Disney World's Top Ten Rides

 

#10: Sum of All Thrills

Sum of All Thrills

Located inside of Innoventions in Epcot, Sum of All Thrills is one of the most unique experiences one can find at Walt Disney World. After a usually short wait, two riders use a computer to design their own thrill experience, ranging from roller coaster to fighter jet ride. This allows riders to create a unique experience with variable scenery and intensity every time they visit this ride. Riders then board a state of the art motion simulator that lets them experience their ride first hand. This ride is a great deal of fun, and it does not attract the crowds of the other rides on this list as it is not as well known. However, Sum Of All Thrills does not have that special Disney World attention to detail that some of the bigger rides have, which prevents it from being higher on this list. For more information, click here.

#9: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

A great Disney ride is as much about the experience as the actual physical movements of the ride. Kilimanjaro Safari provides a great experience that can be entertaining, educational, and breathtaking. Being able to see exotic African animals interacting sometimes just yards away from you really should not be missed. The tacked on storyline about saving an elephant from poachers really isn't needed, as it detracts from the reality of an African Safari that the environment so convincingly creates. A definite must-ride every time you visit the Animal Kingdom. For more information, click here.


#8: Soarin'

Soarin'

I still haven't experienced anything quite like Soarin' at any other theme park (Not counting Disney California Adventure, of course). The giant screen and the moving seats provide a gentle feeling of flying, and special effects like the wind of the Pacific Ocean and the smell of the orange groves in Camarillo create a great sense of immersion. I'd love to see Disney produce a few different movies to accompany this ride (rumors of a "Soarin' Over the World" attraction update coming in the next few years have been swirling lately.) But any ride that features Patrick Warburton deserves a spot on this list, which will be hereafter known as the Patrick Warburton rule. For more information, click here.

#7: Space Mountain

Space Mountain

Space Mountain is synonymous with Disney World and Disneyland for good reason. It is a great, classic roller coaster. Space Mountain at Disney World's dual tracks and pitch black atmosphere still give delight and thrills to passengers to this day. However, the updated Space Mountain at Disneyland features a faster, smoother track and updated sound system, which makes Disney World's version seem like it could really use a similar kind of update. (The "Starry O Phonic" sound update is a good start, but still doesn't compare to the overhaul that the coaster had in Anaheim.) Even so, a trip to Disney World without a visit to Space Mountain doesn't really feel like a trip to Disney World at all. For more information, click here.

#6: Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Like It's a Small World, Splash Mountain is one of those Disney World rides that has a high chance of getting a song stuck in your head. Unlike It's a Small World, you probably won't mind humming the tunes of Splash Mountain days or even weeks after taking a drop on this log flume ride. The catchy songs, lovable characters, and, yes, thrilling drops all combine to create an unmissable experience at Magic Kingdom. My only criticism would be the parts where fountains spray water directly on you, which feel like a cheap way of getting you wet. However, it can be pretty funny... as long as you're not the one getting sprayed. For more information, click here.

#5: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster far the most intense experience you can find at the Walt Disney World Resort. This ride features multiple inversions, blasting rock and roll music, and a zero to sixty launch that will (obvious pun warning) rock your world. The launch alone will give guests both an unforgettable experience and a most likely hilarious picture. Enjoyment of this ride might vary based on how much the particular guests enjoy Aerosmith, as a medley of all their greatest hits accompanies the lit-by-neon coaster. If you're a thrill seeker, do not miss this Disney World roller coaster, even if you can't stand the Steven Tyler led band. For more information, click here.

#4: Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

You'll want to look down. Not when you enter the Hollywood Tower Hotel. You'll want to look around and soak in the sights of the 1930s era hotel. Not when you enter the pre-show, as the quintessential creepiness of everything might make you want to be on your toes. Not when you board the elevator, you'll want to listen to the bellhop. Once again: creepy. Not when you start your ascent, as there's not much to see. Oh, except for that ghost family. For a third time: creepy. It's when you reach the top of the almost 200 foot tower, and the doors open and you get a view of all of Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll want to look down then. As you're about to free fall for a random number of times, you'll want to take in the sights that Disney World has to offer. While you can. For more information, click here.

#3: Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

The newest roller coaster at Disney World also shows Imagineers on top of their game. Expedition Everest is like the Matterhorn and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad got together and had a child that is both faster and smoother than its parents. The trek up the mountain gives you the sense that you're entering another world, and the special effects of the Yeti (when it is working) are some of the most convincing you're bound to find on a roller coaster. The constant technical issues that Disney has had with the Yeti prevent Expedition Everest from being higher on this list. This ride has a fun story, great ambiance, and a unique forward/backward mechanic that make it the best roller coaster at Walt Disney World. For more information, click here.

#2: Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania is the definition of an addictive ride. Sure, the characters are Pixar creations, so they're hilarious and classic. Sure, the 3-D graphics are some of the best you're likely to find at Disney World or any theme park. Sure, the frenetic movement of the cars from game to game give this ride a unique and fun feel without being too rough for the kids. But it's really that feeling when you break your high score or narrowly best your older sister that provides that rush that will make Toy Story Midway Mania a must ride every time you visit Walt Disney World. However, be sure to stock up on the Fastpasses, as this ride is extremely popular and has some of the longest waits at any Disney Park. For more information, click here.

#1: Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

In the past, Disney World has taken beloved classic attractions and almost ruined them with an update (We're looking at you, Journey Into Your Imagination). So when they announced that they were redoing Star Tours, we at Guide2WDW were cautiously optimistic. The ride was a favorite of ours, but it definitely felt dated and in need of renovation. Transformed from a tour of the Forest Moon of Endor to any number of 54 unique adventures spanning the Galaxy, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is an example of when Disney absolutely nails an update to a ride. This is Star Tours, completely re-imagined. With jaw dropping 3D visuals, a smoother and more satisfying motion simulation, and a variable ride system that combines different beginnings, middles, and ends that make for 54 different experiences, Star Tours has completely returned to its E-Ticket status. (Added bonus, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue adheres to the Patrick Warburton rule!) Whether you're narrowly dodging an AT-AT on Hoth or speeding through the Death Star, Star Tours is bound to give you an unforgettable moment or two during your stay at Disney World. You'll definitely want to ride it again to see how the adventures unfold next time. For more information, click here.