The best part of any Walt Disney World Resort vacation is spending tons of time in the Disney Parks enjoying the incredible attractions. The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are home to countless attractions and experiences that include everything from family-friendly fun to big thrills including ‘s Flight, , “it’s a ,” , , , and many more.
With so many attractions to choose from, there’s a huge debate about what are considered to be must-do experiences. While every attraction is amazing in its own way, there are absolutely some that are more popular than others. Whether because of amazing technology, big thrills, or classic nostalgia, these are the most popular attractions found throughout the four Disney Parks at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom offers up many wonderful experiences that allow Guests the chance to experience some of their favorite Disney characters and films in real life, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This popular attraction can be found in the heart of Fantasyland and invites Guests to adventure into the mines, where the Dwarfs collect precious gems each day aboard unique carts that independently sway with every twist and turn. With wonderful views of Fantasyland, added fun from the swaying carts, the chance to sing along with the Dwarfs, and an added surprise at the end, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom.
One of the biggest thrills that Guests can enjoy in the Magic Kingdom is Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. This high-speed adventure through space welcomes Guests into Star Port 75 where they can board a futuristic rocket and blast off into the darkness to experience thrills like never before. With an upbeat soundtrack that adds to the sense of adventure and a disorienting sense of not knowing which way the rockets are heading at any given moment, Space Mountain is one of the most unique and popular experiences that Guests can’t miss out on in the Magic Kingdom.
An absolutely beloved attraction in the Magic Kingdom that is extremely popular is the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. This classic experience welcomes Guests into an impressive manor home where a disembodied Ghost Waits awaits to guide them on a tour of the supernatural. Throughout the experience, Guests meet with 999 happy haunts who cause all sorts of eerie happenings including a séance hosted by Madame Leota, waltzing in the ballroom, and a huge jamboree in the graveyard. With beloved characters, classic music, and the perfect combination of spooky and humorous, the Haunted Mansion is without a doubt one of the most popular experiences to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
One of the newest attractions in EPCOT has also quickly become one of the most popular and can be found in the World Discovery neighborhood of the Disney Park. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind begins with what is supposed to be a showcase of innovative technology, but soon results in a thrilling adventure when the Guardians are needed to save the day. Impressive attraction vehicles use smooth movement and rotation to bring Guests along on the mission and help to save the galaxy with upbeat and catchy soundtracks along the way. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind might be a new experience, but it is absolutely one of the most popular attractions on property!
Soarin’ Around the World
Across EPCOT in the World Nature neighborhood is The Land Pavilion, a beautiful and serene location that celebrates the beauty and diversity of Earth. Inside the pavilion are several wonderful experiences, including Soarin’ Around the World, which brings Guests to the skies for an unforgettable hang gliding experience. Unique technology allows Guests the chance to dangle their feet and fly above some of the most impressive spots on the planet including the Eiffel Tower, Mount Kilimanjaro, Taj Mahal, Sydney Harbor, Iguazu Falls, Monument Valley, and more. With the wind blowing in their faces and a wonderful soundtrack to accompany the sights, Soarin’ Around the World is a must-do popular attraction in EPCOT.
Every Guest immediately thinks of Spaceship Earth when picturing EPCOT, and for good reason. The iconic structure is the symbol of the Disney Park, but also home to a beloved and nostalgic attraction of the same name that is very popular with Guests. Spaceship Earth celebrates the power of communication by bringing Guests on a guided tour of its development through time, narrated by Dame Judi Dench. With unforgettable quotes including a reminder to “thank the Phoenicians,” beautiful music, and classic scenes, Spaceship Earth is a popular attraction that many Guests consider to be a must-do.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the go-to spot at the Walt Disney World Resort for any fan of Star Wars, thanks to an immersive area that is home to one of the most popular attractions on property. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge brings Guests to the planet of Batuu, where they can experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an absolutely incredible attraction that puts Guests right in the middle of a standoff between the Resistance and First Order. Guests are trusted with the location of a Rebel secret base and soon find themselves captured by the first order and Kylo Ren, who wants that information. What follows is an unforgettable adventure where Guests embark on a daring escape from a Star Destroyer with close calls, appearances by favorite characters, and some big thrills.
Slinky Dog Dash
Another very popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Slinky Dog Dash in the Toy Story Land area of the Disney Park. This fun and mildly thrilling attraction was constructed by Andy himself and invites Guests to climb aboard Slinky and set off on a track filled with twists, turns, camel humps, and two separate launches. While rocking down the track on Slinky Dog Dash, Guests can also spot other favorite characters from Toy Story as well as some of the most unique views of the Disney Park around!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
No visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without heading down Sunset Boulevard to experience one of the eeriest attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror brings Guests into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel, where they soon find themselves on service elevators heading for the same fate as five unlucky Guests who disappeared one Halloween night many years ago. With innovative elevators that not only travel up and down but also forward into The Twilight Zone and a randomized drop sequence that thrills Guests every time, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Avatar Flight of Passage
Pandora –The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a beautiful and immersive area that invites Guests to explore the exotic and otherworldly beauty of the Valley of Mo’ara where the Na’vi live. The area is also home to Avatar Flight of Passage, an incredible and popular attraction that offers Guests the chance to link directly to an Avatar and take flight over the valley on the back of a banshee. This special rite of passage is sacred for the Na’vi and Guests are treated to moments of stunning beauty as well as some thrills, all in beautiful 3D. There’s no denying that Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the most popular attractions that cannot be missed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most immersive attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort that truly makes Guests feel as though they have traveled across the globe to a reserve in Africa. The attraction brings Guests into the Harambe Reserve, where authentic safari vehicles bring them through lush forests and sprawling savannahs that are home to countless species of free-roaming animals. With the chance to check out species including lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, and more, Kilimanjaro Safaris is both visually stunning and incredibly thrilling with a strong sense of adventure!
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
The final attraction that is very popular in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort is Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Located in the Asia area of the Disney Park, this attraction brings Guests on a shortcut to Everest’s base camp, where they soon find themselves face to face with the Yeti who protects the sacred mountain. With several close calls, high-speed moments backward through the dark, and one thrilling drop, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a very popular attraction that many Guests love to enjoy on every visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!