Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Top Thrill Dragster

Cedar Point doesn't call itself the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" for nothing. Another of the park's entries on our list, the Top Thrill Dragster is a break from the traditional roller coaster as it's technically a "strata coaster," which is a complete circuit coaster reaching more than 400 ft. (128 m) high. Considering its name, it should come as no surprise that the Thrill Dragster snorts and revs just like a real dragster and, for added fear factor, sometimes stalls at the top and rolls back down in reverse. Rest assured: the track is equipped with retractable magnetic braking fins to stop the coaster when this happens. It's one of only two strata coasters in existence, the other being Kingda Ka.