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Top 5 Rides (Not Including Roller Coasters)

September 7, 2011

This is a list of my favorite non-roller coaster rides. Not surprisingly, almost all of these are at a Disney Park.

5. Sorin’ at Epcot

A wonderful family ride, Sorin’ simulates hang gliding over California without moving you very much. The ride starts at the bottom of a giant room where you board your ‘hang glider’. Next you are taken up anywhere from 50 feet to 15 feet depending on which row you sit in. There is a large screen in front of you that plays a video of The Golden State. You hang glide through many different locations including Yosemite, San Francisco, and an explosive finale at Disneyland. Sorin’ is a ride that always leaves me wanting to go on it again.
4. The Adventures of Spiderman at Islands of Adventure.
In my opinion Spiderman is a very overrated ride, its good but not great. It is pretty much a simulator mixed with a lot of 3D effects. You fly around New York while managing to run into almost every one of Spiderman’s nemesis’s. The climax is a huge drop sequence where you fall off a skyscraper. It has been rated as the best dark ride in the Golden Ticket Awards and almost every enthusiast says it’s the best. For some reason I just don’t think it is that great.
3. Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain
Splash mountain is an excellent flume ride. The story is about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear. Brer Fox and Brer Bear are always trying to eat Brer Rabbit but he tricks them into doing crazy things like jumping into thorn bushes. You follow the three animals along on a very long river with multiple drops and tunnels. Overall it is a very fun ride.
2. Test Track at Epcot
Test Track shows what new cars must go through before they are let on the road to drive. You are in the car so you will feel the heat from the heat tests, feel the G-forges on the turn tests, and bump on the rough road tests. At the end the cars are hurtled toward a wall (simulating a crash test) the wall opens up and you are let outside for a drive on a road in the sky. At over a mile in length it is Disney’s longest attraction.
1. Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tower of Terror is defiantly my favorite non-roller coaster ride. Its special effects are amazing and the drops are awesome. The sequence of plunges is randomly chosen by a computer, you can have anywhere from 6 to 8 drops of varying length. I can ride it over and over, the only reason they can get me off is that Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is right next to it. I wrote a review here.
What do you think? What are your favorites? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂
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