Sign in or Join the Community!

Will there ever be a limit in roller coaster's speed?

will the limit be 200 miles per hour?

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted December 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM
Formula Rossa's 150 miles per hour is fast enough to move a rider's face muscles.

Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Rob McCullough
Posted December 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM
I rode Kinda Ka last summer at Six Flags over a Parking lot in New Jersey. While the ride was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I did it, it was fast enough for me thank you very much.

From Rob McCullough
Posted December 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM
Sorry - that should have been "Kingda Ka". I stand by the "over a Parking Lot" bit.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted December 29, 2010 at 10:16 PM
There will be. Human tolerance of forces will play a stronger role in a roller coaster's critical velocity than mechanical constraints.

From Larry Zimmerman
Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM
If you ask me, the limiting factor on Formula Rossa was the park's admission price. I was there in November, and between the taxi ride to get there and the park admission, I decided it just wasn't worth the visit (despite the glorious notch it would have put on my coaster belt...).

From Mike Gallagher
Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Larry, you have a coaster belt??!! Where can I get one? It'd be a nice accessory to my various coaster t-shirts...:))

From Brandon Mendoza
Posted January 4, 2011 at 11:46 AM
I would have to agree that the human body will put the limits on coaster speeds... I mean you can test that stuff on those PC rollercoaster designer games.

When does a ride become uncomfortable? But I'll be honest, even though there are days in So Cal when I enjoy Goliath and X, I still enjoy "slow" rides like Space Mountain, California Screamin, and the Matterhorn.

I guess I'm not impressed with record breaking anything as long as a ride is fun to me.

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

Most Popular U.S. Theme Parks

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood

Popular International Parks

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Paris
Universal Studios Japan
Hong Kong Disneyland
Europa Park
Walt Disney Studios Paris
Universal Studios Singapore

Features, News and Advice

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Theme Park Insider Awards
What's Under Construction for 2015/6?
How to Stay Safe at a Theme Park

Books and Shirts

Theme Park Insider Visits Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Stories from a Theme Park Insider Get Theme Park Insider Shirts and Hoodies


2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006 · 2005 (Dec 27-31) · 2005 (Jan-Dec 26) · 2004