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When you think of visiting a Disney park, thrill rides might not necessarily be the first thing that comes to mind. However, the Disney parks do offer some very entertaining thrills, if you’re up for them. Here some of my favorite thrill rides at Walt Disney World.


#5 Space Mountain

Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom offers great thrills because you just don’t know what to expect. This roller coaster in the dark hits a top speed of less than 30 mph, but most of the fun in Space Mountain is in not knowing what’s coming next. You’ll blast off into the vastness of outer space. Twists and turns abound as you hurtle past stars, asteroids, and planets.

#4 Expedition Everest

Just lining up for this coaster in Disney’s Animal Kingdom you start to get a feel for what to expect. Documentation from explorers and reports of yeti sightings are posted all along the queue. You board a refurbished steam train for your expedition to the base of Mount Everest. Don’t worry—this train will take a few shortcuts to get you there quickly. Unfortunately, this mountain is said to be guarded by the yeti. Super high hills and backward drops highlight this heart-stopping attraction, and you won’t soon forget your encounter with the fearsome yeti.

#3 Rock N Roller Coaster

This coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios features the music of Aerosmith.  You board a “super-stretch” limousine and need to hurry to get through the streets of LA to the concert. You’ll encounter three inversions—two loops and a corkscrew—plus an initial launch that will leave you breathless.

#2 Mission Space

This is a motion simulator thrill ride at Epcot. It simulates what an astronaut might experience aboard a spacecraft on a mission to Mars, from the higher g-force of liftoff to the speculative hypersleep.  You know this is going to be a thriller as soon as you enter the simulator and see puke bags!  Before you even get to that point you can choose to do one of two levels for training. Both offer the same training mission but differ in intensity. The Orange Team is the more intense training experience while the Green Team is less intense.  The Orange Team will experience forces up to 2.5G, more than twice the force of gravity at the Earth’s surface (effectively multiplying a rider’s weight by 2.5).  No wonder they have puke bags!


Tower of Terror

#1 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Well, “terror” is in the title of this attraction, and it doesn’t disappoint for thrill-seekers. You can hear the screams as you make your way up Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Enter an eerily deserted hotel lobby, and then the library where you’ll hear the story of the ill-fated Hollywood Tower Hotel.  Dour looking bellhops will lead you along through the boiler room, all adding to the creepiness factor and load you into the freight elevator.  Each ride is different!  You never drop the same way twice!

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