Top Disney's Hollywood Studios Thrill Rides

Looking for Thrills? Head to the Twilight Zone.

Rock 'n ' Roller Coaster Disney World
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Hooray for Hollywood. The focus at Disney's Hollywood Studios may be movies, movie stars, and Hollywood glitz, but with the side-by-side thrillers, the Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, the Studios offer plenty of thrills as well. When the highly anticipated Star Wars land opens in 2019, there will be more exciting attractions to get guests' adrenaline pumping.

If you are seeking thrills beyond the Studios park, check out the top Walt Disney World thrill rides. If thrills are NOT your thing (or the thing of someone you know who is Disney World-bound), consider heading over to Disney's Hollywood Studios for wimps.

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    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. © The Walt Disney Company
    • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 7
      Multiple freefall drops and launches, sensations of weightlessness, psychological thrills.
    • Height Requirement: 40 inches
    • Location: Sunset Boulevard

    It features a great story based on the classic "The Twilight Zone" television anthology series. But the thrills, including repeated freefalls down and blasts up the haunted elevator shafts, make the Tower of Terror ride one of the most intense rides at Disney World. The freaky "fifth dimension" sequence, in which the elevator cars move horizontally, are especially effective in building anticipation (and generating sweaty palms).

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    Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

    Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney World
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    • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6.5
      Fast launch, inversions, darkness.
    • Height Requirement: 40 inches
    • Location: Sunset Boulevard

    While there are no huge butterflies-in-your-belly drops or soaring heights, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster does feature an attention-grabbing 0-to-57-mph launch in 2.8 seconds. The "limousine" trains immediately enter an inversion, but it's hard to tell upside down from right-side-up in the darkened ride building. The Aerosmith themeing, including pulsating onboard audio tracks from the bad boys of Boston, adds to the thrills.

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    Star Tours at Disney World
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    • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4.5
      Typical motion simulator thrills.
    • Height Requirement: 40 inches
    • Location: Backlot

    One of the first motion simulator theme park attractions, Star Tours got a makeover in 2011 and is now even better. It capitalizes on George Lucas' popular mythology to blast riders into a galaxy far, far away. Thrill-seekers may be less than thrilled with the relatively mild ride, but the immersive themeing is quite compelling. And the randomly generated scenes makes Star Tours eminently re-rideable.

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    Slinky Dog Dash

    Slinky Dog Dash coaster Disney World
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    When it opens as part of the new Toy Story Land in 2018, Slinky Dog Dash will be the featured attraction. As a "family" coaster, however, riders shouldn't expect much in the way of thrills. It will probably be similar in height, speed, and G-forces as the relatively mild Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. Still, it will be a coaster, so there should be some rough-and-tumble moments.

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    Toy Story Mania

    If you are seeking thrills beyond the Studios park, check out the top Walt Disney World thrill rides. If thrills are NOT your thing (or the thing of someone you know who is Disney World-bound), consider heading over to Disney's Hollywood Studios for wimps.
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    • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 2
      Mild spinning
    • Height Requirement: None
    • Location: Pixar Place

    The only thing remotely thrilling about Toy Story Mania is the fairly gentle spinning that the vehicles engage in as they transition from scene to scene. The focus of the interactive attraction is on the game play experience. Riders are issued plunger-like shooting devices and try to rack up points by hitting 3-D targets. It's more cute, fun, and competitive—especially competitive—than thrilling.