The Goliath at Six Flags in Gurnee, Illinois.
Each year, they get taller, faster, twistier—and more ludicrously treacherous. There's the inverted zero-g stall, which takes riders up an upside-down hill, then rolls them over for the descent, as well as record-breaking inventions like the tallest waterslide ever built. Below are the seven most awesome cheap (legal) thrills of this season.
Kansas City, Kansas
Jackson, New Jersey
This weeks-old swing ride—another May 2014 unveiling—gives 23 fliers, strapped into open-air seats, spectacular park views from a height of more than 40 stories up before it starts whizzing you around. Words to the wise: Refrain from pulling out your phone to take pics of the view (expansive as it may be), and definitely do not consume chili fries before getting on this one.
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