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!
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!
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