Top 10 Orlando Roller Coasters Ranked By A Local

I'd call myself a theme park connoisseur so this is my ranking of the best coasters in Orlando.

June 3, 2019

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With Orlando being the theme park capital of the world, our parks consistently have to up their game when it comes to which rides are their latest and greatest.

The "big three" in Orlando are constantly refreshing, updating, tearing out, and building new attractions to up the ante on who is the theme park king.

This list is solely my opinion based on the fact that I frequently visit each of the parks (Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld) multiple times a month. (I know, I have no life.)

I recently became a fan of roller coasters after swearing them off for years as a kid because they were "scary." I've swapped the word scary to thrilling and I'm HOOKED.

10. Space Mountain (The Magic Kingdom) - This is the OG indoor coaster. Back in the 70s when The Magic Kingdom opened, this attraction was cutting edge and with it being entirely in the dark, one of the most intense coasters of the time. However, since new technology has come around people constantly seek bigger, faster, taller, and more innovative, this ride has slid down my favorite list. Don't get me wrong, it's still a favorite and I ride it every chance I get, but others have surpassed it as a favorite.

9. Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit (Universal Studios Florida) - The "red coaster" as some call it at Universal Studios Florida is a unique attraction as the lift hill takes your straight up with your favorite song blasts in built in ride speakers. It's quite thrilling but has never been a top pick of mine mainly due to its jarring movements. I do enjoy the technology on this ride and as its the only outdoor coaster at Universal Studios Florida, it does the job nicely.

8. Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts (Universal Studios Florida) - Now some will argue that this is a dark ride with coaster elements, I say it's a coaster of the 21st century. People expect more from theme park rides if the coaster isn't super tall, super fast, and doesn't include inversions. This attraction is quite spectacular from the surprise first drop, to the coaster elements, to telling a story nicely. My only issue is I wish it were longer, specifically because of how long the wait-times can be for this ride.

7. Expedition Everest (Disney's Animal Kingdom) - The tallest mountain in Florida is man-made and hides a wonderful attraction. Expedition Everest is by far one of the most thrilling attractions at Walt Disney World. I bumped this one above Rock-N-Roller Coaster because I feel this ride is so well themed and younger riders can experience this attraction more easily in a park that focuses more on animals and the habitat than attractions. Plus, this coaster is incredibly well themed and plenty of surprises along the journey makes this perfect for any child who is ready to brave their first coaster.

6. Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Florida) - This is my favorite indoor coaster. Hands down one of the best coasters ever constructed in my opinion. Sure it's not as fast as Rock-N-Roller Coaster and there are no inversions, but it tells a story so well and is long enough that a 45 minute wait doesn't feel like a waste. Seriously, this is perfect for the whole family and those kids who are ready to graduate to the "big kid coasters." 

5. Rock-N-Roller Coaster (Disney's Hollywood Studios) - Where do I even begin with this one?! Backstage passes? Traffic jams? Super strech limo? Everything about this coaster is fantastic. A 100% indoor coaster with true coaster elements. I originally had this coaster lower on the list but realized it is just truly a remarkable coaster and one you wouldn't expect when you say Walt Disney World. By far, the most thrilling attraction at Walt Disney World. 

4. Manta (SeaWorld Orlando) - I rode all of SeaWorld's coasters for the first time this past weekend and all I can say is WOW. SeaWorld NAILED it with Manta. This coaster is unique in Orlando as it's our only flying coaster. Meaning, once you strap in, your seat folds back and you face the ground. You feel like you're a manta ray gliding through the ocean. This coaster is short but it's honeslty tamer than it looks. The only real intese part is the big loop. That was MASSIVELY thrilling compared to the rest of the ride which made me feel just like a gliding manta.

3. The Incredible Hulk Coaster (Universal's Islands of Adventure) - This was my first coaster just a short 4 years ago. I was hooked immidiately after the first launch. A few years ago, the entire coaster was removed and track was relayed to give a smoother ride. Unfortunately, the ride is still harsh, but with a launch out of a tunnel into flips and turns, this coaster is a must for all thrill seekers coming to Orlando. And again, the wait-time on a normal park day isn't terrible.

2. Kraken (SeaWorld Orlando) - So this may actually be my favorite coaster in Orlando but at time of writing it fell short of 1st. I was blown away at how smooth this coaster is even years after its debut in 2000. It has since been renamed to Kraken Unleashed after SeaWorld added and then removed virtual reality headsets to this coaster. Honestly, it doesn't need it. This ride is thrilling enough without them. I rode this ride 2x in a row because of how awesome it is. SeaWorld really has some impressive coasters which leads me to my number 1 pick...

1. Mako (SeaWorld Orlando) - Insane. That's the word I'd use to describe Mako. This coaster has no inversions, no shoulder restraints, and is by far the best in Orlando. It's the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in Orlando (prior to the opening of Tigris at Busch Gardens Tampa) and 100% lives up to it's title. That first drop is something else and those airtime hills literally have you coming out of your seat. I was sweating buckets after my first ride on it because of how scared I was. Proof you don't need inversions to make a coaster great. Sometimes you just need height, speed, and a good name. Well done SeaWorld. 

Honorable mention goes to Big Thunder Mountain at Disney's Magic Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom and Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando. While Journey to Atlantis is a water ride, there are coaster elements. Also, this list WILL change when Tron Lightcycle Power Run opens at the Magic Kingdom, Hagrid's Magical Creature's Motorbike Adventure at Universal's Islands of Adventure, the unnamed coaster that will debut at SeaWorld Orlando in 2020, and The Guardians Of The Galaxy coaster opens at Epcot. 

I also would be remissed not to mention Dueling Dragons (Dragon Challenge) which were dueling inverted coasters that were torn down in late 2017 at Universal's Islands of Adventure to make way for Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Those two coasters would have been included in the top 10 for sure and had a special place in my heart.