Florida is a place synonymous with theme parks. With everything from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida is the home of fun. So, if you’re looking for a break from traipsing around sites of historical significance, art galleries and museums then why not indulge in a little excitement in some of the best theme parks in the world?
If you're planning the holiday of a lifetime in Florida, then it's important that you plan it carefully. Although a trip to Orlando is all about letting go and enjoying yourself, you don't want to miss out on any of the best parks or top rollercoasters so we've compiled a backwards countdown of the top five.
If you're not exactly fluent in African Kongo, “Kumba” means “roar” and this rollercoaster was named after the sound that the tracks create. After a 44 metre climb to the top of a vertical drop and 35m loop, you'll be blasted through a couple of corkscrews at 60mph. What better way to start the day at Busch Gardens?
4. Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
This coaster struggled with technical difficulties and delays for a long time, but now it stands proud above Universal Studios. Expect to be blown away by the steep drop and non-inverting loops after a vertical climb. One of the unique features of this ride is the ability to choose a soundtrack ... odd, but certainly entertaining.
3. Cheetah Hunt
As you may have guessed from the name of this rollercoaster, it's fast! Although it starts out at a casual 30mph, prepare to be hurled around at an exhilarating 60mph, before making the 31m climb to several helixes and a heartline roll. Whilst covering the 1,000m track, you'll also face a number of near misses, so make sure you can control your nerves before jumping onboard.
This floorless rollercoaster in SeaWorld has been voted one of the best in Orlando and it's easy to see why. With a top speed of 65mph after having thrown you through seven inversions, a vertical loop and an even bigger diving loop, you'll have to endure one of the most thrilling experiences within the state.
1. Expedition Everest
There were many rollercoasters fighting it out for the coveted top spot, including Manta and Revenge of the Mummy, but the winner has to be Expedition Everest. Added to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2006, the highlights include a stomach-turning, twisted backwards drop. Oh, and don't forget to try and spot the Yeti!
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