According to Nationaldaycalender.com, in 1885, ‘a patent was awarded to LaMarcus Adna Thompson regarding roller coasters which were made out of wood; however there was a “Russian Mountains” roller coaster considerably earlier.
The oldest roller coaster is believed to have originated from the so-called “Russian Mountains,” built.
In the 17th century, these were specially constructed hills of ice that were located especially around Saint Petersburg, Russia. The slides were built to a height of 70 to 80 feet consisting of a 50 degree drop and were reinforced by wooden supports.’
Six Flags Great America features popular roller coasters that include Demon, X Flight, Goliath, American Eagle, Whizzer, Dark Knight, Superman: Ultimate Flight, Raging Bull, Viper, Vertical Velocity, Batman: The Ride, Little Dipper and Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets.
Rage of the Gargoyles debuted this last Friday which is a virtual reality ride on the Demon roller coaster. This is the latest innovation and technology. No other ride in the world has this virtual reality experience. It marries virtual reality with reality utilizing the Samsung 7 – the latest phone in their collection that is connected to the goggles.
Continue here to read more about the Demon ride and Rage of the Gargoyles.
In 2015 Goliath was officially meausred by the Guiness Book of World Records and it was named the globe’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Get on your favorite ride today: National Coaster Day in Lake County at Six Flags Great America.
The Gurnee amusement park dares you to ride all of the coasters!
Watch the video below when Sara and I take the Rage of the Gargoyles challenge. Happy National Coaster Day in Lake County!