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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

The Ultimate Walt Disney World Ride Bucket List

Expedition Everest

8.  Expedition Everest This Animal Kingdom attraction is stunning from afar and gut-wrenching onboard!  Expedition Everest is a high-thrill roller coaster in and around “Mount Everest”, in search of the rarely seen Yeti.  Tip: If you are prone to motion sickness, the backwards motion will likely leave you feeling nauseous. 

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7 Dwarfs Mine Train

9.  7 Dwarfs Mine Train One of the Magic Kingdom’s newest rides, this tame coaster is fun for almost the entire family.  New technology makes your ride as “smooth as glass”, with literally no jerkiness.  The queue is fun and interactive.  Tip: Ride at night for a totally different experience.

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Haunted Mansion

10.  Haunted Mansion This “mansion” in the Magic Kingdom is certainly imposing and as soon as you enter the queue, you’ll experience sights and sounds from the nearby graveyard.  The stretching room is a hoot, but might scare little ones.  The haunted part of this ride is all in fun and only mildly scary, but the attention to detail is ...

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Dumbo Ride Magic Kingdom

11.  Dumbo Your young children will want to do two things at the Magic Kingdom-see Mickey Mouse and ride Dumbo!  Even adults with no kids should ride this simple attraction.  Seriously, do you want to go to your grave without ever riding Dumbo? 

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Tower of Terror

7.  Tower of Terror You can’t help but see this imposing structure and hear the screams from falling guests at Hollywood Studios.  *Spoiler alert: While the elevator drop is the main thrill here, the queue and the anticipation of the ride are top notch.  When that door opens to the outside, hold on to your stomach!

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Splash Mountain

6.  Splash Mountain Disney bills this Magic Kingdom attraction as a “Hare-Raising” adventure.  That’s a nod to both the storyline (from “Song of the South”) and the iconic drop near the end of the ride.  This is technically a thrill ride, although most of the attraction is slow-moving and more about the story.  The drop at the end is thrilling ...

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Spaceship Earth

5.  Spaceship Earth Almost everyone is familiar with the giant “golf ball” at Epcot.  Did you know there’s a ride inside of it?  Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving ride through the history of communication.  Sounds boring, right?  It’s not!  Disney does a great job with edutainment-educating while entertaining.  The level of detail is stunning!  Tip: This attraction is at the ...

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Kilimanjaro Safari

4.  Kilimanjaro Safaris Have you ever been to Africa?  Ever been on a real-life safari?  Most of us have not and probably never will.  At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can!  Now offered both during the day and after dark, you can see elephants, lions, hippos and many other wild animals in their natural environment (or a really good Disney replica).  ...

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What Toy Story character are you?

3.  Toy Story Midway Mania Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this ride is fun for the whole family.  Your kids (and you) will love the queue, filled with toys from Andy’s room, from the Toy Story movies.  The ride itself is in 3-D and is set up like a county fair.  At each stop, you compete with a partner to ...

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Space Mountain

2. Space Mountain This Magic Kingdom attraction is iconic.  Even people who have never been to Disney have heard of Space Mountain.  It’s a classic “mouse” roller coaster (meaning you don’t know which way you’ll go next), but in the darkness of “space”.  The background music and sounds, the tunnel leading in and out of the attraction, the screams of ...

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