Rob's Top 5 Thrill Rides
1. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Hollywood Studios - It has a pre-story video like at the Haunted Mansion, but that's where the comparisons end. This is a thrill ride, but tamer than at traditional drop ride. It doesn't go all the way to the bottom at once. The height limit is also shorter than all of the roller coasters.
2. Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom - Disney coasters don't go upside down (except the Rock N' Roller Coaster), but this one has enough twists, turns and a surprise to make it well worth riding. We all wanted to do it again, but the line was too long and the Fastpasses ran out quickly.
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Magic Kingdom - This is an old classic, but you can't not ride it. It's fast and has several tight turns through a faux mountain that makes you afraid to raise your arms. I actually felt like I was going to knock my head against the facade.
4. Space Mountain - Magic Kingdom - Another classic that I remember from my childhood. I prefer my coasters to be outside in the elements than being totally in the dark. My wife is the opposite, so this is the only coaster she was willing to ride.
5. Dinosaur - Animal Kingdom - This one scared the living daylights out of Rory. That being said, it was his first thrill ride of the trip. He went on all of them. It's not quite a roller coaster, but it's not one of Disney's traditional slow-moving rides through movie scenes or robotics' effects.
Rory's Top 5 Rides
1. Space Mountain - It was so good he did it twice. He thought it was cool to have to sit all by himself.
2. Rock N' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith - Hollywood Studios - This was my least favourite of the roller coasters. It was too jerky and stuff and it went upside down. I am surprised that Rory actually says he enjoyed it.
3. Expedition Everest - He loved this and really wanted to go back on it. He couldn't stop talking about it the whole day.
4. Star Tours - Hollywood Studios - I am not a big fan of simulator rides. But I knew that Rory would be a big fan of this one, because of its Star Wars theme. Scarlett even enjoyed it and it was a cool connection to the epic movies of my youth.
5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Obviously Rory is a fan of roller coasters, because he picked four out of his top five.
Rob's Top 5 Shows
1. The Festival of the Lion King - Animal Kingdom - This show is quite elaborate and mixes music, live actors, robotics and some acrobatics. It's a high-energy show for people of all ages.
2. Finding Nemo, the Musical - Animal Kingdom - This is a 30-minute retelling of the story in a Broadway-style musical. It makes use of puppets, show of which are quite large. Again it's great for all ages.
3. Fantasmic - Hollywood Studios - It is hard to describe this particular show. It is a combination of music and images projected onto water - hydrotechnics, I guess. Anyways, it is worth seeing for sure.
4. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular - Hollywood Studios - You can't beat explosions, pratfalls, fake fights, and people falling off roofs. If you liked the old Indiana Jones movies this is for you. It's a bit more exciting than the other stunt show at Hollywood Studios unless you are more of a car buff than an Indy fan.
5. Muppet Vision 3-D - Hollywood Studios - This was my favourite of the 3-D shows at the various parks. Of course, I have always been a big fan of the Muppets. This show included the classic characters, including robotics versions of the two old guys in the balcony. Animal Kingdom's It's Tough to be a Bug and Magic Kingdom's Mickey's Philharmagic are similar and both worth seeing.
Honourable Mention - The parades at the various parks and fireworks. Who doesn't love a parade? These fireworks will beat anything you see at Canada Day in Kemptville. Turtle Talk with Crush - Epcot - It's funny to watch Crush interact with some astonished children.