Today’s Top 5 comes to us from afwdwfan;

Everybody thinks of thrill rides when they think Disney World, don’t they?  No?  Well, ok, but the parks do have some excellent rides to satisfy the appetites of those of us who are thrill ride junkies.  I thought about the various thrills offered in Disney World and rated them on a 10 point scale.  Each ride can receive up to 4 points each for Thrill Factor (TF) and Theme (T) and 2 points for my own Personal preferences (P).   My opinion will play a role in my list, so I might as well give a value to that influence.

5.  Test Track:  TF 3.0, T 3.5, P 1.5 = 8.0.  If you want to go fast, this is the ride for you.  It is the fastest ride in Walt Disney World, and the theming is great.  As you make your way through the queue, there is plenty to look at with displays featuring various tests that cars are put through before they leave the factory.   After you get past the queue area, you get to strap into a 6 passenger test car and learn how it feels to be a crash dummy as you experience a series of tests that may or may not turn out well.

4.  Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:  TF 2.5, T 3.5, P 2.0 = 8.0.  “The wildest ride in the wilderness” has always been among my favorites… and I don’t just mean thrill rides.  This roller coaster, due to its immersive theming, really makes you feel like you’re going faster than 30 mph.  There is just so much to see as you go zipping around curves and up one hill and down the next.  My first ever roller coaster ride was on this Mountain in 1985 and it requires multiple rides any time I’m in the Magic Kingdom.

3.  Splash Mountain:  TF 3.0, T 4.0, P 1.5 = 8.5. Although BTMRR gets the nod as my favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom, its neighbor just edged it out in my thrill ride ratings.  I realize I have a few 4.0’s for theming, but how could you possibly give this ride anything less?  It is such an immersive experience as you enter a cartoon world and join Brer Rabbit and friends on a journey through the briar patch.  And I defy you to listen to the song “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” and not smile.  Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Oh, and the part where you go down a big hill and get wet is fun too.

2.  Expedition Everest:  TF 3.5, T 4.0, P 1.5 = 9.0.  First of all, if they’d fix the Yeti this ride might be able to make it a tie for #1.  I’ve never experienced this ride as it was meant to be.  This roller coaster provides a very thrilling ride and that hairy arm reaching out to grab the train and send its passengers to their doom would easily bump the thrill factor up to the max.  This ride experience starts when you enter the queue, because it is by far the most detailed and most interesting queue on the property.

1.  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith:  TF 4.0, T 4.0, P 2.0 = 10.  This ride tops the list for sooo many reasons.  The theming is fantastic all the way from the record studio pre-show to the exit at the concert venue.  We can’t end the theming discussion without mentioning the fact that you get to ride in a limo with an amazing sound system that blares Aerosmith music.  In addition to all that, this roller coaster has a launch that really gets the adrenaline flowing and it is the only one at Walt Disney World that goes upside down.  It offers a thrill factor that no other ride on property can touch.

There always seem to be rumors that Aerosmith will be replaced in the ride by The Jonas Brothers or some other tween pop flavor of the month.  It hasn’t happened yet and likely won’t.  I just have to say that if it does, I’ll remove this ride from my list and begin a campaign of mailing nasty letters and cases of Beverly to Disney Executives.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling opinions on thrill rides.  Please share your comments regarding which thrill rides you do or don’t like!



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