Popular in the US since the 1920s, we all likely recall our first roller coaster rides. That slow climb up the first large hill led to the crazy exhilaration of flying through the remaining loopity-loops to the final slide back home.
The first roller coaster was made of wood and icy ramps in Russia in the 1500s. By the 1700s, the Russians had added wheels on carts. The 1900s brought on the Golden Age of roller coasters until they fell out of popularity in the Great Depression. Disneyland brought back their soaring popularity with its Matterhorn ride shortly after the California park opened.
Today’s thrill seekers will find all sorts of new technological craziness. Not your thing? Well, you can always try a never-leave-the-ground virtual reality roller coaster, offering all the thrill with total safety.