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Purple Tips: 6 Terrifying Roller Coasters
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Purple Tips: 6 Terrifying Roller Coasters

Purple Tips: 6 Terrifying Roller Coasters

What does it say about the human race that we are prepared to pay good money to scare the wits out of ourselves? We have our bodies thrown around the sharp corners, tunnels and twists at high velocity, while strapped in with little more than a glorified seat-belt. The adrenalin rush that each trip provides is surely addictive, and with coaster designers becoming ever more innovative in their sadistic desire to scare us half to death, the roller coaster stakes are higher than ever. Here are the world’s top six scariest roller coasters.


Shambhala image via @ Jodi Playa

Wind Shear at Divo Ostrov Amusement Park, Russia

This Russian roller coaster was supposedly designed to make its passengers throw up on themselves. Located at a theme park set deep into woodland, it spins, flips and rocks passengers in all directions for the ultimate stomach-churning effect (just make sure you don’t eat too much before boarding). The ride is one of Vekoma’s Waikiki Wave Super Flip rides (of which there is another in Mexico and one in Australia). The roller coaster can bend in all directions, allowing for diagonal twists and turns rather than just horizontal. One side of the ride moves in a clockwise direction, while the other moves in an anti-clockwise direction, meaning passengers are swung back and forth, hung upside down and tossed around in a vomit-inducing random fashion.

Batman The Ride at Six Flags, Georgia, USA

Batman The Ride has a particularly dark history. A teenager on a church trip was decapitated after entering a restricted area below. The 11-story-high ride was closed after the incident, but re-opened a few days later, only to take the life of a 58-year-old park worker in 2002, when he was in a restricted area while the coaster was operating. The man was kicked in the head by a passenger, who herself was hospitalised, though she ultimately survived the accident.

Shambhala at PortAventura, Spain

As well as being the tallest ride in Europe, Shambala is also the ride with the tallest drop (78m) and longest hyper coaster track (more than 1,650m). Its drop is enough to turn your stomach inside out and choose some of the other roller coasters around the world.

Formula Rossa at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Formula Rossa is currently the fastest roller coaster in the world, reaching a staggering 240km per hour in less than five seconds. The velocity is such that passengers in the front seats are required to wear goggles to protect their eyes from the potential damage caused by a high speed impact with a flying insect.

Expedition Everest at Disney World, USA

This relatively new and relatively tame roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom still managed to kill a passenger, at least indirectly. A 44-year-old Florida man was unconscious when his cart pulled into the unloading station, and an employee and a park guest immediately tried to revive him. He was later pronounced dead, the victim of a heart attack, at a local hospital. Disney officials determined that the ride was operating normally when the man died. Maybe the surprise near the end of the coaster’s run startled him to death?

Cobra at Tivoli Friheden, Denmark

This amusement park in Aarhus, Denmark opened its new Cobra coaster in June of this year, only to shut it down eight days later after a section of track fell apart, sending a car off the rails and injuring four passengers. The ride’s now closed, as the park decides what to do: scrap it entirely or rebuild it. If it does re-open, we don’t think we’ll be signing up to ride it.

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Purple 10: Theme Parks USA

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Not only does the US have more theme parks than there are cows in Wales (well not exactly…) but each and every one of them have a little piece that make them quite alike, particularly in regards to food, fun, and roller coasters. We’ve narrowed down a list based on which theme parks USA offer the most for your money and are the most popular of the year.

#1 Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Known as the best amusement park in the world, it’s no wonder Cedar Point makes it to the top of our list. With 75 rides, ten shows, a water park and seventeen roller coasters, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio packs more thrills per square foot than anywhere else on the planet, let alone America.

#2 Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

No list of theme parks would be complete without a mention to the largest, most-attended recreational complex in the world. Home to some of the most iconic landmarks, characters and imagery on the planet, Walt Disney World is an American favourite.

#3 King’s Island in Mason, Ohio

As the largest amusement park in the Midwest, King’s Island is humongous, with 364 acres of park grounds boasting over 80 rides and attractions. The all-new Soak City water park alone offers more than 50 water activities, including 30 slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers and surfable waves.

#4 Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas

Featuring three incredible parks (for one admission), more than 40 rides, 17 slides, nine tube chutes, uphill water coasters, three lazy rivers and more than three miles of tube rides, Schlitterbahn is a huge, thrill-seekers paradise. Home to the longest water park ride in the world, The Falls, Schilitterbahn is one of Texas’ main attractions.

#5 Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California

For hundreds of thousands of theme park fans, Disneyland could never be anything but #1, but even in fifth position there’s no question that Disneyland Park and the larger resort, with 20 million annual visitors combined, is simply one of the best.

#6 Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

Well-maintained with a unique design, this African themed adventure park offers something for everybody. This year, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has built an electromagnetic multiple-launch roller coaster on the former site of the Big Bad Wolf called Verbolten, which opened in May.

#7 Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

Arguably even more exciting to than Disneyland or Six Flags Universal Studios in Orlando is a must-visit for all age groups.

#8 Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Knoebels offers free admission and parking, with more than 50 rides available either a la carte or through an all-day pass. Enjoy the Grand Carousel, two world-class roller coasters and The Phoenix, voted the second best wooden coaster in the world.

#9 Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois

Six Flags is a dependable brand for thrill-lovers. Chicagoland’s own Six Flags Great America features eight themed areas, each highlighting a different aspect of Americana.

#10 Legoland in Carlsbad, California

This theme park takes you right back into childhood, amusing both the children and the adults. It’s known for its sculptures made of Legos, from rides to cars, from the New York skyline to Mount Rushmore.

Buried Treasure of the World

Ahoy there! It’s Talk like a Pirate Day and at PurpleTravel we’re all wearing our eye patches, wooden legs and cussing parrots. So listen maties, we got you a list of the places aroun’ them there seven seas that treasure has been hidden.

Yo ho ho…

Treasure: Unknown/Pirate Hoard

Oak Island, just off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia, is probably the most excavated site in the world for buried treasure, and yet, it has still failed to deliver up the goods.  The story begins in 1795, when Daniel McGinnis and a friend noticed a circular depression in the ground, as if a pit had been dug and then filled in again.  They dug to a depth of 9.1 metres, believing that something of value must have been buried there.  Initially, they discovered a layer of flagstones followed by traces of pickaxes on the rocks and some stories suggest that they found platforms of logs at 3 metres intervals.  Their story spread and was quickly linked to the missing treasure of Captain Kidd and even the notorious Blackbeard – Edward Thatch (Teach). Over the following centuries the pit has been excavated many times, even by Franklin D. Roosevelt.  However, the pit is claimed to be ‘booby trapped” and has regularly flooded. The most alluring clue found so far was a code inscription on a flat stone which, when translated, apparently stated: “Forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried.”  The deepest excavations reached 72 metres and over the years some six people have died trying to find whatever is buried on Oak Island.



Treasure: The Kruger Millions
Lost: 1900 – Current
Est. Value: 250,000,000.00

Gold coins, ingots, gold dust, silver ingots & coins. (South Africa)

During the Second Anglo-Boer War, the descendants of the Boers realised that their capital, Pretoria, would soon be captured by British troops. They commandeered as much gold as they could from government reserves, banks and the mines and minted many thousands of new gold coins. Much of this gold is believed to have travelled with the Boer President, Paul Kruger, as he journeyed eastwards towards Mozambique to escape the advancing British.  He departed, by ship, for France on the 19th of October 1900.  The gold remained behind, hidden somewhere in the bushveld of the North Eastern Transvaal.  It has never been found.

Treasure: Spanish Treasure
Lost: 30 July 1715
Current Est. Value: 2 billion
(Florida – USA)

In 1712 AD, Spain began to assemble one of the world’s richest treasure fleets.  By 1715, it consisted of five ships of the Nueva España (Mexico) fleet and six ships of the Tierra Firme (Main Land) fleet. Significant amounts of silver, gold, pearls, emeralds and other precious items were loaded at Vera Cruz, Cartagena, Nombre de Dios and Portobello. A further ship, a French merchantman, the Griffon, also joined the convoy. As a further defence against pirates and privateers, the fleet waited until just before the hurricane season before setting off from Havana. A storm destroyed the entire fleet just seven days after leaving Cuba, with thousands of sailors falling to a watery grave. Over the next four years, the Spanish salvaged about half of the treasure, but even today, items of treasure still occasionally wash up on nearby shores. Seven of the ships have been located, but only a small percentage of the treasure has been recovered. The San Miguel, a Nao class vessel, has yet to be found and is believed to have separated from the fleet the day before the storm struck.  Carracks are lighter than Galleons, and were often used to carry treasure as they stood a greater chance of outrunning storms and privateers – the purpose, after all, was to get the treasure home.  The San Miguel is likely to be one of the richest treasure ships yet to be found.

Treasure: The Treasuries of the Knights Templar
Lost: 1307 – Current
Est. Value: Billions

Gold and silver ingots, coinage, jewels, jewellery, gold & silver plate, land deeds, religious relics, weapons, documents and records, Middle Eastern trophies and artefacts, valuable curiosities and royal regalia held as securities. (Location Unknown)

The Knights Templar were once the wealthiest and most powerful military order in Europe, formed to protect those on Christian pilgrimage. They invented an early form of banking, which made them even richer, but they became unpopular with people who had borrowed money from them. By 1291 AD, the Knights Templar were forced out of the Middle East, their popularity further depleted by those who owed them money such as Phillip VI the King of France. On Friday the 13th of October 1307, with the permission of the Pope, Phillip VI, the key leaders of the Order based in France were arrested and tortured into confessions of devil worship.  Phillip VI seized their lands and raided their treasury, but found it much emptier than he had expected. Across the rest of Europe, the remaining Knights hid their portable treasure, under threat from the Pope who had called for their arrest.  The vast treasure of the Knights Templar largely disappeared and has never been found. An equally intriguing mystery is what happened to the majority of Knights who were never arrested; several thousand men and their flotilla of ships simply vanished.  In particular, 18 ships that had been berthed at La Rochelle, France, on the night of the 12th of October 1307 set sail under the cover of darkness just before the initial persecutions and passed out of history.

Treasure: The Imperial Fabergé Eggs

Peter Carl Fabergé and his brother Agathon were Russian jewellers of French ancestry, based in St. Petersburg. Famed for the extraordinary quality, in 1885 Tsar Alexander III (commissioned them to produce the gold and enamel ‘Hen Egg’ for his wife, the Empress Maria.  Fabergé was made ‘Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and over the next 33 years, 52 eggs were made for the Russian Royal Family, along with a further 15 for other private buyers. The 1917 Russian Revolution toppled Tsar Nicholas II, who was executed along with much of the royal family in July 1918.  Fearing for his safety, Peter Carl Faberge abandoned Russia travelling first to Latvia then Germany and finally Switzerland where he died in Lausene in 1920. The Fabergé eggs and many other treasures of the Royal family were confiscated and stored in the vaults of the Kremlin Armoury.  Some were sold to raise funds for the new regime.  Over time eight of the original 52 Imperial eggs have vanished and their whereabouts remain a mystery to this day. In 2007, just one egg, ‘The Rothschild’ was sold at Christies Auction House for $8,9 million.

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