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  • On May 16, 2009
    Sirenya from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hope u can help. R Splash mount., big thundr, Test track, r-n-r coaster, n expedi.ever. comparable to any of the coasters in great america-gurnee? How would u rate vs GA ride Have 5 yo DD scared of whizzer n trying to plan rides to do for sept trip to WDW.

    Hi Sirenya,

    Hope I can help shed some light on your roller coaster dilemma. Most of the attractions at Disney World are slow moving and to me, are quite different then the rides we experience at Six Flags. The few that you listed are certainly more comparable to the thrill rides at Great America but most do not feature the loops and drops and twists like Gurnee.

    Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is going to be the closest to the Six Flag rides as it does have a very fast start and a few loops and turns at a relatively high rate of speed. Expedition Everest has a portion in the dark and there is a part of the ride that is experienced while going backwards. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has no large drops or loops but does travel quickly through a mountain setting. The attraction is spread out a good deal, so while the speed may feel comparable to the Whizzer, the attraction does not have the ongoing twists that the Whizzer does. Comparing the Disney World thrill attractions to the coasters at Six Flags, you will most likely find them much tamer than The Demon, AMerican Eagle and Batman. The Disney World attractions are much more about telling the story of the attraction, than the speed, turns and drops. There is a great deal of detail that has gone into the "story" of the ride and therefore it is more about the overall experience.

    My three boys continue to shy away from many of the thrill coasters at Six Flags, but enjoy the Disney World attractions tremendously. Of course, every child is different so if there are concerns that your daughter may be frightened you should consider riding first without her to experience the attraction and see if she would enjoy herself. Many of the Disney attractions have portions of the ride that you can watch from the walkways, let her stand and watch a few times to see what she thinks. Remember she will go when she is ready. Let her pace herself and all of you will enjoy your trip much more.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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