Most Popular Disney Rides
There are more than 50 Disney rides to choose from, situated within the gates of Disney World. And, as you might guess, everyone has his or her favourite. What follows is a short list of eight of the most popular Disney Rides… now and in years past. It’s up to you to decide how you feel about each one.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is one of the most iconic Disney attractions. It features a ride through a dark mansion, which just so happens to be populated by creepy (yet charming) ghosts. The ride employs a combination of stage magic and animatronic elements to create truly memorable visual effects. In addition, the Haunted Mansion’s musical track is sure to delight passengers who get to hear the song’s several different versions throughout the course of the ride.
Space Mountain is a thrilling indoor ride, zooming passengers through the exciting depths of outer space… sort of. The star-studded backgrounds and futuristic space station scenes provide great visuals for this incredible ride. It’s an absolute must for Disney visitors, looking for a little extra thrill. The cars move along at a fast pace and it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen next in the dark. It’s exactly what makes Space Mountain such a popular ride amongst park goers.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This popular Disney attraction is the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The theme of this ride is the typical day in the life of a pirate, from sword fights and shipwrecks to caves filled with treasure. It features the character Captain Jack Sparrow as well as an assortment of other pirates. While the boat ride doesn’t offer quite as many thrills as Space Mountain, there are a few watery splashdowns to keep riders on their toes.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to ride you go! Being one of Disney World’s most recent attractions, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fun roller coaster experience for the entire family! Located at Magic Kingdom, embark on a rustic mine train as you travel inside an age-old mountain and see some familiar faces singing as they mine gorgeous jewels along the way. You’ll whistle (or yell!) as you race back down to the foot of the mountain and get your picture snapped in the process!
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Star Tours is an exciting motion simulator ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios based on the Star Wars movie franchise. Guided by the droid C-3PO, guests get the opportunity to explore iconic planets from the Star Wars universe. The interesting thing about this attraction is that there are many different variations, selected randomly for each ride. That means that the journey you take ends up being different each time. How cool is that?
Expedition Everest is a steel roller coaster set around a mock-up of Mount Everest. It’s the tallest artificial mountain among all of Disney’s parks. It’s also the tallest attraction in Walt Disney World, beating out the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror by a mere six inches. This ride takes you all the way to the top of the mountain and sends you racing back down as you’re “chased” by the image of a fearsome Yeti. The views from the top are magnificent and the speed of the ride (as well as the backward movements) is sure to provide thrills to the riders who brave it. Are you ready to take the plunge?
Slinky Dog Dash
Of course, if you are a fan of Woody and his friends, you can’t miss the Slinky Dog Dash ride at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Slinky Dog Dash allows you to enjoy twisting, curves, and drops. Everyone in the family is going to love this ride!
Avatar Flight of Passage
Last but not least, Avatar Flight of Passage has easily become one of my all-time favourite rides at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom! The thrilling simulation experience takes you on an 3D adventure as you climb aboard a winged mountain banshee to experience the breathtaking beauty of Pandora’s landscape. The simulation felt so real and vivid that I temporarily forgot I wasn’t actually flying on the back of a Banshee as a Na’vi during this important rite of passage. This ride is a must if you’re looking for the most magical Disney experience during your family trip!
At the time of this blog being published, these are eight of the most popular Disney World rides. Yes, the lines are sometimes long, but it’s definitely worth the wait! Visiting the park during off-season cuts down on your wait time, which means riding your favourites over and over again! What could possibly be better than that?