The 20 Best Rides at Disney World

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Which rides in Walt Disney World are the best?I'm all about theme park ambiance,but the Disney World rides are what park visitors get most excited about.With 4 theme parks and dozens of rides and attractions,it can be hard to know which rides to prioritize.Luckily,I'm a gal who has visited the parks dozens of times so I have the inside scoop. While there are some obvious rides on this list,there may be some you haven't considered. Whether you are flying above Pandora or zipping through a dwarf-filled mine,here are the20 best rides at Walt Disney World.

1.Avatar – Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage
Photo by: Sharlene Earnshaw

Location:Disney's Animal Kingdom in Pandora – The World of Avatar

Minimum Height Requirement:44 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider Option:No

Avatar Flight of Passage is,hands down,my family's favorite thrill ride at WDWand we're not alone.Sitting motorcycle-style,guests "synced" with avatars in the pre-attraction queue feel as if they're riding on the back of a banshee.Scents and small bursts of water make the ride even more immersive than it already feels.

The standby queue wait time can be three hours long on peak visitation days,soFastPasses(or Extra Magic Hours if staying at a Walt Disney World Resort)are a must.If you can't score a FastPass,arrive 30 minutes before rope drop (the park's opening) and make a beeline for the ride as soon as Animal Kingdom opens.

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2.Soarin' Around the World

Best Rides at Disney World: Soarin' around the world
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Location:Epcot – Future World in Living with the Land Pavilion

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider Option:No

Soarin' received an upgrade a couple of years ago to feature locations around the globe,not just around California as in the original attraction.While the original version was amazing,the new Soarin' Around the World experience is even better!

Soar above some of the world's most iconic places,from the Great Wall of China to the peak of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.This ride offers an upright hand gliding feel and,like Flight of Passage,scents are pumped into the air to really immerse guests in the experience.

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3.Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
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Location:Magic Kingdom in New Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement:38 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider Option:No

Right now,Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the FastPass to score in Magic Kingdom.It's a coaster-style ride,but the smooth track and not-too-high drops are really good for kids that want to test drive thrill rides.Like many of Disney World's newest rides,this one features an immersive queue  Mid-ride,the indoor mine scene featuring Snow White's pals is a highlight.

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4.Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash Disney Hollywood Studios
Photo by: Sharlene Earnshaw

Location:Disney's Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land

Minimum Height Requirement:38 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

The newest roller coaster at Walt Disney World has become an instant hit.Slinky Dog Dash is the star of Toy Story Landand because it is just plain fun!After wandering through a colorful queue filled with larger-than-life toys and games,it is so fun to zip past my favorite super-sized Toy Story pals on this smooth coaster.Definitely try to come back andride this attraction at nightwhen things are lit up.

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5.Peter Pan's Flight

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Peter Pan's Flight
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Another super-popular attraction at Magic Kingdom,Peter Pan's Flight caters to lovers of classic Disney rides and animation.Once you board your "ship",you're whisked off to London and Neverland – and it's a quick lesson in Captain Hook.

The interactive queue,when the line is not too long,is worth the walk with its interactive experiences.This ride is great for all ages because it is slow moving and not scary.It can get very busy so snag a FastPass if you can.

6.Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest Best rides at Disney World
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Location:Disney's Animal Kingdom in Asia

Minimum Height Requirement:44 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:Yes

One of a handful of true thrill rides at Walt Disney World Resort,Expedition Everest is very popular with coaster enthusiasts.And while the height requirement is pretty low,the scare factor may be high for young kids.There's an audio animatronic Yeti that guests encounter before a backward trek.

If your kids are old enough,definitely take advantage with the Single Rideroption which will drastically cut down your time in the queue.

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7.Splash Mountain

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Splash Mountain
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Frontierland

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

If you visit Magic Kingdom on a hot day,you won't be surprised to find a long standby queue for Splash Mountain.Definitely expect to get wet on this ride.The long,flume-style ride takes you on a leisurely ride through Briar Rabbit's neck of the woods before the famous,40-foot drop.There is a camera which will snap your picture during the drop so try to strike a fun pose while taking the plunge.

8.Test Track

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Test track
Test track offers a unique experience on each ride.Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Location:Epcot in Future World

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:Yes

Test Track isthethrill ride in Epcot.Guests are able to create a simulated vehicle and then test its abilities during the ride.The thrill comes at the end when rides take their cars on a zip outdoors and handle turns atspeeds of 65+ miles an hour.Single Rider is a good option if the lines are long but you will miss out on some of the interactive,car building fun.

9.Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Frontierland

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

It's the wildest ride in the wilderness,partners!This not-too-scary coaster take riders on a train ride through a Western mine.There are a few moments of darkness on this ride but overall,it is agreat option for kids that are new to coasters.A few years ago,Disney amped up the standby queue with interactive pieces so time in line is much more enjoyable.

10.Haunted Mansion

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Haunted Mansion
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Haunted Mansion is my favorite classic ride at Walt Disney World.It's theme is creepy and kooky,and that's right up my alley.This attraction also offers an interactive queue,but it's the indoor ambiance that's the star of the show.This one's a dark ride and the opening scene may scare little ones,so keep that in mind when choosing whether or not to ride.

11.Tower of Terror

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Tower of Terror
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Location:Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunset Boulevard

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled: Yes

Single Rider:No

Do you love rides which drop straight down,zoom back up,and then drop you down again?Then,you and your kids will love Tower of Terror!Disneyland Resort got rid of this attraction to make room for Guardians of the Galaxy soHollywood Studios is now the only place to enjoy this ride.

This ride's creepy queue has a Twighlight Zone theme which helps get you in the mood to enjoy the crazy happenings in the elevator of The Hollywood Tower Hotel.

12.Space Mountain

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Space Mountain
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland

Minimum Height Requirement:44 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Space Mountain is theoldest operating roller coaster in Floridaand definitely a Disney classic.Sure,the ride is a bit rough in spots,but zooming around in the darkness of space while listening to the screams and whoops of other riders is so worth it.This ride has been one of the most popular attractions in Magic Kingdom for over 40 years,so definitely grab a FastPass if you can.

13.Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean best rides at Disney World
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Adventureland

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Pirates is another great attraction for kids of all ages.While it isn't one of the original 15 rides that make their debut in 1971 (Pirates of the Caribbean debuted in 1973),I still consider it a classic.The slow-moving boat ride (with a small drop at the beginning) highlights daily life in Port Royal.There are plenty pirate shenanigans to enjoy and even glimpses of Jack Sparrow.A recent upgrade to the ride now features a lady pirate.

14.Kilimanjaro Safaris

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Kilimanjaro Safaris
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Location:Disney's Animal Kingdom in Africa

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

This is the only ride in Disney World that features live animals.With animal conservation as the theme of the open-air safari,dozens of African animal species make each trip unique.Expect to see everything from hippos to giraffes to lions and learn about their native habitats in the process.这非常适合所有年龄段。

15.Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise Magic Kingdom
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Location:Magic Kingdom in Adventureland

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Jungle Cruise is a slow-moving boat ride known for being narrated by silly Cast Members who tell hilariously corny jokes while taking passengers on a journey through the jungle.Each boat captain's dialogue is different from the nextand I honestly can't recall hearing the same script twice.The boat ride is leisurely and pretty and the animatronic animals are just as cute on the first trip as they are on the 100th.

16.Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Rock 'n Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith
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Location:Hollywood Studios on Sunset Boulevard

Minimum Height Requirement:48 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:Yes

An indoor coaster,this ride features Aerosmith as the stars of the show.The thrill ride kicks off in high gear (accelerating from 0 to 58 mph in just under three seconds) and the dark scenes,highlighted with neon signs,are pretty – if you can keep your eyes open!There are loops,corkscrews,and even a sea serpent roll.This ride does offer Single Rider so take advantage of it if you can.

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17.Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids best rides at Disney World
Photo by: Flickr/ Simon17964

Location:Disney's Animal Kingdom in Asia

Minimum Height Requirement:38 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

There's a definite conservation theme that runs deeply through Animal Kingdom,and Kali River Rapids is no exception.While learning about land destruction,you'll be floating along a man-made river on a giant inner tube.You are pretty much guaranteed to get wet on this one,if not by the ride itself but by park-goers firing off jets of water from the shore.If you want to stay dry,definitely wear a poncho.

18.it's a small world

Its a Small World Magic Kingdom
Photo by: Flickr/ Jeff Krause

Location:Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

What this ride's title lacks in capital letters,it makes up for in whimsy and color.The song will get stuck in your head and the worldly animatronic dolls in your mind.Be sure to keep an eye out for Disney characters who make appearances in scenes that represent their home countries.A couple of years ago,it's a small worldadded customized goodbyes in guests' native languages to the ending of the ride,another way of making them feel special.

19.Star Tours

20 Best Rides at Disney World: Star tours
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Location:Disney's Hollywood Studios in Echo Lake

Minimum Height Requirement:40 inches

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

If you love Star Wars,you'll adore this 3D ride into outer space.This attraction features several different themes and story lines,so you may have to ride a few times to partake in all of them.Keep your eyes out for Princess Leia,Yoda,Boba Fet,and Kylo Ren.

20.Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania
Photo by: Sharlene Earnshaw

Location:迪斯尼'sHollywood工作室在玩具总动员的土地

Minimum Height Requirement:None

FastPass Enabled:Yes

Single Rider:No

Last,but definitely not the least,on my list of the best Disney World rides is Toy Story Mania.It was the FastPass to grab before Toy Story Land officially opened in 2018 and Slinky Dog Dash grabbed the title.This ride is a 3D shooting game that whirls and spins from game to game.Competitive guests will love shooting at plates,balloons,and other targets.Don't be surprised if you have a tired wrist from all that shooting when you exit!

Lead image by: Karyn Locke

About the author

Karyn Lockeis a former military brat who caught the travel bug at a very early age,Karyn loves road tripping with her husband and teen daughter and writing about her travels from small town Ohio at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between!

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