10 Underrated Theme Park Gems That Deserve More AttentionBy Jennifer Cash, Thursday, April 21, 2016 01:41
Our list of the top 100 theme park attractions (compiled using your ratings) is filled with high ratings for such beloved rides as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Expedition Everest. But since the TPT100 lists the top 100 theme park attractions in the world, there are plenty of fun, exciting rides and shows that may not crack the top 10 but are still among the best of the best — at least as far as the thousands of rides in our theme park guides go.
So here's a look at some of the underrated attractions that made the list. The ratings are based on your votes, so if you're a big fan of any of the rides and shows below, you can help improve their rankings by rating them in our park guides!
Behemoth may not be the longest or tallest coaster at Canada's Wonderland (those honors belong to Leviathan), but this 200-foot-tall Hypercoaster isn't short on thrills by any means. Behemoth offers an insane amount of airtime — including a petrifying first drop that might make you regret buckling into this coaster. But once you get past that, you're treated to a ton of other drops that are just plain fun. This ride is addictive, and its seats offer a first-row view no matter where you sit. If you're determined to ride the best rollercoasters all over the world, this one definitely needs to be on your list (and while you're at Canada's Wonderland, you can also ride 14 other coasters as well).
2. Wild Eagle
This coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has its own distinction too: It was the first ride of its kind in the U.S. The winged coaster will send you soaring through the sky like a bird, thanks to its unique suspension that leaves nothing but air above and below you. It's a powerful ride — with an introductory 135-foot drop — but it also has some graceful swooping sensations. Dolly Parton herself introduced the coaster at the theme park that bears her name in 2012, but fans shouldn't look for her to ever actually ride it. “I’m a wild chicken, not an eagle, so don’t think I’m going to get on that,” the singer reportedly said.
3. Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
While everyone rushes to the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios to see characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, a ride that excitedly blasts guests across the galaxy still sits at Disney's Hollywood Studios (as well as Disneyland).
The ride's first incarnation closed in 2010 but reopened the following year with new technology and more than 50 combinations of opening and ending scenes. You could actually ride all day without seeing the same film segment twice. And when the droid scans the guests in the ride's queue, two of the images depict Lucas and Pixar's John Lasseter.
4. Test Track
This Epcot ride deserves some high ratings because it's one of the fastest Disney attractions ever built. And it was actually supposed to be even faster. Imagineers wanted the cars to go 95 miles per hour on the outside stretch, but the speed was lowered to 65 mph because of the ride's steep embankments. Each of the cars have six braking systems, while normal vehicles only have two. This is because each Test Track car is expected to last for 1 million miles (not at all like the cars we drive every day!).
5. World of Color
Every night, darkness is transformed by a brilliant rainbow of shades in this Disney California Adventure show that is spectacular, emotional and unforgettable. Nearly 1,200 fountains in the park's lagoon send water from 30 feet up to 200 feet. An array of Disney characters and movie scenes are projected on the water sprays, flames are employed and the show's scenes can be easily changed to add new movies or event sequences and changes completely for the holidays (World of Color — Winter Dreams transforms the show into a frosty wonderland, with holiday singalongs with Olaf from "Frozen" and a rendition of "The Nutcracker" from "Toy Story" characters). Guests can even get into the fun before the nightly shows begin by playing the Fun Wheel Challenge on their mobile devices. Players who win the color-matching memory game get a chance to control the lights on Mickey's Fun Wheel for the next 30 seconds!