Top 10 Thrill Rides in Orlando Theme Parks

Ride the newly opened Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure for more thrills than ever

There's something for everyone in the Orlando theme parks. Whether you like to take things slow with scenic boat rides and story-driven rides – or kick things up a notch with fast-moving coasters and drop rides, the Orlando parks have you covered! Here's our list of the top 10 white-knuckle thrill rides.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Accelerate to 40mph in less than 2 seconds as you're launched up to 150 feet in the air with the power of a fighter jet. And that's just the start of this relentless high-speed roller coaster. The Incredible Hulk Coaster roars to life as you're sent spiraling out of the launch tube. You'll be turned upside-down an incredible seven times and sent underground twice through subterranean tunnels. It's a heart-pounding ride of your life. Get tickets to Universal's Islands of Adventure

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a thrill-coaster at Universal Orlando

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida
This unique coaster allows you to select your own soundtrack. Choose a song from several different popular music genres to jam out to while coasting at speeds up to 65mph around the park. The lift-hill has you climbing at exactly 90 degrees. That means you're looking straight up as you rise, just to fall straight down 17 stories on the other side! Plus, this ride has a non-inverting loop, the first one in the world. Get tickets to Universal Studios Florida

Venture to Egypt with Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando

Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Florida
Not your everyday coaster, Revenge of the Mummy takes place entirely indoors, and sometimes in complete darkness. The ride features several fully fleshed-out show scenes with the Mummy himself as well as incredible pyrotechnic effects and even some creepy crawlies. This ride is all about conquering your fears, and just when you think it's over, the Mummy has one last scare in store for you. Remember, the curse is real! Get tickets to Universal Studios Florida

Ride a classic as you drop through the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
As you enter this old, run-down hotel you hear the sound of a scratchy record playing in the distance. A rickety freight elevator takes you up 13 stories. Then in a shocking move, your car begins to glide forward before settling in place. You wait. A few seconds feel like forever. Then you suddenly fall 130 feet down just to be brought back up again just as quickly. The doors open and you can see for miles before being dropped again and again. No two rides are exactly the same. Get tickets to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rock and Roller Coaster is Hollywood Studio’s more thrilling ride

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Buckle up and prepare to zoom through L.A. traffic at 60mph on this exhilarating indoor coaster. Climb aboard your super-stretch limo and hold on tight as you launch from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds. You'll feel the force of a whopping 4.5 Gs as you fly through the "O" of the famous Hollywood sign. That's more than the astronauts feel in a space shuttle launch! Rock out to classic Aerosmith tunes throughout the ride like "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" pumping through 125 speakers and 24 sub-woofers on your car. Get tickets to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Face a Yeti aboard Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Are you ready to face the terror of the mythical Abominable Snowman on this train ride to the top of Mt. Everest? When the yeti interrupts your travels and re-routes your train you're sent careening backwards in complete darkness at speeds up to 50mph around a seemingly never-ending double-looping turn. After regaining control, your train then hurdles 80 feet down the side of the mountain narrowly escaping the clutches of the yeti. Get tickets to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Falcons Furry is only for the bravest at Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa
Nothing can prepare you for this 335-foot-tall drop ride, the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America. Feel your heart beat out of your chest as you are lifted up 300 feet in the air. It takes a full minute to reach the top. The view is incredible, but before you can take it all in, your seats pivot forward. You're turned 90 degrees and facing down, looking right at the ground. An instant later you plunge 300 feet straight down at 60 mph! This attraction is not for the faint of heart. Get tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa

A fast paced thrill fest, Sheikra is a must ride at Busch Gardens Tampa

SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa
Choose one of three rows in the stadium-style seating of the SheiKra. Don't worry, every seat will have a good view. This floorless coaster takes you up 200 feet and then inches you just over the edge of the first drop – but then stops! Everyone is forced to look down and take it all in for several seconds before diving down the 90-degree drop into a 70mph whirlwind of action. The ride culminates with a splashdown through the water below drenching all the innocent bystanders with two 60-foot waves. Get tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa

The first hyper coaster in Orlando, Mako is open at SeaWorld Orlando

Mako at SeaWorld Orlando
Ride Central Florida's first hyper-coaster, the longest, fastest and tallest in all of Orlando, reaching speeds up to 73mph. This coaster is filled with several moments of air time, leaving you feeling weightless and coming out of your seat a little. Makos are the world's fastest sharks and you can feel like one too as you weave up and down at incredible speeds. Mako is SeaWorld Orlando's newest coaster and is sure to be a hit with the adrenaline junkies in your group. Get tickets to SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando has enhanced Kraken with VR headsets for Kraken Unleashed

Kraken Unleashed at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld's original floorless coaster has recently been upgraded and improved, now featuring Virtual Reality headsets for a whole new level of thrill. Put on your headset and prepare for a journey through underwater canyons in a race from the legendary sea monster. The coaster itself reaches highway speeds and heights up to 150 feet, but with the VR headset you really feel like you're diving underwater in a submarine, escaping the long tentacles of the fearsome Kraken. In addition to the perfectly synchronized visuals, the ride features an exciting soundtrack further heightening the tension. Get tickets to SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando, FL – 7/20/17

By: Alicia Stella
(Photos: Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando)

 

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