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Top 10 Scariest Rides at Six Flags

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These rides are straight up terrifying! For this list, we'll be looking at every Six Flags park to determine the most intimidating rides for both first-timers and thrill-seekers alike. Our countdown includes Maxx Force, Texas SkyScreamer, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, and more!
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Top 10 Scariest Rides at Six Flags


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Scariest Rides at Six Flags.

For this list, we’ll be looking at every Six Flags park to determine the most intimidating rides for both first-timers and thrill-seekers alike. We’re not limiting ourselves to strictly coasters either, so expect some unconventional ride types here.

Let us know if you’ve conquered any of the entries on our list, and keep your arms inside the vehicle at all times because here we go!

#10: Maxx Force

Six Flags Great America
Maxx Force’s game is about one thing: speed. For one thing, it boasts a world record-breaking inversion speed, clocking in at 60 miles per hour. What’s more, as of 2022, no coaster in North America accelerates faster during its launch. Brace yourself, because the Maxx Force reaches 78 miles per hour in 1.8 seconds! Get ready to feel like the launch has left your body at the station, because hitting those tight maneuvers at that speed will give riders a rush of about 4.5 Gs. For reference, astronauts usually endure around 3 Gs during a rocket launch. With a ride this fast, you’ll probably only have time to think about what happened after you get off.

#9: Superman: Escape from Krypton

Six Flags Magic Mountain
If you’ve wanted to fly like the Man of Steel, here’s your chance. A shuttle coaster with just one element, this ride launches riders from 0 to 104 miles per hour in 7 seconds. You’re going to need that speed though, because you’re shooting 415 feet into the air. The launch is powerful enough, but that feeling of flying quickly turns into a much scarier feeling of falling. Whether you’re going forward or backwards, it’s quite the terrifying view before you plummet back to the ground and into the station. Just mind your belongings before getting on, as there’s no kryptonite allowed.

#8: CraZanity

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Now here’s a ride that lives up to its name. One of the tallest and fastest pendulum-style rides in the world, CraZanity stands at a height of 170 feet tall and can go as fast as 75 mph. The ride experience is as disorienting as it is horrifying, spinning you as you’re flung into the sky one moment and back toward the ground the next. There's a terrifying rush as you hurtle downwards, the frisbee vehicle spinning before throwing you almost completely upside down, hanging in the air before dropping. It’s enough to turn some people away. CraZanity is right.

#7: Texas SkyScreamer

Six Flags Over Texas
A relaxing swing ride at an amusement park is nothing new. But how would you like to try one that reaches 400 feet into the air? The really scary part here, though, is just how exposed you’ll feel with only some chains attached to your metal frame seat. There’s no coaster train to brace your feet, no vest restraint, it’s just you and the clouds. Have you ever experienced vertigo while looking over a balcony and suddenly reached for a railing to stabilize you? Imagine that feeling, but while traveling at a little under 40 miles per hour, not a surface in sight. At least you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for the ground under your feet.

#6: Tatsu

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Sure, a maximum height of 170 feet may not sound like much compared to some other entries on this list, except here you’re laying completely flat, facing the ground. Known as a flying coaster, Tatsu adjusts riders to a horizontal position before taking off. That means instead of looking up and out like on a normal coaster, you’ll be facing straight down over a hundred feet below you. Some coasters are taller or faster. But when the only things between you and the trees below are shoulder and ankle restraints, you’ll wonder why you ever got on the ride in the first place!

#5: Titan

Six Flags Over Texas
This one qualifies as a hypercoaster, because it’s taller than a whopping 200 feet. On Titan, that lift hill just keeps going and going and going all the way to its 245 foot peak, sending riders careening down a 255-foot drop. You’ll reach speeds of 85 miles per hour on this behemoth of a ride, floating in your seat the entire way down and possibly graying out on the ride’s last spiral turns. It’s free from gimmicks, but that doesn’t really matter when you’re 250 feet in the air. This is one truly colossal coaster.

#4: Adirondack Outlaw

Six Flags Great Escape
The fact that this is classified as a Vomatron tells you everything you need to know. Adirondack Outlaw throws riders nearly 165 feet into the sky at 52 miles per hour. Not only does the large arm rotate 360 degrees, but each set of benches rotates as well, causing complete disorientation. It’s so freaky that you very well may feel like you’re on the verge of blacking out throughout. Do you remember trying to get a swing on the playground to do a full loop? Well, imagine if that swing was over 150 feet tall and the seat could flip upside down. We wouldn’t advise trying that on the playground.

#3: Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom

Six Flags Great Adventure
We hope you’re not scared of heights, because Zumanjaro is one insanely tall drop tower ride, clocking in at 415 feet. Contained within the structure of another coaster, you’ll rise to that height for thirty seconds before dropping. That’s thirty whole seconds as the ground falls farther and farther away from your feet, structures shrinking in the distance as you continue to go up. It’s then that you’ll hang for a few seconds, looking out at the view, worried about the release before you plummet towards the ground at 90 miles per hour before finally slowing down. We think we’ll take the stairs.

#2: X2

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Normal roller coasters can be intense enough for some people, but X2 is on a whole different level. After all, it’s the first-fourth dimension coaster ever! On it, your vehicle goes down the already challenging track at speeds of up to 76 miles per hour. But the real kicker is that your seats are able to rotate 360 degrees. With every hill, drop, and inversion, you can be flipped upside down, each spin leaving you dizzier than the one before. That’s one way to enhance the intensity of every element on the track! Let’s just hope you can remember which way is up after you get off.

#1: Kingda Ka

Six Flags Great Adventure
Kingda Ka attains record-breaking heights of 456 feet tall and flies at speeds of 128 miles per hour. If that sounds absolutely frightening, it’s because it is! As if that wasn’t enough, there’s one more thing that truly sets this ride apart from others in terms of fear factor: rollbacks. As you’re launched up the massive hill that stands as the ride’s main feature, it’s possible for the train to not quite reach the top. So you’ll slip backwards and fall down the way you came. While it’s not technically dangerous, it’s undeniably terrifying. We definitely won’t judge you if you scream – in fact, we’ll join you!
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