My Top 26 Rollercoasters (so far)

I love rollercoasters.  Unfortunately, the nearest theme park to me literally has only two rollercoasters (Codonas, if anyone is interested).  There’s one decent one (Looping Star), and the other one is just like going around in a circle on a train, but slightly higher off the ground and it goes through an apple (The Caterpillar).  It’s great for kids – and was the first rollercoaster I went on with my niece, but, since it is really boring (sorry if you like it!), I’m not going to include it in this list.

I have not had a chance to go to many theme parks (which I am trying to rectify) but, when I do go, I make the most of it.  Here are my Top 26 Rollercoasters (which are mainly in Disneyland Paris, Walt Disneyworld, and Universal Orlando).

Just a note, this list is only going to include rollercoasters, drop rides and water rides.  It will not include any boat rides (a la Peter Pan, or ‘It’s a Small World’), or 4D rides (except for Mission: Space and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run). 

I didn’t have a chance to go on Slinky Dog Dash, which is why it isn’t included here.  The queue said it was 2 hours long and there is hardly any shade in Toy Story Land.  If there had been shade, I might have braved the queue, but this peely-wally Scottish girl can’t handle the heat.

Slinky Dog Dash

(Unless linked, the photos are my own)

Millennium Falcon

26. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run – Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

So, this is at the bottom of the list, which is probably a surprise, as so many other websites list it as their number one ride.  I wasn’t very taken by it.  First, the queue was massive.  It’s so big, that halfway round they have a little shop so that you can buy drinks.  Admittedly, I did buy one of the Thermal Detonator bottles because I thought it looked cool – and I was thirsty.  Secondly, unless you are in a group of six and can choose to be the pilot, it’s not very exciting.  The pilots get to ‘control’ the Falcon using gear-sticks and all sorts of buttons, whilst the engineers and the shooters (I can’t remember exactly what this was, but you controlled the guns) in the back have only one or two buttons to press when they light up.  That’s it.  The whole thing shakes around, as if you are actually flying the Falcon, and you can see what’s going on through the ‘window’, but it’s just not exciting at all.  I’m glad I experienced it, but it would be nice if the engineers and the shooters had more of a role to play – I just hope the new Star Wars ride is more exciting.

Sprite Thermal Detonator

Flight of the Hippogriff

25. Flight of the Hippogriff – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

This is only on the list, as it is basically a Harry Potter version of The Caterpillar at Codonas, but also goes up and down a little hill.  It might be too scary for children?  I don’t know – but my niece didn’t want to go on it (she’s 4).

Mission Space

24. Mission: Space – Walt Disneyworld Epcot

This is only near the bottom of the list, as it’s not really a rollercoaster (I think I might have mentioned that I love rollercoasters?).  It was quite fun, though.  You can choose from an ‘easy’ mode (green – moon landing), or a ‘hard’ mode (orange – mission to Mars).  Obviously, I went for the orange mission.  It was interesting there’s four people per pod and each has their own job (a bit like Millennium Falcon, but everyone is equal).  You’re supposed to press buttons when they light up.  In the green version, this is easy.  In the orange version…you feel so heavy, it’s hard to lift your hands – I couldn’t stop laughing, as I thought it was really funny).  This is due to the fact that the whole thing is a big centrifuge.  They do blow air at you to try and reduce motion sickness, but the woman sat next to my Dad had to go and throw up as soon as she got off!

Codonas Looping Star

23. Codonas Looping Star – Codonas

Sorry Codonas!  It is a fun ride (and I like the loop), but the other rides on the list are a bit more interesting.

Jurassic Park

22. Jurassic Park – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The first time I went to Disneyworld, I was 16.  I went again last year just before I turned 29.  I forgot how wet you get during this ride.  My parents and I got on at the front (it was a big family holiday for my parents’ 30th anniversary, and they got married in Florida, so it felt fitting to go back.  The trip included my parents – obviously – me, my brother, his partner, and their daughter – my niece), and almost immediately, the group sat behind us put on waterproof ponchos.  The ride seems nice and gentle, and you see all the dinosaurs but then, oh no!  The raptors have escaped and are causing chaos, making the boat go off course!  Seems like you’re going up that big hill!  And then you’re soaked.  Worth it!  There’s also a viewing area that you can see the ride come down, and my niece must have been stood there, as she was soaking when she came to meet us!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 

21. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Walt Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

This was okay.  Not really sure why it’s got all the hype it has – it’s a bit like Flight of the Hippogriff but slightly more intense.  The queue is really long, but thankfully Disney makes it interactive.  We arrived early for this, as the queues can easily get to over an hour long.  I’m glad I went on it and, even though it wasn’t the most exciting, it was nice singing along to ‘Heigh Ho’

Splash Mountain

20. Splash Mountain – Walt Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

Another big log flume ride – this one is one person per row, instead of 5, and no matter where you sit, you will get wet.

Big Thunder Mountain

19. Big Thunder Mountain – Disneyland Paris/ Walt Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

A bit like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but a bit more rickety, which is why its slightly higher up in this list.

Dudley Do Right

18. Dudley Do-Right – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Oh.  My.  Word.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so wet in my entire life.  After the Jurassic Park experience, we go some cheap waterproof ponchos.  These did not help.  My brother and I went on this ride with my parents (my brother’s partner isn’t really used to rollercoasters, so she gave this a miss and stayed with my niece), and, like the lovely children we are, we stuck my Mum in the front.  Now, we are a tall family – my Mum is the shortest at 5 ft 7in, and to get into the log flume, we had to kind of slide in without bending our legs.  For some reason, I took my handbag with me (I’m insane – I should have left it with my brother’s partner).  We didn’t realise we would get as wet as we did.  There’s not just the big drop at the end – there’s all sorts of smaller drops, and the water flows over the side into the log flume, so that, by the time you get to the big drop – you are absolutely drowned.  My bag was supposed to be waterproof, and that’s probably the only thing that saved my phone, but, since my purse was pressed up against the side of the bag, my money got wet, and my park ticket stuck to one of my cards – thankfully, I managed to dry everything with no problems.  Use the lockers!

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

17. Expedition Everest – Walt Disneyworld Animal Kingdom

Slightly similar to Big Thunder Mountain, but more in the dark – and there’s a bit that goes backwards, which I really enjoyed.  Wish the ride was a little bit longer, as it was over very quickly.

Test Track

16. Test Track – Walt Disneyworld Epcot

Not really a rollercoaster, as such.  More, you’re a crash test dummy and you go through all the different stages of testing out a new car, before the fun fast bit at the end.  I went on it as single rider and got straight on – which was lucky, as the normal queue was almost an hours long!

Revenge of the Mummy

15. Revenge of the Mummy – Universal Studios

I used to have such a crush on Brendan Fraser when the Mummy movies first came out.  This ride is fun – it’s mostly in the dark, so you can’t see a thing, except where the Mummy almost ‘gets’ you, and there’s fire as you rush away.  There are lockers next to the ride – I would recommend using these (and maybe wear something that has pockets with zips.  I wore a dress, so had to put my ticket for the locker in my bra).

Kali River Rapids×667

14. Kali River Rapids – Walt Disneyworld Animal Kingdom

Another water ride!  This one, the car is a big circle that fits around 8 people, all facing each other.  As well as lots of drops, there are also various things that squirt water at you.  Again, I recommend going early, as the queues build up fast.  I also loved the bit at the end, where you’re waiting for the car to go back into the station (I don’t really know rollercoaster lingo) and you can see the monkeys in their enclosure just swinging around.

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges

13. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

I only managed to go on this once when I was 16, as the next day we went back, the ride had broken down and they were fixing it.  Unfortunately, when I went in September, the ride was closed, so I didn’t get a chance to go on it again.  I can’t remember much about it, except that it is similar to Kali River Rapids, and when I went when I was 16, the Wizarding World hadn’t been built, so it was the ride we went back to the park specifically to go on, as we loved it so much (which was disappointing, when it stayed closed for the rest of the holiday).

Rock and roller coaster with Aerosmith

Rock and Roller Coaster with Aerosmith

12. Rock n roller coaster with Aerosmith – Walt Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios

I love fast rollercoasters, and this one is fast.  It’s themed as if you’re in a limo on your way to a gig, and the whole ride is in the dark, with some glow in the dark road signs.  Of course, Aerosmith plays over the speakers (I’m a massive Aerosmith fan), so I loved this ride.  When I went, I went in the single rider line, thinking it would be shorter.  Nope!  Think it took longer than the actual line, so don’t bother with the single rider line for this one.  It was so busy that day, that they skipped the whole intro bit with Aerosmith in the studio (I only remember this intro bit from when I went when I was 16).

Space Mountain

11. Space Mountain – Walt Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

My favourite of the three mountains.  It’s fast and in the dark, so you don’t know where you’re going.  I managed to get the best picture of my brother here – look at his face!  I can’t stop laughing whenever I see it (every ride photo he got he’s making the same expression.  It’s almost as if he’s contemplating his entire life)

Contemplating Life


10. Nemesis – Alton Towers

Quick disclaimer – I went to Alton Towers when I was 12, so apart from this ride and Oblivion, I can’t really remember much about it.  I know I loved this ride, as it’s one of those rollercoasters where your legs are dangling and I liked the fear over potentially losing my shoes (I’m a bit of a weirdo).  I definitely need to go back!


9. Oblivion – Alton Towers

Don’t.  Look.  Down.  The world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster – I think vertical drop rollercoasters are my favourite type of rollercoaster (which you will soon find out).  I don’t know if it’s changed much since I went, but I remember it being two rows of 8 people, and you slowly go around a track before climbing a massive hill, starting to creep over it, then the ride stops as you dangle over a big black hole and you hear ‘Don’t look down’.  Then the ride flies down the hole and you zip along the rest of the track.  Love it!

Crush's Coaster

8. Crush’s Coaster – Disneyland Paris

I wish this ride was at Walt Disneyworld so I could have gone on it again.  I loved this ride.  The cars are like a big turtle shell with two facing forward and two facing backward.  My friend and I happened to be facing backward as it went up the first big hill (which was fun), then it zooms along the track whilst the car spins at the same time, which made it even more fun.  Get there early – this is a very popular ride (and I can see why)!

The Incredible Hulk

7. The Incredible Hulk – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

I love how fast this is – there’s no build up, it’s just immediately fast.  Lots of loops and twists and turns as well and you can’t go wrong.  I think it’s prone to breaking down – when I was in the queue a cheer went up twice as they got it back up and running, which is probably why it’s lower down in the list.  That, and this ride made my back feel quite tight, so I don’t know what happened there.




6. Escape from Gringotts – Universal Studios

This is an indoor rollercoaster in the Diagon Alley part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (instead of leaving the park to visit Hogwarts, you can get the Hogwarts Express between the two parks, which was a lovely experience!).  The ride is set around the time when Hermione used Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Bellatrix Lestrange.  You’re in the bank when the real Bellatrix shows up and realises something’s amiss, causing chaos.  With Bill Weasley’s help, you zoom around the tracks (and there’s some 4D elements, too), until you finally escape from Gringotts.  It’s very well done – the queue starts in the bank and is incredibly detailed.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure


5. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

This would be higher up the list if I hadn’t waited 2 hours just to go on it.  We arrived as the park was opening and headed straight there only to find that the queue had already expanded out of Hogsmeade and was snaking around The Lost Continent.  They have the queue very well laid out, as loads of folk tried to cut in, but the staff always caught them.  This ride was a lot of fun (when I finally got on it).  It’s Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar, and you can choose which one you want to go on.  There’s a handrail bit in front of you, but I leaned forward and gripped the motorbike handles instead.  This ride is so fast, it’s wonderful!  It’s goes forwards, backwards and there’s a drop at one point.  I wish I’d gone on it again, but I wasn’t willing to queue for so long when there is so much else to do!  Maybe when the hype dies down a bit, the queues will go down slightly?


Dumbledore's Staircase

Hogwarts Corridor

4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

This ride was amazing!  Similar in layout to Gringotts, but this one is set inside Hogwarts.  The carts are rows of 4, and your legs dangle (yay!).  The whole thing twists and turns and there’s a mixture of 4D in it as well.  Because everyone seemed to be queueing for Hagrid’s ride, this one had hardly any wait time – but I still took my time in the queue, as you get to walk through Hogwarts!  Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Doctor Doom's Fearfall

3. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Another drop ride!  But this one shoots you into the air first, before slowly coming back down, so I guess you could call it more of a ‘shooting up into the air’ ride?  I love that you never know when it’s going to shoot up – there’s a countdown, but it never finishes before you’re off.  I love this ride – and there is no queue whatsoever for it (which might have been because it was September), so I go on it immediately each time (which was a lot).

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

2. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – Universal Studios

Another fast rollercoaster, with lots of turns and loops.  This one you get to choose your own personal music to play as you go around the track.  I think my favourite bit is the starting bit when it rises straight up from the ground, which means you’re lying flat on your back in the chair.  It’s so bizarre and brilliant!  It’s a nice, long ride as well, which I found Universal had a lot of.  Disney’s rides have a tendency to be over too soon.

Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

1. Hollywood Tower of Terror – Disneyland Paris/ Walt Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios

My favourite ride ever.  I love how each time is different, and you never really know when you’re going to drop.  I could probably do without the bit at the beginning that explains how the lift broke with a family inside it and that they haunt the ride – I just want to go on the ride!  I loved this ride so much that, when I went to Disneyland Paris, I immediately dragged my friend over there so I could go on it at least twice before the queues built up.


So, this is just a post of some of the things I’ve made so far.

I have the Luna Lapin book, and it is lovely. I would highly recommend it!

These are some of the dresses I’ve made. Unless they are pictured on me, they are half-scale.

I’m working on my 4th attempt of the bodice now…
For a first attempt at slippers, they’re not bad…
My very first crochet!

Things to Do and See in Seville

I LOVE Seville. My first time visiting the Spanish mainland. I’ve been to the Balearic’s, and the Canaries, but never actually to Spain itself. Most people choose to go to Madrid or Barcelona for their first experience of mainland Spain.

Me? I choose to take three flights and go to Seville.

Living just north of Aberdeen, there’s not many direct flights. Pretty much the only direct flights are to Paris or Amsterdam – and there’s all the helicopters to the offshore oil platforms. To get to Seville, I had to fly to Heathrow, then Madrid, then Seville. Thankfully, all of my flights were on time, so the journey was actually quicker than a lot of the times where I’ve only had 2 flights.

Anyway, back to Seville.

It is just STUNNING. I adore Moorish architecture, and Seville has it in abundance. Just like any other popular city, it was quite busy, but because it’s so awkward to get to, it’s not as busy as, say, Paris or Venice, which was nice.

It was also ROASTING. Even in the middle of September, it was high thirties. Drink lots of water, folks!

I would go back to Seville in a heartbeat, if I had the money. There is a lot to see in Seville, and I didn’t manage to see everything. If any of you have any ideas of other places to see, please let me know! 🙂

Plaza de Espana
A trip to Seville is not complete without a trip to the Plaza de Espana. Situated in Parque de Maria Luisa, it is gorgeous. I was particularly taken with the bridges made of tiles. I also love the little alcoves showing all the provinces of Spain – it’s fun seeing how each of them has been portrayed.

Catedral de Sevilla
Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral, and the third largest church, in the world. And you can tell. It is absolutely MASSIVE. The orange courtyard (a courtyard with orange trees, not a courtyard that is bright orange) is lovely – I have this weird thing where seeing fruit in trees really amuses me. Every time I go to Italy, I love seeing the lemon trees. And in Madeira, there is fruit growing everywhere!

No one is completely sure if Christopher Columbus is buried in the cathedral, or if it’s his son Diego, but there is a very fancy tomb dedicated to Columbus in the middle of the main room It is also opposite the most unflattering mirror in the world (it’s tilted at an angle, so that you can get a selfie with the ceiling, but any photos taken from below are baaaaaaad).

Metropol Parasol
The largest wooden structure in the world, this is the place to go for views. Being so high up in a city where the buildings aren’t that tall makes for a spectacular view. For 3 euros, you get a lift up to the top, and you can spend as long as you like up there. It’s not that busy either, so there’s no need to elbow people out of the way.

Alcazar of Seville
One of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in. I love Moorish architecture, and this palace has it in abundance. The gardens are stunning, too, although I was unfortunately too tall for the maze.

Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla
Situated in the Alcazar, just below it, with access through the gardens, these were originally rainwater tanks, but they are worth a look.

The Alhambra
Yes, it’s a day trip, but it is SO WORTH IT. It’s about 2.5 hours on the bus to and from Granada (our trip picked us up at 7am, and we got there just after 9am). The palace is massive and is an excellent example of Moorish architecture (I don’t think I mentioned that I love Moorish architecture?). It’s so worth the early start. Our tour guide was lovely – he was so passionate about the palace. You could tell that he loved it.

This was probably what I was looking forward to seeing the most. The pictures are all over the guide books, and they do not do this place justice. People on our tour were given the option of not doing this part, and just relaxing in the palace gardens, but I would recommend doing it.

Convent Sweets
This was an unusual experience, but I loved it. There are maybe half a dozen convents scattered throughout Seville where you can buy sweets from nuns. I happened to find the one where you don’t even see the nun – you put money on a metal turnstile, and they give you the sweets with an ‘Ave Maria’. Unfortunately, the day I visited, the turnstile wasn’t working, so I went into the church itself. There was a sweet old lady knitting behind a big grill. I paid her, and she squeezed a wooden box of sweets through the gap. They are literally made with egg yolks and sugar, but the money goes towards helping the nuns and the convent.

There are tiles everywhere in Seville. I may have bought half a dozen as souvenirs.

If I have missed anything, please let me know. Any excuse to go back 🙂

Some Stuff

So, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything since June last year. There’s been a couple of reasons for that.

First, I went to Seville in September, but other than that, I haven’t had a chance to travel since (I’ll put up my Seville post within a few days).

And, secondly, I’ve not been in the best of places, mentally. I’ve reached a point in my life where my friends are moving in with their partners, buying houses, getting married, and having kids, whilst my life seems stuck on repeat. Not gonna lie, it has been getting me down (not my friends – I’m happy for them. It’s the fact that I’m stuck in a rut that’s getting to me).

I am working on it – I’ve been saving for a house, and I have a family holiday in Florida coming up that I’m looking forward to (Hello Disney and Hogwarts!).

I have also been making a lot of things. I learned how to crochet last year and have made so much stuff – it’s handy having a young niece, so she’s constantly getting new toys to play with.

I’ve also been doing some embroidery, and I’m teaching myself dressmaking. I’ve bought a half-scale mannequin, as I want to learn how to make MASSIVE ballgowns. I’m never gonna wear them in public, so I bought the half-scale mannequin to practice, but save money in the long-run, as I’m only buying half the material that I’d need for a full-scale version.

I also recently received the Luna Lapin book, so I have been obsessed with that. I’ve made Luna, her t-shirt dress, boots, wool coat and armchair so far. I’m gradually working my way through the book.

So…yeah. I’ve not been up to much travelling recently, but I’ve made lots of lovely things. It’s been nice making these things – it’s kept my mind distracted, which is what I need right now.

I’ll probably have a post with lots of pictures of things that I’ve made. I’m quite active on Instagram, so there’s a lot more pictures of my creations on there. If any of you have any ideas on things to make, then please let me know!

And, most importantly, look after yourself and those that you love 🙂

How to use Airbnb

I am a massive fan of Airbnb.  I initially stumbled upon it when I was trying to find a place to stay in Cinque Terre and all of the hotels were either fully booked or exorbitant prices.  Now, whenever I’m going on holiday, one of the first places I look is Airbnb.  I’m going to be staying in another one when I go to Seville in September.  Here are some things you should know about Airbnb before booking (and a link for £25 off your first stay!):

1. It lets you live like a local. I love being able to wake up in a non-touristy area, and wander around local bakeries for breakfast, getting a smile and a ‘good morning’ in the local language,  instead of elbowing my way through a busy street, or eating warm cheese at the hotel breakfast.

2. It’s usually a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel. Sure, you don’t have room service, or reception, or someone to make your bed every day.  But, if you’re not bothered about any of that (and I always feel bad knowing that I haven’t made my bed up to standards, and someone has redone it for me), then this is a good option.  Sometimes, it can be as cheap, if not cheaper, than a hostel, depending on which city you’re staying in.

3. There are a lot of decently priced options close to tourist attractions. If you’re not bothered about staying in a local area, then you could stay near the ‘main attractions’ of the city.  Personally, I haven’t done this.  I prefer the locally areas, or areas that are near public transport.  Maybe in the future, though!

4. I’m a bit of an introvert, so being able to get the keys from the owner, and then not have to interact with anyone when I enter and leave the apartment is really nice. I’m useless at small talk.

5. You can cook your own food. Most of the Airbnb’s have kitchens so, if you’re not in the mood for eating at a restaurant, or you want to heat up some pizza you’ve bought by the slice, then you have this option.

6. You get the option of having an entire place to yourself, or to rent a room in someone’s house. I’ve only ever booked the entire place (again, crap at small talk), but if you’re a bit more extroverted, it might be nice to speak to the owner regularly.


7. You have a lot of options. You can choose how many bedrooms you want, if you want wireless internet (always!), if there’s a hairdryer, towels, etc.

8. It’s great for group travellers. Have you ever tried to book more than 4 people into a hotel?  It can cost a fortune.  Airbnb’s are great as you can book an entire house for your group for a really reasonable price.  I stayed in one recently for my friend’s hen do in Aviemore, and there were 11 of us in a lovely little house – with a hot tub!  And it only cost around £100 altogether per person for the 3 nights we were there.


9. If you apply for an apartment that is not an instant book, the owner has the option of rejecting you. This happened to me when I was going to Verona.  I applied for 3 different Airbnb’s and not one accepted (it probably had something to do with the fact that I was only staying for one night).  Eventually, I booked a hotel (it was really lovely, but a bit more expensive than I was looking for).  Luckily, you have the option of choosing apartments that have the ‘instant book’ option.  This cuts out the worry of the owner saying no.

10. Check the reviews. Sometimes, I’ll read a story about someone being scammed on Airbnb, so I always check to make sure the place I’m interested in has reviews, and that they’re decent.  I know that new hosts won’t have many (if any reviews), but you can usually tell who’s genuine and who’s not.

11. This is probably the most important one – ALWAYS conduct your transactions through Airbnb. If a host asks you to do a bank transfer, this is most likely a scam, and you will not be protected through Airbnb, so always, ALWAYS make sure to go through Airbnb.  Also, if a host tries this on you, report them to Airbnb and they will deal with it.

For those of you interested in staying in an Airbnb, if you sign up using this link, you’ll get £25 off of your first stay!  How amazing is that?!