Dæmonen, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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RATINGS

Speed 2/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 3/5

MY VERDICT

Dæmonen was good because it felt a little bit like Air (see below), which is one of my favourite rollercoasters. I didn’t like the duration – it wasn’t long enough and it was over too quickly. I did like the inversions – an Immelman loop, a vertical loop and a zero-G roll.

For more on the Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen, click here.

STATS

Launched 16 April 2004

Cost $12 million

Duration 1 min 46 secs

Maximum speed 48mph (77kph)

Maximum height 28 metres

Maximum drop 20 metres

G force 4

Inversions 3

Hurakan Condor, PortAventura, Spain

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RATINGS

Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 4/5

Vertigo factor 5/5

Overall 4/5

MY VERDICT

This is NOT a rollercoaster, it’s a freefall tower or ‘giant drop’ ride. You can see the top from miles away and when you drop, it makes your dangly bits feel funny!!!!!! My mum thought it was the most terrifying ride in the themepark but I really liked it!

See more on our stay at PortAventura and family holiday in Catalonia.

STATS

Launched 22 May 2005

Cost €6 million

Duration 4 seconds (drop)

Maximum speed 71mph (115kph)

Maximum height 100 metres

Maximum drop 86 metres

G force 3

Inversions 0

Dragon Khan, PortAventura, Spain


RATINGS

Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 4/5

MY VERDICT

This rollercoaster throws you around A LOT. It goes upside-down eight times (if you haven’t read the facts) so you feel dizzy at the end. I think the best part is the first and biggest (vertical) loop. The other types of loop are a diving loop, a zero-G roll and a cobra roll, then there are two interlocking corkscrews.

STATS

Launched 2 May 1995

Cost $10 million

Duration 1 min 45 seconds

Maximum speed 65mph (105kph)

Maximum height 45 metres

Maximum drop 49 metres

G force 4.7

Inversions 8

Shambhala, PortAventura, Spain

RATINGS

Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 5/5

Vertigo factor 5/5

Overall 5/5

MY VERDICT

I was really excited about this rollercoaster because it had only been open for 4 months when I rode it, and it’s the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in Europe, with the longest drop. The reason it’s called Shambhala: Expedition to the Himalayas is that the drops are like mountains. It also crosses the neighbouring rollercoaster Dragon Khan several times. My dad nearly didn’t go on it because he had been watching YouTubes of it and he scared himself. At the end of the first drop it felt as if the tunnel was going to chop my head off. I think it was an optical illusion.

STATS

Launched 12 May 2012

Cost €25 million

Duration 3 mins

Maximum speed 83.3mph (134kph)

Maximum height 76 metres

Maximum drop 78 metres

G force 3.8

Inversions 0

Muntanya Russa, Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

RATINGS

Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 4/5

Overall 2/5

MY VERDICT

Tibidabo isn’t a themepark, it’s an amusement park overlooking Barcelona. The Muntanya Russa (which means ‘rollercoaster’ in Catalan) is on top of a big hill (so is the amusement park), so when you go down the drop, it looks like you’re gonna go WAAAGH down to crash into the city. Then it does a sharp turn and snakes though the woods very fast.

See more on Tibidabo and our family break in Barcelona.

STATS

Launched 23 December 2008

Cost €3 million

Duration 1 min 13 secs

Maximum speed 49.7mph (80kph)

Maximum height 25 metres (522 metres above sea level)

Maximum drop 31 metres

G force 3.5

Inversions 0

Sonic Spinball, Alton Towers, UK

RATINGS

Speed 2/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 4/5

Overall 3/5

MY VERDICT

Three adults I know thought this was the worst ride in the whole park just because it spins. Lots of people think it looks like a kids’ ride just because it’s next to Squirrel Nutty, so warn your parents (if you’re a kid). By the way, when it has a really sharp turn, brace yourself.

Read more on our family break at Alton Towers.

STATS

Launched 27 March 2004 (as Spinball Wizzer)

Cost £3.5 million

Duration 1 min 15 secs

Maximum speed 38mph (61kph)

Maximum height 17 metres

Maximum drop n/a

G force 3

Inversions 0

Nemesis, Alton Towers, UK

RATINGS

Speed 4/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 3/5

MY VERDICT

This is supposed to be one of the most exciting rollercoasters in the world. I can see why people say that, but I think lots of things are more exciting – like Oblivion (see below). They could have made it slower so you could realise what is happening – it is exciting to go so fast, but the problem is you hardly have time to know what the heck is happening.

It also has a sister ride that was launched on 24 March 2012, Nemesis Sub-Terra. It’s about these aliens called Nemesis. The main part of the ride is a drop-tower dark ride that takes you down to see an alien egg explode (and get splattered by it). I like it a bit but I think they should make it more of a ride – at the moment there’s too much walking around.

STATS

Launched 16 March 1996

Cost £10 million

Duration 1 min 20 secs

Maximum speed 50mph (80kph)

Maximum height 13 metres

Maximum drop 32 metres

G force 4

Inversions 4