The Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure park (Photo: Universal Orlando Resort)

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The Orlando theme parks offer something for everyone, especially kids. When you find that your children are starting to get too old for the kiddie attractions, but are still a little too young for the bigger thrill rides, there are so many adventurous rides that are perfect for them. With a variety of highly themed roller coasters, exciting water rides and more, here are the top 10 thrill rides for kids under 10 in Orlando.

Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Take a wild ride on this brand-new family coaster that springs across Andy's backyard in Toy Story Land. With a 38 inch height requirement this is a great in-between ride for kids too old for kiddie rides, but not yet ready for bigger coasters. With two medium-speed launches, fun bunny hills and colorful Toy Story theming, it's one of the best family coasters around!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
This unique roller coaster features a one-of-a-kind swinging-style train, where your coaster cars sway back and forth with the motion of the ride. Kids love seeing the silly dwarfs mining in the caverns, and the ride features exciting fast elements without any scary drops. With a height requirement of 38 inches, it's perfect for kids, teens and grown-ups too.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom
One of the most famous roller coaster experiences ever built, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is known as the "wildest ride in the wilderness." What's great about this attraction is that it manages to remain thrilling for kids of all ages, 40 inches and up, without featuring any loops, launches or big drops. Fast turns, a rickety railroad track and the mysterious ghost town of Tumbleweed are enough to make this ride an all-time classic.

The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom
If your children aren't quite up to the challenge of some of the more thrilling rides on this list, The Barnstormer starring Goofy is the perfect starter coaster to help them prepare. With a low 35-inch height requirement and gentle turns, this junior coaster is sure to excite without any of the fright.

Test Track at Epcot
When it's time for something a bit faster, look no further than the futuristic car ride, Test Track! With speeds up to 65 miles per hour, this ride not only allows your kids to help you design a new concept car, but also allows them to put it to the test. A 40-inch height requirement allows younger kids to experience coaster-like high speeds while seated comfortably in a 6-passenger car.

Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Take on the challenge of this fast-moving rapids ride through a lush Asian jungle at Disney's Animal Kingdom. With a height limit of 38 inches, this is a great entry-level rapids ride to experience before you're ready to face some of the more thrilling ones. Of course, you will get wet — maybe even soaked!

Flight of the Hippogriff at Islands of Adventure
Another great starter coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff is located in The Wizarding World or Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. With a 36-inch height requirement, this ride is perfect for children that are not yet tall enough to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, but are looking to experience some of the magic from the stories. On the ride, you'll come face to face with Buckbeak the Hippogriff.

Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando
Part water flume, part roller coaster, Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando combines dark ride sections with thrill ride elements to create a distinct experience. Children 42 inches and taller can ride this boat ride through the lost city of Atlantis – but be warned, the attraction features a steep plunge that could be frightening for some children.

Coastersaurus at Legoland Florida
Most of the rides and attractions at Legoland Florida are perfect for children 10 and under, especially the Coastersaurus. This ride offers kids who are 42 inches or taller the opportunity to ride a large-scale wooden coaster, without any big scary drops or upside-down sections. Plus, with life-sized brick-built dinosaurs along the way, what more could a kid ask for?

The Dragon at at Legoland Florida
One of the most popular rides at Legoland Florida, The Dragon roller coaster starts with a slow-moving journey through a huge castle. Inside the castle, you'll encounter enchanting scenes made entirely out of Lego bricks, one of which puts you face to face with a fire-breathing dragon. The second half of the ride features an exciting outdoor coaster section, perfectly suited for kids 40 inches and up.