If you have ever been to a Disney Park and you are a thrill attraction type of Guest, you may have been on the hunt for the fastest attraction.
Although Disney has many kid-friendly attractions that are slow-moving, there are many options for those who like to get their heart rate pumping and add a little bit of speed to their day. Splash Mountain has a 5-story drop, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the wildest ride in the wilderness, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith blasts Guests to 60 mph instantly, Tower of Terror will drop you 13 stories, Expedition Everest runs you backwards as you encounter a yeti, and the list goes on and on!
There are a lot of attractions that will give Guests the thrill they are looking for, but there are also some ride vehicles within an attraction that can move faster than others. At Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park, the Mad Tea Party can spin Guests until they cannot walk straight, but certain teacups will have you twirling faster than usual.
Reportedly, the purple teacup, which gives Guests who need it easier access into the ride vehicle, will spin slightly slower at Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland, Guests looking for some extra speed “should head for the orange cup, which is known to have the fastest spinner. The purple cup is also a faster cup – but avoid the heart cups as they are the slowest.”
No matter what cup you are in, the more people in your cup, the faster you will spin. So, if you have a group of adults looking to get dizzy, pile into one teacup and get ready to wobble!
There may also be a way to pick up some extra speed when on a coaster, whether you are at Disney or another theme park! Brian Morrow, Corporate Vice President for Theme Park Experience at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, stated:
“A coaster running in the morning could run slower when cooler. The wheels are not as warm, the bearings are warming up. That could be different by 2pm, with a slicked-up wheel chassis.”
Considering Florida is typically always quite warm, this issue would not pertain to Disney World as much as it could affect Disneyland. That being said, Florida still has cooler months which could potentially cause a slower ride when the attraction is warming up for the day. Personally, I always suggest riding in the back row of any coaster if you want the fastest and most intense experience!
What tips do you have for those looking to experience some thrills at Disney?