One of the favorite discussions on vacation was who what where questions about roller coasters. Our oldest, who is ten, was determined to go on all of them and looked forward to it greatly. The 8yo did her best to be brave and go along with it as well…and the 6yo? Well, for all his bravery, coasters were still a little overwhelming.
Expedition Everest is located at Animal Kingdom and is a great ride. You speed along -and then notice um…the tracks end in a twisted mess! Aah! What will happen? Turns out a Yeti has destroyed the tracks…the ride stops and you hear the roar of the Yeti and then speed backwards. Very cool. Miss 10yo went on twice – once with Dad and once with me. (One of my favorite things about Disney is the creativity that goes into everything, including rides. Practically every ride has a storyline to go along with it. A+!)
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster is located at Hollywood Studios and was my personal favorite. The ride begins with you in a room looking at a recording studio where the members of Aerosmith have just finished up a session. Their manager tells them they have to leave now to hurry over to a concert venue on the other side of LA. Steve Tyler says he doesn’t want to leave all the fans there, so he asks the manager to get backstages passes for all those in the room. You then proceed on to the actual ride – which are coaster cars shaped like stretch limos. You fly through loops at 60 mph – all in the dark while Aerosmith songs play in the speakers in your limo. Neon signs depicting locations in LA flash by…until finally you arrive at the venue. Smoothest coaster ever, and great storyline. A++
And here’s my favorite picture of the whole vacay. Three little kids trying to be oh so brave on Thunder Mountain (located in the Magic Kingdom). Love their faces!