Thursday, June 2, 2016

Design and Ride Your Own Roller Coaster at Epcot


Do you have a pre-teen or teen who loves STEM and roller coasters? Well my friend the Sum of all Thrills located  inside the Innovations building at Epcot is where all the cool kids are.


The Sum of all Thrills is hands down my oldest son's favorite Walt Disney World attraction, second only to Test Track (where you also can do some designing of the car you are testing - I sense a theme here). This is his face when we were in line.


Here your child will put all those STEM lessons learned in school to good use! They will also have a ton of fun!

First you enter into the Briefing Room. Here you learn a bit about the attraction and how to build your own thrill ride.


Next you are all set to design! You get your very own design lab which is one giant touch screen computer. You are able to select a thrill level and a basic design. Then, use tools to manipulate the height and speed of your attraction. Not enough speed and too much height won't get you very far. A little robot 'test dummy' rides the attraction for you so you know you are all set to go! (I apologize for the blurry photos - it is pretty dim in the attraction.)




Now you are all set to ride! You are ushered into the ride simulator area. You must put all loose items into a locker such as phones, hats, sunglasses, bags, etc. You also slip off your shoes as you are getting into the simulator if you are wearing shoes that can easily fall off such as sandals or flip flops. You can not see the person riding with you, but there are computer monitors where you can see each other. There is a big red stop button between you so you are able to stop the ride if it gets too intense or you start to feel claustrophobic. My son told me, 'Mom don't you DARE hit that button!'. The Cast Member operating your ride can also see each of you on a screen so they are also able to stop the ride if they can see either one of you are not enjoying it.

Here is an example of what the simulators actually do while you are inside. You really truly do feel as though you are on a roller coaster!

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Time to gather up those smart kids of yours, have them put on their thinking caps, and design the craziest ride that you can enjoy together!


15 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! We missed this at Epcot, but will definitely look for it on our next visit!

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  2. When it comes to rollercoasters, I am the biggest chicken. So not my thing, but I do think it is kind of cool that you can design your own.

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  3. Cool idea but I'll have to pass. No rollercoasters for me. My daughter and husband. They're rollercoaster fans.

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  4. Oh my gosh that is so freaking cool! Sign me up for this, I love roller coasters.

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  5. I did this one time at the arcade they used to have in Downtown Disney and it was so fun!

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  6. I had so much fun designing my own coaster. Test Track is awesome too. Disney is really adding more thrills, I love the variety in their rides.

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca
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  7. This looks like so much fun! I'll definitely have to try it out next time I'm in Disney World.

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  8. Oh wow! I would love to create my own rollcaster and judging by his face he really enjoyed his turn!

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  9. I love that there are such fantastic ways for kids to be able to put into practice ideas they learn at school, now I just need to get to Disney World!!

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  10. That is one of the coolest things ever. We did that the last time we were there adn so want to do it again this coming weekend.

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  11. Wow! This looks so cool. The world of technology has come so far. I would love to do this myself.

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  12. My hubby did this when we were there in January and loved it!

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  13. We love Epcot but have never done this! It looks like a ton of fun, I can't wait until my son is old enough to be able to do this with him.

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  14. how sweet is that! I love roller coasters so I would love to try and do this!

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  15. Oh wow…that sounds like an amazing experience for a child who has an interest in science. I used to play Roller Coaster Tycoon and that was fun…this is 1,000 times better!

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