Do you want to know which theme parks and amusement parks across the globe have the most number of roller coasters? You've come to the right place. I've compiled a rundown of the 13 parks that boast the biggest arsenals of thrill machines. Note that some of the parks are tied. Most of the parks on the list are located in North America. And of the 13 parks, eight of them are in the United States. We're crazy over coasters in the U.S.
The number one park for the most number of roller coasters—at an astounding 19—is (sound of timpani roll) Six Flags Magic Mountain (sound of cymbal crash). It started with a cute theme about gnomes who lived in a Magic Mountain, but the California theme park evolved into a big, bad, scream-filled, coaster haven. Its arsenal features Superman: The Escape, a launched shuttle coaster that reaches 100 mph, Tatsu a well-regarded flying coaster, and X2, the world's first 4th-dimension coaster (and among the scariest coasters out there). In 2015, Six Flags Magic Mountain gave a radical makeover to its classic Colossus and unleashed the hybrid Twisted Colossus, our pick for the ride that leads the list of U.S coasters you have to ride. In 2019, the park introduced the launched coaster, West Coast Racers.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California
For a while there, Cedar Point (which bills itself as "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World") was duking it out with Six Flags Magic Mountain for coaster supremacy. The Ohio park eventually blinked (although 17 roller coasters is nothing to sneeze at). But it continues to build new rides (such as GateKeeper in 2013 and Valravn in 2016) and improve older ones (such as Rougarou in 2015 and the phenomenal Steel Vengeance in 2018). Among its other wonderful coasters are Maverick, Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force, and Top Thrill Dragster.
Cedar Point is located in Sandusky, Ohio
While the top two parks on the list were battling one another over which one could assemble the most number of roller coasters, Canada's Wonderland quietly (in typical Canadian fashion?) kept building new rides and slipped into the number two position. Among its huge collection of thrill machines are Behemoth, an enormous hypercoaster, Leviathan, an even bigger Giga-coaster, and Wonder Mountain's Guardian, which is more of a shoot-em-up dark ride than a coaster. In 2019, the park introduced Yukon Striker, a dive coaster.
Canada's Wonderland is located in Maple, Ontario, just outside Toronto
A new addition to the park scene, Wonderland Eurasia opened in 2019. And right out of the gate it featured 17 coasters. Among its rides are Lightspeed, which includes a brain-scrambling ten inversions, and Öksökö Öfkesi, which climbs 152 feet.
Wonderland Eurasia is located in Ankara, Turkey
Six Flags Great America - 15 Roller Coasters
Another park with a top-10 best coaster, Great America is overflowing with thrill rides and screaming passengers. Highlights include Goliath, which earned the distinction of being the world's fastest, tallest, and steepest wooden coaster when it debuted in 2014 (and is the ride that ranks among our top-10 best). Other notable rides include X-Flight, a wild "wing" coaster, the impulse coaster, Vertical Velocity, and the delightful wooden kiddie coaster, Little Dipper. In 2019, the park opened the launched ride, Maxx Force.
Six Flags Great America is located in Gurnee, Illinois (near Chicago).
Diamondback an airtime-loaded hypercoaster is among the best steel coasters in North America (IMHO). The legendary The Beast is one of the most famous wooden coasters on the planet (if among the most overrated). In 2017, Kings Island introduced Mystic Timbers, a themed wooden coaster.
Kings Island is located in Mason, Ohio.
Carowinds is located on the border between North Carolina and South Carolina The parks' one-two punch of world-class coasters is Intimidator, a wild hypercoaster filled with airtime, and Fury 325, the world's fastest and tallest giga-coaster when it debuted in 2015. The park's Afterburn is a great inverted coaster. In 2019, Carowinds introduced Copperhead Strike, a launched coaster with five inversions.
Carowinds is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Multiple Parks - Tied with 13 Roller Coasters
In 2019, there are six parks that boast 13 roller coasters among its collection of rides.
- Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania has been open since 1906 and has an impressive collection of coasters. Its oldest one, Comet, dates back to 1946. Among its standouts are the racing/dueling coaster, Lightning Racer (a top-10 woodie), as well as Skyrush, Great Bear, and Storm Runner. In 2015, Hersheypark introduced Laff Trakk, a hybrid coaster and dark ride.
- Operated by the Mack Family of Mack Rides fame, Europa Park in Rust, Germany serves as a testing ground for the ride manufacturer's latest roller coasters and other innovations. It is also the second largest theme park in Europe behind Disneyland Paris. Many of its rides are highly themed, including Arthur (pictured above), an inverted roller coaster that includes dark ride elements and tells the story of Arthur and the Minimoys.
- The original Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, has a great assortment of coasters including the wooden-steel hybrid, New Texas Giant and one of the earliest tubular steel coasters, Runaway Mine Train.
- One of the chain’s flagship parks, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, has a mighty impressive lineup of rides including the record-shattering Kingda Ka and the top-10 duo of Nitro and El Toro.
- Wiener Prater in Vienna, Austria has been operating since 1766 and has a coaster that dates back to 1948. In 2019, the park opened Teststrecke, a double-looping coaster.
- The highlight at Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan is Steel Dragon 2000, which climbs 318 feet and hits 95 mph, making it among the fastest coasters in the world. In 2019, the park opened Hakugei, a wooden-steel hybrid coaster.