11 Thrill Rides Guaranteed to make your Heart Race

11 Thrill Rides Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

I wasn’t always a thrill seeking adrenaline junky. Back when I was a young whipper-snapper I’d have needed a nappy change at the mere sight of one of these. But times change. I grew up, learnt to control my bodily functions and after my first holiday to Orlando, Florida, I was hooked on everything extreme and terrifying.

Sat here on my comfy sofa, with my feet firmly on the ground… it’s been a while since I felt the adrenaline rush that only a roller coaster can give. That feeling you get when the world seems to turns inside out around your head and your stomach falls down through your feet. There’s nothing quite like that.

So I decided to get all nostalgic and pull together a list of the 11 best rides of my life (to date!)… in descending order to build suspense of course. So buckle down, check that safety harness and prepare to be thrilled…

11 Rides of your Life

#11 Splash Mountain (The Magic Kingdom, Orlando)

Splash Mountain

A Disney classic. Splash Mountain is a log flume ride that takes you on a journey, following Brer Rabbit through the stories of Song of the South. Ok, so it’s a family ride and mostly a tranquil experience, floating around… at least that’s what we told Gabby’s thrill ride-fearing mum in order to lure her on… But don’t let it fool you!

Thats only until the finale: A 50 foot drop into the Briar Patch. You may think it’s tame but I dare you not to have a great time and come away having a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day.


#10 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando)

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

From the queue to checking out your photo at the end of the ride, the whole Tower of Terror experience is awesome. The ride is an accelerated series of drops. The slogan “Never the Same Fear Twice!” is due to each individual ride having a pre selected drop pattern, therefore you never know when your going to goooooooo!


#9 Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando)

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster I’m a massive Aerosmith fan so this ride was always going to be a winner. You kick off from 0 to 57mph in less than 2.8 seconds, putting 4.5G’s on your body as you approach the first of 2 loops and continue on into a belting roller coaster ride – all in the dark. With UV signposts and an Aerosmith soundtrack it makes this roller coaster a real adrenaline drive. Look how happy we were! (If I remember correctly, this was after riding the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster 3 times in a row… screaming the lyrics to ‘Walk This Way’ at the top of our voices the whole way around).


#8 Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (Universal Studios, Orlando)

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Another log flume ride now but totally different to Splash Mountain. This ride is like Wacky Races. Characters pop up all over the place as they play ‘dastardly’ tricks on each other. With numerous drops and and splashes along the way, you’ll finally be faced with a 75 foot drop down into a dynamite factory and back out into the daylight.

This is THE best water ride I have ever experienced. Its funny, thrilling and full of surprises. It’s also impossible to remain dry. Only one question remains… to poncho or not to poncho?


#7 The Incredible Hulk Coaster (Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando)

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

This ride goes from 0-40 in 2 seconds flat…. not only in excitement levels but in mph too. You can kiss your eyebrows goodbye and collect them at the exit. With loops and twists galore (7 to be exact), you’re shot around the track at a max speed of 65mph. This ride is definitely best in the front row!


#6  Superman Escape (Warner Bros Movie World, Gold Coast Australia)

Superman Escape

Superman Escape is similar to The Incredible Hulk Coaster. You start off in a subway station in the middle of an earthquake. The ceiling is caving in with traffic falling down into the subway (This part alone is impressive. Similar to the Earthquake experience in Universal Studios, Florida). Finally Superman arrives and gets you out of there….fast! 0 to 62mph has never felt faster than this. You shoot off, round a bend and off. Throw in John Williams’ epic Superman theme blasting out of your headrest speakers and you’ve got yourself a very cool roller coaster.


#5 The Simpsons Ride (Universal Studios, Orlando)

The Simpsons Ride

So I loved this ride’s predecessor, Back to the Future. I was a little worried when I heard Universal Studios, Florida would be clearing space to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Thankfully the ride remained at the park but was given a Simpsons re-style.

Well, they’ve only gone and made a brilliant ride, unbelievably brilliant! I’m not a massive Simpsons fan but loved every second of this. All the classic characters are there and the simulator is superb. With screens surrounding you from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, you follow Homer and family through Springfield and beyond in a awesomely funny ride. Talk about bringing your inner child out.

Photo Credit: Joe Penniston


#4 Samurai (Thorpe park, England)

Samurai, Thorpe Park, England

Who said England couldn’t compete with the big boys in the thrill ride stakes? If you’re in England, get yourself to Thorpe Park. There are some great rides here and I’m very lucky to live under an hour away. I’ve been countless times and Samurai has never let me down. It’s 2 minutes (which is quite long for a ride) of 5G adrenaline fuelled fun, raising you off the ground, spinning, twisting and bobbing you in every direction. Samurai is quite intense at times and slightly different in each row… the perfect excuse to ride it again and again.

Photo credit: Kate


#3 Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios, Orlando)

Revenge of The Mummy

Back to Florida now, although I have been on the Universal Studios, Singapore version too which is very similar. The Mummy’s queue leads you through the archaeological site of the tomb before arriving at the ride itself. Here you’ll enter an indoor roller coaster that takes you through dramatic scenes (some from the film’s) before being launched from standstill to 45mph in seconds and on into a high speed track full of drops, turns (both backwards and forwards), special effects, smoke and fire. Its a cracker!

Photo Credit: Ivan Bandura


#2 Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey (Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando)

Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey

As I mentioned earlier I was a little unsure about Harry Potter coming to Universal/Island of Adventure. I’m not a great fan of Harry and co and loved the rides that were taken down to make way for the new development. HOWEVER, on visiting in 2014, my mind was changed within record time. Not only is the whole Harry Potter world truly mesmerising but The Forbidden Journey ride is unbelievable!

The queue alone is an awesome adventure with the full Hogwarts experience surrounding you. Hologram characters crop up along your way through the maze of a queue that leads you to the ride. From talking pictures and Sorting Hat to snow falling indoors, it really is amazing. Dawn French even makes an appearance! And thats before you even get on to the ride.

The ride is unlike any other I know. It’s a moving coaster, a simulator and so much more. The technical term I believe is robocoaster…. who knew?!

You follow Harry and co through Hogwarts and beyond into a Quidditch match before having a close encounter with the Whomping Willow and Dementors.

It’s very hard to describe this ride. You really just need to get your ass to Universal, Florida or Tokyo and experience it for yourself. An absolute must ride. I think I did it 4 times in 2 days.

…. Oh, and the Escape from Gringrotts ride over in Universal Studios is also pretty epic… this one just pipped it to the post.

Photo credit: Scott Smith


#1 Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster (Warner Bros Movie World, Gold Coast Australia)

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster

No No, you’re reading that correctly. Scooby Doo is my favourite ride, ever! And I’m not afraid to admit it.

Don’t be fooled. This ride has it all! Its a house of horror with a Scooby Doo comedy twist to it.

It’s a ride in the dark that goes forwards, backwards with accelerated drops, upwards thrusts, twists and turns. That along with UV and 3D holograms and scenery and the occasional 4D splashes of water and gusts of air makes this ride a complete assault on your senses.

I came away…after riding it 5 times, feeling very nostalgic and reminiscent of childhood days sat in front of the TV watching endless cartoons, Scooby-Doo in particular. If you enter this ride an adult, you’ll be leaving as a child.

This ride alone is one of my top reasons to visit Australia. It’s THAT good!

So there we have it. This is my top 11, although I’m sure within a few years there will be new additions, changes or maybe the list will simply becomes my top 100.

4 of the best Spectacles/Stunt Shows

So we’ve done the rides but what about the rest of the theme park thrills? The shows and  Spectaculars are often as good as the rides themselves. Well, I hear you and don’t threat. Here are my top 4…


#4 Lights, Motors, Action! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando)

Lights, Motors, Action!

There are numerous versions of this car stunt show throughout various parks around the world. I’ve seen it performed at Warner Bros, Australia and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida. Both times it was fantastic. There’s car and bike stunts galore with an array of pyrotechnic explosions. A very entertaining show.


#3 Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando)

Indiana Jones Stunt Show

You needn’t be a fan of the Indiana Jones films to appreciate this live stunt spectacular. Personally I have been a huge fan of the films since I was diddy (cough – nerd)… I’ll spare you the stories of me sat just feet from the tele with my cowboy hat firmly in place, bag full of plastic jewels and my ‘whip’ within reach. (And that was just last month.)  I’d happily watch this show daily.

It recreates all of your favourite Indi scenes from the the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the iconic opening temple sequence to the Cairo street chase scene and the Nazi camp escape. Its non stop action!


#2 Lights, Camera, Action (Universal Studios Singapore) 

Lights, Camera, Action

This is more of an experience than a show. You’re introduced to a boathouse scene by non other than the wizard of movie magic; Steven Speilberg. This is Universal Studios, Singapore’s version of the Twister: Ride it Out at Universal Studios, Orlando.

You’re stood in a boathouse just as a monstrous F5 twister strikes the harbour. Suddenly the whole place begins to crumble around you, with water spewing everywhere and explosions left, right and centre. The finale is the icing on the cake (SPOILER ALERT) as a ferry bursts through the side of the boathouse, bringing the experience to an end. If you’re a movie buff then this experience is a must!

Photo Credit: rwsentosa


#1 Waterworld Stunt Show (Universal Studios, Singapore)


Last but certainly not least; Waterworld. This stunt show was A* – although sadly I’m not fluent in Malay/Mandarin so I hadn’t the foggiest what the actors were saying. I believe Universal Studios, Hollywood also features this stunt show so maybe I’ll catch it there someday too.

The Waterworld film is one of the most famous flops of all time however this show is anything but. As you would expect, the show is largely water based (which isn’t exactly shocking) with all the iconic Waterworld style jet ski’s, speedboats and airboats. There’s big dives, falls and gymnastics. A true stunt spectacle with humor and drama thrown in for good measure. Add to the mix a grand finale, a ton of explosions (fire and water) and a full sized seaplane that crashes into the arena before bursting into flames. This was one hell of a show.

Photo credit: Prayitno


There will always be new thrills and spectacles to come. Theme parks are constantly thinking up new ways to excite and scare us …. a pretty cool job and one I’d love to try. Hopefully these rides I’ve mentioned stay for a while so that they can be enjoyed by anyone who has yet to ride them and for me to revisit again and again.

I don’t doubt I’ve forgotten some crackers. What ride makes your pulse race? What roller coaster makes you want ride it again and again? Let us know in the comments below and we may just have to add them to our ‘Life list’





  • http://www.touristingaround.blogspot.pt Marta Grilo

    My heart started to beat faster and faster as I was reading your post! I’m so scared of roller coasters but I actually went to one in Thorpe Park but it wasn’t that one. It was colossus and it was awful haha.

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks for the comment, Marta. Oh I know Colossus. That one is a bit of a bone shaker. 10 loops too so you were pretty hardcore choosing it when scared of coasters. Good work 🙂


  • http://www.theeverydaylifeofrachel.blogspot.co.uk Rachel Colley

    I was so scared of rides until I went to Florida too 😛
    I love roller coasters now 🙂
    As I was reading through I was hoping Revenge of the Mummy would get a mention, I think it was my favourite ride of Universal/Islands of Adventure!
    I live an hour from Alton Towers, so that’s where most of my adrenaline comes from now!

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Oh another Florida coaster lover! Pleased to hear you too were a fan of Revenge of the Mummy. I forgot how good it really was until returning last year.
      I’ve only done Alton Towers twice but they’ve got some gooduns to get your adrenaline fix.
      Thanks for stopping by the blog.


  • http://www.loveandroad.com Love and Road

    As much as I like adventure and the feeling of the adrenaline rushing in my veins, I´m not sure if I can cope with the Superman Escape and The Incredible Hulk… I might enjoy the other attractions where my feet can stay on the ground!

    Great list, I´m sure you had tons fun!

    All the best,


    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Cheers, Nat.
      I know what you mean. They look pretty ominous but were so much fun. Front row especially.
      There’s plenty of alternative adrenaline pumping opportunities though 🙂

      Thanks for the comment.


  • http://www.tracietravels.com Tracie Howe

    I’m a big fan of thrill rides, but not the spinning ones. Blah! In fact, just today I was thinking of how I am long overdue for a good roller coaster, so this was a fun read for me. I really want to check out that Harry Potter ride too!

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Yeah riding the spinning ones is sometimes a mistake! Ahh there’s nothing like it is there?! Do you live near any theme parks? The Harry Potter ride really is incredible. It’s so clever what they can do now, i’d never seen anything like it. Well worth a visit to Orlando! 😉 Hope you get your coaster fix soon!


  • Holly O’Connor

    I really want to check out the Harry Potter ride! I was honestly a born potterhead and that would be a great experience! Also, I love Thorpe Park and Alton Towers in England! We don’t get mentioned much hahaha:) x Great Post!


    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Thank you, Holly.
      Well I reckon if your a potter head, you’ll be in your element down Diagon Alley and Gringrotts too. It’s all incredible and then there’s the Hogwarts Express!
      Definitely agree. Us Brits are lucky to have Thorpe Park & Alton Towers. Great parks 🙂


  • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

    Thank you, Holly.
    Well I reckon if your a potter head, you’ll be in your element down Diagon Alley and Gringrotts too. It’s all incredible and then there’s the Hogwarts Express!
    Definitely agree. Us Brits are lucky to have Thorpe Park & Alton Towers. Great parks 🙂


  • Chris Nash

    I’ve never really been a theme park kind of guy!

    All new experiences for me, thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Ah, each to their own Chris – plenty of other ways to get that adrenaline rush :). If ever you find yourself dragged to one though, I can definitely recommend the rides above! Thanks for stopping by.


  • sanketdhume

    I really want to do the Incredible Hulk ride RIGHT NOW! Looks kickass.

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      It really is! The beginning bit is by far the best. It’s definitely worth the extra queueing time to get on the front row as well… the force of the train firing out of the tunnel is SO addictive.


  • http://www.vetaretus-6.de vetaretus-6

    Great post! I want to try all of them!
    To be honest though, you should check out
    Fuji-Q Highlands in Japan if you like thrilling rides!
    My personal recommendation to you 😀

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks so much :). Ohhh you need to try them all! Thanks for the tip about Fuji-Q… we’re hoping to make it over that way next year so I will commit that to memory and make sure we go! Bring it on. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.


  • Bethaney

    Oh no way!! They all sound way to scary for me. I think MAYBE I could manage Splash Mountain if I had to choose one.

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Ohhh you’d be fine! Splash Mountain is probably the best one to start off with. It lulls you into a false sense of security with the cute animals and the Disney songs… then BAM… down you go! You’d love it :). Thanks for the comment Bethaney.


  • Anne Apostol

    OH WOW! JUST WOW!!! I can’t believe you’ve tried all these! You’re one brave couple and you just made my heart thump so hard with this post! Some are extreme, but most are totally insane! You should try the T Express at Everland in South Korea. It’s said to be the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world so you can bet I cried after riding it! Cried because of excitement and lots of feels! Cheers to us thrill seekers!

  • http://www.driveontheleft.com Drive on the Left

    Ok, this is totally not my thing (I’m terrified of that big stomach drop on roller coasters). But I love reading about other people’s passions. You guys know more about trill rides than basically anyone I’ve read and that is so fascinating! It’s always a good reminder that we all have different interests and passions and your amazing day at a theme park may be akin to my day at the dentist but that’s totally cool! Cheers!

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  • http://bestonamusementequipment.com/ June Song

    Wow, these photos in this post seems like so attractive!
    So beautiful! So cool! So thrilling!
    I can’t wait to go there! 🙂