Universal Orlando: Five Thrill rides with Teens

When traveling with teens, most are looking for thrills, the bigger the better normally.  Here I explore all of the exciting attractions with your teens at Universal Orlando. Plan a trip with your teen to experience these top five attractions, and maybe they will put down the phone and share in your thrilling adventure. If you aren’t a fan of roller coasters, that’s ok; nobody said you had to ride! Leave all the big hills, fast turns, and loops to the teens in your travel party.

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My daughters are nine years apart. This can often cause a bit of discord at amusement parks because my younger daughter is only seven and can’t ride everything due to height limits. At times I take my 16-year-old on Mom & Me trips so we can get a little crazy without her sister.

These top Universal Orlando attractions often get pretty long lines; you can purchase Express Passes before you arrive or in the parks to help avoid long wait times.

Here are the three options available for purchase:

Express Plus Passes: These are available for purchase on Universal’s website, at the ticket gates or at certain locations inside the parks. The Express Plus pass allows entry into the Express line once for each participating attraction. Prices start at $39.99 per person.

Park to Park VIP Ticket: Includes both park admission and entry into the Express lines. The Park to Park VIP ticket is an upgrade to the Express Plus Pass allows you to use the Express line an unlimited amount of times per day. These passes will vary in price based on demand and the number of days purchased.

Unlimited Express Pass: Allows unlimited entry to the Express lines of participating attractions. This pass is sold only at the gate and is not available on the website. Prices start at $69.99 per person.

Count backwards with me as we look at my favorite rides with my teen at Universal Orlando. Why do I count backwards? The number one spot is a must ride every trip for us, and number five is if we have time we will ride.

#5 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

My daughter and I love sharing Harry Potter books and movies. This ride allows us to live the experience of the most surreal indoor ride I have experienced

After we wound our way through the vivid tour of Hogwarts Castle; we soared high above the grounds with Harry Potter and friends on an unforgettable adventure coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures!

#4 Dragon Challenge

Take another opportunity to share Harry Potter with your teen and climb aboard the Dragon Challenge. This ride also gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Choose your dragon: an aggressive Chinese Fireball or a ferocious Hungarian Horntail. Climb aboard and hold on tight as the two dragons twist and loop in an intertwining roller coaster chase across the sky. Dragon Challenge is actually two high-speed roller coasters – each “dragon” is a completely different ride.

#3 Choose a soundtrack on Rip Ride Rockit

Oh my, this coaster is one for the books! I didn’t ride on our first, even our second trip, after our third trip I faced my own fears. Going straight up in the air on my back was just a little too over the top, even for this coaster fan.

There is an iPod on the ride harness and is loaded with all of our favorite hits and you can choose the soundtrack for the ride. I don’t even recall the song I chose!

Reaching top speeds of 65 mph and towering 17 stories over Universal Studios. Orlando’s tallest roller coaster also features several exciting, “never been done” elements, including the world’s first non-inverting loop.

#2 Revenge of the Mummy

This ride is unexpected with dark elements and speed. The Mummy has become my daughter’s favorite ride. As a dark ride goes it is completely different and fast!

You’ll plunge into total darkness, plagued on all sides by huge fireballs, swarms of scarab beetles and an army of warrior mummies.  The ride catapulted us at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness. While this may not be the fastest or tallest on the list, it is a thrill seeker favorite.

#1 Incredible Hulk Coaster

My daughter and I love to start and finish our day at Universal on the Incredible Hulk. When you ride at night you have no clue where you are going.

Accelerate from zero to 40 mph in two seconds flat with the force equal to that of a jet taking off an aircraft carrier. The world turns upside down as you experience a weightless “zero g” roll.

All I could do was hang on and experience the rage, power and fury of the Hulk, smashing through the sky and plummeting down to earth on a high-speed roller coaster rampage of destruction.

If you ride these with your teens when you visit Universal Orlando, you may just be added to the cool parent list. Your vacation may even end up on their snap chat story. I will warn you that Rip Ride Rockit records you the entire ride; the kids want to watch you scream in terror over and over again.

What is your teens favorite ride at Universal Orlando?

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