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New Extremes: 6 World Record-Breaking Theme Park Rides Opening in 2014

3. World's fastest wooden roller coaster: Goliath (Six Flags Great America, Illinois)


Six Flags Great America will claim three world records with the introduction of Goliath. The 180-foot, 85-degree first drop will be the longest and steepest on a wooden roller coaster. As it plummets downwards, the train will hit a top speed of up to 72 miles per hour, making this monstrous creation the fastest wooden coaster, too. Look out for three inversions in its circuit, including a 180-degree zero-g roll, an inverted drop and a zero-g stall.

2. World's tallest water slide: Verrückt (Schlitterbahn Kansas City)


"Verrückt" is the German word for "insane", and that's an appropriate moniker for the new water slide at Schlitterbahn Kansas City. Standing at 170-feet-tall, it will shatter the world record for the tallest water slide. Riders will hit an estimated speed of 65 miles per hour. They'll then be blasted to the top of a second hill, standing at "just" 50-feet-tall.

You may be tired when you reach the top, though - you'll have to climb 264 steps to get there.

1. World's tallest drop tower: Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom (Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey)

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom

Six Flags Great Adventure is no stranger to world records, billing itself as "the world's largest theme park" and hosting the tallest roller coaster on the planet, Kingda Ka.

Now, it plans to break the record for the world's tallest drop tower, with the introduction of Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Mounted to Kingda Ka's tower, the attraction will lift riders some 415 feet in the air, before sending them plummeting back towards the ground below at 90 miles per hour.

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