Backyard Roller Coasters

Backyard Roller Coasters – What Would You Build?

Backyard Roller CoastersIt’s been a while since I’ve written about backyard roller coasters. There are tons of videos of short, incomplete home-made rides on YouTube, but I’m most impressed by the few rides that complete a full circuit and come pretty darn close to looking like a legit roller coaster you’d find at an amusement park.

The Best Backyard Roller Coasters

Since it’s been a few years, I thought I’d share them again and ask what would you build. As far as I know, Jeremy Reid’s wooden coaster Oklahoma Land Run and  John Iver’s looping coaster Blue Flash are the best of the best in do-it-yourself backyard roller coasters. Check out the videos below:

Watch a POV video of here.

Also, check out Iver’s follow-up to Blue Flash, a non-looping coaster called Blue 2.

What I’d Build

If money weren’t an object, I’d build a large looping B&M coaster with airtime hills on a vast sprawling terrain. But, to stick with the premise of using my actual backyard, my options would be pretty limited. I live on a less than a quarter of an acre. A boomerang coaster wouldn’t even fit. I guess I’d opt for a small wild mouse coaster that the kids would love. Or on the more intense end of things, a Jeremy Reid-like woodie that could take advantage of my back hill’s steep 12-foot grade would be fun.

What’s Your Take?
If you could have any roller coaster in you backyard, what would you build? Do you know of any more impressive backyard roller coasters? Which of these coasters looks the best to you? Leave a comment below.