Before we get to the rankings, a few notes: A couple of classic rides are conspicuous by their absence. Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, both at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, are certainly two of the most popular and beloved coasters on the planet, let alone Florida. While they are nicely themed, neither offers ride experiences or thrills that compare to the attractions that made the list. Also missing is Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida. The highly unique ride offers plenty of thrills and is quite a sight, but I have found it to be fairly brutal, with lots of head banging, shimmying, and generally uncomfortable moments. I therefore cannot recommend it.
Honorable Mention: Revenge of the Mummy
10: Cheetah Hunt
9: Expedition Everest
Another combination dark ride/thrill ride, the Himalayan-themed attraction offers a compelling story. But the coaster, with its moments of darkness, intense G-forces, and backwards motion, holds its own in Florida's thrill machine showdown. Read my review of Expedition Everest.
8: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
The Aerosmith-themed ride offers a launch that propels passengers from 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds -- yikes! It also includes three inversions. All while rocking out to amped-up songs such as "Dude Looks Like a Lady." The thrills don't compare to coasters higher on the list, but they are nonetheless intense.
The park has a stunning array of coasters, including this aggressive monster that drops 135 feet, reaches a top speed of 60 mph, and includes some intense G-forces. At nearly 3 minutes long, Kumba keeps its passengers screaming for awhile. Read what Joel Bullock, the Coaster Critic has to say about Kumba, one of his favorite rides.
5: Dragon Challenge
One of the best flying coasters I've ridden, Manta is also nicely themed with lush landscaping. The inversions and "flying" position may prove to be too intimidating for some thrill-challenged guests, but if you are up to the task, take flight with this wonderful ride. Read my review of Manta.
An incredibly smooth, yet potent thrill machine, Montu is one of the best examples of an inverted coaster. Among its wonderful elements, the ride navigates into underground trenches for some dizzying fly-by moments. And speaking of dizzying, it offers plenty of inversions.
2: The Incredible Hulk
Boasting perhaps the most unique launch in all of coasterdom, The Hulk sends passengers peeling UP its "Gamma Force Accelerator" tube and into a wacky inversion 110 feet off the ground. From there, it never lets up as it sends riders roaring through a series of heart-stopping elements and rib-clenching positive G-forces. Read my review of The Incredible Hulk.
Four out of ten of Florida's top roller coasters are at the Tampa Bay park, and its floorless diving coaster, SheiKra, takes the top spot. It doesn't just dive 200 feet and reach a top speed of 70 mph. Before it releases its torrent of thrills, the coaster teases its passengers by dangling them over the edge for a protracted moment of terror. And it includes a second dive for good measure. Read my review of SheiKra.