Since the days of early civilization, when man first rode on the backs of animals, we have always found it thrilling to go fast. Trains and horses took us from here to there quickly, but it wasn't until the late 1800's when the first roller coster was built that we enjoyed the thrills of speed at amusement parks. With the use of steel and features like high tech magnetic launch systems, modern thrill rides achieve speeds that can make you feel like you're flying or even weightless.
Walt Disney World has it's fair share of speedy rides, some of which might surprise you with how fast they actually go!
10: Primeval Whirl
Similar to Space Mountain, "the other coaster" at Animal Kingdom is actually two coasters with identical tracks that run at the same time. Primeval Whirl sends guests spinning down the tracks at top speeds of 29mph. And I thought time travel occurred at 88mph!
9: Tower of Terror
Hollywood Studios' most terrifying elevator ride, Tower of Terror, looms ominously over guests at the end of Sunset Boulevard. As you approach, the screams of those plummeting 13 stories at 30mph become audible. But don't chicken out! The only other option at the end of Sunset is Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and that's further down this list!
8: Big Thunder Mountain
One of two of the Mountains of Magic Kingdom to make this list, Big Thunder Mountain takes guests on a wild, old western train ride. Only these trains have no engineers. Spirits, awakened by the dynamite blasts of local miners, are in control and they send trains barreling through the winding tracks of Big Thunder Mountain at top speeds of 35mph!
7: Humunga Kowabunga
I didn't forget the water slides! Over at Typhoon Lagoon, guests coming down Humunga Kowabunga have been clocked going as fast as 39mph!
6: Monorail Transportation
Up until the 90's, the monorail was the fastest ride on WDW property. Twelve different colored monorail trains serve an average of 157,000 guests per day, taking them around the Magic Kingdom and Epcot lines at a top speed of 40mph. The colors are Red, Coral, Orange, Gold, Yellow, Teal, Lime, Green, Blue, Silver, Black, and Peach. There used to be a Pink and a Purple, but let's not talk about that...
5: Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain is the epitome of what every Disney fan wants out of a thrilling water ride. Classic songs and characters combined with the fantastic dark ride scenes that Disney is known for provide a delightful distraction from what's ahead. The first few drops are small and fun, but the best is the final, 53-foot drop that sends guests screaming at 40mph into a gigantic briar patch below!
4: Expedition Everest
When a trip to the top of the tallest mountain in the world gets ruined by a yeti at a disco party, Expedition Everest hits top speeds of 50mph in attempt to escape his convulsing clutches!
3: Summit Plummet
Upon seeing Summit Plummet, you may think "Is that a slide? I will fly off!". That's because it looks like a ski-jump. But no air time on this water slide, you're going down at a top speed of 60mph!
2: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
After a long day of standing around a mixing board listening to their old songs, how does a classic rock band full of a bunch of old guys get from the Hollywood recording studio to their gig in downtown LA? Turbo charged super stretch limousine! And why not bring everyone touring the studio along and blast 30+ year old music inches from everyones ears?? Rock 'n' Roller Coaster goes from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and takes guests on a winding, UV lit race thru LA. If you scream loud enough, you may be able drown out the music.
1: Test Track
One of the biggest slot car tracks in the world, Test Track takes guest along a futuristic obstacle course to test various features of the vehicle. The final test is the speed test, where the vehicle heads outdoors for a pedal to the metal 65mph race around the speed course, making Test Track The Fastest Ride In "The World"!
Have you been on all of them? Only 5 out of 10 for me. Which is your favorite?
P.S. This was the second time I wrote this. The first time it only autosaved the first sentence and I lost 1 hour and 20 minutes of work. This time it only took an hour and 45 minutes, because I kept adding stuff. Hope you enjoy it!