Over the many years I’ve spent visiting theme parks, there’s been quite a few times where I’ve missed out on different rides or attractions. This could be because I just didn’t have the time to ride everything in the park, or because the ride wasn’t open when I visited. Either way, every ride on this list is something that I was unable to experience. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to experience them sometime in the future!
Also, I will not be including defunct attractions that I missed out on, since there is no chance of me riding those ever again.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 theme park attractions I’ve missed out on.
10. Cyclops at Mt. Olympus Theme Park
Despite being a native Wisconsinite, I’ve only visited Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells once. I visited back in 2017, and Cyclops was closed the entire visit. This CCI wooden coaster is known for a few excellent airtime moments, and some people say that it’s the second best coaster in the park. Mt. Olympus is far from the best theme park in the world, but it’s still something that I’d like to go back to and experience what I missed out on.
9. Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque at Disneyland Paris
Unlike the Disneyland version in California, Disneyland Paris’s Casey Jr. is technically a powered roller coaster instead of a regular train. Sure, it’s nothing impressive, but it was the only roller coaster at Disneyland Paris Resort that I missed out on. It’s also situated in an area of Fantasyland that I didn’t even set foot in, so it’s definitely something I want to go back to. It’s not the most important area of the park, but I think it would still be worth the time to see.
8. Apocalypse the Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain
This wooden coaster frustrates me. It’s a GCI wooden coaster that’s focused on quick turns and transitions. When I visited in 2017, it was closed. When I visited in 2018, it had a queue that was over an hour long. I know it’s not supposed to be the greatest wooden coaster in the world, but it’s still something that I would love to experience at some point. Hopefully it will be open the next time I visit!
7. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland
I’m actually not too sure if I’ve been on this version of Winnie the Pooh or not. I’m leaning towards “not”, as I have no recollection of riding it whatsoever. That’s kind of strange, since it’s not known to have a very long line. After all, it’s definitely nothing special since it’s pretty similar to the version in Walt Disney World. I’ll definitely have to get on it the next time I go back, as it’s probably the only attraction at Disneyland that I’ve never done.
6. Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm
Calico Mine Ride is one of the most popular non-coaster attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm. I’ve only visited the park once (back in 2017) and only had about a half day to spend there. I chose to focus on riding as many roller coasters as possible and therefore missed out this spectacular dark ride. It’s considered one of the earliest immersive dark rides ever built, as it takes riders through different caverns with beautiful set-pieces and classic animatronics. This ride is definitely a priority the next time I go to Knott’s!
5. WaterWorld at Universal Studios Hollywood
WaterWorld at Universal Studios Hollywood is considered by many to be one of the best live shows at any theme park. When I visited back in 2015, I didn’t even know it existed. It’s essentially a water-based stunt show that features many incredible special effects and jaw-dropping stunts. I’m not the biggest fan of Universal Studios Hollywood, but knowing that I missed out on such a popular show does incline me to go back at some point. That, and the fact that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter wasn’t even open, of course.
4. New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain
This is the second coaster at Magic Mountain that I missed out on, as both times that I visited it had an extremely long line. This was most likely due to the VR that was on the roller coaster at the time. I believe the VR is removed now, so hopefully the next time I visit Magic Mountain there will be a significantly shorter line for this classic looping coaster.
3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios
Yes, the Paris version of Tower of Terror is basically just a cloned version of the now-removed version at Disney’s California Adventure, but that doesn’t make it any less important to ride. We chose to skip the immersive drop tower attraction due to it having an hour wait, but it is still unfortunate that we had to miss out on it. I think it’s entirely possible that they will eventually replace this version with the Guardians of the Galaxy ride found at Disney’s California Adventure, so hopefully I can experience the attraction in it’s original form before that happens!
2. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Sort of)
I technically rode Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run back in December 2019. However, I was only in the Gunner position. While that still counts as riding the attraction, I don’t feel that I got the complete experience since I did not get the Pilot position. In the Pilot position you actually get to fly the Falcon, while the Gunner position just lets you shoot enemies. It’s still better than not riding it at all, but experiencing Pilot is probably one of my highest priorities for when I go back to Walt Disney World.
1. Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast at Six Flags Over Texas
Out of all the rides I’ve missed out on, this one was without a doubt the most upsetting. Back in March I had a two-day visit to Six Flags Over Texas, and on both days I was unsuccessful in riding it. The first day it had an extremely long wait, so I decided to push it to the next day in hopes that I would be able to ride it then. However, the next day it was closed due to high winds. Luckily, there is a clone of the ride at Six Flags St. Louis, so hopefully I’ll be able to experience that one sooner than later. As for the Over Texas version, I can’t imagine I’ll be back there for quite a few years. When I do make it back there, I’ll be sure to make Mr. Freeze my first ride of the day!
Unless it’s closed again, that is.
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