There’s no shortage of heart-stopping excitement in Orange County. If you live for the adrenaline rush, if you have the need for speed, you’ll find it among the many fun rides throughout Orange County. Here’s just a sampling of what you can experience in the OC.
Knott’s Supreme Scream
Knott’s Berry Farm keeps reinventing the big-G thrill ride and its Supreme Scream is no exception. Located on the park’s boardwalk, this white knuckler lasts an adrenaline rushing 45 seconds and reaches speeds up 50 mph. The ride has separate Turbo Drop towers arranged in a triangular fashion. And being 312 feet tall, it’s the tallest freestanding structure in Orange County. Seated in a carriage with 12 other brave souls, with your feet dangling beneath you, you ascend to a “nose-bleeding” height of 252 feet. After a momentary stop at the top, a quick blast of compressed air rockets you straight down in just three hair-curling seconds. Unlike traditional free-fall rides, which end after the drop, Supreme Scream takes thrills to a new level by rebounding each carriage back up the tower for a second drop. The sudden upward rebound creates a positive 4G-force, followed by a second free-fall. The ride ends with a number of smaller up and down bounces until your carriage comes to rest at the base of the tower.
Disney’s California Screamin’
A classic up-down-sideways high speed thrill ride that has you hanging on for dear life, California Screamin’ is a wood-mimicking steel roller coaster located at Disney’s California Adventure park. Reaching a top speed of 62 miles per hour, it’s the fastest ride at the Disneyland Resort and one of the fastest rides at any Disney theme park. In fact, it’s pretty intense for a Disney park ride, with a power blast take off that accelerates you from zero to 55 miles per hour in a heady four seconds after launch. The Paradise Pier themed ride has become the longest looping coaster in the world.
Sports Car Thrills
Instead of an amusement park, why not experience the ultimate racing thrill and have a professional driver take you for the ride of your life in a fast car at Auto Club Speedway? After you buckle up, you better hold on tight for two heart-pumping laps through the Auto Club Speedway Exotics Road Course. You’re next to a professional driver as he pushes the limits of a meticulously prepared, 505 horsepower Corvette Z06. If you think you have what it takes you can also drive an exotic car yourself-when you sign up for their Race a Ferrari or Race a Lamborghini experience.
Not for the acrophobic or faint of heart, Sky Thrill in Fullerton lets you take control of a world-class aerobatic stunt plane-and fly it like a stunt pilot. They offer several flight experiences from short intro flights to over-the-top “World Aerobatic Champion” thrillers. You don’t need a pilot’s license or prior flight experience to fly in any of their programs. You fly the aircraft of your choice for up to 90% of the flight time at speeds up to 250 mph pulling up to 6 Gs! Sky Thrill pilots brief you on everything you need to know before your flight during a short safety briefing. They also teach you how to perform each aerobatic maneuver and what to expect from your instructor pilot. Once airborne, they talk you through every maneuver, step by step. Flights start at $365 for a 1- hour, 35-minute flight.