Walt Disney World is home to four amazing theme parks that are filled with wonderful experiences for guests to enjoy including attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more. While all of these experiences are amazing, it is the attractions that typically bring guests back for return visits time and time again. Throughout the theme parks, many of the attractions tend to have similar ride systems or vehicles, and many happen to operate specifically on rails. From classic railroads and attractions that are fun for the whole family to high speed experiences that pack big thrills, there are many different ways to ride the rails at Walt Disney World. Here are eight favorite rails to ride in Walt Disney World!
1. Walt Disney World Railroad
The Magic Kingdom is a favorite theme park of many guests and it features a unique and wonderful attraction that offers guests a circle tour of the entire park. The Walt Disney World Railroad is a classic railroad system featuring four steam powered locomotives which bring guests throughout the park. Guests can ride in open air cars that offer wonderful views of nearly every area of the Magic Kingdom. The Walt Disney World Railroad is also a wonderful way to cut out some walking on a hot day in the park as there are stations on Main Street and in Frontierland and Storybook Circus. Multiple stations allow guests to hop on and off as they please or simply go for a grand circle tour of the entire park!
2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Right next to the Frontierland station of the Walt Disney World Railroad is a thrilling attraction that brings guests deep into the Wild West. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has guests board the wildest ride in the wilderness on a runaway mine train that barrels through the mining town of Tumbleweed. Guests who brave the experience can pass through eerie caves, collapsing mines, and the small town saloon on their fast paced adventure.
3. Expedition Everest
The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a wonderful attraction that is so massive, it can be seen from many different places from around the park. Expedition Everest has guests board a steam train and set off on what begins as a serene ride around the foothills of the mountains. Guests soon find themselves ascending high up and deep inside the Forbidden Mountain where they soon are scrambling at high speeds to escape the Yeti. The thrilling culmination of Expedition Everest comes when guests find themselves face to face with the protector of the mountain.
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4. Space Mountain
Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is home to a popular and thrilling attraction that explores the darkness of space. Space Mountain brings guests into Starport 75, an intergalactic space hub that can blast them off to all corners of the galaxy. Guests board rockets and get ready to launch into a thrilling adventure that takes place in near darkness. Space Mountain is beloved by so many guests as it brings the thrill of space travel to life with plenty of twists, turns, and drops that are totally unexpected in the inky darkness of space.
Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom is home to a wonderful attraction that is fun for guests of all ages. The Barnstormer brings guests on a high flying adventure with the Great Goofini who loves to perform tricks and cause all sorts of mayhem along the way. Guests can enjoy small drops and gentle curves and turns on this high flying adventure that offers thrills and beautiful views of the surrounding area.
6. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World that will also have guests rocking out. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith brings guests into G Force Records where the band is hard at work recording their next hit. Guests find themselves invited as VIPs to the band’s show across town and soon are strapped into super stretch limos barreling through the neon lights of downtown. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is super thrilling in that it launches guests from zero to sixty in several seconds and also features two inversions!
7. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Guests who are looking to enjoy a more relaxed yet thrilling adventure should head over to New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train invites guests to board gently swaying mine carts and set off for the mines where the Dwarfs collect precious gems. Guests can enjoy gentle turns and twists around the mountain as well as beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a very popular experience in the Magic Kingdom and definitely should not be missed!
One of the most popular rail experiences that guests can enjoy in all of Walt Disney World is the monorail. The wonderful system serves as both entertainment and functional transportation for guests and whisks silently through the skies. Guests can take the monorail on a loop around Seven Seas Lagoon stopping at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort or take the special loop that connects the Ticket and Transportation Center and Epcot. No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without a ride on the highway in the sky!