Insanity, a thrill ride on top of the Stratosphere Tower Hotel in Las Vegas, spins riders in the open air at speeds up to 3G’s, and at an angle up to 70 degrees - which may feel like straight down – all at 900 feet above the city!

Amusement Park Physics: Design a Roller Coaster

Find your way through this Carousel Craze maze activity

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Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll by Mary Amato
When the boys, and cousin Amelia, try to raise cash for a trip to the water park, things do not – repeat, not – go as planned! If you liked Captain Underpants, check this one out.

The Amusement Park Mystery adapted by Shannon Eric Denton
In this graphic-novel adaptation, the Boxcar Children search for carousel horses that have disappeared from an amusement park.

Galaxy X by Franklin Dixon
After someone blows up the centerpiece ride of Galaxy X, and newly-built theme park, the Hardy Boys work to uncover the saboteur.

Rebecca to the Rescue by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
In this story set in 1914, Rebecca attempts a daring rescue from the Ferris wheel at Coney Island amusement park.

Scooby-Doo! and the Gruesome Goblin by James Gelsey
Who’s scaring everybody away from the Ocean Land water park?


An A-maze-ing Amusement Park Adventure by Jill Kalz
Find your way through the park by solving a maze on every page.

The Biggest Thrill Rides by Susan K. Mitchell
Take a look at Six Flags' Kingda Ka, Kings Island's Son of Beast, the rides on the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower, and more!

Roller Coasters, or, I Had So Much Fun, I Almost Puked by Nick Cook
Everything about the history, physics, parts, and design of roller coasters.

The World's Wildest Roller Coasters by Michael Burgan
This book describes different kinds of roller coasters and tells how they work.

Marvelous Machinery: Rides at Work by Nathan Lepora
Part of the series "The Science Behind Thrill Rides," this book focuses on the levers, pulleys, ramps and wheels that make coasters exciting!

Roller Coasters by Lynn M. Stone
Learn how roller coasters are put together, from the ground up. Part of the series, "How Are They Built?"

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Bill Nye the Science Guy: Simple Machines [DVD]
The Science Guy careens around on a roller coaster and shows that simple machines can do complicated things.

The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity [DVD]
Disney’s ride designers figure out the best way to work with- and sometimes against- gravity's constant 1G force, to create rollercoaster thrills.

Popular Mechanics for Kids: Rollercoasters [DVD]
Watch this DVD and brave some of the world's fastest roller coasters!


Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do [Xbox 360]
Play 20 games and attractions, including Alley ball, Strength test, Wheel of Chance and more.

Theme Park Roller Coaster [PlayStation 2]
Create and ride your own roller coaster, and try to manage your park to make a profit!

Wonder World Amusement Park [Wii]
Try some of these 35 rides and games.

The Roller Coaster DataBase
A comprehensive, searchable database which states it has information and statistics on over 5000 roller coasters throughout the world.

Ultimate Rollercoaster
This site provides "informative and entertaining information on the topics of roller coasters, theme parks and thrill rides." It includes the "Roller Coaster Yellowpages," a comprehensive list of coasters and theme parks with ride specifications and theme park information.

Amusement Park Physics: Roller Coaster, from Annenberg Learner
Why do roller coasters work? Does it matter if they’re wood or steel?