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The 5 Best Disney World Rides for Thrill Seekers

December 11, 2011
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Many coaster enthusiasts have the opinion that Walt Disney World doesn’t have any thrill rides and that it is just good for small children. That is not true, while it doesn’t have as many thrill rides as the Universal Parks next door, it still has its fair share. Here are the 5 best rides at Disney World for thrill seekers:


5. Splash Mountain

My favorite water ride in the world, Splash Mountain is a flume that has an extra long ride time. There are many splash downs and lifts, the story that goes along with it is cute too. There is one drop in the dark that reminds me of a roller coaster because after the drop the logs jump up a short hill. Then the final drop spills you 40 feet to the lake below.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Disney’s first launch coaster, Rock ‘n’ Roller is a thrilling ride. You are launched out of the station and into darkness, all around are strobe lights and other special effects. The ride includes three loops and even has speakers built into the cars. The soundtrack rocks too. Not for the faint of heart.

3. Test Track

English: Test Track, a popular attraction at E...

Test Track takes you through a testing facility for cars, inside of the building your car rides over bumps, down hills, around sharp turns, and many others. At almost a mile long, this ride is Disney World’s longest ride in terms of distance. The ending is really good too, you fly towards a solid wall in a crash test. There is a surprise at this moment that always scares me no matter how many times I go on it.

2. Expedition Everest

The Expedition Everest roller coaster attracti...

Expedition Everest is Disney World’s most thrilling roller coaster, it is also their most expensive ride. They built a 199.5 foot tall mountain for it (you can’t build a structure over 200 feet tall in Florida without having to put a blinking light at the top). This ride’s theming starts in the line where you travel through a Buddhist temple. Then you go through a trading post where they have everything that you would need on a mountain expedition. The ride itself is great, there are tons of surprises inside that mountain. Who knows, you might even see a Yeti.

1. The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror ride - Disney's MGM - Orlando

This is my favorite drop ride, its storyline is creative, its drops are well placed, and the special effects are some of Disney’s best. You ride in a haunted elevator car that travels all through the corridors of the hotel. This is no ordinary elevator though, it is a lot like the Wonkavator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it moves forwards, backwards, up, and down, it even turns once or twice inside the hotel.

What do you think? What do you think is the most thrilling ride at Disney World? Please Comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂


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  1. Laura permalink

    Rockin’ Rollercoaster would make my list over Space Mountain or Splash Mountain.

    • WOW! How did I forget Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster? For years that was my favorite ride at Disney (along with Test Track), That was before I went on Tower of Terror and Everest.

  2. Matt P permalink

    I happen to be one of those people that put down disney for their lack of thrill rides. I know they have some, but come on they don’t have a real thrilling coaster there, except for maybe rockin roller coaster which I think is more thrilling than all of these perhaps(haven’t been on any of these, but would like to go on test track and expedition everest), but even that isn’t that great. Disney desperately needs a coaster with loops, or a hyper coaster with airtime. It is not that hard to at least have one good quality modern thrilling coaster there. The perfect ride for disney that they should get is one of those new little intamin launch coasters that are for young and old alike. I am talking about the ones like cheetah hunt or the new manta at seaworld san antonio or like verbolten at BGW. This would be the perfect placement, as kids and adults would get a thrill out of those.

    • I think that Disney has a few thrill rides. Disney has a special place in my heart because I grew up going there. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is great (I can’t believe I forgot that!). Tower of Terror is a very thrilling ride. They should get an Intamin coaster, who knows, maybe they’ll put one in at Animal Kingdom in the new Avatar land.

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