OK, I’m not a roller coaster junkie. Not really a thrill ride kind of guy. Except at Walt Disney World. I love the Thrill Rides at Disney World. It’s really weird especially for a guy who can’t ride the Tea Cups.
My Favorite Thrill Ride in the Whole World
Dad’s favorite ride ever is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Photo by Mike Billick
I’m usually not much for roller coasters. A few years ago I rode The Hulk roller coaster over at Islands of Adventure first thing in the morning and was sick for the next 4 hours. Made for a pretty boring day at Universal when I couldn’t ride any of the other roller coasters.
But at Walt Disney World for some reason (must be the Pixie Dust) I can ride the roller coasters. All of them. In fact, my favorite roller coaster, my favorite Thrill Ride is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Did I say it’s my favorite? In the WHOLE world? Not just Disney World but the whole wide world.
A Bumpy Train Ride
Don’t blink or you’ll miss Tumbleweed – Photo by Cliff Wang
My second favorite Thrill Ride at WDW is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMRR), “the fastest ride in the wilderness”. It’s a little rough, but I love the theming. What fun to ride around and just look at the show. The bones, the peddler, his wagon and donkeys, and even gramps in the bathtub, the town of Tumbleweed, it’s just cool.
I could ride BTMRR all day.
Dad Goes Backwards?
Plunge to your death? on Expedition Everest – Photo by Laurie Sapp
Speaking of trains and roller coasters, Expedition Everest is probably my third favorite Thrill Ride at WDW even though half the ride you are going backwards.
Expedition Everest is just fun. The hunt for the Yeti, the thrill of knowing that you’re going to be falling backwards, the peeks at the park as you plunge to your death… Just seeing if you’re still reading.
Yes, I can even go backwards on a thrill ride.
Take the Test
Test Track rockets around the building – Photo by Cliff Wang
Oooh, I sure don’t want to forget Test Track. Hop in a car and go for a fast spin. The story of my life. (Not really.)
Test Track is probably the most realistic Thrill Ride I’ve ever experienced. Duh. It’s in a real car, running on a real track. Pretty realistic right?
I love coming out of the building and accelerating around the corner. I even like the slowing down as you go back into the dark. It’s really cool. Oh and when the keeping score thing works it’s outstanding. We had a couple of pre-teen boys riding with us one time. Their comments about how much power they put in their cars and how it was going to destroy ours made our day.
Hop in car, go fast. What’s not to love?
And the Rest
Slink Dog is mild but very thrilling – Photo by Laurie Sapp
It just worked out that I picked one from each park, but there are so many great Thrill Rides at WDW, I could spend all day talking about them. Tower of Terror, Mission Space, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and on and on…
And then you’ve got the brand new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster. Hey it might not be a fast roller coaster but it’s really thrilling.
While we’re talking about Thrill Rides at WDW, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the 2019 WDW Magazine Thrills at WDW Wall Calendar. It’s amazing. There are pictures from the major Thrill Rides and lots more.
You can grab a copy at WDW Magazine’s Thrills at WDW Wall Calendar
Check it out. I’m pretty proud of it. (Yes, Dad owns WDW Magazine and produces the calendar.)
Dad’s Bottom Line
I’ve shared a few of my favorite Thrill Rides at WDW, what are your favorites? Tell us below in the comments. I can’t wait to hear what you think.
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