Where to…find the fastest rides

Which Walt Disney World ride do you think is the fastest?  Rock’n’Roller Coaster? Nope.  Space Mountain? Nope.  Test Track? Correct!

Test Track in Epcot is the fastest ride in a Walt Disney World park.  Your car can reach speeds of 65mph.  Test Track feels slower than Rock’n’Roller Coaster (in Hollywood Studios) because you make your way up to 65mph on the outside ramp gradually.  Whereas on Rock’n’Roller Coaster, you go from a standstill to 60mph in a few seconds.  On both rides, your hair will get in your face, but the photo on Rock’n’Roller Coaster usually has a better photo.

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To compare the two rides a little, I am going to focus on categories of pre-ride theming, scare factor, and ride elements.

Pre-Ride Theming
Test Track: The new version of Test Track has you design a car to test to see how well it does in certain situations.  While I enjoyed the old zig zag line that never seemed to end in the old Test Track version, the updated pre-ride is more interesting.
Rock’n’Roller Coaster: The coaster wins this category in my mind due to the great entrance into the air conditioned building.  Rock’n’Roller Coaster also has a bead door upon entering which if you have been on the ride, you know what I am talking about because kids constantly like to touch it so that it makes a lot of noise.  And of course, Rock’n’Roller Coaster has the pre-show video with Aerosmith where Aerosmith gives us all backstage passes to the ride.

Scare Factor:
Test Track: The new Test Track has darker lighting than the old one and you can’t see the track ahead of the car most of the time.  I would not say it is scary because of anything that happens on the ride course, but being that you don’t know what is coming up, little kids could get a little frightened.
Rock’n’Roller Coaster: Once you enter the garage, the scare factor increases.  One of my friends and my sister started freaking out when they saw how fast the limo goes in the beginning.  The ride is smooth after the start but is in the dark.  I think the scariest thing is watching the limo go off if you have not been on the ride before so if you are bringing your kids on for the first time, try to not let them watch that happen too many times!

Ride Elements:
Test Track: Test Track has many quick stops, turns, and bumps along the course.  If you have back or neck problems, definitely do not do either of these rides but especially Test Track.
Rock’n’Roller Coaster:  The coaster goes upside down twice and is a regular roller coaster with drops and twists but it is a smoother ride than Test Track because there are no sudden changes.

I prefer Rock’n’Roller Coaster over Test Track even though Test Track does go faster.  Hopefully I compared the rides with enough details to help you decide whether you will ride one of these speedy rides on your next trip!

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