Our Top 5 Fastest Roller Coasters In Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I feel the need, the need for speed!!!…

We love a roller coaster that takes you up in the air and drops you so you’re belly exits via the top of your head, its brilliant fun and separates the weak from the strong. However we also love a coaster that’s purely all about the speed, it doesn’t apologise its about that rush of adrenaline you can only get from amazing acceleration!

Today’s post is about our favourite fastest rides in Florida.

1) The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster

The lean, green speed machine is a favourite of mine. Located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure this bad reaches a top speed of 67 mph, the most impressive part is the very start of the ride which see’s riders launched from 0-40mph in 2 seconds!


2) Cheetah Hunt

Nothing says speed more than a Cheetah. Cheetah Hunt reaches speeds of up to 60mph, similar to the Hulk ride Cheetah Hunt includes 3 separate launch sections. It fits perfectly in with the theming of the ride as Cheetahs when hunting tend to stalk their prey before sprinting as they tire easily.

cheetah hunt fam trip

3) Rock N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith 

Are there any people on earth that live faster than a rock n’ roller? Located at Disney Hollywood Studios the Rock N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith hits speeds of up to 57 mph and also features a launching start that see’s rider go from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds plus its indoors which makes the whole thing feel a lot faster.


4) Kraken 

Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando is often overlooked in preference of its more visually appealing sister Manta, but don’t forget this bad boy coaster reaches speeds of 65mph. Hitting these speeds while navigating through corkscrews, dive loops and zero g-rolls will make you realise why Kraken is named after a mythological sea beast.


5) Dragon Challenge 

Yep there are faster coasters… however 2 coasters are always better than one. Found at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Hogsmeade this dualling coaster offers two totally separate coasters offering a slightly different ride experience.

The Hungarian Horntail (blue) hits speeds of 55 mph while it feister cousin, the Chinese Fireball hits speeds of up to 60 mph. I’m counting that as a combined total of 115mph!

dragon challenge

 So there we have it, our top 5 coasters if you love your attractions speedy. Have I missed your favourite ride off?

Smiles included…



Theme Park Ride Of The Week – The Incredible Hulk Ride

Good afternoon Thrill Seekers,

From now on Thursdays will officially be called #themeparkthursday… ok well perhaps its not totally official and perhaps it may just be me but every Thursday I’m going to talk about my Theme Park Ride of the Week.

The very first Theme Park Ride of the Week is…..*drum roll*…. 2012 best Coaster as voted by Orlando Attraction Tickets customers…

The Incredible Hulk Ride at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure

The mean green speed machine, is one of Orlando’s most popular rides, its unique feature is the launch lift hill, “normal” coasters usea chain lift system, The Incredible Hulks launch lift system mean’s the rider is accelerated from 0 to 40 mph (64 km/h) in 2 seconds, before speeding through several inversions.

When the coaster first opened it boasted the worlds tallest cobra roll (110 feet (34 m)), The cobra roll is a roller coaster inversion which resembles a cobra’s head. Riders traverse forward through an upwards half-vertical loop, corkscrew perpendicular to the first direction, enter another corkscrew that merges into a downward half-vertical loop that exits in the parallel but opposite direction of the entrance. It takes riders upside-down twice.

Incredible Hulk Ride Info

Type    Steel: Launched

Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard

Designer: Werner Stengel

Model: Sitting Coaster

Lift/launch system: Tire Propelled Launch

Height:110 ft (34 m)

Drop:105 ft (32 m)

Length:3,700 ft (1,100 m)

Speed:67 mph (108 km/h)

Inversions: 7


Capacity: 1920 riders per hour

Acceleration:  0 −40 mph in 2 seconds, producing1.42 G’s

G-force: 4Gs

Height restriction:4 ft6 in (137 cm)

Rider Spoiler 

(by wikipedia)

The train enters the Gamma Tube, where the anxious voice of Bruce Banner issues from speakers in the walls: “Everything looks good…I think…I think this time it’s…going to work!” On cue, an automated and ironically calming female voice announces that there has been a malfunction. Klaxons begin to sound inside the tube as Dr. Banner screams in terror: “No. No! No!!!” The last “No!” is synchronized with the launch mechanism, which propels the train from 0 to 40 mph (64 km/h) in 2.0 seconds.

Upon exiting the Gamma Tube, the train immediately goes into a zero-g roll, down a 105-foot (32 m) drop, and into a cobra roll. Riders complete a vertical loop, then enter a tunnel full of mist. The train encircles the gamma tube and is sent into the back area via corkscrew. A smaller vertical loop wraps around the brake run, which is flanked by two over-banked turns. The coaster is slowed down by the brake run before being sent down another hill to a corkscrew and turn-around. Riders then travel sideways through an on-ride camera zone and then to the ride’s final brakes after a helix.

The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster also has a very loud roar type sound as the train rolls down the track. This is a hallmark of B&M roller coasters, and is due to the unique box-shaped track tubes.

This one really does get you smiling….



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