Theme parks are places where you can indulge in your childishness, eat candyfloss, take pictures of funny costumes, and last but not least, scare yourself half to death. Some theme park rides seem nice and friendly, but some of them are practically designed to terrify you. And if you are an adrenaline junkie who loves nothing more than a scary theme park ride, then you won’t think nothing of visiting some of the places on the following list. Prepare yourself for some bone-chilling horror, because here are the top 5 scariest theme park rides in the world.
Horrorwood, Janfusun Fancyworld, Douliu, Taiwan
If you are going to Taiwan, the best way to give yourself a proper scare is to visit Janfusun Fancyworld’s appropriately named Horrorwood. The ride features recreations of famous scenes from horror movies, which where so effective that frightened visitors are sometimes known to hit the actors dressed in zombies or ghosts. Apparently, some people can’t take Hollywood’s brand of horror very well…
Superman – Ride of Steel, Six Flags America, Mitchellville, Maryland
Superman probably wasn’t afraid of heights, but the average human being, no matter how brave she or he is, will be hard pressed not to let out a small scream of horror when on this ride. This ride is not that new (it’s been operating since 2000), but it has had plenty of time to establish a reputation for being very scary.
Insanity, Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
There couldn’t be a more fitting name for this ride: it is basically a giant centrifuge perched on top of the hotel, looming over the Strip in all it’s neon-colored glory at 900 feet. It spins at 40 miles per hour and at such crazy angles that you will feel like your a hair breadth’s away from plummeting into the pavement. People have been known to chicken out at the mere sight of this unbelievable ride.
Eejanaika, Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Japan
Roughly translated, this ride’s name means ‘hey, what the hell?’, which is what goes through the heads of most people when they are on it. This is one of the only seven 4D rollercoasters in the world, which will not only rush you in the direction of the tracks, but will also spin you independently. In addition to that, this ride also has 14 very scary turns, so you might find yourself screaming eejanaika together with the rest of the people on the ride.
Jumeirah Sceirah, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai
If you ever wondered what it’s like to be weightless (and terrified while at it), try this speed slide that will hurtle you at speeds of 80 km per hour. As you slide down the chute, you can see the famous Jumeirah Hotel and the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, that is, if you can bear to open your eyes.