Each year amusement parks around the world try to one-up one another by building bigger, faster and more intense rides. Roller coasters require significant amounts of land, massive investment, and can't be put on a trailer and hauled around the country. This is where a new crop of rides come in, providing more interactive experiences for passengers and bringing thrills to densely populated urban centers. Here, PM takes a look at some of the strangest, scariest and most innovative non-roller-coaster rides. Manufacturers have been looking for ways to make rides more interactive since the late '40s, and SkyRoller, designed by German ride maker Gerstlauer, is a fine example of how far the industry has advanced.
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If your idea of a perfect summer day involves an adrenaline-infused rush from a truly frightening ride, skip the kiddie parks this year. Instead, we recommend trying a different sort of ride—the kind with G force that will knock you silly and massive free-fall drops that will have you involuntarily laughing and praying for your life. But fraidy-cat riders beware: some might also inspire nail-biting freak-outs, like the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, which Slade calls one of the best adrenaline rushes in the country. You said you love a thrill, right?
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