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The Roller Coasters with the Most Loops

This edition of Superlative Sundays lists the loopiest roller coasters in the World.

The Roller Coasters with the Most Loops (Inversions) World

RankNameLoopsTheme ParkLocationYear Opened
1stThe Smiler14Alton TowersEngland, UK2013
2ndJourney to the Stars11 *Jinling Happy WorldAnhui, China2014
3rdColosuss10Thorpe ParkEngland, UK2002
3rd10 Inversion Roller Coaster10Chimelong ParadiseGuangdong, China2006
3rdCrazy Coaster10Locajoy HolidayChongqing, China2013
3rdUnknown10 *Cinecittà WorldRome, Italy2014
3rdUnknown10 *Hopi HariSão Paulo, BrazilIn Storage
Roller coasters that are under construction are marked with an asterisk (*).

A Roller Coaster Record the U.S. Parks Don’t Hold

If my research was correct then the American parks’ roller coasters top out at 7 loops. B&M have given us great roller coasters like Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Bizarro (Great Adventure), Montu and Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa, and Hydra the Revenge at Dorney.

Six Flags Magic Mountain also has both the surviving Arrow-looper, Viper, and another looper (Scream!) that I’d prefer to just pretend doesn’t exist as it might taint my opinion of my favorite coaster designer.

Personally, I’m fine that we don’t currently have any record-breaking loopers in the States. While I’d definitely ride a 14-looper, I’m not sure I’d want to re-ride it. Unless the loops were really spaced out and it was designed by the masters of smooth, B&M, it would probably be more of an endurance test than an enjoyable adventure.

Check out this POV video of The Smiler at Alton Towers:

Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park.

I’d love to hear from the British readers and other World-traveling coaster enthusiasts since I can’t speak from experience like you can.

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