When it comes to adult rides, Hollywood Studios is usually at the top of the list thanks to three headlining attractions – Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Wars Rise of the Resistance.
Whether if you love Star Wars, Toy Story, or even roller coasters in general, Hollywood Studios has a solid selection of rides and attractions that are perfect for adults.
Below, I’ll share my list of favorite rides that are perfect for adults, along with some helpful tips to ensure you make the most of your time at Hollywood Studios!
But before we get started, here’s a quick ranking of the best Hollywood Studios rides for adults, followed by some in-depth details about each attraction.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Toy Story Mania
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Ranking the Best Hollywood Studios Rides for Adults
Here are my top 5 rides at Hollywood Studios that are perfect for adults:
1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is, a high-octane thrill ride at Disney World that will have adults rocking out, pumping their fists, and feeling the adrenaline rush.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster catapults you into the heart of a rock and roll concert like no other. As you enter the attraction, the energy is palpable, with vibrant lights, booming music, and a sense of excitement in the air.
Once onboard your super-stretch limo, get ready for an exhilarating launch that propels you from 0 to 57 mph in only 2.8 seconds, making it the 4th fastest ride at Disney World. Hold on tight as you blast off into the darkness, speeding through loops, twists, and inversions that will leave you breathless.
As you race through the neon-lit streets of Los Angeles with iconic Aerosmith tunes blaring through the speakers, you’ll feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. The intense G-forces, combined with the pulsating soundtrack, create a sensory experience that is sure to get your heart pounding.
The theming and immersive elements of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster add to the excitement. From the detailed cityscape to the rock and roll memorabilia, you’ll feel like you’re on a VIP journey through the world of music and stardom.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a thrilling and electrifying ride that will satisfy any adrenaline junkie. It’s a chance for adults to let loose, embrace the rush, and experience the exhilaration of a rock concert combined with an incredible roller coaster.
2. Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror transports you to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, a once glamorous establishment that now stands abandoned and haunted. As you approach the foreboding building, the unsettling atmosphere sets the stage for a thrilling adventure.
Once inside the hotel’s ominous lobby, you’ll be guided to the service elevator. Brace yourself as the doors close and the elevator begins its ascent. The anticipation builds as you travel through a series of dark corridors, each one filled with ghostly surprises and eerie whispers.
Suddenly, the elevator doors open, revealing a breathtaking view of the park below. But hold on tight because, in a sudden and heart-stopping twist, the elevator plunges into a series of thrilling drops and rises at speeds up to 39 mph.
The sensation of weightlessness combined with the unexpected twists and turns creates an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other.
As you navigate the phantom-infested corridors, you’ll encounter ghostly apparitions and supernatural phenomena that will send shivers down your spine. The detailed theming, haunting music, and special effects make you feel as though you’ve entered another dimension, where the line between reality and the supernatural is blurred.
Tower of Terror is a thrilling and immersive ride that offers adults a chance to face their fears and embrace the unknown. It’s a hauntingly delightful experience that will leave you with an adrenaline rush, a touch of nostalgia for classic Twilight Zone episodes, and memories of a spine-chilling adventure.
3. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Rise of the Resistance invites you to join the Resistance in their fight against the First Order. As you approach the attraction, you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of a bustling Resistance base, complete with X-wing fighters and droids scurrying about.
Once inside, you’ll find yourself in the middle of an immersive and cinematic experience. The journey unfolds in multiple acts, each one filled with jaw-dropping special effects, stunning set designs, and captivating storytelling that seamlessly blend together.
From being captured by the First Order to finding yourself aboard a massive Star Destroyer, the adventure takes unexpected twists and turns. You’ll encounter life-sized AT-AT walkers, engage in blaster battles, and navigate through narrow corridors, all while feeling the looming presence of the dark side.
The integration of state-of-the-art technology, animatronics, and audio-visual effects creates a sense of realism and immersion that truly transports you into the Star Wars universe. The attention to detail, from the authentic costumes to the familiar faces of beloved characters, adds to the authenticity of the experience.
Rise of the Resistance is not just a ride; it’s a storytelling masterpiece that combines thrills, surprises, and a sense of heroism. It’s a chance for adults to live out their Star Wars fantasies and feel like true heroes in a galaxy far, far away.
It always has a long wait, so this is one of the few attractions where buying an Individual Lightning Lane would be worth it, at least once.
4. Toy Story Mania
If you’re highly competitive then this attraction is an absolute must.
Toy Story Mania invites you to shrink down to toy size and join your favorite Toy Story characters in a series of exciting carnival games.
Once inside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by larger-than-life sets, immersive theming, and beloved characters from the Toy Story movies. Get ready to put on your 3D glasses and grab hold of your spring-action shooter because the fun is about to begin.
The attraction is filled with a variety of carnival games that will test your aim, accuracy, and speed. From tossing rings onto aliens to launching darts at balloons, each game presents a unique challenge that will keep you engaged and wanting to improve your score.
As you play, the 3D visuals and special effects bring the games to life, making you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. The friendly competition and the joy of hitting targets and racking up points add to the excitement and camaraderie among players.
Toy Story Mania is an interactive and immersive experience that offers adults a chance to relive the playful spirit of childhood. It’s an opportunity to unleash your inner toy and join Woody, Buzz, and the gang in a lively carnival filled with laughter and friendly (or not so friendly) competition.
5. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run puts you in the role of a smuggler, working alongside a team to complete a crucial mission. As you approach the life-sized Millennium Falcon, the anticipation builds, and you’ll feel the energy of the galaxy pulsing through the air.
Once inside the cockpit, you’ll take your seat and prepare for a thrilling flight through space. The controls respond to your every move, giving you the power to pilot the ship, operate its blasters, and navigate through treacherous terrain.
Your mission’s success depends on teamwork and coordination with your fellow crew members. Each role, whether it’s the pilot, gunner, or engineer, comes with unique responsibilities and challenges. Although, the pilot is the only role worth getting, in my opinion.
Communication and quick reflexes are key as you encounter obstacles, engage in intense battles, and navigate through unpredictable situations.
The attention to detail on this ride, from the intricate cockpit design to the realistic sounds and visuals, creates a truly immersive experience. The interactive nature of the ride allows you to make real-time decisions and feel the consequences of your actions, adding a sense of realism and excitement.
Smugglers Run is a thrilling and interactive experience that puts you in the heart of the Star Wars universe. It’s a chance for adults to fulfill their dreams of piloting the fastest ship in the galaxy, experiencing the thrill of hyperspace jumps, and engaging in epic space battles.
Just make sure to request that you are one of the two pilots or else this ride will feel like a huge waste of time.
Did I get it right?
As you already know, these are only my personal recommendations that I think are perfect for adults. Just because I think a ride or attraction is great doesn’t mean you will too, so please take my ranking with a grain of salt.
That said, if you are looking for more “adult-friendly” rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this is great frame of reference to start. I would also recommend adding Slinky Dog Dash to your itinerary if you don’t mind mild rollercoasters. It’s not intense, but it really is quite fun.
Hope this helped!
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