Thrill seekers and more reserved roller coaster fans can find their ideal experience when visiting Walt Disney World. If you need help figuring out which Disney coaster has everything you're looking for, you can learn about the best Disney World roller coasters below. This list ranks Disney World's roller coasters from worst to best to make your search even more convenient.
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8. Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom)
The Barnstormer roller coaster in Magic Kingdom is a great first roller coaster for younger thrill seekers who are ready for a slightly more intense ride experience.
Guests are secured into a “stunt plane” and soar above the Storybook Circus. Then, they're carried across a track with mild turns and drops at a top speed of 25MPH.
The ride does not climb above 30 feet; the highest drop is only from approximately 20 feet. In addition, the height requirement is only 35″, meaning most preschoolers can ride. However, children under seven must have an adult to ride with them.
So, while it may not be the most intense roller coaster at Disney World, it does offer a fun and exciting experience for children that’s a little more thrilling than the average kid's coaster.
7. Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)
The Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios is also an excellent experience for children and other guests who prefer a milder ride experience. This roller coaster is located in Toy Story Land and fits perfectly with the theme.
Slinky Dog Dash is themed as Andy's assembled Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit, which carries you throughout his backyard. The ride length is short, but it is a fun experience with great views of the park.
Additionally, the track is smooth, so there are not as many unnecessary bumps. It's also free of intense movements and drops, making it great for Disney World guests of all ages.
Slinky Dog Dash is one of the more popular rides at Walt Disney World, so you could spend a bit longer waiting in line. Luckily, you can use Genie+ to make a reservation for this roller coaster.
6. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
This roller coaster is among the best Disney World roller coasters because of the unique experience it offers. However, the wait is usually longer than you would wait for other Disney World attractions. Rope drop, and just before the theme park closes, is the best time to ride if you prefer shorter lines.
When riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the experience begins in the queue before you actually begin the ride. As you go through the queue, you'll find several interactive games to participate in.
After you've experienced the queue, you load into a cart that sways slightly throughout the ride. Along the way, you'll experience mild turns and drops at a top speed of 34MPH.
5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is slightly faster, with a top speed of 36MPH. This roller coaster has been a part of the Magic Kingdom theme park since 1980. Rather than suspenseful drops, this roller coaster keeps things exciting with its sudden, sharp turns.
While it's not as thrilling as other Disney World coasters, it does offer a very interesting experience. In the interactive queue, you can participate in several mining-themed activities.
Once the ride begins, passengers ride through an old-school mining town. There is also a portion of the ride that takes you to an abandoned mine. Along the way, you'll see antique mining equipment and incredible views of the Magic Kingdom.
4. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
As its name suggests, Space Mountain is an outer space-themed roller coaster at Disney World. This roller coaster is an experience you can't miss during your visit to Magic Kingdom.
The Space Mountain roller coaster has a top speed of 27 MPH. Its slower speed and the fact that its highest drop is only 21 feet may lead some to underestimate the ride. However, it's one of the best roller coasters you'll find in Disney Parks.
When you ride the Space Mountain roller coaster, you load into a rocket with single-file seats. From here, you travel through a tunnel with strobe lights before launching into outer space. After the tunnel, you'll enjoy a dark ride through the galaxy.
3. Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)
The Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is among the best of Disney World's thrill rides. This roller coaster offers a smooth ride at high speed with inversions and plenty of intense drops.
Once loaded, passengers are invited to ride along with Aerosmith as they rush through the freeways of LA to make their concert on time. To enhance the experience, Aerosmith's music blasts from the speakers as you ride.
Thrill seekers love this roller coaster for many reasons. One of these reasons is the quick launch at the beginning of the ride. The Rock N Roller coaster goes from 0MPH to its top speed of 57MPH within seconds.
After the launch, most of the thrill ride takes place in the dark with minimal neon lighting. Additionally, the track has three inversions, making it the only Disney World roller coaster that flips upside down.
2. Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
Expedition Everest has a little of everything you expect from a fantastic thrill ride. The ride has speed, thrills, and incredible views. Because of this, it's ranked as the 2nd best, even though it isn't the fastest roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
When riding Expedition Everest, you'll explore Mount Everest at a top speed of 50 MPH. You'll also experience many thrills, including a “broken track” and a giant yeti inside the mountain. Additionally, Expedition Everest has the steepest drop of Disney World’s roller coasters.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (EPCOT)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT is the first Disney coaster to feature a reverse launch. When you ride this roller coaster, you'll embark on an exciting, dark ride through space to help save the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind features an interactive queue, but your activities are interrupted when you're asked to help save the galaxy. Once the ride begins, you'll travel through dips and twists in outer space at a top speed of 27MPH.
It's important to note that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind requires guests to wait in the virtual queue. Rather than waiting in a traditional line, you must enter the virtual queue using the My Disney Experience mobile app.
Coming Soon: TRON Lightcycle Run
TRON Lightcycle Run is currently under construction in Magic Kingdom. This new roller coaster is scheduled to open in Spring 2023.
The new attraction will be themed as a high-speed race against the Grid, inspired by the TRON films. According to Disney, it will be one of the fastest roller coasters at Disney World.