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When is National Roller Coaster Day? August 16th 

What is National Roller Coaster Day? It was J. G. Taylor who seems to have first received a patent for an “inclined railway” in 1872. This roller coaster could hold 9 people and fell from a height of 400 feet at Rocky Point, Rhode Island. 

Fun facts about National Roller Coaster Day!

  • The first patent-less roller coasters are said to have been built in the Russian Mountains in the 17th century. Evidently, the slides had an 80 height and had a 50-degree drop. The slides were reinforced by wooden supports. 
  • The fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa ride, is located in Abu Dhabi’s Formula One theme park and launches its riders to a top speed of 149 miles per hour.
  • The tallest roller coaster is located in the Six Flags Great Adventure Park, New Jersey. Kingda Ka roller coaster reaches up to a whopping height of 465 feet!
  • Thorpe Park holds the current record for the number of inversions. The ride Colossus has an incredible ten inversions –not for the faint hearted!
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain in California currently has the highest amount of roller coasters in its park with 19 rides within its park. 

How to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day: Amusement Parks are very aware of National Roller Coaster Day and often offer deals for this special occasion. Look up your favorite amusement part and get out there! Some people go so far as to take off work to make sure this special day is fully embraced. However, you go about, we’re sure you’ll have a great time!

What is the hashtag for National Roller Coaster Day? Post your coaster adventures to social media using #rollercoasterday!