Since we are only T minus 5 days till blasting off on our Disney vacation we thought maybe we would share some of our all time favorite rides. These rides are scattered throughout all the parks and are not limited to just one. These are in no particular order but just some of our favorites!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)- There is something so terribly awful yet good about this ride. It’s almost as if we love to hate it. This ride essentially drops you into the Hollywood Hotel that has since been abandoned. After venturing through the hotel you find yourself entering an old service elevator. The elevator then takes you all the way up to the 13th floor and then proceeds to drop you down. The ride is set to be random so it’s unknown how many times you will go up in the elevator only to be plummeted down 13 floors again. See why we love to hate it?
Test Track (Epcot)- This ride is really cool because it lets you jump right into the logistics of designing your own vehicle. Once that is completed you hop into a car and ride in it while it completes all sorts of different testing. Right before the ride is complete you get to take the car for a ride on a track where you zoom around going up to 65 miles per hour.
Star Tours (Hollywood Studios)- This is one of our must sees! Since we are big fans of Star Wars we really enjoy getting on this ride. It essentially throws you into the world of Star Wars. C-3PO and R2-D2 great you and unexpectedly the ship malfunctions and C-3PO is left to command the ship. You meander through different places like Tatooine and Naboo and come face to face with different Star Wars characters. The only question is can you safely get back to the Alliance base?
Chararters In Flight (Disney Springs)- Now this isn’t your typical Disney ride. It’s not included with park admission tickets. It’s priced separately and may not be good for people afraid of heights. When we were there last there was lots of construction going on and we were able to see a lot of it since we were so high up. This is basically a hot air balloon that is tethered to the ground. It can hold many more people than a standard hot air balloon. If you are not afraid of heights it was worth the admission fee ($20.00 per person when we were last there.) If you are afraid of heights we would probably recommend skipping it and not paying additional money for something you more than likely wouldn’t enjoy. We will tell you that the views are stunning. You can even see some of the larger attractions from some of the parks.
Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)- This is (in our opinion) one of the most intense rides Disney offers. You become a recruit to travel through time to rescue an Iguanadon before a giant meteor hits and wipes out everything. Can you find it and bring it back before getting wiped out by the meteor or even worse be eaten by a scary dinosaur? We do really want to stress that we find this ride very intense. It is very jerky and when we were on it the last time we found ourselves looking at each other with bewildered looks on our faces. We really didn’t remember just how intense it is. This may not be suitable for all children.
The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)- The Haunted Mansion is a whole lot of fun. We always feel badly for the children in line that are nervous and anxious about going on it. It’s really not scary for anyone no matter your age. Yes, it is a haunted mansion but Disney puts it’s delicate spin on it so no ghosts will actually get to you!
The Monorail (travels between Magic Kingdom and Epcot and a few resort hotels)- This is more of a transport shuttle to get between Magic Kingdom and Epcot or to get to a resort that is on the Monorail line. We’ve taken it a few times and really enjoy it (as long as it’s not tightly packed with people!) As it moves along throughout Disney property you can see a lot of great things. We especially love getting to see the resorts that Disney offers since we’ve only stayed at one (and it wasn’t on the Monorail line.)
Soarin (Epcot)- This is such a fun ride. It allows you to hang glide over the state of California. It’s a little tough if you don’t like heights but it is also exhilerating. Basically you sit in your “hang glider” and watch an IMAX screen that gives you the feeling of hang gliding 40 feet in the air. The scenes change to different visuals throughout California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the ocean. It’s a must do for us!
Spaceship Earth (Epcot)- Sit back and relax as you are swept back to the dawn of time. The ride is narrated by Judi Dench and chronicles a look from the very beginning of mankind. Look into the past and see what the Egyptians did and work your way up through history to present times. It’s a great history lesson for the young and the old.
Rock’n Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)- As you tour through G-Force Records you are stopped to see that Aerosmith is finishing up some recording. Hop into a stretch limo and fly through the streets as you quickly make your way through Los Angeles to get to their next show. This ride is exhilarating and a lot of fun.
Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)- Journey through the Himalayas but as you do beware of the Yeti. This is a fun rollercoaster that even goes backwards as you hurry to get away from the Yeti. It can be intense but most kids we’ve seen have really liked the ride. Can you make it back in time without getting captured by the Yeti?
These are just some of our favorite rides in Disney World. Let us know in the comments what ride(s) are your favorite!
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