Top 10 Rides for Teenagers at Disney World
As your children get older, do you feel like they’re outgrowing the Disney magic? Are they no longer looking forward to breakfast with Mickey, or no longer wanting a hug and autograph from Cinderella? Well, rest assured there are still plenty of thrill rides at Disney World to keep the older ones entertained, and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites with you!
1. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
If you’ve been to Hollywood Studios recently, you know that the newest area, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been a huge hit to say the least. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, we guarantee that this attraction is unlike anything you’ve ever been on before. It is similar to their Star Tours attraction in the sense that it is a Star Wars themed motion simulator. However, instead of simply sitting in your seat and watching, you get to play your part in flying the Millennium Falcon and completing your mission. Don’t worry if you’re flying “Solo”- this is one of the few attractions that offers a single rider line.
2. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
As the second ride addition to the new Star Wars land, this one is a little more intense and definitely unlike any of the other attractions at Disney World. After joining the Resistance you will find yourself having to battle for your life when your transport is captured by the First Order. Thankfully some familiar faces are along for the ride to help you take on not only the stormtroopers, but Kylo Ren himself! Made up of multiple different ride systems, you will feel like you are truly immersed in the full experience.
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
This indoor, dark rollercoaster is currently the only attraction that goes upside down at Disney World, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart! Hop into a super stretch limousine and speed through Hollywood as you try to make it in time for Aerosmith’s huge concert. As you pass through iconic landmarks you will hear some of the band’s most classic songs. Between the 0 to 57 MPH in 2.8 seconds start, the two rollover loops and the corkscrew, this will hands down be your most intense ride of the day.
4. Tower of Terror
You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone! Enter the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel if you dare and climb aboard the same rickety elevator that a group of hotel patrons disappeared from during a storm back in 1939. Venture deep into the darkness as you plummet up and down 199 feet at speeds up to 39 MPH. As the doors open catch views of the whole park as you fly out of your seat.
5. Test Track
Do you have a need for speed? This attraction allows you to create your own car and run it through a series of tests including: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and POWER! You car will launch onto an outdoor track accelerating up to 65 miles per hour, making this the fastest attraction not only in Epcot, but all of Disney World.
6. Mission: SPACE
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be an astronaut, this is the ride for you! Take your role as either navigator, pilot, commander or engineer and board your space shuttle. As you speed through space executing your mission you will need to stay on track while navigating around meteorites. This is a simulator ride, so if you are easily queasy be sure to select the Green Mission over the more intense Orange Mission!
7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
All Aboard! Climb into one of the Big Thunder Mining Company’s trains as you venture into an abandoned mine shaft. Zoom around the mountain and throughout the ghost town of Tumbleweed. Due to the high speed, bumpy features, moments in darkness and loud noises, this coaster provides more of a thrill than most of the other attractions at Magic Kingdom.
8. Space Mountain
While the Magic Kingdom park is typically geared towards the little ones with its character meet and greets and nostalgic Disney rides, Space Mountain is always the biggest hit with teenagers who are looking for a bit more of a thrill. Shoot off into space in this pitch black indoor rollercoaster ride which includes sharp turns and quick drops and jolts. This ride will definitely keep you on your toes! At 180 feet high and 300 feet wide, Space Mountain is actually one of the largest and tallest “mountains” in the state of Florida.
9. Expedition Everest
No matter how many times we ride this roller coaster, we are still blown away each and every time. The ride starts off by moving you slowly through the bottom of the mountain, gradually you’ll work your way up to the top..and what happens when you reach a broken track that leads to nowhere? This train will take you forwards and backward, with speeds up to 50 miles per hour, an 80-foot drop, and oh yeah- did we mention that you come face to face with a Yeti? This ride took six long years of planning and building, but it was definitely worth the wait and your teens will love it!
10. Avatar Flight of Passage
Last but not least, our absolute favorite attraction, Flight of Passage. This 3D flying simulator ride takes you through the beautiful Pandora- the world of Avatar. While we wouldn’t catagorize this as a thrill ride like other attractions on this list, it will truly take your breath away with its incredible technology and visuals. From the different scents, the water and wind effects, and the amazing sensation of feeling your banshee breathing beneath you, this attraction is a must-do during your next Disney World visit. This attraction opened three years ago and still consistently has the longest wait time out of every attraction in Disney, we think that’s saying something!
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