The best Orlando roller coaster to ride in 2021


If you are a massive roller coaster fan (like me), of course you will love Orlando. Probably the most fun destination on the planet, there is so much to see and do and, of course, ride! With so many new Orlando roller coasters and attractions opening over the last few years, we thought it was time to revisit this list and decide which is the best Orlando roller coaster to ride this year. For a lot of people, theme park fun has been on hold for a while, so 2021 is the year to get back ‘on track’ with the really good rides. So hold on tight, as we look at the 11 best roller coasters to ride in Orlando this year.

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So, what is the best Orlando roller coaster in 2021?

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Jurassic World Velocicoaster (image: Nicole Moshe/NBCUniversal )

There might be some surprises below here, but remember there is more to a good coaster than speed. You will see some slower, yet inspired, coasters have also made our hot list. So even if you don’t meet the upper height requirement, you might still be able to get in on the action. Often, some of the least wild rides end up becoming your favourite rides in Orlando. All views are my own (often upside down and with my eyes closed…) with some help from fellow thrill seekers Matthew Claydon and my dad – theme park Rog. If you’ve got your safety belts fastened, let’s go:

Our pick of the best Orlando roller coasters:

1. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Universal Orlando)

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Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure (Image: NBC Universal)

Okay, so my favourite Orlando roller coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure *used* to be Dragon Challenge or, for the really old school, ‘Duelling Dragons’. I’m sad to say, this ride is now a distant memory for theme park nerds like me, since it was closed and dismantled in 2017. However, this was all to make room for an extension to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and we have to admit the result was pretty awesome.

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2. THE INCREDIBLE HULK Roller COASTER (Universal’S Islands of Adventure)

One of the best rides – The Hulk (Image: NBC Universal)

At the front of the park, The Incredible Hulk Coaster is fresh from a slick new revamp and remains one of our all-time favourites. Prior to its redesign in 2016, this Orlando roller coaster was a bit of a bone rattler, but the new and improved Hulk is a smooth, state of the art mega coaster and I LOVE it. From the ‘surprise’ acceleration blast off to the seven inversions (including a zero-g roll, a cobra roll, two vertical loops, and two corkscrews for the real rollercoaster fans), plus brilliant views of the park, this coaster is totally brilliant. Some might say, a marvel…

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3.Jurassic World VelociCoaster (Universal Islands of Adventure)

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Jurassic World Velocicoaster (Image: NBC Universal)


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4. MAKO (SeaWorld)

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With my dad on Mako at SeaWorld (image: / SeaWorld

Often people are surprised about this, but SeaWorld is home to the tallest, longest AND fastest rollercoaster in Orlando: Mako. This ‘hyper coaster’ opened at the park in 2016 and I was lucky enough to be there for opening day. Read my review here. The idea behind this coaster is to make the rider feel as though they are gliding through the water like a Mako shark and with the ups and downs and left and rights, it really does feel like this! The super smooth coaster is also specifically designed to lift you out of your seat, so at some points along the 1450m track you are literally flying! SeaWorld is also home to Manta and Kraken (which used to be my favourite), and the cool Infinity Falls water ride, so it’s a fantastic park for thrill ride fans.

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NEW FOR 2021: SeaWorld’s brand new coaster, Ice Breaker, is scheduled to open this year. Will this slick entry slide into the top 10? Want to know more about what is new and happenin’ in 2021? We have a designated post with all the new Orlando theme park updates.

5. Slinky Dog Dash (Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios)

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Three-year-old Finn rides Slinky Dog Dash (Image: Disney)


6. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Rock’n’Roller Coaster with Aerosmith (Image: Disney Parks)

This speeding limousine-coaster blares Aerosmith tunes at you while accelerating from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds…eeek! According to word on the Internet, each car plays different songs but I swear I only remember ‘Love in an elevator’ (re-recorded brilliantly as ‘Love on a rollercoaster’). But it’s hard to think clearly when you are zooming around in the pitch black, music drowning out your screams and secretly wondering if you left any of your small intestine back before the traffic lights turned green. This coaster has everything you could possibly want from a white-knuckle ride – speed, excitement and the urgency to ride again and again. Who knows what they will come up with next but it will be very hard to top this thrilling one minute 22 seconds. Happy riding!

Insider info? The Rock and Roller Coaster at Disneyland Paris is being transformed into an Iron Man theme. Could this be the same plan for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando?


Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

This ride forms part of the excellent Diagon Alley area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The mega popular Harry Potter world saw an expansion from Universal Islands of Adventure’s Hogsmeade at Island’s of Adventure over to the original Universal Studios park, accessed by the Hogwarts Express train (also a great addition). I’m not sure I was quite ready for the twisting, turning, twizzling 4D adventure and was so overwhelmed by the experience I had to ride again almost instantly to take it all in (thanks single rider line…). This coaster is the ultimate in sophistication that theme park fanatics have now come to expect from the major parks. Dips, dives, backward tracks, 3D animation, A-list stars and plenty of scream-tastic moments.

8. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

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The original and the best: Space Mountain (Image: Michael Schroeder)


9. Revenge of The Mummy (Universal Studios)


10. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDERMAN (Universal Islands of Adventure)

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure

Now, I checked this one and it *is* officially a roller coaster. This ‘simucoaster’ (simulator roller coaster) was the first of its kind to combine a moving vehicle with 3D projection and physical effects. That was back in 1999 and since then, flashier more trendy attractions have been introduced to the park (Gringotts, Transformers: The ride-3D) but this is still a firm favourite for me. I was very pleased that the high definition update in 2012 didn’t mess with it too much because the best thing about this ride lies in the simplicity of its comic book roots. Marvel fans will love the high drama journey through New York helping Spidey chase the bad guys and there are plenty of twists, turns and surprises. Again, most kids can ride (another 1.2m height minimum) making it fun ride for all the family.


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Exciting developments at EPCOT (Image: Disney Parks Blog)


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