Licence to thrill: The rollercoaster celebrates 200th anniversary


The antidote for adrenaline junkies everywhere - the rollercoaster - turns 200 this year.

It’s been two centuries since the first rollercoaster in Paris started taking thrill-seekers on trips to nowhere and ever since the ride has developed and each one becomes more stomach-droppingly exciting than the last.

To celebrate the birthday of the rollercoaster, Alton Towers have collated a timeline to show how they have developed over the past 200 years:

In 2016 alone, the world’s top 25 theme parks were host to 233.1 million visitors seeking the best rides and rollercoasters.

Amusement parks with hair-raising rides to pull in crowds are a huge industry - delivering the thrills and ultimate-escape-from-reality that guests seek.

The chairman of the Coaster Club, Paul Burton said: “It has always been about looking for the holy grail – the ultimate rollercoaster. Next year is going to be an exciting year and the rollercoaster will always keep on moving and evolving. The original DNA still remains the same as it was back in 1817, it has just evolved and grown. Roll on the next 200 years”