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Our Top Picks: The Best Rides at Disney World

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is a realm of adventures that cater to the young and the young at heart. Among its many attractions, the rides stand out as thrilling embodiments of the magic that Disney is known for worldwide. So, what are the best rides at Disney World?

We understand that preferences can vary widely depending on what individuals value most in an attraction—be it thrills, storytelling, immersion, or nostalgia. However, by considering the popularity, critical acclaim, and unique features of various attractions we can propose a list that attempts to balance these factors.

Remember, this list might not perfectly match everyone’s personal experiences or preferences but is designed to highlight a range of what Disney World has to offer in the realm of adventures!

Oh, and one last thing, if you click the park listed under the location of the ride it will take you to an article describing the best rides at that specific park!

Let’s get to it!

Soarin THE LAND

15. Soarin’ Around the World

Location: EPCOT

Height Requirement: 40in (102cm) or taller

Soarin’ Around the World elevates guests on a breathtaking flight over some of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes and wonders. From the icy peaks of the Swiss Alps to the majestic Great Wall of China, this attraction combines stunning visuals, gentle motion, and wind effects to create a sense of flight. This hang-gliding simulator is an experience suitable for all ages! While you are in area, hop on Living with the Land too for a relaxing, but educational experience (kind of cheating sneaking that in here I know).

Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Magic Kingdom

14. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Location: Magic Kingdom

Height Requirement: 38in (97cm) or taller

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train offers a blend of family-friendly excitement and charm from the classic film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Riders weave through a vividly detailed mine, sparkling with gems, before racing through the forested countryside in cars that sway from side to side. This innovative feature, combined with the animatronics and scenery, makes the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train an experience that brings the storybook to life, appealing to all Disney lovers!

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

13. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Location: EPCOT

Height Requirement: None!

Shrink to the size of a rat and scurry through Gusteau’s restaurant in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This family-friendly attraction combines 3D visuals with physical sets to create a blast of an experience that’s as immersive as it is fun. Through clever trackless ride technology and engaging sensory effects riders are whisked into the heart of a culinary adventure, proving that this ride is a must-visit!

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios

12. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Location: Hollywood Studios

Height Requirement: None!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney World offers an innovative and charming adventure that brings the magic of Disney’s iconic characters to life in an entirely new way. As the first ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and friends(fun fact), it utilizes groundbreaking technology to immerse guests in a vibrant animated world where they become part of the story. With its silly storyline, stunning visual effects, and catchy musical numbers, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a heartwarming journey perfect for the entire family!

Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story Land

11. SLinky Dog Dash

Location: Hollywood Studios

Height Requirement: 38in (97cm) or taller

Slinky Dog Dash stretches the imagination into Andy’s backyard, offering a coaster experience that’s both fun and gentle thrills. This family-friendly ride zips and zooms around Toy Story Land, providing fun for the everyone in your party. Do not underestimate this ride.. a lot of us are guilty of it!

TRON Lightcycle

10. TRON Lightcycle Power Run

Location: Magic Kingdom

Height Requirement: 48in (122cm) or taller

The Tron Lightcycle Power Run is a high-octane addition to Disney World’s lineup of attractions, offering an adrenaline-fueled experience that’s as visually stunning as it is thrilling. Riders mount their very own lightcycle and dive into the digital world of Tron, racing through a neon-lit landscape at breathtaking speeds. This ride combines cutting-edge technology with immersive theming to create a seamless blend of fantasy and reality, making it a standout experience for guests seeking both innovation and excitement!

Expedition Everest

9. Expedition Everest

Location: Animal Kingdom

Height Requirement: 44in (112cm) or taller

Journey through the forbidden mountain on Expedition Everest, a roller coaster that combines myth with thrill. This attraction stands out for its backwards track segment and the legendary Yeti, offering an adrenaline-pumping ride amidst the Himalayas. Even Expedition Everest’s detailed theming, from the landscape to the lore, creates another immersive experience for adventurers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Rockin Rollercoaster Aerosmith

8. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Location: Hollywood Studios

Height Requirement: 48in (122cm) or taller

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney World offers an experience that combines high-speed thrills with the electrifying music of Aerosmith. From the moment the super-stretch limo takes off, guests are launched through a darkened Los Angeles on a high-octane ride, complete with inversions and rapid accelerations, all synchronized to a rocking soundtrack. Looking for your typical rollercoaster? This is it, but indoors.

Pirates Disney World

7. Pirates of the Caribbean

Location: Magic Kingdom

Height Requirement: None!

Set sail on a pirate adventure with Pirates of the Caribbean, a journey filled with buccaneers and hidden treasures. This immersive boat ride sails through pirate-infested waters, past scenes of plunder and revelry, brought to life with remarkable detail and animatronics. Its enduring appeal lies in its captivating storytelling, atmospheric settings, and the catchy “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” theme song, making it another timeless classic!

Space Mountain Tomorrowland Disney World

6. Space Mountain

Location: Magic Kingdom

Height Requirement: 44in (112cm) or taller

Blast off on Space Mountain, a high-speed journey through the cosmos. This indoor roller coaster is celebrated for its exhilarating drops and turns in the dark, making it a perennial favorite for thrill-seekers. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless appeal, blending the thrill of exploration with the mystery of the cosmos.

Hollywood Tower of Terror

5. Tower of Terror

Location: Hollywood Studios

Height Requirement: 40in (102cm) or taller

Dare to enter the Twilight Zone on the Tower of Terror, a ride that masterfully blends suspense and thrill. This haunted hotel elevator drop ride is renowned for its unpredictable free-falls, enveloping guests in a chilling narrative. This is ensuring its status as a timeless classic among thrill-seekers and any Disney lover!

Haunted Mansion Disney World

4. Haunted Mansion

Location: Magic Kingdom

Height Requirement: None!

Haunted Mansion is a perfect blend of spooky charm and fun, inviting guests of all ages to explore its ghostly corridors and supernatural surprises. This beloved attraction marries eerie storytelling with innovative technology, creating an immersive experience where spirits come to life and every room holds a new mystery. Its iconic status is cemented by its ability to delight and spook in equal measure, making it a timeless journey through the paranormal that continues to delight visitors with its mix of humor, horror, and spectral hosts. You’re never alone!

Avatar Flight of Passage

3. Avatar Flight of Passage

Location: Animal Kingdom

Height Requirement: 44in (112cm) or taller

Soar over the breathtaking landscapes of Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. Talk about an immersive ride experience, wow. This is one of the few rides that left me saying “wow” afterwards. This 3D flying simulator offers unparalleled visuals and sensations, making it one of the best rides at Disney World. The sensation of flying on the back of a Banshee is an amazing experience, combining stunning visuals, exhilarating sensations, and emotional depth.

Rise of the Resistance

2. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Location: Hollywood Studios

Height Requirement: 40in (102cm) or taller

Join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This attraction is a masterpiece that seamlessly blends storytelling and technology, offering an immersive experience that places you at the heart of the Star Wars universe. With its highly detailed sets, lifelike animatronics, and engaging ride system, Rise of the Resistance is not just a ride but a pivotal experience for Star Wars fans and thrill-seekers alike.

Guardians of the Galaxy

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Location: EPCOT

Height Requirement: 42in (107cm) or taller

Experience a revolutionary intergalactic adventure with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This exhilarating roller coaster thrusts guests into the midst of an epic adventure with the beloved Guardians, featuring a first-of-its-kind reverse launch and 360-degree rotating vehicles. Many people will agree, some won’t, but this tops the list as Guardians of the Galaxy sets a new standard for immersive attractions!

Disclaimer

Where is Splash Mountain, excuse me, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? Well, it is slated to open in the summer of 2024 at Disney World. We know that there is already a buzz of anticipation suggesting it will swiftly climb the ranks to become one of the park’s best attractions. Once it is up and running, we have no doubt that it will find itself on this list. So don’t sweat it if you were!

Conclusion

This curated list of what we consider to be the best rides at Disney World showcases the incredible diversity and innovation found within the parks. There are offerings of everything from gentle flights over stunning landscapes to thrilling dashes through digital realms. Whether you are looking for a gentle thrill or adrenaline driven rides, there is an experience for you!