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Dizzying heights, ridiculous speeds, screams, the rattling of a machine hurtling through space and time. Yes, millions of people around the world actually enjoy these things. We’re talking, of course, about roller-coasters.

One person’s adventure is another person’s nightmare; the idea of one solitary bar across our laps being responsible for our lives is enough to make us kiss the ground and keep our feet firmly planted there, but for adrenaline junkies, it’s an absolute thrill.

So how can someone who’s deathly afraid of roller-coasters ever know what it’s like to plummet hundreds of feet at a 90-degree angle? The magic of GoPros, duh! We’ve amassed first-person videos from the top 13 most intense roller-coasters from around the world, and suffered through the sweaty palms and tingly feet to bring them directly to your screen.

Strap yourselves in!

1. The Beast

Where: Mason, Ohio
Speed: 104 km/h
Length: 7,359 ft.
The Beast at Kings Island Park is the longest wooden roller-coaster in the world. It’s in the top 10 fastest wooden coasters in the world and has one of the top 10 tallest drops, at 141 feet. Listen to this thing rattle!

2. Bizarro

Where: Agawam, Massachusetts
Speed: 124 km/h
Length: 5,400 ft.

Formerly known as “Superman: Ride of Steel” from 2000-2009, this roller-coaster at Six Flags New England has been consistently named one of the world’s best coasters. Its safety record is marred after two incidents, one of which resulted in the death of a man as the coaster reached its final turn. (Needless to say, it’s been modified and enhanced since then.)

3. Shambhala

Where: Catalonia, Spain
Speed: 134 km/h
Length: 5,131 ft.

This is Europe’s crown jewel of coasters; it has the longest drop and is the tallest, fastest hypercoaster on the entire continent. Roller-coaster reviewers (yes, they do exist) claim that this is one of the smoothest rides in the world. Certainly looks that way in the video.

4. Intimidator 305

Where: Doswell, Virginia
Speed: 140 km/h
Length: 5,100 ft.

Oh wow, that first hill. It has an angle of 85 degrees, which is basically straight down for all of its 305 feet. Believe it or not, the amusement park was forced to modify the ride after people were reporting blackouts and so-called “grey-outs” because of the coaster’s G-forces. Intimidator, indeed.

5. Leviathan

Where: Toronto, Canada
Speed: 148 km/h
Length: 5,486 ft.

Of course Canada’s Wonderland has to be somewhere on this list. This beast is the tallest and fastest in the entire country, and does Canada proud. Visible from the highway nearby, it provides thrills even if you’re just a spectator.

6. Fury 325

Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
Speed: 153 km/h
Length: 6,602 ft.

Behold: The Fury 325 is the tallest and fastest “Giga” coaster in the world. (“Giga” is the title given to a coaster with a drop between 300-399 feet, and if it completes a full circuit.) This ride is super-fast and super-crazy, and even passes over and under the park’s main entrance. Carowinds theme park had to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration in order to build the coaster’s gigantic 325-foot hill.

7. Kingda Ka

Where: Jackson, New Jersey
Speed: 206 km/h
Length: 3,118 ft.

This is the tallest roller-coaster — of any kind — in the world (456 feet high), and the second-fastest. Intimidating, no? Check out how fast the ride starts; it reaches its maximum speed in about 3.5 seconds. The sign before you take off says “Arms down, head back, hold on.” You can believe we’ll be following those orders.

8. Sky Scream

Where: Hasslock, Germany
Speed: 100 km/h
Length: 862 ft.

Not your typical roller-coaster, Sky Scream has a deliberate roll-back, meaning you shoot forward at an insufficient speed and then go backwards up the track. It features multiple corkscrews that made us dizzy watching the video. We can only imagine what it’s like to actually be on-board.

9. Takabisha

Where: Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Speed: 100 km/h
Length: 3,300 ft.

“Takabisha,” which means “domineering” or “high-handed” in English, is famous for its insane 120-degree drop. Yes, it falls inward, and it is the steepest roller-coaster drop in the world. Did we mention you start the ride in pitch-black darkness?

10. Goliath

Where: Gurnee, Illinois
Speed: 116 km/h
Length: 3,100 ft.

For a wooden coaster, this one’s a doozy. It currently holds three world records (for wooden roller-coasters): the steepest drop at 85 degrees, the longest drop at 180 feet and the fastest speed at 116 km/h. The company that built the coaster spent four years working on a technology which allowed them to twist wood beams for the track. This ain’t your grandpappy’s wooden coaster, that’s for sure.

11. Formula Rossa

Where: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Speed: 239 km/h
Length: 6,790 ft.

Located at Ferrari World, this is a ride for speed junkies. It is currently the fastest roller-coaster in the world. It reaches 100 km/h in the blistering time of 2 seconds. Due to the high speeds and the impending risk of an impact with airborne particulate matter or insects, all riders are required to wear protective glasses.

12. Steel Dragon 2000

Where: Mie Prefecture, Japan
Speed: 153 km/h
Length: 8,133 ft.

This steel coaster is the longest in the world and it used to be the tallest, as well. The ride is the second-fastest coaster in Japan and is the sixth-fastest in the world. It cost over $64 million CDN to build, making it one of the most expensive roller-coasters ever constructed — the steel needed to be reinforced because of its location in earthquake-prone Japan.

13. Banshee

Where: Mason, Ohio
Speed: 109 km/h
Length: 4,124 ft.

Sorry, we can barely write after watching this video, there are so many ups and downs and twirls. It’s an inverted coaster, meaning the track is above you instead of below you. It differs from other inverted coasters in that it reaches its maximum speed about halfway through the ride instead of at the beginning. This baby is the longest inverted roller-coaster in the world.

Excuse us, we need to go find a garbage can to puke in.