Each year amusement parks around the world try to one-up one another by building bigger, faster and more intense amusement rides. Here, Sinorides takes a look at some of the strangest, scariest and most innovative non-roller-coaster rides. And now we are going to unravel the mystery of the 17-19 in the list of 30 strangest rides around the whole world.
17. Ejection Seat
This semitrailer-mounted slingshot launches riders 200 feet into the air at speeds of 60 mph. The two-seat pod in which riders sit is held to the base of the machine by an enormous magnet. After the elastic ropes are pulled tight, the conductor releases the magnet, blasting the pod toward the sky. Technical Park, manufacturer of this particular reverse bungee, says on its website that the Ejection Seat subjects riders to 4.8 g's.
18. Sky Jump
Thrill seekers who aren't quite ready for BASE-jumping may want to warm up on SkyJump. While the original ride is located in New Zealand, a taller version is slated to open up on Las Vegas' Stratosphere in the near future. SkyJump is a controlled leap from Auckland's famous SkyTower, a building similar in design to Seattle's Space Needle. After being harnessed in and attached to a wire, riders jump from 630 feet, falling for 11 seconds and hitting speeds upward of 50 mph.
19. Wunderland Kalkar Climbing Wall
Wunderland Kalkar is an amusement park in Germany built around old nuclear power plant infrastructure that was never fully operational. A Dutch entrepreneur bought the property in 1991, and now you can climb the side of the nuclear cooling tower or enjoy a swing from its heights.