You Have To See To Believe The World’s New Largest Roller Coaster
The world will soon have a new record holder for the largest, tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster. Six Flags Qiddiya has announced they’re constructing “Falcon’s Flight” which will set the world record for roller coasters.
The new coaster is expected to be completed sometime in 2024, but it wouldn’t be strange if it ended up taking a little bit longer due to the massive size of the project. Currently, the would-be record holder is only a plan. It exists in blueprints and models, but construction is yet to officially break ground.
A New Roller Coaster World Record?
Six Flags Qiddiya is Saudi Arabia’s first amusement park. This week, the coaster’s manufacturer, Intamin, released a video rendering that demonstrates how massive this ride will be. It made my stomach drop…and I’m not even on the ride. Check out their video further below.
According to USA Today, the unveiling of the project happened at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The IAAPA is a trader show where engineers and amusement parks create hype and showcase what they’re working on. In addition to the video, they also displayed the ride’s train cars. They’re slick, modern, and look like they’re ready to go fast.
This roller coaster is going to be huge. Bigger than anything we’ve seen before. There’s nearly 5 kilometers of track, which would be a mile longer than Japan’s “Steel Dragon” which currently holds that record. USA Today reports that the coaster will reach speeds of 156 miles per hour. The maximum drop reportedly measures in at 640 feet. That makes it ten feet faller than the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, if that helps put it into perspective.
However, despite all the amazing records this roller coaster will hold once it’s complete, there are some problems that can be expected, as well. For starters, they haven’t started construction yet. You never know what issues may come up during a project of this size. Additionally, USA Today says the ride will only seat 14 people at a time. That’s not a lot! There very may well be an extra record this coaster will hold…longest wait time in line. I don’t even want to think about that wait.
Want to see it for yourself? Check out the video below! If this ends up happening, it’s going to be wild. Until then, I’ll have my feet firmly planted on the ground, thank you very much.