Which Roller Coaster and Rides has the biggest drops

Orlando’s big drop Roller Coaster and Rides

From exciting roller coaster, drenching water rides and unique drop towers, you’ll find dozens of ways to get your adrenaline pumping as Orlando’s theme parks are home to some of the most exhilarating thrill rides around.!

Splash Mountain roller coaster at Magic Kingdom

With a drop of only 50 feet, Splash Mountain certainly has the shortest drop on our list, but it is one of the most beloved flume rides in existence. With hundreds of animated characters and a fun story, riders love Splash Mountain for more than just the drop. And even at only 50 feet, don’t underestimate the thrill of reaching 40 mph while dropping head-first into the briar patch with Br’er Rabbit.

Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Board your raft and prepare to explore the gentle giants that roam Jurassic Park. Of course, as is always the case, something goes wrong and the dinosaurs escape, sending your boat off course. Next thing you know, you find yourself face to face with a T-Rex, before the floor falls out beneath you. Your boat falls down an 85-foot drop reaching a speed of 50 mph, before splashing down into the water below.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster roller coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Feel the power of the Hulk as you’re catapulted from 0 to 40 mph in 2 seconds, sending you 150 feet into the air, and then into a weightless zero-gravity roll. Feel your adrenaline pumping as you race up to 67 mph, and drop down 105 feet on this high-speed superhero-themed roller coaster.

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Prepare to be shot straight up 185 feet, only to freefall back down 151 feet immediately after on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall inside of Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure. That initial launch up propels you with more thrust than a 747 jet, hitting you with more G-force than a space shuttle. Sound frightening? That’s exactly what Doctor Doom is counting on.

Kraken Unleashed roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando

Prepare for excitement as you climb up nearly 150 feet on the chain lift hill of this floorless roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. Based on the mythological creature, Kraken Unleashed drops you 144 feet at a speed of 65 mph. Then it twists and inverts you along a 4,000-foot long track, never letting you catch your breath – because, after all, you’re in the clutches of the Kraken.

Mako roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando

Mako is the newest extreme roller coaster in Orlando, and Central Florida’s first “hyper coaster.” The first drop on this ride packs a punch, with a height of 200 feet and a top speed of 73 mph. One of the best features of this attraction named after one of the ocean’s fastest sharks, is all of the air-time moments. That’s when you feel like you’re weightless, and start to come out of your seat a little. You really feel like you’re flying when you’re gliding along on Mako.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Unlike any other drop-tower attraction around, the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes you on a strange journey through the fourth dimension, and into The Twilight Zone. After experiencing a close encounter with the ghosts that haunt the old hotel, you enter the old elevator shaft that was once struck by lightning. With randomized drop profiles, you can never be sure how many times the tower may drop you, but you can be certain of one thing – there will be at least one full 130 foot drop, where you fall 13 stories at a speed faster than gravity.

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster at Universal Orlando Resort

You get to pick a song for your roller coaster experience on this unique ride inside of Universal Studios Florida. The music starts thumping as your heart rate starts pumping because this ride starts with a 90-degree lift hill that sends you straight down 167 feet right out of the gate. You’ll reach 65 mph and head into an exhilarating non-inverted loop. And all of that is just in the first few seconds of the ride!

SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa

Also at Busch Gardens Tampa, the SkeiKra dive coaster is a unique roller coaster sporting a floorless design, allowing your feet to dangle beneath you. It’s most surprising feature however, is that just before the first massive drop, the coaster train stops for a few seconds, allowing you to look straight down at the 90 degree spill you’re about to take. The fall is 200 feet and you reach speeds of 70 mph almost instantly as soon as you start to fall. As if that weren’t enough, the coaster then takes you into an Immelmann loop, and then onto a second drop into an underground tunnel. It’s an action-packed experience that coaster fans don’t want to miss.

Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

By far the tallest attraction on our list, Falcon’s Fury is a freestanding drop tower that takes riders up 300 feet before dropping them down, face-first, towards the ground. As you rise up to the top, a trip that takes about a minute to complete, you get an incredible view of downtown Tampa and miles beyond. Then the ride system pivots your seat 90 degrees midair, so you’re facing the ground as it sends you soaring straight down at 60 mph. This roller coaster is only the for absolute bravest riders in your group.

 

Family Friendly Coasters in Orlando

Family friendly coasters 

When it comes to roller coasters, thrill seekers come in all ages and sizes. That’s why Orlando’s theme parks have rides for everyone, every speed and every style. For all of the gravity-defying rides for the fearless riders, there are also plenty of amusing rides that spin and soar while promising fantastic fun for all heights and ages in Orlando.

Universal Orlando Resort Family friendly Coasters

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

What happens when you let a wacky woodpecker design and build his very own roller coaster? You get a nuthouse on wheels, as seen at Universal Studios Florida! Woody definitely proved he’s got a few screws loose when he designed this kid-sized coaster that’s fun for all ages. Height requirement: 36 in (91cm)

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Find yourself in the middle of the magic as you enter Gringotts bank at Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley. You’ll need the whole family to help navigate the perilous underground vaults on this coaster and evade the wrath of malicious villains, as well as trolls and other creatures that stand between you and your return to Diagon Alley. Height requirement: 42 in (107cm)

Flight of the Hippogriff

The story comes to life on this family-friendly coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s Hogsmeade. Follow Hagrid’s instructions as you board the hippogriff, and then take off into spirals and dives around the pumpkin patch and Hagrid’s hut. Height requirement: 36 in (91cm)

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Find yourself in the middle of the magic as you enter Gringotts bank at Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley. You’ll need the whole family to help navigate the perilous underground vaults and evade the wrath of malicious villains, as well as trolls and other creatures that stand between you and your return to Diagon Alley. Height requirement: 42 in (107cm)

Walt Disney World Resort

Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train on this coaster while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Height requirement: 44 in (112cm)

Space Mountain

Families journey through the cosmos on Space Mountain’s galactic adventure at the Magic Kingdom. Whiz past shooting stars and celestial satellites during this space ride. Streak past orbs of light, wayward comets and migrant meteors as gravity pushes and pulls you through the wormhole. Height requirement: 44 in (112cm)

Barnstormer Starring The Great Goofini

Families can take flight above Storybook Circus at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with Goofy and his homemade stunt airplanes for a thrilling coaster ride. Hang on tight as The Great Goofini swoops and soars during his world-famous high-flying show. Height requirement: 35 in (89cm)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Grab your lantern and your map and ride into the diamond mine on the rockingest, rollingest, twistiest train ride ever. Feel a rush of excitement, and enchantment too, as you take off on this adventurous family coaster at the Magic Kingdom. Height requirement: 38 in (97cm)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

All aboard this family-friendly ride in the Magic Kingdom’s wilderness! Dash in and out of desert caverns and rumble through a haunted mine aboard a rollicking runaway train. Swoop around turns, dip, and drop into canyons and caves as you dart through the ghost town of Tumbleweed. Height requirement: 40 in (102cm) 

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Family Friendly Coasters

The Dragon

Climb aboard the LEGO Dragon and prepare for a hilarious, behind-the-scenes view of life within the enchanted LEGOLAND Castle. Height requirement: 40 in (102cm)

Flying School

Experience the thrill of flight on this suspended, family-friendly coaster. Rise stories into the air before being released onto the track. Height requirement: 44 in (112cm)

Coastersaurus

Fun for the whole family and perfect for little ones, this wooden coaster curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs. Height requirement: 42 in (107cm)

The Great LEGO Race

Having opened in 2018, this is the first virtual-reality roller coaster designed just for kids. Height requirement: 42 in (107cm)

Fun Spot America in Orlando

White Lightning

Experience the dips and drops of White Lightning! This wooden coaster is fun for the whole family. Height requirement 46 in (117cm)

Freedom Flyer

Throw your hands in the air and let your legs dangle on the twists and turns of Freedom Flyer. The whole family will feel a thrill on the swoops, twists and turns. Height requirement: 36 in (91cm)

SeaWorld Orlando Family Friendly Coasters

Journey to Atlantis

This exciting, family-friendly flume/coaster ride has more than its share of surprises. Explore dark, watery passageways through the sunken city before being plunged from its gates into the waters below. Height requirement:42 in (107cm)

Shamu Express

Introduce young adventurers to the excitement and fun of coaster rides with kid-sized thrills provided by one of the smaller members of the Shamu family. Height requirement 38 in (97cm)

 

Disney World – Did you know?

Things you can do at Disney World you probably didn’t know!

There are many things to enjoy at Walt Disney World that guests may never experience or even know about.  It can be hard to see beyond the park touring, dining, and FastPass planning, and families don’t often have time to do more than scratch the surface of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  Curious about some of these “extras?” From on-the-go food tips to exotic experiences, here are some things that you can do at Walt Disney World that you may not have tried. Which one will you go for on your next trip?

Get a haircut in the Magic Kingdom Disney World

Have you walked down Main Street Disney World many times and never noticed the Barber Shop?  It’s located between the fire station and the Emporium on the left side of the street.  How charming is the idea of having your child’s first haircut in the Main Street Barber Shop?  You can do just that (and get a special mouse ear hat commemorating the experience, to boot) at a very reasonable price.  Adults and children alike can enjoy the services, ranging from a quick bang trim, a full haircut, or even some styling with “pixie dust” (glitter).  There are only 3 chairs in the shop, so be sure to make a reservation in advance. However, you might be surprised to find walk-in availability as well.  If you love to watch the afternoon parade, consider an appointment during that time. The parade route ends just next to the barber shop, so you’ll be able to enjoy the parade through the shop’s window!

Disney World non-princess makeover

Makeovers at Walt Disney World are not just for little ones who want to be princesses anymore!  Now you can treat your little boy or girl to a pirate or mermaid-themed makeover at The Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom.  The packages range from under $20 to nearly $100 and include anything from simple makeup and accessories to more elaborate makeup, hair, and costuming.  Looking for another great alternative for a young prince? Try the Knight package at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, with locations at both at the Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs.

Play golf

Did you know that you can play golf on your Walt Disney World vacation?  Disney boasts 4 golf courses on property, three of which are 18-hole championship courses.  For more of a family experience, consider the 9-hole walking course that even features footgolf.

FastPass your food at Disney World

Have you tried Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering?  It’s sort of like a FastPass- for your food. Mobile ordering makes it more convenient to order, pay for, and pick up your food throughout Walt Disney World.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you must! It’s a huge timesaver and takes the stress out of wrangling orders from your family in a crowded food queue. Simply open the My Disney Experience app and tap “Order Food” to get started.  You may be surprised at how many quick service locations are available! Select your food from wherever you are (exiting a ride, for instance) and then check in when you have arrived at the restaurant. Your food will be prepared fresh when you arrive for you to pick up at a designated pick-up queue location.

Go fishing from a Disney World Marina

Love to fish? Enjoy a catch-and-release fishing excursion from many of Walt Disney World’s marinas.  Prefer fishing from land? You can rent fishing gear at Port Orleans Resort- Riverside and enjoy dockside fishing.

Disney World – Explore the utilidors

The Utilidors are a series of passageways beneath the Magic Kingdom; “in-character” cast members use them to travel across the park unseen.  They’re also used for a variety of other things, ranging from security to trash removal. If you’re keen on checking them out yourself, you’ll be happy to know that you can visit them as part of the Keys to the Kingdom Tour.  This add-on tour experience features some unique backstage looks at the park, and is reserved for guests ages 16 and older.

Get to know Epcot’s sealife

Now you know you can go fishing at Walt Disney World, but did you know you can take your aquatic adventures up a notch and actually interact with dolphins at Epcot?  The Dolphins in Depth experience takes place at the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion and includes a backstage look at how the dolphins are cared for, as well as time to interact with the dolphins in the water.  Looking to explore the many other creatures in the massive Seas saltwater aquarium? Consider snorkeling in the Epcot Seas Aqua Tour. Guests who are scuba certified can also dive in the same spaces as part of the DiveQuest experience- you may notice people participating in this event when you dine at the Coral Reef restaurant!

 

 

Disney Springs one of the great Orlando tourist attractions

Disney Springs (which was known as Downtown Disney up until September of 2015) is a shopping, entertainment area and mall and is one of the Orlando tourist attractions located outside of the Walt Disney Parks. It is free to enter and has enough Disney magic to still feel like you are still inside the Disney parks.

Disney Springs one of the free things to do in Orlando is divided into 4 main areas, each with its own unique style, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment offerings. The Marketplace (the main shopping area) The Landing (an area along the waterfront and with many more restaurants) Town Centre (more shopping) West Side (more restaurants)

THE LANDING

The Landing now houses several new restaurants with beautiful waterfront views and a handful of new buildings that have been creatively Imagineered to look like they’ve been there for years.

WEST SIDE

This area was part of Downtown Disney and also a part of Disney Springs. The newly re-imagined West Side has a more industrial aspect to it and includes several popular restaurants and entertainment offerings including a bowling alley and movie theatre.

TOWN CENTER – one of the new Orlando tourist attractions

Town Center (a new area which was not a part of Downtown Disney) is themed after Florida’s turn-of-the-century waterfront towns and includes over 30 shops and a variety of dining options.

MARKETPLACE

This family-friendly area (which existed as a part of Downtown Disney) is home to many of the most popular shops at Disney Springs.

With the transition, an expansion of The World of Disney store has been completed to this section as well as a new “Village Causeway” which is a bridge that connects the area around The Lego Store across the water to nearby The Rainforest Cafe.

Amazing Orlando tourist attractions at Disney Springs include:

The Lego Store – One of the free things to do in Orlando

This is a gigantic store with lots of wonderful Lego and gigantic Lego sculptures such as the Loch Ness monster, a fire breathing dragon and the characters from Toy Story.

World’s biggest Disney Store ‘World of Disney’ 

Officially the largest Disney merchandise Orlando tourist attractions store in the world with 12 different rooms filled with everything Disney related.

Boat cruisesOne of the free things to do in Orlando

There are two main ‘routes’ that the boats take. One heads around 3 stops in Disney Springs. The other route goes to Disney resorts and then back to Disney Springs. Each cruise takes about 20 minutes return and are free of charge.

‘Characters in Flight’ balloon ride

This balloon is tethered to the ground. It soars 400 feet in the air and was custom built for Disney!

T Rex Restaurant and shopOne of the free things to do in Orlando

Almost like a mini museum inside with gigantic Amethyst rocks and reproductions of giant dinosaurs. To the right of the store is a dig pit for kids to explore.

Rainforest Café

A gigantic Orlando tourist attractions volcano that roars overhead with lots of animatronic animals to view for free both inside and outside.

Disney World tips and tricks

 

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A lot of planning needs to go in to your Walt Disney vacation some people are already laying out their game plan for several years from now. That’s right – there’s a lot of meticulous planning involved, especially with the new attractions if someone in your party wants to experience something in particular. Follow these Disney World tips and tricks to help and guide you.

Disney World tips and tricks 

Have a plan

Avoid peak hours and consider visiting the parks midweek, during a time when most US kids are still in school. Download the My Disney Experience app to your phone.  Plan your park days; make fast passes, dining reservations and more.  Know what park you want to visit, what rides you want to ride, what restaurants you want to check out or make reservations at, what parades/shows/fireworks you want to see (if you want to see them), and get FastPasses ahead of time. When it comes to dining, have a general idea of what time people usually have lunch and dinner, and plan around that. A Disney World tips and tricks is Do NOT miss the night time fireworks show and parades.  These will likely be the highlight of your trip!

Get to the Park EARLY! 

 We cannot stress enough, get to the park you are visiting as early as possible. There are numerous benefits to arriving early. Benefits such as: a closer parking spot in the parking lot, getting the head start before the crowd on the Disney transportation to the park, and of course the ability to ride some of the larger popular rides you could not get FastPasses to because they were all taken. If you arrive at park opening, it is so much easier to get on those larger popular rides and wait in line for a minimal amount of time, as opposed to the typical long times. The early arrival helps knock off some rides off your list, which helps save time!

Disney World tips and tricks – Other entrances

 If you are at the turnstiles at Animal Kingdom and the turnstiles seem really busy before the park opens, you can try a secret-ish entrance by entering Rainforest Cafe and navigating to the gift shop. Just outside of the gift shop, there is a set of turnstiles available to use. This method doesn’t always save time but is worth a look if the main turnstiles seem particularly busy.

Know where the important services places are

 Knowing where everything is like bathrooms, drinking fountains, ATMs, first aid, baby centers, food carts etc. is essential! Especially when visiting with kids! Kids are unpredictable to say the least. One minute they are fine, the next minute they are hungry, thirsty, or need to use the bathroom. Avoid hunger, thirst, and bathroom accidents by knowing your surroundings!

 The Weather

 When a lot of people think of Orlando, they think of two words: heat and humidity. And while that is most likely true, don’t let the Central Florida weather scare you off. If it’s raining, visit the parks anyway, you’ll be surprised of how much more you’ll get to see and do. There are a few rides that go down due to weather, but there will be significantly less people at the parks. Pack a pre bought poncho and your set to go. Unless you are from the tropics, nothing can prepare you for the weather in central Florida.  Two important things to remember: From April-October, the heat is intense!  You can cut the humidity with a knife!  And, it rains almost every afternoon.  Winter temperature ranges can be mild to downright cold!

Fast pass 

For a lot of people, fast pass has become a life saver. You get to skip the lines of up to three attractions per day, giving you more time to explore the rest of the parks. Additionally, once your three Fast passes are used up, you can reserve additional Fast pass, one at a time, for the rest of your day. A good idea is to book your Fast passes for early in the day so that you can continue to book additional passes throughout your visit. For example, if your last booked pass isn’t until 8 p.m. and it’s currently 3 p.m., you won’t be able to book any more passes until your 8 p.m. one is used up. One of the biggest mistakes though that guests make when going to the parks is wasting Fast Pass on rides that don’t require them. This is not to say that there are only certain rides that have lines and the rest have no wait; that’s not true. However, there are certain rides that have higher popularity than others meaning that the wait time is going to be longer and more substantial. Do your research on what rides are currently trending at Walt Disney World before your vacation. ! Another important Disney World tips and tricks to keep in mind is timing, especially when it comes to FastPasses and dining. Make sure you allow yourself enough time between FastPasses, because even FastPass lines can get backed up, which can make you late for your next FastPass

Disney World tips and tricks 

Saving money

If you are really looking to do Disney on a budget, bring your own food. That’s right – there’s no rule against bringing in your own packed lunches, snacks, or drinks inside the parks thus saving your family loads of money. Regardless of the time of year you go, you’re still going to fall victim to the Florida heat and humidity. The best thing you can do in Walt Disney World is stay hydrated, but it can become quite costly to buy water bottles throughout your trip, especially if you’re buying for a family of three or more. A good Disney World tips and tricks is to bring your own reusable water bottle and fill it up throughout the day with the complimentary water offered at the various counters. It’s a cost-effective way to stay cool on your vacation.

Don’t forget the water parks!

A lot of people think that a Disney vacation means spending time at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Little do people know but there are also two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Ride the Big Rides Late in the Day

Now, this is not a secret so chances are you may still have to wait in line to enjoy these rides, but it will be significantly less once more and more people gather around Cinderella’s Castle to watch the fireworks. If you are not interested in the shows, parades, and fireworks or only interested in a couple of them, then choose which ones you want to see and skip the rest! During the major shows like Fantasmic, the parades, and the fireworks, the lines for the attractions calm down a LOT. Reason being is because everyone else is busy watching them instead of riding the attractions. You will save a great deal of time knocking the attractions out during these times.

Watch as Many Shows as You Can

It should go without saying that the shows in Walt Disney World can’t compare with the rest of the outside world. Still though, they can be easily forgotten when compared to the amazing rides around the park. They’re not only entertaining, but a great way to cool off and get some rest from walking around the parks.

Ticket options

Regardless of your itinerary, paying the few extra dollars for the Park Hopper option could be worth it for you. It enables you to plan your day uniquely, allowing you to have breakfast in Magic Kingdom, lunch in the World Showcase in Epcot and finish off the night with the Rivers of Light in Animal Kingdom. You have freedom of being able to jump around from park to park in a single day. It can however be tiring and not suitable for everyone in your party!

Disney World tips and tricks

Link Your Credit Card to your Magic Band

Linking your credit card to your Magic Band has a several benefits. It makes purchasing so much easier, eliminates the risk of leaving your card on the counter and the need to bring your wallet into the park.

Height restrictions

How tall are your children?  Know before you go what they can ride and not ride.  Manage expectations.  Height restrictions are available on-line. A good Disney World tips and tricks is to take advantage of the rider-swap option, where adults and older children can ride their favourite thrill rides, while still caring for your young children.

Disney’s PhotoPass

Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole family could be in your vacation pictures?  But who’s going to actually take the pictures?  Disney will!  Take advantage of Disney’s Photopass service.  Photographers are stationed all over the parks and will take your pictures for free, including ride photos.  You can pre-purchase all your pictures or purchase any you want at home, after your trip.

Help and advice

We hope that you found our Disney World tips and tricks useful and there is a lot more information to be found on our website. You can also speak to a member of our team by simply filling in the contact form on our website and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.  Or alternatively If you have any questions that you would like to ask a member of our team, feel free to give us a call on +44 1254 822803 or email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and we’ll assist you in any way we can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rides at Walt Disney World, Ranked

 

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There are only so many hours in a day at Walt Disney World, so how do you decide what to ride first? Simple: you take our advice for it. This meticulous ranking of every stellar must-see 3D attraction, perfectly themed roller coaster, and out-of-this-world flyer will help you plan the perfect trip for speed demons and boat ride obsessives alike. (We left stage shows and other smaller attractions out, so consider these the best-of-the-best where rides are concerned.)

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