Around the World in 10 Thrilling Theme Park Facts

March 2, 2018

Think you know all there is to know about theme parks? Think again. From the location of the world’s very first theme park to the world record for the most naked riders on a rollercoaster – here are 10 thrilling theme park facts that may just surprise you!


10. Fastest Rollercoaster – Formula Rossa


With a top speed of 150 mph Formula Rossa, located in Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates, is officially the fastest rollercoaster in the world. It takes just 5 seconds to go from 0 to 150 mph and whizzes riders around the 2.2 kilometer track in just 1.32 minutes!


9. Longest Rollercoaster – Steel Dragon 2000


If you want to ride the world’s longest steel rollercoaster, you’ll have to travel to Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan. The ride measures a staggering 8,133 feet in length and takes riders on an exhilarating 4-minute ride at speeds of up to 95 mph.


8. Tallest Sky Swing – Vertigo


If you’ve got a head for heights you will fall in love with the adrenaline rush offered by Vertigo, the UK’s tallest sky swing at Oakwood Theme Park. Ride solo or in a group of up to three people and see what life looks like from one of the highest points in the entire park. This is one rush you won’t forget in a hurry.


7. World’s First Theme Park – Santa Claus Land


The doors opened to the world’s first theme park, Santa Claus Land, in 1946. Located in Santa Claus, Indiana, the park was dedicated to everything related to Santa Claus and the North Pole. Unlike earlier amusement parks – which were often just collections of unrelated rides – Santa Claus was the first attraction to have a dedicated theme.


6. Weird & Wonderful – The Restroom Cultural Park


In 2012, the South Korean city of Suwon opened what it declared the “world’s first toilet theme park”. Visitors to The Restroom Cultural Park are able to browse the site’s museum, which includes a collection of toilet-theme items, including European-style bedpans, traditional Korean squat toilets, and a sculpture garden dedicated to squatting figures.


5. Most Naked Riders on a Theme Park Ride


In August 2010, 102 riders braved the cold at Adventure Island in Essex to set the record for the most naked riders on a theme park ride. Brr!


4. Epic Tidal Waves – Drenched


Drenched takes riders on a wet and wild adventure like no other. The fun ride includes spectacular views of Oakwood Theme Park, before plunging down and drenching everyone in the biggest, wettest tidal wave of any theme park in the UK! Don’t forget to bring dry socks!


3. Most Expensive Theme Park Attraction – Test Track


Test Track is a high-speed ride located at Epcot Theme Park in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. It is reported to have cost $300 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive theme-park attractions of all time.


2. Most Rollercoasters – China


China has more rollercoasters than any other country in the world – 824, to be exact!


1. Best Wooden Rollercoaster – Megaphobia


Oakwood Theme Park is home to one of the best wooden rollercoasters on the planet – Megaphobia. Rollercoaster fans travel from all over the world to experience the thrill of riding Megaphobia, which has been a firm favourite with visitors for more than 20 years.


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