As you know, I plan trips to California and Florida, so of course Disney is always on my mind. Lately I feel like I see (luckyyyy) people on Disney vacations all the time, so I was inspired to think back to my last Disney World trip and put together my Five Favorite Disney World Rides.
1. Avatar Flight of Passage (AK)
This was by far the most awe-inspiring ride I have ever been on in my life. It helps if you've seen the movie "Avatar," but is an incredible experience even if you haven't. Essentially you are secured into a motorcycle-style seat and given 3-D glasses in front of a huge screen. When you enter this virtual reality attraction, you are on the back of a banshee from the movie and get to fly all over Pandora. The scenery is gorgeous and the effects are very realistic (Um, airbags moving beneath you to feel like your banshees breathing? What? So cool.)
Full disclosure, this is probably the most popular ride in all of Disney World, so you'll need some great strategies to avoid waiting in line for five hours. (< I'm not joking!)
2. Expedition Everest (AK)
I'm not a huge roller coaster fan, but Expedition Everest quickly became one of my favorites, even though my first ride was in the very front car! It's intense in a kid-friendly way, but plenty of fun. It also offers a couple of thrilling surprises that I won't spoil for you here...
3. Rock 'N Roller Coaster (HS)
One tip: When you're told to put your head back at the beginning of this ride, do it! Otherwise you'll experience some severe neck pain as you take off at incredible speed. This ride is loud, dark, and fast, which I loved. Sure you might feel like you're going to run into the Hollywood sign as you go under it, but that's the fun in it!
4. Space Mountain (MK)
Space Mountain is a classic for a reason. The first time I went on Space Mountain in Disneyland, I was 12 and HATED roller coasters, and I was so afraid that I cried the whole way up the first hill. Five minutes later it was my favorite ride. Tip: sit in the front seat if you can. It's less bumpy than the back, and even more thrilling to zoom through space without anyone (or anything) in front of you.
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris (AK)
If you couldn't tell by now, I'm a huge fan of Animal Kingdom. Kilimanjaro Safaris isn't a typical amusement park ride so much as a gentle safari ride through some of the animal exhibits. But my whole family loved it so much that we went on it three times on our last Disney trip! The tour guides always have great information about the animals, and it's amazing how close you can get to some of these creatures! The areas you drive through are huge so your animal encounters are largely by chance, but with my planning (sorry, shameless plug there) we were able to drive through a giraffe and rhino crossing, see sunbathing lions, have an ostrich five feet from our vehicle, and lots more! It is such a cool experience.
Am I right? Or am I missing a ride? Let me know in the comments!
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