Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a favorite park among teens. Each of the four Disney theme parks has something to draw everyone, but certain age groups seem to favor certain parks. The Magic Kingdom has Fantasyland and New Fantasyland to appeal to the younger set, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom has habitats and a safari to delight older animal-loving kids. Adults gravitate to Epcot’s World Showcase, but teens who love thrills and science fiction are naturally drawn to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Here are some of the attractions that teens especially love:
Rock 'N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
This ride has two things that appeal to many teenagers: thrills and rock music. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is the only coaster at Walt Disney World that goes upside down. This indoor coaster launches rides at nearly 60 miles per hour and flips them through three inversions. The back story has riders visiting G-Force Records, where Aerosmith is having a recording session. The band decides to invite everyone to their concert and tells their manager to “make it happen.” She orders up stretch limos, which are actually the roller coaster trains, and riders zip through the dark on the harrowing L.A. expressways, making it to the concert just in time.
Each of the :”limos” has its own sound system, which blasts Aerosmith muisc throughout the ride. The soundtracks correspond to the license plates on the coaster trains. 1QKLIMO features “Nine Lives,” UGOBABE has “Love in an Elevator” and “Walk This Way,” BUHBYE plays “Young Lust,”, “F.I.N.E.” and “Love in an Elevator,” H8TRFFC has “Back in the Saddle” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” and 2FAST4U has a live version of “Sweet Emotion.”
Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is a FastPass ride, but it also has a single riders line. Teens who love this roller coaster can ride it to their heart’s content while the rest of the family heads off to other attractions more suitable for younger kids. The singles line typically has a much shorter wait because parties get split up to fit empty seats.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Teens are much too young to remember Rod Serling and “The Twilight Zone,” but that doesn’t keep them from appreciating a good thrill ride. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror starts off in the library of the long-abandoned Hollywood Towers Hotel to set up the back story. Many years ago, on a dark, stormy night, a family disappeared on an elevator in the hotel. Now guests taunt fate by riding service elevators in that same hotel.
This ride stands 199 feet tall, and it’s not just a standard “bring them to the top, then drop them down” attraction. After going through a short dark ride section, you’re hoisted to the top and go through a random sequence of drops and climbs. Teens love the fact that it’s never the same ride twice. They’ll clamor to ride it again and again just to see how many times their butts will lift off the seats.
The Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
If you have teen boys in your party, they’re going to love this wild stunt show. Teenagers love fast cars and action movies. At Lights, Motors, Action!, the jumps, twists, turns, and explosions aren’t on a movie screen. They happen right in front of you. Yes, there is a screen, but it’s used to show the audience how movie stunts are actually performed.
If you’ve got younger kids in your party, too, there’s something special in this show for them. Watch out for Lightning McQueen and Mater from the “Cars” movies as they make a guest appearance.
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
If you have Star Wars fans in your household, they won’t want to miss Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. It’s a simulator ride with a twist: you visit different planets and see different characters every time, with over 50 possible combinations. That makes it a great repeat ride as teens and families try to visit every plant, from Tatooine to Coruscant to Hoth to Tatooine, and even the imposing Death Star. C3PO is the unwilling pilot, and characters like Yoda, Darth Vadar, Admiral Ackbar, and even Princess Leia appear, depending on which sequences you experience.