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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 10 out of 10

Track Ride
Minimum height to ride: 46 inches

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Journey to the Center of the Earth is a masterpiece of stagecraft, using light, sound, heat, and motion to create a multi-sensory experience. If in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea you explored the depths of the sea, in this attraction you will explore the depths of the Earth. Traveling through caverns within Mount Prometheus, walking past oozing lava in the queue, you come to Captain Nemo's underground laboratories, where you can see the sketches of the wonders that await you even deeper inside the Earth.

You'll then board a "Terravator" to descend to the expedition's base station, where you will board an eight-passenger mining vehicle to travel through the tunnels bored by previous explorers. You'll descend into crystal caverns and encounter a giant mushroom forests filled with bizarre creatures before an earthquake knocks you off course. A lightning storm nearly finishes you before you emerge into the heart of the volcano, where a giant lava monster awaits.

The encounter of with the monster provides the highlight of the ride, a combination punch of effects that culminates with the volcano's eruption launching you out of the mountain for a high-speed ride around the caldera of the ancient volcano.

Reviews

The ultimate ride. It just has everything a ride should. It has an unbelievable queue and buildup. The theming, I mean, it is the best I've ever seen. The animatronics, needless to say, are breathtaking. Each scene feels so important and genuine. The best thing about this ride is that it feels to rugged and rough. The rock truly encapsulates your vehicle, and it feels like a true cave. The wildlife scenes are just gorgeous, and the final encounter with the monster will take your breath away. I have never seen any animatronic of that size and sheer scale. It is just unbelievable. Lastly, I have to say how shockingly THRILLING the ride is. Disney rides don't really thrill me these days, but this one really gets my heart pumping. The escape from the mountain feels truly out of control, and you get a great pop of airtime when exiting the mountain. This is, I believe, the best ride ever made. It will take a lot to top this one. A whole lot. 10/10
Yes, it's amazing. I think the terravator (That ironically goes up) could be slightly improved and I wish the ride had at least an extra 30 seconds of ride time. An extra minute would be amazing. For example, in the queue, a map (most easily visible from the fastpass queue) shows additional show scenes that are supposed to be on the tour under the earth. One of these is a waterfall scene that could have been a scene on the ride. I'd also love for the fast ride portion to be extended in length. Buuuut it's still an amazing ride.
This ride was great, and the monster was actually really scary. If I was a kid, I probably would have cried. I would say that it closely resembles the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. If your kid can handle that, they can probably handle this. It was great. Don't skip this one. Skip 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
This ride is so amazing, DON'T miss it.
In the states, this ride would never have gotten the financial support to be built as an E-Ticket The only attractions that get built here need to have a major IP backing them up. I know - Journey to the Center of the Earth is based on Jules Vern's book "Voyage au centre de la Terre" published way back in 1864. The story has been enjoyed around the world, made in to many movies and inspired other tales. But it's not exactly a Harry Potter or a Hunger Games at this point is it?
The ride is just amazing. From the moment you walk into Mysterious Island you are plunged into the world of Jules Vern. In this situation, I think this experience over shadows The Wizzarding Worlds of Harry Potter and Cars Land. In both of those examples, we are intruders. There is no reason we shouldn't be on Mysterious Island. It's much easier to breath it in. Plus, the high speed portion up and out of the volcano really feels out of control. It's quite literally a blast!
One of the coolest Disney rides I've ever been on!
This ride is deeply detailed and quiet amazing but a little too short for my taste....there needed to be a bit more to it length wise, otherwise pretty amazing though.


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