10 Disney World Attractions for the Thrill Ride Enthusiast



The Walt Disney World Resort is known for the feeling it gives its guests when they visit. This sensation cannot be quantified, so Disney simply calls it MAGIC. That being said, Disney World is not a destination that those who seek thrills and chills think of to satisfy their want. Even so, Disney World has magic for everyone. Even the Thrillist.


Disney has chosen to sprinkle the excitement throughout its Orlando resort among the theme parks and the water parks. This article will focus only on its theme parks.


This essay is written from chill to thrill with concern to each theme park and each attraction within, respectively.


Magic Kingdom


I also learned that leaving little distance between your lap bar and your lap amps up the experience as well. I was seated next to someone who needed more space, which led the lap bar to be about 5 inches from my lap. Let me tell you; it was the BEST ride that I have ever had on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I whipped around corners like a rag doll and took the air at the dips.


Splash Mountain, soon to re-themed to The Princess and the Frog, offers a gentle journey through the classic story Song of the South. Located in Frontierland, this log flume joyride offers a 5-story drop that will end up with you getting a good splash. This ride is good for the family, as it has a minimum height requirement of 40".

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is situated adjacent to Splash Mountain. It is a great attraction to experience following Splash Mountain as the wind you'll catch can help you with drying off if you got splashed. Another family fun attraction, this ride has a minimum height requirement for 40".


There is a lot of detail on this train ride that starts in an abandoned mine shaft. If you do it right, you will miss most of those details because you will be too busy getting bounced about. To experience maximum thrills, sit in the back row or as close to the back row as you can get.


I also learned that leaving little distance between your lap bar and your lap amps up the experience as well. I was seated next to someone who needed more space, which led the lap bar to be about 5 inches from my lap. Let me tell you; it was the BEST ride that I have ever had on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I whipped around corners like a rag doll and took the air at the dips.

I also learned that leaving little distance between you lap bar and your lap amps up the experience as well. I was seated next to someone who needed more space, which led the lap bar to be about 5 inches from my lap. Let me tell you; it was the BEST ride that I have ever had on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I whipped around corners like a rag doll and took the air at the dips.


Again, Magic Kingdom is geared for family enjoyment, and this ride may not be as exciting as some theme park enthusiasts may want, but it sure can be a ton of FUN!


Space Mountain was my favorite thrill ride at the Magic Kingdom when I was a teenager. Now that I am older, this ride makes me feel my age and sometimes more than my age. This coaster is geared towards a set that is a little bit taller with a height requirement of 44".



Space Mountain is essentially Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsled attraction themed to space travel. This ride offers you jerky movements and unexpected drops. When loaded into the bobsled, your sled mate's weight will impact the level of thrill that you will experience, and back pain too.


Much of the excitement of Space Mountain is thought to be due to the ride being entirely in the dark. I can attest that when all the lights are on seeing how close the steel tracks are to one another provides a level of adrenaline that is unexpected.


For the true Thrillist, these attractions won't peak their adrenaline, but they will give a nice dose. Disney Worlds' other theme parks offer considerably more excitement.


Disney's Animal Kingdom


When I visit Disney's Animal Kingdom, I typically go intending to visit two attractions, in particular, Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest. Both of which are considered thrill rides by Disney standards.


Avatar Flight of Passage I only visit in the early morning as I am never able to secure a Fast Pass for my family as an annual pass holder. Even with a minimum 44" heigh requirement, my thrill averse child loves this ride. Climbing on the back of a banshee for a flight over Pandora will draw anyone.


This adventure is unique to other thrill rides, as it immerses the rider into the story of Avatar. You experience the interaction that the Na'vi have once their Banshee chooses them. The drops, the whooshing air, the smells all develop the excitement on this ride.


On Expedition Everest, you are in for a different excitement. Hop on this fast train through the Himalayas. Here you will encounter the Yeti. My favorite part of this ride begins when the tracks end. Here you start a backward trek into darkness. This race backward offers the biggest rush.


Once this reverse trek is over, you have one more dose of excitement waiting for you as you race to escape the Yeti's clutches, and you are faced with an 80' drop. Make sure you are at least 44 inches tall for this one as well.


Disney's Animal Kingdom may not be as attraction-packed as the Magic Kingdom, but it does offer these two rides that provide the thrill of excitement.



Hollywood Studios


Hollywood Studios is the Disney World theme park that I visit when I am up for a short stroll. This park is tiny and easy to get around in. I remembered when it opened in 1989. I was so excited to visit. The small size didn't disappoint; rather, the movie-themed attractions were so fantastic that an abundance of rides was unnecessary.


I admit it; I am not a fan of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. This ride is a family fun attraction that I don't find fun, not because of the drops but because of the drops' random nature. You don't know what the ride will be when you arrive at it as the drops are randomized.

The last time I went on this attraction was because my four-year-old really wanted to try it out. My little nugget was precisely the minimum height requirement, 40 inches. Try as I might to guide my nugget away from this experience, we rode it. With experience as life's best teacher, we haven't tried it since.


If you love a good drop and love the thrill of the unknown, this ride is for you. The scary elevator, as my then four-year-old called it, is steeply themed in the Twilight Zone and does not disappoint.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is another of the family fun attractions with a minimum height requirement of 40 inches. Don't let this fool you. This attraction houses multiple ride systems. While it isn't one that will thrill you with movement, it does spark excitement through its immersive experience.


Once you have left Black Spire Outpost and board the First Order Star Destroyer, you are primed for excitement. This adventure has a surprise for its riders once they break free of the First Order. You have a drop that is approximately 20 feet for your getaway to Batuu.

Rock' n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith launches you through Hollywood's iconic landmarks on your way to Aerosmith's concert. This ride is your only opportunity in Disney World to experience an inversion on an attraction. This roller coaster offers two rollover loops and a corkscrew, in addition to its high-speed launch to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds.


During your rush to make it to the concert of the year, you are accompanied by Aerosmith's classical tunes. You arrive in style in this gleaming super-stretch limousine. This attraction is for the older set with a height requirement of 48 inches or more.


EPCOT


EPCOT is not abundant with rides, but the ones that they have are pretty awesome. EPCOT houses an attraction that I typically ride when I visit along with a ride that I can no longer enjoy.


Whenever I visit EPCOT, I try my best to ride Test Track. Sometimes when the queues are undesirably long to me (more than 60 minutes), I will forgo it. Otherwise, sign me up.


I prefer the original Test Track, where the rider was a crash test dummy. But the current iteration is fun as well. This attraction is made for maximum family enjoyment, and everyone over 40 inches is welcome to join in the fun.



When this ride was reimagined in 2012 to its current iteration, they left the best part of the fun; the high speed turn on the test track. On your loop around the show building, you can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour.

Finally, to cap off your Disney World thrills tour visit Mission: SPACE. Here you will be an astronaut assigned a role on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle on your journey to Mars.


You can choose the intensity of this ride, orange or green. When I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed the immersion of the full experience, Orange mission. Three years after the attraction opened, Disney provided a less intense option. As I grew older, I found that I had to downgrade the excitement, and when I would ride, it was the green mission all the way. I find that now Mission: SPACE triggers claustrophobia for me, and I am no longer able to partake.


When I did intensely enjoy this attraction, I truly felt as though I was on a journey to Mars. This space trip in a centrifuge was tried by astronauts who have said that this ride is the closest thing they have experienced to space travel.



This ride makes thrill rides of other theme parks feel like child's play. Depending on which side you choose, there are different height requirements. If you decide to go green, the minimum height is 40 inches. If you are a go for orange, 44 inches are required.


Mission: SPACE is an experience that you should not miss if you visit EPCOT unless you have a preexisting condition that you are concerned that this ride would exacerbate.


These ten Disney World Attractions will challenge your notions of what a thrill ride should be. If you have a trip planned for Disney World and you are a Thrillist, you should experience each of these rides. They are unique in that each attraction is highly themed throughout the experience. This addition adds a layer of fun that many excitement rides do not offer.

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