Jon Michael Ogletree
Rides in Hollywood Studios: Graded Three Ways
I'm often asked what my favorite rides are in Disney World, so I've sorted them by park, and I've graded them three ways:
JMO: This is my preference, which is a balance between nostalgia and thrill, from the perspective of a 3'8" tall adult.
Thrill: This is for people who typically prefer Universal Studios, as the thrill of the ride is mostly what matters.
Kids: This is my perception of how a child would enjoy the ride. Kids generally don't mind getting dizzy or wet, and some are easily frightened by some rides.
A= Great B= Good C= Decent D = Avoid
Alien Swirling Saucers - I've never been on this ride, but it looks too close to the tea cups for my comfort! If you are prone to being dizzy, I would avoid this one.
Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway - I was skeptical of this ride at first, as I was not a fan of the new animation at all. It is a REALLY good ride though! The technology it uses is the same that they use in Rise of the Resistance and Remy's Adventure. You are basically on a giant Roomba that has a path that is controlled by a computer without a track. You feel like you're in a cartoon, and there are catchy tunes all around!
Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run - This is a rare case of the queue being better than the ride, in my opinion. The nerdier you are, the more you'll agree with me. Seeing a life-size Millennium Falcon is just unreal, especially for the avid Star Wars fan. The ride itself is fun, and it's an improvement compared to Star Tours. I do like the grading mechanic, and the better you do , the longer the ride lasts. That's a first for Disney, and I'd like to see more of this.
Rise of the Resistance - Words just cannot describe how incredible this ride is! It is no longer on the virtual queue though, so you either have to wait a long time or pay to ride it, which has sparked some controversy. It's basically three rides in one though, and they're all good. This is a must ride for any Star Wars fan.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith - This is currently the only ride in Disney World that has a height requirement above 44". I am only 44", so I'll never have the opportunity to ride this. I hear it's great, but I'm probably not the best to judge it. Not that I'm bitter about it or anything...
Slinky Dog Dash - This is a fantastic ride! It has a great view of the park when you go up high, and it's a pretty long ride, start to finish. The whole family should enjoy this one. Those who don't enjoy roller coasters as much should sit up front, and those who love them should sit in the back.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - This ride got an upgrade years ago, which made it much better. Unfortunately, it's fallen behind with the addition of Galaxy's Edge just a few hundred yards away. The one cool thing about this ride is how randomized the scenes are. You can ride it dozens of times and it's slightly different every time! It is a pretty jerky ride though, so be warned. Also, there are 3D glasses with this one, which is not my favorite aspect of a ride.
Toy Story Mania! - This is a great ride! There are strategy guides you can look up to boost you scores, but you'll never get close to the maintenance crew. They always get the high scores, leaving guests feeling like they did something wrong. This ride also features 3D glasses, and it spins and turns just a bit. The whole family should enjoy this one, especially the competitive ones!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - More people are scared to ride this ride compared to any other on Disney Property. I myself was scared until my 30's, when I was pressured into it. I didn't know what to expect, and I was holding on for dear life. At the end though, it shot up to the very top of my list of favorite rides in all of Disney World! If you are scared to ride, RIDE IT! You will not regret that decision.
This park went from a half-day park to a multi-day park with the addition of Galaxy's Edge. There is just so much to explore and queue times make it difficult to knock out everything you want to do in one day.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my other posts grading the rides in the other three parks!