Universal Studios Orlando have a lot to offer. For the brave. Coaster-loving tweens and teens, as well as adults, who want to get their adrenaline pumping will find plenty of opportunities to test their mettle. The following are the 10 most thrilling attractions at the resort’s two parks. As you might expect, roller coasters figure prominently. They can’t match the world’s fastest coasters, but the two Universal rides at the top of the list are truly world class and don’t skimp on the thrills.
#1 Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
If you’re looking for a rip-roaring rush, this is it. And there’s a high-tech twist: As you strap in, you’ll pick the song you want to hear above your own ear-shattering shrieks…
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, a roller coaster attraction at Universal Studios, includes three first-ever maneuvers: the world’s largest non-inverted loop; a treble clef-shaped track; and a spiraling, negative-gravity move. It is also the only coaster that allows guests to choose their own music during the ride by using a touchpad mounted to each lapbar.
You’ll climb straight toward the sky at a 90-degree angle. After the first ferocious drop, you’ll tear through the track, reaching a blistering 65 mph. Once you’re back on solid ground, view your adventure as a photo or music video and purchase a copy to take home. You’ll want to relive this adventure again and again.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket is Universal Studios Florida’s tallest thrill ride and marketed as the “most technologically advanced” roller-coaster in the world.
#2 The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Step inside a high-security research compound commanded by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. You’ve bravely volunteered to be a test subject for a (potentially life-altering) science experiment based on Dr. Bruce Banner’s research. At the General’s word, your group is blasted with gamma radiation.
Suddenly, you feel unstoppable.
Before you can blink, you’re catapulted out with the force of a fighter jet. Hulk-like power propels you upside down into a weightless zero-gravity roll, racing faster and faster down the track. Hang on with superhuman strength as this high-speed, red-line rampage smashes its way through the sky.
#3 Dr. Doom’s Fearfall
So, you think of yourself as a thrill ride pro? Never fazed, never flustered? This might be your match.
Here’s the situation: One of Marvel’s supreme super villains needs to test his latest invention, a machine that sucks fear out of people. His plan? Use the fear he collects as a weapon against the Fantastic Four.
How, you ask, will he get this fear out of you? By having his henchmen strap you into a seat, blast you 185 feet into the sky and then—without a second to catch your breath—hurl you back down with a face-melting force stronger than gravity itself.
#4 Revenge of the Mummy
People may tell you “It’s not a scary coaster. It’s an indoor ride.” These people are not your friends. They’re tricksters who want to hear you scream…
Digging your nails into the safety rail, you’ll hold on tight as you thrash forwards and back on the track, fleeing from the evil Mummy Imhotep. He’ll throw everything he’s got at you: swarms of insects, warrior mummies and fire so intense you’ll definitely feel the heat.
Just as it seems you might’ve escaped, you’ll plunge straight down into a pitch-black abyss with no end in sight…
#5 Harry Potter and the forbidden journey
Enter through the towering castle gates and make your way down the familiar passageways and corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit iconic locations such as Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement, and more.
Then get ready to soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures. This amazing attraction uses groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology (and a little magic) to create a one-of-a-kind ride.
#6 Dudley Do-Right´s Ripsaw Falls
Part roller coaster, part water flume, this ride combines the fun of the classic cartoons with edge-of-your-seat action. As our story unfolds, Snidely Whiplash has once again kidnapped fair Nell Fenwick, and it’s up to the lovably laughable Royal Canadian Mountie, Dudley Do-Right, to rescue her.
As your flume log sloshes its way through twists and turns, keep a lookout for funny puns and visual jokes that were a trademark of the animated series.
And once you find yourself approaching that final nail-biting 75-foot drop, get ready to whoosh down the track—underneath the water level—for the biggest splash of your life.
#7 Harry Potter and the escape from Gringott´s
Enter Gringotts bank beneath the massive fire-breathing dragon at the far end of Diagon Alley. Inside, walk through the bank’s grand marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Then, get ready to take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard this mind-blowing, multi-dimensional thrill ride.
You’ll face the bank’s stringent security measures while navigating perilous subterranean vaults. Along the way you’ll encounter Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But you’ll have to evade the wrath of malicious villains Voldemort and Bellatrix, as well as trolls and other creatures that stand between you and a safe return to Diagon Alley.
#8 The Amazing Adventures Of Spider-Man
Strap on your 3-D glasses and join the world’s most famous web slinger in a high-flying virtual reality ride. The villains of the Sinister Syndicate have stolen the Statue of Liberty and it’s up to Spidey to save the day.
You’ll face a cast of Marvel characters as you soar above the streets, scale skyscrapers and battle bad guys left and right. The high-definition 3-D graphics are so vivid, you might catch yourself counting the stitches on Spider-Man’s gloves. Just watch out for the 400-foot freefall!
#9 Jurassic Park River Adventure
This scenic water cruise starts out innocently enough. You’re gliding along in your raft, watching a baby stegosaurus and its mother share a moment.
When out of nowhere, you’re bumped off course and thrust into the ominous “restricted area” of Jurassic Park™. This is where they keep the other creatures. The dangerous ones. Suddenly, a T. rex stands before you. There’s nowhere to turn. Your only possible escape from his razor sharp teeth is to take the pitch-black plunge before you.
Did we mention it’s an 85-foot drop? Hope you brought a towel…
#10 Skull Island – Reign of Kong
Brave the dangers of a mysterious island where few dare to venture. On a treacherous journey into the dark heart of the jungle, prehistoric predators and fearsome creatures attack your vehicle from all sides. Your expedition guide fights them back with all her might. But as razor-sharp teeth and grasping talons tear into your vehicle, an ape of unimaginable size—ferocious, yet awe-inspiring—hurls himself between you and certain doom. Is he your hero or the ultimate foe? With each primal roar, each chest-pounding thud, one thundering truth becomes clear: This is his home, his kingdom. And only he reigns.
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