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Nation’s love of rollercoasters revealed in new research

11th June 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

From an early age, most kids like to be swung through the air, whether it is your dad tossing you over his head or your mum pushing you on the swings, it is fun to glide. As adults, we are able to turn to the marvel of modern engineering – roller coasters. These spectacular machines allow riders to soar like birds, and as from today, even sprint as fast as a Velociraptor.

New research released today looks at the nation’s love of rollercoasters. When asked why we chose to ride them, 68% say it is simply for the fun of it, with speed being the thing that excites most of us (30%). This is followed by the height of the drops (25%) and the number of twists and turns (23%).

The research has been commissioned to launch the Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal Orlando Resort which opens its doors today enabling thrill-seekers the opportunity to soar 155 feet in the air and catapult up to 70 mph alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack.

Aston spoke to rollercoaster designer Shelby Honea all the way from Universal Creative in Orlando, Florida.

Photo by Matt Bowden on Unsplash