There are so many great rides and attractions at Walt Disney World that it is hard to narrow it down to two per park. This list is next to impossible because everyone has their favorites at each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. We tried to pick one more popular thrill-type ride and one family ride per park. In our opinion, here are the top two attractions at each park at Walt Disney World. We’re sure that your list would be different, since Walt Disney World is such a special place.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Fantasyland
This is a ride that is great for those who like thrill rides but also for those who don’t like huge roller coasters. For anyone who loves classic Disney movies this is a great ride for you. You’ll take an adventure through the diamond mine from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. This adventure will sway from side to side as “off to work you go”. One special touch is that there are some elements from Snow White’s Scary Adventures in the ride. That closed in 2012, and Princess Fairytale Hall is located in the building.
2. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland
Now this one is a classic and we felt like it needed to be added. This was Walt Disney’s own vision. He wanted to follow the American family over time for four generations. He planned to expand Main Street at Disneyland with a new area called Edison Square. Instead, the attraction debuted at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York. You’ll see how technology has changed the way we live everyday life. This rotating theater is air conditioned, so it’s a perfect spot to escape the Florida heat for a bit. Just a warning in advance, you will have “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” stuck in your head for hours, make sure you sing along. There are rumors that Carousel of Progress will soon be updated, we’ll let you know if anything comes of them.
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1. Test Track, Future World
Who’s ready to take the ultimate test drive? You’ll design your own custom car and put it to the test on this thrilling attraction. You reach up to 65 mph and go through obstacles like you would in a real testing center. There are no dips or hills, but you will go fast! (Note: since the parks reopened after the COVID-19 closer they are not doing the “design your own car” part for the time being. We are sure that will return once things start to get back to normal. Even without that part, it’s still a great ride.)
2. Frozen Ever After, Norway Pavilion, World Showcase
For all those “Frozen” fans this is one you won’t want to miss. You’ll take a tour through the winter wonderland and be right in the middle of one of Disney’s most popular movies. For those who miss Maelstrom know it is the same track, there are just no trolls. One warning, there is a small waterfall and you may get a bit wet.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Are you ready to join the Resistance and battle against the First Order? This is truly unlike anything you’ve experienced at Walt Disney World. The technology is amazing. We don’t want to give away any spoilers but you will definitely see some familiar faces on this ride. Make sure you grab a Boarding Pass because there are no walk-ons available for this ride, there is no Standby Line. Go on the My Disney Experience App just before 7:00 AM to grab your Boarding Pass. When they call your Boarding Number you have one hour to return. They also reopen the Virtual Queue at 1:00 PM if you aren’t able to grab a pass at 7:00 AM. You need to have a Disney Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in order to get into a Boarding Group. You can try for the 7:00 AM group from anywhere, but for the 1:00 group you need to be physically in the park.
2. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Hollywood Boulevard
Although “it all started with a mouse” there were no attractions specifically dedicated to Mickey at any Disney Park in the world. That had to change, so they decided to create an adorable ride where Mickey and Minnie go through a cartoon adventure with lots of surprises. With Engineer Goofy you never know what’s going to happen next. Make sure you keep an eye out for Pluto, he has an adventure all of his own on this ride. (Note: with the current restrictions the preshow is not running, but it’s an important part of the ride. You might want to search YouTube for it so that you can have the full effect. The name of the song is “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” and the opening cartoon is “A Perfect Picnic”.)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
1. Avatar Flight of Passage, Pandora – The World of Avatar
Take a ride on a winged mountain banshee for an amazing 3-D flight over the Valley of Mo’ara. Humans and banshees don’t get along so you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be linked with a Na’vi. Only then you are able to be on an adventure through Pandora, flying high through the sky. It is nothing like we see on this planet, so make sure you take it all in. Even though all riders are in front of the same screen, you’ll notice different things, depending on where you’re seated. It’s worth riding more than once.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris, Africa
This is one of those attractions that you will want to do over and over again because it is always different. You’ll board an open air vehicle and enjoy a guided tour through the African Savanna. The animals are roaming free, and on each ride you’ll see something different. Make sure to have those cameras ready to go. Your driver is your guide, and he or she knows what to look for and will point out the different animals along the way. The Disney-created Savanna is the home of 34 different species on 110 acres of land. You never know what you’ll see. Don’t be surprised if you need to stop for a giraffe to cross your path. Things like that happen all the time.