thrilling places — but they’ve retained their inventive spirits. Every year, theme park engineers push the limits of technology and constantly imagine new ways to thrill visitors. And 2017 is no exception.
This year’s crop of exciting new attractions includes rides that use virtual reality to submerge guests into a fantasy world, steel roller coasters that go as fast as race cars and nauseating, vertiginous machines that find new ways of inducing motion sickness.
From New Jersey to Japan, here are 38 of the tallest, fastest, scariest, coolest and best new theme park rides opening in 2017.