The 7 Fastest, Steepest, and Most Controversial Amusement-Park Rides of 2014

Count on these rides to bring you the chills this summer—from a waterslide that's taller than the Niagara Falls to roller coasters that speed up to 72 mph.

The Goliath at Six Flags in Gurnee, Illinois.

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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.

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High Roller

Las Vegas

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Verruckt

Kansas City, Kansas

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Goliath

Gurnee, Illinois

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Banshee

Mason, Ohio

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Falcon's Fury

Tampa, Florida

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Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom

Jackson, New Jersey

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New England SkyScreamer

Springfield, Massachusetts

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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