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Roller coasters ranked by top speed worldwide in 2017 (in miles per hour)

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The statistic shows the fastest roller coasters in the world in 2017, by top speed. Kingda Ka in the U.S. theme park Six Flags Great Adventure has a top speed of 128 mph.
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Roller coasters are rides made of either steel or wood which are designed for amusement parks. As of 2017, the fastest roller coaster in the world was the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. The ride, which was opened in 2010, can achieve top speeds of around 149 miles per hour. Ferrari World is a theme park based on the Ferrari motor brand; it is the largest indoor theme park in the world. The park has a range of rides and roller coasters for adults and children as well as live entertainment and merchandise stores.

Despite having the fastest roller coaster in the world, Ferrari World was not one of of the most visited amusement parks parks in 2016. Walt Disney World’s Magic kingdom in the U.S. received the most visitors in that year, with an attendance of 20.4 million people. In terms of park attendance Disney is the industry leader, eight out of the top ten visited parks worldwide were owned by the Disney Company in 2016. Disney Parks and Resorts are also the leading amusement park company in terms of revenue. In 2015, the company generated 16.16 billion U.S. dollars in revenues across all of its parks. Universal Studios Theme Parks, which ranked third, generated 3.34 billion U.S. dollars, a little over one fifth of Disney’s revenue. The popularity of Disney parks does not appear to be waning. Over the last five years the revenue of Walt Disney Company’s parks and resorts has grown by almost 5.2 billion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
August 2017
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Worldwide
Survey time period
2017
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