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12 of the World's Greatest Roller Coasters


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Dodonpa

When it first opened in 2001 at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan, Dodonpa was the world's fastest steel coaster, but by 2006, it had slipped to third place. However, it retains the title for the fastest acceleration in the world, reaching a top speed of 106.8 miles per hour in a mere 1.8 seconds! At speeds like that, ride time is only 55 seconds, but that seems like an eternity when rushing down 170 feet at a 90-degree angle.


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