The following was written by my teen daughter for teens!
When most people think of Walt Disney World, they think of a place for families with only young children. In truth, Disney has added quite a few “thrill” rides for those who want to make their stay one to remember. Here are our Top 10 Rides for Teens!
#10 Splash Mountain: Located in The Magic Kingdom, this ride is almost guaranteed to get you wet! Follow Br’er Rabbit as he adventures to find his laughing place-the home that suits him best. Watch as he outwits Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox, escapes their nasty traps and even slips out of sticky situations! However, Br’er Rabbit’s taunting catches up with him and he is caught on top of the highest peak of Chickapin Hill! Yet Br’er Rabbit has one more trick up his sleeve, “don’t throw me down there” he pleads, “not into the Briar-Brimmed Pond”. Of course this is exactly what they do, and you go plummeting down a 5-story hill! Br’er Rabbit reaches his happy place in the pond as your journey comes to an end.
#9 Soarin’: Located in Epcot this multisensory ride is not necessarily fast or scary, but Soarin’ gives you a thrill that is hard to replicate. Buckle your seat belt as a hang glider takes you 40 feet off the ground and in front of a screen that makes you feel like you’re flying over 12 different vistas and landmarks around the world!
#8 Dinosaur: Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, get ready to climb aboard the CTX Time Rover as a mischievous scientist gives you instructions to travel to the era of the dinosaurs and bring back a mild-mannered Iguanodon and return to present day with the 3.5-ton dinosaur in tow. Creatures are moving all around you, some are gentle giants, but other s are carnivorous beasts in search of a tasty snack. Will you find the Iguanodon and bring it back safely, or will you become history?
#7 Test Track: Located in Epcot, Test Track reaches its top speed at 65 mph on a 50-degree banked curve, making this attraction the fastest ride at WDW. Step aboard your 6-seater test vehicle and you immediately enter the world of automotive testing as you undergo the safety and quality tests that General Motors performs on every prototype it manufactures!
#6 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Located in The Magic Kingdom, this attraction is mostly outdoors and is based in a town called Tumbleweed- a gold digger’s paradise. After a flash flood has wiped out all the gold and driven away the miners, the locomotives begin to run out of control! As you board this runaway train buckle up and get ready for “the wildest ride in the wilderness”!
#5 Mission: SPACE: Located in Epcot, this motion simulator thrill ride simulates what an astronaut might experience aboard a spacecraft to Mars. Step aboard you capsule alongside 3 other team members and get ready for the most intense G-forces you’ve ever experienced!
#4 Space Mountain: Located in The Magic Kingdom, this attraction is entirely indoors and in complete darkness with glowing celestial bodies! Blast off on either one of the two identical tracks-Alpha or Omega. Although its maximum speed is only 28 mph you feel you’re going much faster, so hold on!
#3 Expedition Everest: Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a snarling beast lurks at the top of Mount Everest. Venture if you dare to the summit but beware, for somewhere in this mountain a Yeti is looking for a tasty snack! It’s a race to escape on treacherous hills and turns to make it back safely!
#2 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this 199 foot building is quite a site and can be seen from miles away. The drop is equivalent to falling 39 stories at record speeds! Legend has it that on a gloomy Halloween night a violent storm struck 5 unlucky souls in an elevator shaft, and they were never seen again. Now it’s your turn to enter….The Twilight Zone.
#1 Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith: Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this ride is the best of the best. Going from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds, this attraction takes you on twists and turns through neon signs and more in complete darkness. Meanwhile Aerosmith is blasting through 120 speakers per “limo” with some new lyrics made specifically for the attraction!
Don’t forget to book your fall Disney World package! Next, Miranda will cover thrill rides at SeaWorld.