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As the summer season approaches, traveling carnivals and amusement parks will once again open their doors to the annual influx of thrill-seekers. While many of the country's amusement areas create lasting memories for their attendees, few people remember the many frustrations that accompany such trips until it is too late.

Expensive admission prices. Long lines that snake through boring queues in oppressive heat. Unexpected ride malfunctions. Ride operators who repeat the same thing over and over in the same exact tone of voice. Fellow riders with weak stomachs.

Thanks to YouTube, however, we now have a way to avoid these problems. Many people—and their cameras—braved the elements to shoot front-row perspectives of some of the best rides in the world. This summer, save a few bucks and let a maximized YouTube window deliver the chills of some of the world's best roller coasters.

1) Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, a town almost equidistant to New York City and Philadelphia. When it opened in 2004, it broke several records and remains the world's tallest coaster (standing at a mind-blowing 456 feet) as well as the coaster with the longest drop. It is rumored that the skylines of both New York City and Philadelphia can be seen from atop its hill on very clear days.