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Delta | Posted at February 27th, 2012

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Top 5 Rides for Thrill Seekers at Disney World

Amusement Parks | Posted at February 22nd, 2012

When you go to a theme park, do you make a mad dash for the biggest, fastest roller coaster? Do you wish the Tower of Terror was a little higher, and that Test Track was a little faster? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you won’t want to miss the Walt Disney World rides on this list. You’ll need to visit several theme parks if you want to include all of the most thrilling attractions, but these extreme rides make it worth the trip.

5. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most intense ride experiences you’ll find at a theme park. With a super high speed launch, plenty of inversions and barrel rolls and blaring tunes from Aerosmith, you’ve never experienced a ride like this one.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster’s high speed launch allows the souped-up limousines that serve as ride vehicles to blast off into an immediate inversion. No slow hill climb here – the limos take off like they’ve been shot from a cannon.

If you ride: Be prepared for blast off – and don’t be surprised to see a few guests slip out the side door once they spot the limousine launch area. This ride has a safety hatch – a special exit for those who take a look at the ride and change their minds about riding.

4. Mission Space

When you think of Epcot, you may not think of thrill rides, but Mission Space packs plenty of action into a single ride experience. When this ride first opened, it was too intense for many riders, so Disney created a tamer version.

If you want the full experience, from high speed blast-off to weightless space travel, then choose the original track. Not quite ready for the challenge? Choose the milder version with all of the fun, without the intensity. Even with the milder option in place, it is not unusual to see large groups of people waiting outside Mission Space while a single brave member of their party rides.

If you ride: This is one of the most thrilling – and nausea inducing – rides at Walt Disney World. Ride it before you dine for best results.

3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the park’s most recognizable ride. The main attraction of this ride is the plunge at the end (you can hear the screams long before you reach the ride area).

Thanks to the innovation of Disney ride technology, you’ll never experience the same Tower of Terror ride sequence twice. Once you board the doomed elevator, you’re at the mercy of the ride operators – have they chosen a single, breathtaking plunge or a quick series of little drops? The only way to find out is to board the rickety elevator and ride.

If you ride: Put hats, sunglasses and other small items in the provided compartments, or you will lose them.

2. Expedition Everest

Disney’s newest entry in the thrill ride category is another mountain – Everest. With high speed twists and turns and one major drop after another, Expedition Everest has everything you’d expect from a world class roller coaster.

If the intense ride experience of Expedition Everest isn’t thrilling enough, keep an eye out for the mountain’s monster – the Yeti. The Yeti makes several appearances throughout the ride, and offers another element of fun and fear to the ride.

If you ride: This ride is a technical marvel, but it has a lot of glitches. Don’t be surprised to have your ride, or your wait in line interrupted due to ride malfunctions.

1.Summit Plummet/Humunga Kowabunga

The tallest, most thrilling rides at Walt Disney World have no moving or mechanical parts at all – and you won’t find a safety harness or seatbelt either. Both Summit Plummet and Humunga Kowabunga are located in water parks and you’ll need plenty of courage to take the plunge.

Humunga Kowabunga is the highest point in Typhoon Lagoon, and overlooks the rest of the park. Once you make the climb to the top, you’ll plunge straight down the steep slope at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 Kilometers per hour).

Summit Plummet towers over Blizzard Beach, measuring in at over 120 feet tall. This impressive height – and ride speeds of about 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) makes Summit Plummet one of the fastest, tallest water slides you’ll find anywhere in the world.

The good news about these thrilling water slides? You won’t have to wait long to ride. About a quarter of those brave enough to make the climb turn around and climb back down once they get a glimpse of the view from the top.

If you ride: be prepared for a rush of speed – and wear a one piece bathing suit if you want to make sure your suit arrives at the bottom of the slide at the same time you do.

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All photos are © Disney. Source: WDWnews.com, the official media site of Walt Disney World.

Samantha McNesby is a regular contributor to Theme Park Tourist, and an expert on Florida’s resorts. You can find all the latest theme park news and rumors from around the world on the site.

4 Must-See Museums in Europe

Museums | Posted at February 22nd, 2012

Any place that’s been continuously populated since the Stone Age can be expected to offer up some world class history and art. That’s what Southampton offers the visitor. Romans, Vikings, Normans and others have left their mark on the area. From the Tudor period through World War II, Southampton has been of prime importance and to get a feeling for this rich heritage, you need to check out these four “must-see” Southampton museums.

SeaCity Museum
As a major natural seaport, people have been coming and going to this area through the waves for some 250,000 years. This museum, perhaps the premiere facility in Southampton, captures that history. The city’s enormous collection of artifacts recounts the stories of these groups of people. There’s one vessel that left the port of Southampton that is etched in our collective memory, and it’s one that we will never forget: The Titanic. Adult admission is £8:50. Children 5-16 cost £6. For more information visit their webpage on the Southampton City website.

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The Southampton Hall of Aviation, Solent Sky Museum
Although Southampton might be better known for its place in maritime history, since the beginning of aviation it has been home for 26 British aircraft companies. A wide variety of aircraft is on display along with storyboards that tell the history of this era. Anyone who has ever seen a Hollywood World War II movie will know the Spitfire single seat fighter plane. The museum has its own Spitfire as well as several other artifacts that relate to its development. Adults admission is £6.50. Children 5-16 are £4.50 and there’s a special family rate (two adults and three children) for £17.50. For the latest information, check out the museum’s web page.

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Tudor House and Garden
History comes alive in Southampton’s most historic building. Exhibits covering 800 years of history are housed in the building that itself dates to the late 15th century. And, just off the Tutor House Garden is King John’s Place, a Norman house that is even 300 years older. This is a great museum for the entire family that features excellent displays, many of which incorporate interactive technology. Exhibits are designed to tell the whole story of the area featuring items as old as a medieval jewel casket, stuffed birds from the Victorian era and more modern artifacts. Adult admission is £4.75. Children 7-16 years: £3.00. The family rate (two adults and three children) is £12.00. Tudor House and Garden has a good website you’ll want to check out before your visit.

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Southampton City Art Gallery
The permanent collection of the Southampton City Art Gallery includes more than 3,500 works of art that span six centuries, from the Renaissance to the present day. In addition to the art from the permanent collection that is on exhibit, the museum hosts a great number of temporary exhibits. Recent shows have ranged as far and wide as an Andy Warhol exhibit, portraits of writers from Shakespeare to JK Rowling and Japanese prints from the Shogun dynasty. Admission is free. Check their webpage to find see what’s on display when you’ll be visiting Southampton.

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Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for ESA Serviced Apartments, a serviced apartments Southampton company providing lodging in townes throughout the UK including Newbury, Reading, and Poole.