Here’s the thrill rides I experienced in Walt Disney World last week:
- Expedition Everest — with Calfgrit7
- Kali River Rapids — twice with Cowgrit and both Calvesgrit
- Dinosaur — with Cowgrit
- Test Track — twice; once with Cowgrit
- Mission: Space — once on the “less intense,” once on the “more intense”
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (with Aerosmith) — twice
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Space Mountain — twice; once with Cowgrit
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — three times; twice with Cowgrit
- Splash Mountain — three times; once with Cowgrit, once with Calfgrit7
There may be another ride or two that didn’t come to mind right now, but this should be a complete list. I/we experienced many other rides, shows, and attractions, but the above are the thrill rides. In Disney World, the rides are more than just rides, they’re experiences. They have and stick to a theme, and the whole experience from the waiting line to the exit stay in the theme. That’s the thing that makes Disney World stand out as a theme park for me — a roller coaster is not just a roller coaster, it’s an experience.
Expedition Everest was Calfgrit7’s first roller coaster experience. It’s a decent ride, but it had too many “loose your stomach” moments for me and him. I like roller coasters, but I don’t like a lot of big drops where I loose my stomach. The “threat” of encountering the yeti during the ride adds to the excitement.
There’s a warning at the beginning of Kali River Rapids: “You will get wet. You may get soaked.” It’s a very fun water ride, and we all did, indeed, get wet; Cowgrit got soaked.
Dinosaur is more violent than fun. I wasn’t impressed.
Test Track is a fun fast ride in a “car.” I thoroughly enjoyed this ride.
Mission: Space has two versions: less intense and more intense. The less intense version is very minor (hardly worth loading in), but the more intense version is far too intense (I wish I hadn’t done it). I’ll write more about this one later.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a great thrill. It starts with going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds — I underestimated how that would feel. After that start, it’s a standard roller coaster through the dark with only neon signs as light along the way.
Tower of Terror is a “drop ride” themed as a Twilight Zone experience. It has the best special effects — seamless and spooky — of all the rides at WDW. I’ll write more about this one later.
The “Three Mountains of the Magic Kingdom” — Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain — are good old standard roller coasters, but each with their own theme. I enjoyed each of these thoroughly, even Splash Mountain’s big drop at the end. I’ll write more about Splash Mountain later.