The Best Orlando Roller Coasters and Theme Park Orlando Rides are listed below.
Kraken Is Among the Best Orlando Roller Coasters
SeaWorld’s “Kraken” is an amazing Orlando Roller Coaster. Kraken builds anticipation, then lulls the rider to believe that the worst is over and then delivers an incredible thrill. Kraken starts with a slow and long climb to the top, which is at a height of 153 feet (47 meters). From the top the rollercoaster takes a small dip which ends in relief for the rider who believes that the worst is over. Then suddenly Kraken goes ballistic and offers one of the most exhilarating roller-coaster rides in Orlando. The drop is 144 feet (44 m). The 4,177 foot (1,273 m) long Kraken roller coaster has seven inversions and reaches a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 Km/hr), making it the second fastest roller coaster in Orlando after SeaWorld’s Mako. What adds to the fun is that Kraken is a floor-less roller-coaster. Kraken is a large mystical sea creature thought to dwell in the Northern Seas of Europe.
Mako – Longest, Fastest and Tallest Roller Coaster in Orlando
LOCATION: SeaWorld Orlando
Mako is the longest (4760 feet or 1450 m), fastest (top speed of 73 mph or 117 Km/Hr) and tallest (200 feet or 61 m) of all Orlando Roller Coasters. The main features of Mako are two tall hills. The first hill is 200 ft (61m) from which the rollercoaster hurls down 200 feet at an angle of 70 degrees and at a speed of 73 mph. The second tall hill is 165 feet (50 m). In the evening Mako’s lights go on making it look amazing. Sea World’s “Mako” is named after the Shortfin Mako, which is the fastest shark in the world. With “Mako”, “Kraken” and “Manta”, SeaWorld Orlando is home to some of the best Orlando Roller Coasters. Mako would probably have been more exciting with a few inversions and loops.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Amazing Ride
“Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is a sensational audio-visual sensory ride. Riders will feel they are flying with Harry Potter and friends around Hogwarts, over hills, valleys, bridges and rivers and are in the middle of a “Quidditch” match. This magic of transporting riders to Harry Potter’s fairytale world is done with projection screens, specially designed moving seats and robotic arms. Although this is not a rollercoaster ride, the visuals are excellently synchronized with robotic technology leadings to the sensation of being hurled at great speeds through Harry Potter’s world. “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride is consistently voted among the best Dark Ride not just in Orlando, but in USA. “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is a key attraction at Island of Adventure’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Island.
Transformers: The Ride – Spectacular 3D Dark Ride
“Transformers: The Ride” is a 3D Dark Ride which simulates the sensation of being in the middle of a war between the good Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, and the villainous Decepticons, led by Megatron. The astonishing special effects of this ride are done by projecting 3D images on thirteen 60 feet (18 m) tall screens. The Transformer ride vehicles can be moved 360 degrees. Riders get the sensation that they are travelling at high speeds, falling down tall buildings and banging into things. During the course of the ride water is unexpectedly sprayed on riders. The use of hot air and fog add to the effect of the chaos all around. All these elements add up to make “Transformers: The Ride” an unforgettable experience.
Skull Island Reign of Kong – 3D Dark Ride in Orlando
Skull Island: Reign of Kong is a thriling 3D Dark Ride at Orlando’s Island Of Adventure. Opened in July 2016, this ride is based on King Kong. With the use of an interesting plot, scary sets, elaborate structures, animatronic, props, live actors and sound effects, there is an attempt to keep guests entertained while they queue to board their truck. Suspense is effectivly built up as visitors queue up for this ride. This King Kong attraction designers have created one of the most engaging queuing experiences among Orlando theme parks. The ride starts with giant bats taking away Kate. Once the ride starts, Riders feel they are on King Kong’s Skull Island because of the engaging story, animatronic effects on their trucks, giant 3D projection screens on both sides, sound effects and 4D effects. Skull Island is among the longest Orlando Universal ride.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Mix of Great Music and Coaster
“Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” is an indoor roller coaster that accelerates from 0 to 57 mph (92 Km/Hr) in just 2.8 seconds. In the background there is loud, pounding music by Aerosmith. Each coaster car is shaped as a stretch limousine with 120 speakers blaring out Aerosmith songs. Each limo has a different Aerosmith song and the songs have been specially customized by Aerosmith for this rollercoaster. The theme of this roller coaster is that riders are driving through LA in a speeding limo to attend an Aerosmith concert. The lead up to the ride is a playful scene involving Aerosmith in the music studio. Fast speed, multiple inversions, engaging story line and amazing music by one of the Gods of Rock, all these factors help make Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster among the best Orlando Roller Coasters. In the view of this writer, “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” is the only Disney Orlando roller coaster to make it to the top 10 list.
Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit Mixes Thrills and Music
Visitors seeing Universal Studios Florida’s “Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit” for the first time can be intimidated be this roller coaster. The rollercoaster starts off with a straight vertical climb, which is immediately followed by a steep drop. This roller-coaster reaches a top speed of 65 mph (105 Km/Hr). What makes “Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit” different from other Orlando roller coasters is that riders can listen to music while they are whirling around. Riders have the option of choosing from 30 songs from 5 different genres of music. Riders also have the option of purchasing the video of their ride, along with the sound track. The combination of high speed, sharp drop, loops and amazing music makes “Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit” one of the best roller coaster in Orlando.
The Incredible Hulk Among Best Orlando Roller Coasters
The start of the “The Incredible Hulk” roller coaster takes the riders breath away. In the first two seconds this roller-coaster accelerates from 0 to 40 mph (64 kmph). As the rollercoaster shoots out of the green launch tunnel it does a roll. In total there are 7 inversions. At one point the coaster car touches the water in the Universal Lagoon. The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster was introduced in Island of Adventure (IOA) in 1999. The old Hulk roller coaster was dismantled in 2015 and a new Hulk roller coaster was opened to public in August 2016. The new green colored launch module, new aggressive looking vehicles with in-seat music system, new soundtrack and new lighting give a new freshness to this popular roller coaster. In addition to the new infrastructure, there is also a new Hulk back-story before the rider is hurled out of the gamma-ray accelerator launch system.
Journey to Atlantis – One of Orlando’s Best Water Rides
The main attraction of this water roller coaster is the long and steep 60 feet (18 m) drop in the end. At around 6 minutes, this is a long ride. All along anticipation builds up as riders approaches the final climatic drop. Unlike most roller coasters where the main thrill is in the start, “Journey to Atlantis” chief thrill is in the end. Sea World spectators too enjoy watching boats of riders plunge in the final drop, which ends in a large splash of water.
NOTE: Riders will get wet on Journey to Atlantis ride.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls: Wild, Wet and Fun
“Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls” is an exciting log flume water ride. The climb in the water log to the top of the ride is very interesting. All around are characters from Dudley Do-Right from the “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”. There are two adrenaline pumping drops in this ride. In the second drop, logs plummet 75 feet and shoot out into the open into a splash pool. This log ride reaches speeds of 45 mph (72 Km/Hr). Riders will get wet. Being splashed with water on a hot Florida summer day adds to the charm of this ride.
NOTE: Riders will get wet on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls.
Revenge of the Mummy – Atmospheric, Indoor Roller Coaster
“Revenge of the Mummy” ride is an indoor roller coaster that is based on the “Mummy” movies. The main attraction of the Mummy ride is the story line and the wonderfully creepy Mummy set. The feeling of being inside an eerie Egyptian tomb is enhanced with the use of projection screens, deep mummy voices, dummies, fire, hot air, water spray, fog and darkness in the main roller-coaster chamber. The build up to the roller coaster docking bay is also great fun. There are references to the Mummy films, tombs, statues and more. Revenge of the Mummy roller-coasters is among the best indoor Roller Coasters in Orlando.
Doctor Doom’s Fearfall – Thrill Going Up and Coming Down
Doctor Doom’s Fearfall is a fear inducing vertical drop from a tall tower. Unlike most free-fall rides where the ride up is slow and the drop down is quick and fast, for “Doctor Doom’s Fearfall”, both the ride up and down are a rush of speed. According to the IOA website, the thrust during the upward launch is more than a 747 jet engine. Acceleration is faster than a space shuttle. Once on top riders are dropped vertically down at great speeds. This ride is not for the faint hearted. An added bonus for this ride is the lovely view from the top. Riders can choose from one of two 200 feet (61 m) high towers.
Dragon Challenge: Two Dueling Dragon Roller Coasters
Dragon Challenge is actually two roller coasters with different courses, which seem to intertwine. The faster roller-coaster is called “Chinese Fireball” Dragon and the other one is called “Hungarian Horntail” Dragon. Dragon Challenge is an attraction from the start of Universal’ Island of Adventure (IOA) Theme Park in 1999. In those days it was called “Dueling Dragons”. In 2009 IOA’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” section was opened to the public and the two Dragon Challenge coasters were included here. The two roller-coasters were revamped in keeping with the Harry Porter theme. At first glance Dragon Challenge roller coaster gets the heart pumping. Here are two fast coasters going at each other. This writer’s impression is that Dragon Challenge does not entirely live up to its initial promise.
NOTE OF CAUTION: Riders must not have any loose items on them. IOA provides free lockers near the entrance of this rollercoaster. Security personnel are very strict on this point. It’s a long uphill walk to this attraction and its best to avoid having to do it twice.
The Skyscraper – Tallest Roller Coaster In The World
LOCATION: Skyplex Entertainment Complex, International Drive
“The Skyscraper” is the world’s tallest roller coaster. Skyscraper stands 535 feet (163 m) tall. Orlando’s Skyscraper roller coaster has inversions, drops, loops and spirals. The tallest roller-coaster in the world is currently under construction in Orlando and will be ready by 2017. Skyscraper roller coaster is located in the new Skyplex Entertainment Complex at International Drive, Orlando.
PLEASE NOTE: The selection of the Best Orlando Roller Coasters and Orlando Theme Park Rides is based on the personal views of this writer.
List of Orlando Roller Coasters and Theme Park Rides
This is list of the theme park rides and roller coasters in Orlando. Rides in the Orlando Water Parks have not been included here.
Universal Studios Florida Roller Coasters and Rides
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
- Transformers: The Ride
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
- Men In Black Alien Attack
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
- The Simpsons Ride
- E.T. Adventure
- Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl
- Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts
Universal Island Of Adventure Roller Coasters and Rides
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- Skull Island Reign of Kong
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster
- Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
- Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
- Dragon Challenge
- Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
- The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
- Jurassic Park River Adventure
- Storm Force Accelatron
- Pteranodon Flyers
- The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Walt Disney Magic Kingdom Roller Coasters and Rides
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- It’s a Small World
- Astro Orbitor
- The Barnstormer
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the sea
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Walt Disney World Railroad
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Roller Coasters and Rides
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- The Great Movie Ride
- Toy Story Mania
Walt Disney Epcot Roller Coasters and Rides
- Mission: Space
- Test Track
- The Seas With Nemo& Friends
- Ellen’s Energy Adventure
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living With The Land
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Coasters and Rides
- Expedition Everest – Legend Of The Forbidden Mountain
- Kali River Rapids
- Primeval Whirl
- Tricera Top Spin
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Wildlife Express Train
Attractions at Fun Spot America Theme Park In Orlando
- Rip Curl
- Space Invader
- White Lightning Roller Coaster
- Freedom Flyer Coaster
- Go Kart Tracks
- Revolver Ferris Wheel
- Bumper Boats
- Bumper Kars
- Sea Serpent
- Frog Hopper
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