Looking for big thrills or have a need for speed? Want to know which parks to hit for the fastest and wildest rides? Whether you are traveling to Walt Disney World with kids or as adults, we have a list of the best thrill rides in Walt Disney World here for you!
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Go big or go home, that’s the old adage right? Well if you are a thrill rides seeker, there are plenty of big rides and high-speed thrill rides to fill your need for adventure and speed at Walt Disney World Resort. Get your fill of adrenaline rushes and need for speed in all four of the main parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are the best of the big thrill rides in each of the parks.
This iconic roller coaster is a space adventure in the dark in Tomorrowland. Get ready to head through space in this blacked out roller coaster ride with some neon lights. Fast and fun, there are two sides to the track. Old timers in the park will tell you the right side of the track is the faster of the two trains, and my girls and I will agree. Did you know that a NASA astronaut helped to design the ride in 1975? Space Mountain exists at every Disney Resort around the world!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
If old-fashioned wooden-style roller coasters are your thing, then you won’t want to miss taking a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland. It’s windy, fast, and you’ll want to hop off and get right back on this five car locomotive ride through an abandoned mine shaft. This ride is never quite long enough (are they ever?). Legend has it that there are supernatural forces dwelling inside this old mine shaft.
This roller coaster is perfect for a hot Florida day. While it isn’t a fast ride, the five story drop sure is steep, and it has a fantastic splash. Plan to be wet (and cooled down). After three dips, you go through the bayou of Splash Mountain where you’ll see more than 100 talking animatronics characters from Song of the South.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride
The newest roller coaster at the park, this ride is the perfect family thrill ride. Just enough thrill to surprise even the wildest adrenaline junkie yet light enough that grandma can ride, too. If you hit the timing of this ride just right, you can catch the fireworks show at night over Cinderella’s castle, making this the most beautiful and thrilling ride in the park. You’ll follow the winding path through the Enchanted Forest, watch the Dwarfs mine for gems, and have some spectacular views of Fantasyland. It’s a whole different ride at night!
Aerosmith Rockin’ Roller Coaster
Love a little rock ‘n roll and some G-force to go with it? This is the ride for you. Take off in downtown Los Angeles at 60 mph. This is my personal favorite roller coaster in the park. Rock out to Aerosmith while you whiz through the racetrack on this coaster on your way to the VIP backstage of Aerosmith’s concert across town. This ride is decked out with a 125-speaker, 24 sub-woofer, 32,000-watt audio system. Did you know your ride might include a different Aerosmith song each time? “Walk This Way,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Sweet Emotion,” “Back in the Saddle,” or the rewritten “Love in a Roller Coaster” are the five songs you may hear when you are seated in your stretch limo.
Hollywood Tower of Terror
Drop from the top of the tower to the bottom and back again—and everything in between those 13 stories—in this free fall adventure themed after the old TV show. My twins LOVE this ride. It’s been their favorite since they were 6 years old. At the top you get a spectacular view overlooking the theme park. Gorgeous by day, but breathtaking by night when it’s all lit up. Each service elevator offers a slightly different experience. We rode eight times this week and only once got the full top to bottom drop, ironically, during a thunderstorm.
Want to know what’s it’s like to drive a car on a test track? This is your chance! Hop in the six passenger simulation car and you’ll cruise past exhibits that show you how to handle a concept vehicle.
Take a ride to space in this simulator experience. Pick your color and experience depending on how strong your constitution is. Not everyone is able to handle the orange track. Mission Space is super fun but not for the faint of heart (stomach?). Simulate a space adventure, complete with gravity, G-force, and hypersleep mode on your way to a Mars landing.
The first time my oldest daughter went on this ride she hid her head, cried, and then demanded we go again. Expedition Everest is a really great roller coaster and our favorite ride in Animal Kingdom. You’ll experience ample whips, dives, and turns in an old-fashioned wooden-style roller coaster ride. You’ll be in for a bit of a backward run and make sure to watch out for the Yeti!
Kali River Rapids
A leisurely whitewater rafting trip turns rapid as you take the thrilling Kali River Rapids ride on the Chakranadi River in Animal Kingdom. Your 12-passenger raft is likely to cool you down as you bob up and down, spin and roll under gushing waterfalls between mountain beds before plummeting down a 20-foot slope.
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