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!!