Valravn is set to be the next rollercoaster of your dreams and nightmares. It opens next summer at Cedar Point in Ohio, and as the creators are eager to point out, the coaster will break or contribute to an astonishing 10 world records:
1.Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
2.Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
3.Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
4.Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
5.Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
6.Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
7.Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
8.Most rides at one amusement park (72)
9.Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
10.Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)
But what makes Valravn so special and terrifying is that it’s a dive coaster. It’s not even the tallest in the park, but it does drop at a 90-degree angle. Six Flags’ Kingda Ka may be the world’s tallest (456 feet) and second-fastest (128 mph) coaster, yet it can’t match the feeling of plummeting straight down.
Before that vertical drop, Valravn makes you wait. At its peak, the ride slows down for four — agonizing or glorious, depending on your mood — seconds before sending you hurtling downward. Any good rollercoaster will make its rider feel unreasonably frightened while securely strapped to a seat, and the Valravn doesn’t just thrill physically, it plays mind games for its delayed dive. There’s really just nothing like being teased into chickening out, only to be stuck 20 stories in the air.
Try it out. There’s no shame in keeping your virtual head down the whole time. Like me.