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14 of the Biggest, Baddest Thrill Rides Orlando Has to Offer

Adrenaline junkies from across the globe flock to Florida for their chance to experience the biggest and baddest Orlando thrill rides. From plummeting to your doom on a haunted elevator ride to coming face-to-face with a mummy, the rush of adrenaline never stops in the theme park capital of the world.

If you’re a thrill seeker, you need to secure a seat on these 14 Orlando thrill rides.

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Kraken: Flickr/Josh Hallett

Kraken — SeaWorld Orlando

As one of Orlando’s floorless roller coasters — yes, I said floorless — passengers soar 150-feet high at a whopping 65mph. The Kraken coaster was modeled after a mythological underwater beast freed from the deepest troves of the sea, which is evident by the massive climbs and drops of the track. Did I mention that guests sit in open-sided seats? You’ll feel like you’re diving in and out of the water at astronomical speeds when you ride the Kraken.

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Mako — SeaWorld Orlando

Ready to ride Orlando’s tallest roller coaster? This thrill ride sends passengers 200 feet high for a stunning view of the Orlando skyline, right before hurdling them 73mph on a hypercoaster track. You’ll feel weightless as you glide along the mile-long track at incredible speeds. Mako is new to the Orlando thrill ride scene and has already shattered records including tallest, longest, and fastest coaster in Orlando!

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Hollywood Tower of Terror. So. Much. Fun.

Tower of Terror — Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fans of “The Twilight Zone” know just how frightening the television show can be. Disney Imagineers took that fright, bottled it up, and made a popular Orlando thrill ride out of it. Guests enter the Twilight Zone and face their fears as they plummet down 13 stories in a haunted elevator. The best part about the Tower of Terror? You never know what’s coming next thanks to a completely randomized dropping sequence.

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SheiKra: Busch Gardens/Facebook

SheiKra — Busch Gardens Tampa

Nothing says adrenaline rush like dangling over a 90-degree drop on a floorless roller coaster, right? You’ll climb 200-feet to the top of a 90-degree plunge, only to slowly creep past the edge. As you dangle at the edge of the thrill, your nerves will kick in as you wait for SheiKra to drop you into the 70 mph coaster complete with an Immelmann loop, a dive into an underground tunnel and a splashdown finale that soaks those waiting for their turn to ride. If you find yourself in the “splash zone”, beware!

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Magic happens inside Gringotts Bank

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts — Universal Studios Florida

This mind-blowing, 3D steel roller coaster ride takes you deep into the heart of Gringotts Bank where an adventure awaits you. Be careful — Voldemort and Bellatrix are lurking below the bank too. The combination of special effects, 3D animation, and a pure adrenaline rush has secured Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ position as a top Orlando thrill ride for years to come.

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Hogwards Castle, Home to the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey — Universal’s Island of Adventure

Sometimes all it takes to make an Orlando thrill ride truly wonderful is a bit of magic. Experience the magic of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry Potter and friends on this one-of-a-kind thrill ride. Featuring groundbreaking technology and mind-boggling engineering, the ride brings guests right into the wizarding world. You’ll feel a rush unlike any other when you join Harry Potter and friends on an adventure filled with magical creatures, spellbinding interactions, and sudden surprises.

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Face Off at the Dragon Challenge

Dragon Challenge — Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The wizarding world fun doesn’t end after your forbidden journey. Head over to the Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure for yet another infamous Orlando thrill ride. Choose your dragon and get ready for the ride of your life. Each dragon, I mean coaster, offers a different experience and rush for Orlando thrill seekers.

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Experience the thrills of Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain — Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There’s no bigger rush than coming face-to-face with the Abominable Snowman while speeding through the Himalayan Mountains on an out-of-control train. With an 80-foot drop and soaring speeds, you’ll jet around the Himalayan Mountains both forwards and backward in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Are you ready to meet the legend of the Yeti while screaming at the top of your lungs?

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Splashdown at Jurassic Park River Adventure: Flickr/Flabber DeGasky

The Jurassic Park River Adventure — Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Immerse yourself in the Jurassic Park universe with a tour of the dinosaurs on the island — that goes horribly wrong. Passengers find themselves stuck in the Raptor Containment Area and the only way to escape the incoming T-Rex is by plunging down an 85-foot waterfall drop. Get ready to scream, get soaked, and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

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Can you handle the Hulk?

The Incredible Hulk Coaster — Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Wondering what Bruce Banner feels like when he transforms into the Incredible Hulk? This 67 mph coaster with insane zero-gravity rolls, drops, and turns will help you experience exactly that. If you’re a rollercoaster fanatic, you need to ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster. The ride recently underwent a massive remodel with the intent of making the Orlando thrill ride exceptionally exhilarating!

Based on the popular “Mummy” films, the world’s first “psychological thrill ride” places riders in seeming jeopardy, bringing them face-to-face with both physical and psychological fears – fear of the dark, fear of bugs, fear of fire, fear of falling, fear of being out of control and more.
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Revenge of the Mummy — Universal Studios Florida

Out of all the Orlando thrill rides on this list, Revenge of the Mummy is my absolute favorite. It’s not the fastest roller coaster nor does it have the biggest drop, but the state-of-the-art technology combined with the speed of the ride creates an unmatched adrenaline rush. Thrill seekers have often said that the ride seemed to get faster and more intense every time they rode it. Perhaps the curse of the Mummy has something to do with this?

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Even kids love the thrills of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith — Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Scream along with Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith as they jet off to their Los Angeles concert in a 60 mph stretch limo (also known as an indoor roller coaster) through loops, twists, turns, and plunging drops. Each “limo” plays different Aerosmith songs, meaning no two rides are ever the same.

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Prepare to ride the human slingshot!

Slingshot — Magical Midway Thrill Park

While on your Orlando thrill rides tour, why not get launched 390 feet into the air from a slingshot? This thrill ride allows guests to feel total weightlessness in the ultimate adrenaline rush.

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Summit Plummet — Disney’s Blizzard Beach

This 120-foot, free-fall body slide includes a terrifying near vertical drop with a pitch-black tunnel at the end of the plunge. This waterslide drops you higher than most roller coasters and other Orlando thrill rides. Who said water rides couldn’t be thrilling?

Now you know which rides are guaranteed to raise your pulse and make you scream! So, get ready to brave the biggest, baddest Orlando thrill rides. I dare you!

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