Orlando theme parks are fun for all ages and there is no one too young or too old to appreciate the wonder, thrills, and magic of Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. On your next trip with teens, it pays to know which parks and attractions they’re most likely to appreciate. From thrill rides to fun, educational opportunities, let’s briefly review the highlights of each option.
Disney World is broken down into four parks, and each has its own unique teen appeal.
The Magic Kingdom
This park has the most rides of any of the four – and it’s got plenty of thrills for teens, too. The three mountains – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – are fast, fun, and super exciting.
Orlando Vacation Insider Tip*** The Seven Dwarves Mine Train is scheduled to open in Spring of 2014, and while it’s considered a ‘family roller coaster’, it’s expected to have its own unique thrills. Besides, what teen doesn’t like being one of the first to ride a new attraction?
Soarin’ is one of the crowd favorites, but be sure to get here early for this hand-gliding simulator. Riders dangle their feet as they’re suspended 20 feet in front a huge screen that swoops them through a California adventure.
Test Track gives riders the chance to customize their own vehicle and then take it through a rigorous quality check – including a speed test that’ll leaves rider’s hair whipping in the 60+ mile an hour speed.
Expedition Everest is a fantastic roller coaster that offers exceptional views of the beautiful Animal Kingdom park – and it even runs backwards!
Kali River Rapids is a wet, wild ride, and the Kilimanjaro Safari is perfect for teen animal lovers.
Rock ‘n Rollercoaster blasts rockin’ tunes at riders as they go through two inversions and a cork screw, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Speaking of which, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror takes guests on a wild ride up and down an elevator shaft, and the screams of riders can be heard throughout the park.
You’ll find plenty of exciting rides at Universal Studios, including the award-winning Revenge of the Mummy and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, which features an incredible combination of audio and special effects, as well as many never-been-done-before elements like the world’s first non-inverting loop.
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
If your teen is all about thrill rides, then Universal’s Islands of Adventure is likely to be their favorite Orlando theme park. There are tons of heart-racing attractions here, including:
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster that launches you from zero to 40 miles per hour in just two seconds.
- Dragon Challenge, a twin roller coaster attraction that offers two adventures to choose from.
- Doctor Doom’s Fearfall that rockets riders 150 feet up into the air and drops them down even faster.
- The Jurassic Park River Adventure with an unbelievable 85 foot plunge down a waterfall.
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ground breaking ride that isn’t a thrill ride but is a must-do for any Harry Potter fans.
- Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls, a flume ride with one of the steepest water descents on the planet.
There are a lot of animal exhibits to explore in SeaWorld, but there are plenty of thrills for teens, too:
- Manta – This is the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world. It all starts off with a head-first, face-down inverted nosedive – and it only gets more thrilling from there!
- Kraken – It’s been consistently ranked as one of the top coasters in the world by rider critics, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s blazing fast, it’s floorless, and it’ll take riders upside down and as high as the sky.
- Journey to Atlantis – Who says you have to choose between a fun, water flume ride and a thrilling roller coaster? This ride offers all the excitement of a roller coaster as you travel through dark, water passages, and down to a sunken, hidden city below.
No matter how adventurous your teens are, Orlando theme parks will quench their thirst for excitement and adventure.