12 Disney and Universal Park Rides You Can Virtually Hop on from Home
Did you know you could raise your arms up high (or keep your hands and feet inside at all times if that’s more your vibe) right from the couch? From Disney World to Universal Studios, here are 12 virtual amusement park rides you can ride with the whole family. Oh! And after a long day at the “park,” step into the kitchen and recreate some of Disney’s most popular theme park recipes to finish off the day just right.
1. Radiator Springs Racers
Cars fans can enjoy this immersive attraction as you hop into a car and drive along Radiator Springs in Disney California Adventure. And as you chase your way across the finish line, take in the scenery and familiar faces like Lightning McQueen and Mater.
2. Expedition Everest
Stop by the Animal Kingdom for a fun, thrilling roller coaster ride. Step inside and follow along the tracks filled with quick turns and dips before meeting a dead-end which only means one thing...an unpredictable backward switcheroo that no one saw coming.
3. Jurassic World The Ride
Inspired by the Jurassic World series, come onboard this adventure boat ride that shows you some real “live” dinosaurs. But once you get to Predator Cove, all we can say is, “Beware.” Oh, and did we mention the 84-foot drop?
4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Wizards and Muggles alike can enjoy the magical ride through Hogwarts. Follow Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron with every spin, twist and turn as they chase hidden gems in the Gryffindor common room, Quidditch field and even the Room of Requirements.
5. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Dive into Spider-Man’s world as he takes on some nasty foes—like Doctor Octopus and the Hobgoblin. Dodge exploding pumpkins and swing along with the web-slinger on this Islands of Adventure ride. In fact, bring the whole the family.
6. It’s A Small World
One of the most classic Disney rides in the theme park, step inside that riverboat that takes you around the world as over 300 dolls dressed in traditional costumes sing the Sherman Brothers’ “It’s a Small World.” (We’re sorry in advance if it gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day.)
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
Yep! You can hop on one of Disney-goers’ favorite rides right in your own living room. All you need to do is channel your inner sea rover and appetite for adventure to blend in with the rest of the pirates. Oh, and keep an eye out Captain Jack Sparrow.
8. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Immerse yourself—and the kids—in the wonderful world of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Visit the Hundred-Acre Woods and its honey-filled beehives as you play along with Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.
9. The Incredible Hulk Coaster
What height requirement? Strap in and raise your arms up high for a fast and thrilling coaster that the whole fam can enjoy…virtually. From huge dips to unexpected twists and upside down turns, make sure to plan lunchtime for after you ride.
10. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Star Wars fans find themselves in the middle of the action as the Resistance and the First Order battle it out. The IRL attraction is fairly new and boasts epically long lines, so lucky for you, you can ride it all day without waiting.
11. Frozen Ever After
Take a (much-needed) break from watching Frozen and Frozen II and show the kids this fun Epcot attraction instead. Get ready to sing all the hits from the first movie, including “Let It Go” as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf lead you through places like Arendelle, the wintery forest and Elsa’s ice palace. Guess the cold really doesn’t bother us anyway.
12. One hour of virtual park hopping
And if one ride isn’t enough, how about an hour of virtual park hopping? This video has ten Disney World rides to choose from all of their parks. Whether you want to enjoy Splash Mountain or try out the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride, there’s a pick for everyone in the family.