Florida’s Best Theme Park Rides and Rollercoasters
Do you know that Florida holidays are synonymous with roller coaster rides? Being home to some of the best theme parks in the world, Florida offers the most thrilling and scary roller coasters you should not miss to experience. In Florida, getting in to these theme parks is very easy and cheap. All you need to do is to hire a car and you conveniently get around Florida.
The SheiKra Roller Coaster, Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
The SheiKra roller coaster is the first diving coaster of North America. This roller coaster is located in Busch Gardens Africa’s section Stanleyville, Tampa, Florida. Looking up at the first almost vertical drop will surely send shivers to any would-be riders. The vehicles themselves are shiver-inducing and unique with single cars that each holds three extra-wide rows of eight seats. The tubular steel track is also wide in order to accommodate the wide cars. What is more interesting is that the cars are floorless. This means that there are no floors, sides or backs. The cars are actually just seats fastened to a chassis. Can you imagine what kind of a ride you will have after being slowly carried to 200 feet up at 45 degree angle and then dropped down at 70mph on a 90 degree angle?
Cheetah Hunt , Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
Cheetah Hunt has become the favorite of most coaster riders that truly make riders feel they are the cheetah doing the hunting. This coaster’s triple launch brings riders high above the park then through a rocky canyon races down. Racing over a length of 4,400 feet is truly amazing and exciting. However, in order to ride Cheetah Hunt must have a height of 48 inches. So, if you want a fast, smooth and exciting roller coaster ride, Cheetah Hunt is the best choice.
Manta, SeaWorld, Orlando
Manta is a 140-foot tall themed as flying ray roller coaster. This roller coaster is rated as one of the top 10 roller coaster and won as the Best New Attraction of the Year award in 2009. Before boarding, riders walk through a floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing aquarium filled with live corals, an octopus, stingrays, tropical fishes and many more. This coaster is smooth, fun and enjoyable not only to ride, but also to watch. The 98-foot tall pretzel loop is fantastic.
Some tips in riding this coaster: take the first row for a more exciting ride, although getting into the 6th row is also a good choice. But, if you don’t want to get wet, do not sit on the far right!
The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster, Universal Orlando Resort
The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at the Islands of Adventure is scary, big and green. Within two seconds of being propelled as a jet taking off, at 76mph you will be launched into the air at 150 feet before undergoing the cobra rolls, then the barrel rolls, the two vertical loops and a thrilling Zero-G roll. The series of heart-stopping rolls will make your ride experience definitely unforgettable.
The amazing Incredible Hulk rollercoaster has just closed on September 8, 2015 for major maintenance and enhancements. No reasons to worry for all of its fans, Universal Orlando ensure it will reopen in Summer 2016, as you can see on their website.
Montu, Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
Do you know who Montu is? Montu is an Egyptian god of war, thus riding Montu roller coaster promises to be a momentous experience. During the time it was opened in 1996, it was the world’s fastest and tallest inverted roller coaster. Montu will bring you up into the air and hold for a while after which will give you a twisting drop then a 60-foot vertical loop. After the vertical loop, riders will experience the adrenaline pumping and most insane Immelmann loop. The Immelmann loop is based on the popular aircraft maneuver named Immelmann turn. This loop engages the riders to go through half a loop before having a half twist and curving out in the reverse direction. Immelman loop is a fantastic ride that ends with grace and a bit of flair making Montu a remarkable roller coaster ride.
Kraken Roller Coaster, SeaWorld Orlando
One of the best rides in SeaWorld is the floorless Kraken Roller Coaster that leaves every rider exposed as they navigate the 4000 feet of the roller Kraken’s twisted track. Riders will be dropped down at 144 feet as the roller coaster reaches 65mph that includes diabolical inversions like a cobra roll and a dive loop. If you have a weak heart, think before you take this ride.
Dragon Challenge: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Studios, Orlando
The world’s only duel inverted roller coaster is the Dueling Dragons Roller Coaster which is inspired by the two Chinese dragons that chase each other around the track. Riders will have thrill as the two dragons will almost smash into each other three times along the way. You can choose between Chinese Fireball that hits the speed of 63mph or the Hungarian Horntail that moves at 57mph. If you want more adventure, you will surely choose Chinese Fireball. From 2010 the roller coasters are dispatched separately and they have been renamed to “Dragon Challenge”. After a renovation period, the attraction reopened in mid-March 2010, and was officially renamed as Dragon Challenge
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Voted as the Best New Attraction in 2010 is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Roller Coaster that takes riders round Hogwarts at neck breaking speeds while having dragons breathe fire on them. Riders will also come face to face with the characters and animals from the Harry Potter film.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Universal Studios, Orlando
Universal Studios in Florida is the location of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit that lets you experience a roller coaster ride with a speed of 65mph at a height of 17 stories. Riders are also given the chance to choose and play their own music while riding the coaster. A personalized video at the end of the ride is also provided. A 6 “near misses” wherein you almost collide into something add thrill to the ride.
Space Mountain, Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
A unique indoor roller coaster ride is provided by the Space Mountain Roller Coaster located at the Magic Kingdom of the Walt Disney World. The theme for this indoor roller coaster is outer space where riders are given the choice between Omega and Alpha. Both offer similar ride even which route they choose.