“Imagine a roller coaster… but in the dark!” This was the feverish whisper passed amongst us first-graders. The biggest, baddest, and scariest theme park experience was none other than Space Mountain. And if you were a first-grader who got to ride it, and lived to tell the tale, you were basically a hero. And everyone wants to be a hero.
I reached Space Mountain at the holy grail of vacation destinations -- Walt Disney World -- when I was in first grade, but here’s the kicker: because of the heart condition I was born with, I couldn’t ride on roller coasters.
It was a crushing blow to my young ego. But I got my hero moment three years ago when my cardiologist cleared me for all rides. Finally, at the age of 28, I got to whoop, squeal and scream on every single ride at Walt Disney World.
Since then, I’ve morphed into a Disney super-nerd, planning each vacation months in advance and strategizing how to best use FastPasses. And the first rule of FastPasses is that you have to know which rides you absolutely cannot miss. So take it from me, these are best rides in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.