Walt Disney World is full of rides, experiences and attractions suitable for all the family. Let’s face it, the theming at any Disney park is incredible and the Walt Disney World rides do not disappoint. As a family, we enjoyed most of the rides. However, we had some favourites that we rode multiple times.
Our top three experiences being Slinky Dog Dash, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Flight of Passage. Before you book your Walt Disney World tickets or Fastpasses, check out our ride recommendation list. Check out our full 17-day WDW itinerary here.
Top 10 Rides and Attractions, with number 10 being the best!
- Space Mountain
- Mission Space (Orange route)
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Splash Mountain
- Jungle Cruise
- Expedition Everest
- Slinky Dog Dash
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Flight of Passage
Space Mountain is a fast and thrilling indoor ride in the dark at Magic Kingdom. It is quick with sudden jolts and often has a long wait time, however, Fastpasses often appear throughout the day for this attraction. This is a real thrill-seeking rollercoaster that tends to throw you around a lot in your seat. It wasn’t my personal favourite but we rode it multiple times during our trip to Walt Disney World.
As far as Walt Disney World rides go, Mission Space is an unusual and gripping simulation attraction. You can either ride the green or orange route, my recommendation would be the orange (but ride the green route first). The only thing worth knowing beforehand is that if you normally feel travel sick then perhaps this intense ride is not the one for you. However, the journey into space and crash landing on Mars is really worth it! Mission Space involves taking on the role of different astronauts, such as pilot, engineer, navigator as you land a rocket on Mars. You’ll find it at Epcot tucked away behind Test Track.
At the heart of Animal Kingdom is the Kilimanjaro Safari track. This bumpy safari truck ride takes you through the center of Eastern Africa, including many animal exhibits, including the giraffes, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, and lion enclosure. The open-sided truck explores an 18-minute journey with an expert (and usually rather hilarious) tour guide through the Harambe Reserve. We stopped by this attraction at various times of the day including first thing in the morning, around 2 pm and just after dark in order to maximise our chances of seeing all the animals on show.
Also worth noting is the Maharajah Jungle Trek through Asia where you can see Tigers up close and personal as well as the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail which is exactly how it sounds!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a Walt Disney World ride fan favourite. Snagging a Fastpass for this ride can be incredibly difficult, but even the wait time is worth it. It’s a Magic Kingdom classic. The run-away minecart races through the diamond mine with Snow White and her friends. It involves hairpin turns and a cart that rocks from side to side. It is full of Disney magic including the Seven Dwarfs whistling while they work in the cavern before descending back down into the world of Fantasyland. Whilst the wait time for this attraction frequently reaches over 180 minutes, if you utilise extra magic hours then you’ll hop on much quicker. This ride also has multiple photo points as well as a slow-motion video to help you capture your memories. We LOVED this ride!
Once you ride Splash Mountain, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” will be stuck in your head for days. This log-flume style ride takes over 10-minutes and Br’er Rabbit is beside you the entire way. It is full of steep drops and splashes – and trust me, you will get wet (so pack a poncho)! You can put your personal items into lockers at the ride entrance – although, we didn’t and the camera just about survived the enormous splash of freezing cold water! This is good for all the family and aside from the sudden plummets, it is a fairly gentle water ride.
I am gutted to say that we only rode Jungle Cruise on our last day at Walt Disney World. However, it was one of our absolute favourites and the skippers are what makes it. Let’s face it, the technical aspect of Jungle Cruise is not the most up-to-date attraction. However, it is the cheesiness and shenanigans of the skippers that make it. Their ad-lib humour is spot on and the entire experience is all about the terrible animatronics. The riverboat journey spanning 10,000 miles and lasting 10-minutes located in the center of Magic Kingdom is one you will never forget!
If you fancy being chased backwards down a mountain by a giant Yeti, then Expedition Everest is the rollercoaster for you. Like Space Mountain, this attraction is for the thrill-seekers in your party. You’ll find the Walt Disney World ride in Asia at the Animal Kingdom. This journey takes you to the top of Everest before starting a race to escape from the mystical Yeti!
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash was one of my absolute favourite rides at Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land. This ride is worth the wait. It isn’t the most thrill-seeking but the ‘Friend in Me’/Toy theming is amazing. It’s a cheery ride for all the family without being a super intense, high-speed rollercoaster. Once again, this ride often has very long wait times in the hot Florida heat but it is worth it!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Now, when it comes to rides I am usually the first in the queue. Nothing ever scares me (aside from Haunted houses), however, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had me shaking at my knees. I have never been more scared and I soon came to the conclusion that drop rides aren’t for me. I held my sister’s hand so tight the entire time. Although, once we had ridden it the first time – I snagged us another Fastpass for it later in the day. Safe to say, despite how scared we were – we LOVED this ride. It takes you into the depth of the hotel and the service elevators, which have a spooky history of their own. This is a must-do attraction at Hollywood Studios.
Flight of Passage
Flight of Passage is simply phenomenal. The Avatar-themed simulation ride is a breathtaking 3D ride on a moving banshee over the world of Pandora. You can smell the unique magical scent (I cannot describe it any other way) throughout the ride as well as feel the banshee breathing as you ride on its back. As the creature flies through the waves, you feel the water splash on your face. The experience is out-of-this-world, so much so that I cried as we left the attraction. It is overwhelming and beyond words. You must ride Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom at least once during your visit.
***Disclaimer: this post is in collaboration with American Attractions.
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