Oh, the magical age of 10. I remember my kids being so excited about being “double digits!” I didn’t quite get what all the excitement was about, but turning 10 is a big deal for kids going to Walt Disney World. First, Disney now classifies these kids as “adults.” You’ll start paying adult prices for tickets and meals. That’s hard on the parents. What is awesome for the kids is that they now are ready to conquer the best thrill rides at Disney World. These kids have been itching to get some real ride time in and now they can. Here are the top 10 attractions for kids ages 10 and up.
10 – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (height requirements: 38 inches or taller)
While this attraction itself is not the most thrilling on our list, what kid hasn’t dreamed of piloting the Millennium Falcon? Lovingly described at various times as a “piece of junk” or “bucket of bolts,” the Millennium Falcon is the most famous of all Star Wars starships. On Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests 38 inches or taller climb aboard the Falcon in all her ramshackle glory and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They could just discover the ship has a few surprises left in her, because the Millennium Falcon may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. This is a fun attraction that kids will love.
9 – Test Track, Epcot (height requirements: 40 inches or taller)
In the reimagined Test Track in Future World, your child will be able to design their own virtual custom-concept vehicle where they will make decisions on capability (handling), responsiveness (maneuverability), efficiency (fuel-saving and environmentally friendly), and power (speed). If your child is into video games, then they will love creating their car and then take the car for a spin on the test track. With a top speed of 65 miles per hour, your child will love racing around the track.
8 – Space Mountain, Magic Kingdom (height requirements: 44 inches or taller)
Space Mountain, in Tomorrowland, is a great indoor roller coaster that will have your child zooming to the outer reaches of the galaxy. This ride is one step up on the intensity scale after Big Thunder Mountain. Your child will have likely already conquered the other “mountains” of Magic Kingdom, and they will be eager to check this off their ride list. Note that spaceships seat 3 and 3 in a single file. You will not be able to sit next to your child. Be aware this ride has very sharp turns and can give terrible headaches to older folks.
7 – Dinosaur, Animal Kingdom (height requirements: 40 inches or taller)
Located in DinoLand U.S.A., Dinosaur is a fantastic ride for older children looking for some excitement and thrills. Basically, if your child has ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be in the movie Jurassic Park, then this is the ride for them! You’ll board time rovers and travel back to the Cretaceous period in the hopes of retrieving one extra-large passenger–the iguanodon. However, you are transported dangerously close to the asteroid that killed most life forms, so your rover rocks and races to get back safely. This ride is best for older children because it has many areas of complete darkness, scary situations of dinosaurs trying to eat you, and very loud noises. This ride is no joke. Save this one for kids 10 and over.
6 – Summit Plummet, Blizzard Beach (height requirements: 48 inches or taller)
Summit Plummet can be found at Blizzard Beach, one of Disney’s water parks. Summit Plummet is a near-vertical 120 feet water slide and is the third-tallest free-fall water slide in the world. This slide is as intense as it looks and has been featured on numerous thrill seeker television specials. I’ll never forget the first time I watched my son ride this. I just about died as it looked like he was going to topple over instead of sliding down. If your child dares to ride this, then celebrate their bravery!
5 – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Hollywood Studios (height requirements: 48 inches or taller)
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is an indoor coaster that will have your child or teen screaming for more. They’ll speed off at a zooming 60 miles an hour with the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith playing all around. This fantastic indoor rollercoaster includes 3 inversions, 2 rollover loops, and one corkscrew! If you’re looking for a classic rollercoaster with an indoor twist for your child, then this is the ride for them!
HOMEWORK: To help your child enjoy the full experience it’s essential to explain before arriving that Aerosmith is the greatest rock and roll band of all time. This is a scientifically proven fact!
4 – Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (height requirements: 44 inches or taller)
Expedition Everest is hands down the absolute best roller coaster at Disney World. It features an 80-foot drop down the mountain, goes backward and forwards, twists and turns, all while you try to catch of glimpse of the legendary Yeti. This is probably going to be the last coaster that a child will conquer at Disney World. It’s an intense ride that children usually love. Our kids can ride it over and over repeatedly. So throw your hands up and try to give the Yeti a high-five!
3 – Tower of Terror (height requirements: 40 inches or taller)
The spooky and scare factor of this attraction make it one of our top attractions for children over the age of 10. Conquering this ride was a big deal for our kids. It took a number of tries until they were brave enough to ride it. This ride has dark spots, spooky atmosphere and gravity-defying drops and lifts. If kids can get on the ride, then they’ll most likely love it! Our kids did, and now it’s still one of their favorite attractions!
2 – Avatar Flight of Passage (height requirements: 44 inches or taller)
Avatar Flight of Passage can be found in the land of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Fight of Passage launches each guest on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face experience on a winged mountain banshee over the awe-inspiring world of Pandora. You will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar through the forest and past floating mountains. This simulation type ride is thrilling, realistic and very intense. You’ll sit on seats similar to a motorcycle that face an enormous projection screen similar to Soarin’. The projection is 3D so expect to wear 3D glasses. There are also numerous 4D effects and scents that add to the realism. Most guests, kids included, will find it the most fantastic simulator ride they’ve ever experienced.
1 – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (height requirements: 40 inches or taller)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sets a new standard for what a Disney theme park experience can be, as guests become heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. In one of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced attractions ever created for a Disney park, guests launch into space aboard a transport shuttle, only to be captured by a Star Destroyer and pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they frantically search for a way to escape the clutches of the First Order. It’s the absolute best attraction on Disney property, and even if your child is not the biggest Star Wars fan, they will still love it!
Traveling with younger children as well? Be sure to check out our list of tips on surviving a vacation to Disney World with toddlers, our top 8 attractions for children ages 0-4 and Top 7 Attractions for Children Ages 5-9.
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