Fahrenheit Roller Coaster
Brace Yourself: Opened in May 2008, the so-called “sweetest place on earth” just got edgier. This inverted vertical loop “lift” coaster starts off swooping riders up 121 feet above the ground only to plunge them right back down in a gut-wrenching, 97-degree negative drop—the steepest in the U.S. At the 121-foot crest, the upcoming drop is at such a steep incline that the only thing riders in the stadium-seating trains see is, well, nothing. No track at all. Once you survive that first drop, there’s still more to come: a 107-foot inverted loop, an inverted corkscrew roll, cobra element, airborne inverted S-roll, another inverted corkscrew, a little airtime hill (stomach floating), a high-speed banked curve, another hill, and then a high-speed banked curve to end it. All this action takes place in about 85 seconds—less time than it takes to polish off a Hershey bar.
If You Chicken Out: Suspended over the boardwalk area, the Roller Soaker is a curious Mean Girls kind of “interactive” coaster; each passenger is given four gallons of water to dump on spectators below as they pass overhead. But riders beware: huge water sprayers are available to onlookers for retaliation.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.