Top 15 Must-Do Rides at Walt Disney World

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (Photo: Disney)

There are so many rides to choose from when visiting Walt Disney World.  From brand new rides such as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to classics like it’s a Small World, guests can choose to race through space or travel to the twilight zone.  No matter what guests choose, there are some rides that are must-dos for a Walt Disney World vacation.  See if you agree with our 15 must-do rides at Walt Disney World.


15. It’s a Small World

Let’s start with a classic!  It’s a Small World might get a bad reputation for the song that gets stuck in your head, but it is a must ride in our opinion.  This slow boat ride takes guests through a joyful journey where children from around the global come together.  This ten-minute ride travels through all seven continents and is a great way to get out of the heat of the day and enjoy a nice, relaxing ride.

14. Haunted Mansion

Guests will want to make sure they take a ride on the classic Haunted Mansion during their Walt Disney World vacation.  Here they catch a doom buggy before traveling through haunted rooms with their ghost host.  Make sure to watch for hitchhiking ghosts though as they like to leave their haunted areas behind.

13. Pirates of the Caribbean

A pirate’s life is for you on this classic Disney ride.  Pirates of the Caribbean takes guests on an adventure where pirates roam, cannons fire and Jack Sparrow hides at every turn.  When visiting Magic Kingdom, Pirates of the Caribbean is a ride that shouldn’t be missed.  It has adventure, water, and great scenes to keep everyone entertained.

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12. Kilimanjaro Safaris

A visit to Animal Kingdom isn’t complete without a ride on Kilimanjaro Safari.  This is one of the most unique rides in Walt Disney World and is a definite must-do.   Guests are taken on an approximately 18 minutes expedition on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.  This reserve has 110 acres of open savanna where around 34 species live.  Giraffes, rhinos, hippos, lions and more can be seen on this extraordinary ride.  

11. Magic Kingdom Mountains

We are cheating a little on this one, but we believe that the three mountains in Magic Kingdom are must-do rides.  Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain are three exciting and adventurous rides that every Disney guest should experience at least once on their vacation.  From flying through space to traveling down the briar patch and heading on the wildest ride in the wilderness, guests are sure to have a wonderful time on these magical mountains in Magic Kingdom.

Splash Mountain

10. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Guests can race through the diamond mines with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on this kid-friendly roller coaster.  Guests will whistle along as they travel through the mines and sway back and forth on this smooth, high energy roller coaster.  Don’t miss out on this excitement on your next vacation to Disney.

9. Rock n’ Roller Coaster

Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rock n’ Roller Coaster is a ride thrill seekers won’t want to miss out on.   The only ride in Disney to have a launch start, guests are taken on a race through the streets of Hollywood.  With loops, inversions and music to rock to this roller coaster is one you won’t want to skip.

8. Tower of Terror

Located next door to Rock n’ Roller Coaster is another must-do ride in Walt Disney World.  Disney’s Tower of Terror is a unique, drop ride that is an adventure guests won’t want to miss out on.  Not only is the ride itself fantastic, but the overall atmosphere is some of the best in Walt Disney World.  The deserted grounds and cobweb filled reception area really sets the stage for the ride itself.  Once loaded onto the elevator, guests are taken on the ride through the twilight zone that they are sure to remember for a long time.

7. Expedition Everest

In Animal Kingdom, guests will want to take a ride on Expedition Everest.  This roller coaster is a must-do as it is the only coaster in Disney that goes backwards.  That’s right, guests will take on the Yeti while being taken on a ride of their lives.  Climb high into the mountain, head backwards through the dark before racing back down the mountain in a high intense ride that will bring screams and laughs to a Walt Disney World vacation.  Make sure you don’t miss it.

6. Soarin’ Around the World

A special flight takes place in Soarin at Epcot.  Don’t miss out on this ride during your next Walt Disney World vacation.  This ride allows guests to soar high above while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of beautiful icons from around the world.  Using a large IMAX digital projection, guests are transferred around the world in a way they can’t experience anywhere else in Disney.

5. Toy Story Mania

A family-friendly ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania.  This ride takes guests through on a 4D shooting adventure with Buzz, Woody and friends.  Guests of all ages can enjoy this ride together making it a must-do.  Get your arm ready for this shooting competition that will bring the whole family in on the fun and games.  

4. Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash is a top ride choice in Walt Disney World and one that should not be missed.  This must-do family-friendly roller coaster takes guests on a ride through Andy’s backyard.  With fun dips, turns, and a second launch, guests will be sure to enjoy this ride in Hollywood Studios.  

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3. Avatar Flight of Passage

The top ride in Animal Kingdom is Flight of Passage and a ride that is a must-do during a Walt Disney World trip.  This ride allows guests to connect with a banshee as they take a 3D flight over Pandora.  Guests are able to experience the breathtaking landscape while traveling on an exciting adventure.  This attraction is one of the top rides in all of Walt Disney World and one that guests should not miss on their Disney vacation.

2. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

The newest ride in Walt Disney World is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and is absolutely one of the top must-do attractions on a Walt Disney World vacation.  This is the first ride that features Mickey Mouse himself.  It also implements new trackless ride systems, a 2 1/2D affect and new music and scenes featuring Mickey and pals.  This is also a family-friendly ride making it a must-do for the entire traveling party.  Don’t miss out on this exciting new adventure with Mickey and his friends.

1. Rise of the Resistance

Rise of the Resistance is the top ride choice in Walt Disney World.  This ride takes guests into the movie like never before with multiple ride systems and never before seen special effects.   Guests work together and take on the First Order, but plans don’t go as planned.  Help Rey, BB-8 and others fight to hold off the First Order.  Rise of the Resistance is the top must-do ride while visiting Walt Disney World.  Guests will not want to miss this fantastic ride during their vacation.  

AT-AT Walkers, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Photo: Disney)

Walt Disney World has so many rides, shows and experiences that it can be difficult to choose what to do while visiting.  We hope these top 15 must-do rides will help you while planning your next Walt Disney World vacation.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.