The best theme park rides use a lot of razzle-dazzle to immerse guests in their alternate universes, but they never forget to effectively tell a story. Engaging your senses, enveloping you, and placing you at the center of the action, great attractions make you forget about the technology behind the illusions and transport you to magical places. The best ride designers know that parks are all about shared experiences and many of the top theme park rides use well-known characters as the basis for their story lines.
1. Harry Potter In The Forbidden Journey.
ADDRESS: 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
From the queue that winds through the Hogwarts School, to the innovative robotic arm ride system and the combination of real sets and projected media, everything about this attraction conspires to wholly immerse guests into the world of Harry Potter. It is a remarkable achievement that immediately leaped to the top of the best attractions list.
2. Amazing Adventures Of Spider-Man.
ADDRESS: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
This incredible attraction combines a groundbreaking roving motion base simulator technology with a 3-D film experience to totally immerse riders in the world of Spidey and his archenemies. The height of park design and creativity when it debuted, Spider-Man borders on mind-altering.
3. Avatar Flight Of Passage.
ADDRESS: 2901 W Osceola Pkwy Suite C, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Flight of Passage takes the “flying theater” concept that Disney developed for its Soarin’ rides (which also make the list of best theme park attractions) to the next level. Riders not only take wing aboard a banshee to fly above Pandora, but they can also feel the creatures’ diaphragms expand and contract as they breathe.
4. Pirates Of The Caribbean.
ADDRESS: 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Decades after Walt Disney helped design Pirates of the Caribbean (but sadly did not live to see it open), it remains one of the most popular and inventive theme park attractions. It inspired the film series, which in turn inspired revisions to the classic ride. Among its many highlights, there is a great theme song.
5. The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror.
ADDRESS: 351 Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
The Tower of Terror really pours on the thrills. But its special effects and storytelling are truly dazzling. The incredible Fourth Dimension ride sequence, in which the elevator cars move horizontally through a star field, is mind-blowing.
6. Radiator Springs Racers.
ADDRESS: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Radiator Springs Racers is the featured attraction at Cars Land. An instant classic, it combines incredibly detailed animated characters and impressive storytelling with a thrill-filled finale.