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Europe's new roller coaster kings

It’s been a good year for roller coaster fans in Europe.

Hands-in-the-air thrill seekers saw their options rise in 2016, according to the European Coaster Kings website.

Walibi Holland is the home of Lost Gravity, a coaster that promises intense corners, maximum air time and two inversions. The website’s reviewers praised the ride for its standstill, accordion-like effect at the end, as well as creative post-apocalyptic scenery where you queue for your turn. Walibi Holland is in Biddinghuizen, about an hour’s drive east of Amsterdam.

Walibi Belgium boasts of being home to Pulsar, a backward-and-forward-riding coaster that offers the sensations of gliding, flying and a free fall before delivering massive splashes into a water-filled basin. Reviewers liked the turning disc that points the boatlike carriage toward its trajectory and the considerable air time against the lap bar. Walibi Belgium is in Wavre, an hour’s drive southeast of Brussels.

Phantasialand’s most recent coaster is Taron. The park’s website proclaims it’s the world’s fastest and longest multilaunch coaster, with the fastest catapult drive and the greatest number of points at which the tracks crisscross (58). Reviewers gave high marks to the ride’s first curve, the initial downward plunge, and the twist at the end. They also praised the medieval village setting. Phantasialand is in Bruehl, Germany, about a half-hour south of Cologne.

Visit www.europeancoasterkings.com for more reviews and information about coasters and theme parks.

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than 15 years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

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