Roller Coasters 101 – 7 Of Our Favorite Thrill Rides at Disney World

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

If roller coasters are your thing, Disney World has plenty to offer! But they aren’t quite like any other theme park. Most roller coasters are all about the thrills and intensity. But Disney focuses on the story. Each attraction really immerses you into a whole new world. Here is what you need to know about every roller coaster Disney World has to offer.

Thrill Scale: 1= You Can Do It! 10= Whoa!

7.Space Mountain

Space Mountain is the oldest mountain in Magic Kingdom. It takes you on a spaceship ride through the galaxy filled with twists and turns a plenty! It’s definitely the most thrilling of all the mountains. The darkness plays a big part in that!

Thrill Rate: 6

6. Splash Mountain

Inspired by the movie Song of the South, this ride takes you on a journey with Br’er Rabbit and friends. You’ll spend the majority of the time slowly floating from scene to scene with catchy tunes filling the air. But don’t let the tranquil boat ride fool you, you are in for a big “splash” at the end! You’ll plunge 52 feet down into the Briar Patch! Beware; Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah will be stuck in your head all day!

Thrill Rate: 6

5. Big Thunder Mountain

Located in Frontierland, you will journey through the mountains on a search for gold in an abandoned gold mine. Filled with fun dips and turns, it’s actually a tad bit faster than Space Mountain. Since it is outside and not in complete darkness, it doesn’t seem as scary. It’s the perfect coaster for a first timer!

Thrill Rate: 4

4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This is the newest member of the Disney World roller coaster family! It’s similar to Big Thunder Mountain in thrill and speed, but really takes on a personality of its own with the dark ride portion. You will see Disney Imagineering at its finest when you enter the mine and see the seven dwarfs at work. It really ups the game for all other rides!

Thrill Rate: 4

3. Expedition Everest

Another fine example of true Disney creativity and imagination! This incredible coaster goes forwards and backwards! Make sure you’re on the lookout for the Yeti. He’s everywhere!

Thrill Rate: 8

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2. Test Track

With its recent update, Test Track has become as easy favorite at Epcot. One of the best parts of this coaster is that you get to design your own car and “test drive” it! You’ll speed through capability tests, responsiveness, and speed checks. You’ll then be able to see how your car did in comparison to everyone else’s!

Thrill Rate: 6

1. Rock n’ Roller Coaster

Is there really anything better than a super fast roller coaster mixed with wild rock music? Didn’t think so. Join Aerosmith on a wild journey to make it to their show on time accompanied with rockin’ music and a giant stretch limo. But beware; this ride isn’t for the faint of heart! You’ll experience drops and loops galore!

Thrill Rate: 8

Whether you are a roller coaster pro or it’s your very first time, Disney World is sure to have something that you will love! Remember to look at all the fabulous details that really make each ride stand out! Don’t forget to put your hands in the air and have fun!

About Meghann McFadden

Writing has always been my passion. I have had an interest in writing ever since I was young. Similarly, I have always loved Disney. There is not a day that goes by that I'm not reading or watching something about Disney. I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree and working as well. I live right outside of Chicago, but visit Walt Disney World Resort several times a year.

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