Thrill Ride Friday!!

Okay, first and foremost I am NOT a huge rollercoaster fan. Having said that, I do enjoy a great thrill ride.  For me, preference goes more towards the speedy G-force thrill rides than those loopy-loop upside down coasters.

Why even bring this up today? Well, I happened to stumble across an amazing video of a new coaster concept (at least I think it’s new) that appears to be taking place in Europe. There are large ski hills that have assembled coaster tracks to use during the summertime when there isn’t any snow. It’s an extremely smart way to make some extra money in the off-season…but obviously it needs to be exciting in order to justify the costs involved.

Well…does traveling over 2 miles in about 5 minutes down a massive ski hill tickle your fancy? 

Yeah…this looks like a TON of fun to me.  And it got me to thinking about the thrill rides that I have been on…

I was lucky enough to go on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit back in late 2010. With the exception of one crazy upside down twisting loop (Hello, lunch!), this thing was exactly what I love in a coaster. This thing effin’ rocked, kids…

While there are a TON of rides in Disney World, there aren’t too many “thrill rides”. One of the best, though, is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad…which can be found at both Disney World AND Disneyland.  I think this may actually have been the first rollercoaster I was ever on…

This one is absolutely one of my favorite rides: Revenge of the Mummy. It’s an indoor rollercoaster that does a lot of its movement (both forward AND backward) in the dark, so thankfully someone has actually recorded the entire experience with night vision (even though you still miss out on a lot). From the time you stand in line to the time you get off the ride, this is a movie come to life!

I was also crazy enough to try the Dragon Challenge ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  I went on BOTH coasters…which I’m glad I did because I’d probably never do it again (lol). Check out one of the coasters…but turn the volume down to avoid the annoying screams:

I remember standing in line for an hour to get on this ride, and that was WITH the Fast Pass.  I’d say it was worth it, though…to be able to go 70mph in a convertible on a test track. The only problem was that it ended too quickly (that’s what SHE said):

But without a shadow of a doubt, my favorite ride has got to be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.  And no, it’s not just because I’m a Harry Potter fan.  This ride incorporates all aspects of theme park entertainment.  It’s actually kind of difficult for me to describe, so I’ll let TheCoasterViews describe it for me:

“Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is an attraction at the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. It is the signature ride of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of the theme park, and takes riders through scenes and environments in and around Hogwarts Castle from the various books and films of the Harry Potter series. Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, described the ride as an in-depth look at the world of Harry Potter, which utilizes never before seen technology which transforms “the theme park experience as you know it”.   The ride utilizes KUKA robocoaster technology, which allows the seats to pivot while being held above the track by a robotic arm. However, the ride is not a roller coaster but a scenic dark ride. The experience includes scenes such as flying around Hogwarts castle, encountering the Whomping Willow and a horde of Dementors, and being caught in a Quidditch match. The ride performs such movements as dropping, spinning around, twisting and turning. The ride does not ever go upside down, though there are a few moments when riders are flat on their backs. Over-the-shoulder bars are used to secure guests in their seats, and there is a single metal bar shaped somewhat like a parabola which gives guests something to grip.”

Trust me when I say that for as good as this video may be, it does NOT do the ride justice. I honestly don’t know how you could without experiencing it for yourself…

As awesome as it’s been to re-live some of these experiences, there is absolutely NOTHING I’d love to do more than to be able to experience each and every one of them all again with Sunshine by my side.  It’ll happen…I don’t know when or how, but it’ll happen.

Have a great weekend, everybody!!

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2 thoughts on “Thrill Ride Friday!!

  1. Oh, I like this post a lot.

    I loved the concept of the HRRR, but thought it was a bit jerky in execution. It was one of the first rides I went on (in fact, it was the very first) during my trip in October (with my fiancee and a few friends). I liked it, but it got beat by The Hulk coaster in IOA and the Aerosmith Rock n’ Roller coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    I really enjoyed Big Thunder (more than I thought), having expected it to be far tamer than it was. Thank God for Fastpass, the line was HUGE.

    When I went to WWOHP, I must have ridden each Dragon Challenge coaster 3 times each. There was no line and that baby was a fun, fun coaster. Love the dangling legs.

    RoTM was arguably one of my favorite rides of all time. Such a beautifully themed, magical and badass ride. We got to ride it 3 or 4 times, including once at night (why that matters, I don’t know since it’s indoors) and I loved it more each time. Great coaster, and a real thrill to ride.

    I was thoroughly, thoroughly disappointed with Test Track. Just when it was starting to pick up, it ended. It barely ramped up at all and if I had to wait longer than ten minutes I wouldn’t ride it again.

    HP and the Forbidden Journey is bar none, the most amazing ride I’ve ever been on. It’s scary and unique and unlike anything else out there. You never really know where you are, whether you’re upside down or sideways or what’s going on and when the huge Dementors come after you, the spiders and stuff..look out! Unbelievable.

    We went in October and our waits were less than 15 minutes for absolutely everything- we literally walked on to HP 3 or 4 times. Shame, too because the queues were amazingly detailed and fun to walk through, ESPECIALLY Hogwart’s castle and Revenge of the Mummy.

    In conclusion, I LOVE talking about our trip to Florida, I LOVE thrill rides and talking about this stuff gets me just way too excited. Can we go back now? What are you doing next weekend?

    1. When I last went to Florida, it was the week before American Thanksgiving in November and the line-ups were non-existent at Universal Studios. Literally 5 minutes for the HP & the Forbidden Journey ride…nothing for anything else but the Hulk ride (which I wussed out on). The only line-ups were for the magic wand at Hollivander’s, and i wasn’t that desperately in need of a wand to wait 30+ minutes for that.

      I’d go tomorrow, if I could. My favorite thing in the world is enjoying the theme parks in Orlando.

      Although…cruises are now a VERY close second.

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