Walt Disney World prides itself on being a place for the young and the young at heart. There is something that will please everyone in your party, including thrill seekers. When you think of Disney, you probably don’t associate it with having thrill rides but you would be wrong! Here are eight of the best thrill rides Disney has to offer:
8. Test Track
Though many may not refer to Test Track as ‘thrilling,’ this ride makes the list because the finale is one that can’t be missed! Once your sim-car has undergone the capability, responsiveness and efficiency testing, the last test to perform is power. This test takes you outside as you speed around the building, reaching 64.9 miles per hour. It may not be thrilling all throughout, but the ending is sure to have you screaming!
7. Big Thunder Mountain
Another attraction many may not consider ‘thrilling,’ Thunder Mountain is an exceptional roller coaster that can be experienced by the whole family. To add a more thrilling factor to the ‘wildest ride in the wilderness,’ consider doing this attraction at night. It’s a little more eerie and you feel like you’re going a lot faster than you actually are! Plus, you get a pretty sight of Cinderella Castle, and that’s hard to beat.
This is yet another attraction some may not label ‘thrilling,’ but you would be surprised! With the ride being in the dark with bursts of low light throughout, plus the sudden jolts, stops and slow movement, it’s easy to see why many think of it as thrilling! Plus, you add scary dinosaurs appearing out of darkness and it’s enough to scare a grown adult—seriously, I’ve seen it happen!
5. Splash Mountain
This is the only one of two attractions at Disney that have a distinct ‘drop,’ and drops are what make rides so exciting and thrilling! Splash is thrilling because of how many times you are tricked into believing you are going down the big drop, which makes you anxious and adds to the fun of the attraction in my opinion!
4. Space Mountain
This is one of my all time favorite rides throughout the resort. Though there are no huge distinct drops like in Splash or Expedition Everest, being in complete darkness and never knowing when the next turn or drop will be makes it thrilling. Also, being in the dark makes you feel like you’re going faster than you actually are, which gets your heart beating faster than you would think.
3. Expedition Everest
This is arguably one of the best rides throughout Walt Disney World and it isn’t hard to see why. As far as roller coasters go, this is top notch. It is well themed, well-designed and just fantastic overall. It is the only attraction that travels backward for a short period of time and also features a classic coaster type drop, which honestly makes for the best photo opportunity!
2. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster
This one of a kind coaster is a thrill seeker’s dream. Not only do you go from 0 to 58 miles per hour in less than three seconds, but also this ride is the only one in Disney that takes you upside down. Many roller coasters that go upside down tend to not be smooth, but this ride has been designed well as it’s a smooth ride throughout. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Disney, this is a must do.
1. Tower of Terror
This is the best thrill ride in Disney and I will tell you why. The amount of effort put into this ride is evident—the attraction itself, including the queue, is remarkable. The fact that you actually get to walk through the hotel, and the fact that it is so perfectly designed, deserves a round of applause. And then you get to the ride itself and THAT is well designed, too! Not to mention, no two rides are ever the same as the order in which the elevator goes up and down is randomized. You cannot go to Hollywood Studios without riding this attraction at least once, if not multiple times. It’s a classic and it’s perfect for any thrill seeker.
Though Walt Disney World does not have an abundance of roller coasters or rides that one may describe as ‘thrilling,’ it does a good job of providing several attractions that will still appeal to thrill seekers visiting the parks. What Disney may lack in ‘thrills’ it makes up for in design and theme, which I believe makes for a much more thrilling experience in the long run.
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