Does Disney World contain thrilling rides for adults or is it mostly fun for children? Fortunately, each of the four parks have rides that even a thrill-seeking teenager will love. Today we will discuss the ten best Walt Disney World rides for adults.
If you are new to Disney, you probably aren’t 100% sure where each ride is in the Walt Disney World resort. Disney World has four main parks. We’ll let you know where in the parks these ten rides are, so that when you begin planning for your Disney vacation, you’ll be able to make the correct fastpass reservations.
1. Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Featuring Aerosmith — This is hands down my favorite ride in Disney World. First, waiting in line isn’t all that bad. There is Aerosmith music blaring, and an introductory sequence featuring the band. But the real fun begins when you strap into your seat. On most rides, top speed is reached by reaching the top of a hill and using gravity to build speed. Not on this one! Take off happens immediately (so make sure and hold your head firmly to the back of the seat). 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds! A little-known fact is that you experience 4.5 G’s on this ride, more than an astronaut lifting off! I often find myself just laughing the whole way through. It’s incredibly intense!
2. Tower of Terror — The Tower of Terror is located right around the corner from the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. This is a very “spooky” ride, with a “Twilight Zone” theme. While that may or may not interest you, the payoff comes when they lift your carriage up 200 feet and then begin a series of drops and lifts that is totally random! Each ride is programmed differently! Regardless of what the program chooses though, you will get one full drop (actually at a speed a little faster than free fall) that will lift you out of your seat. Buckle up!
To learn how to ride these two rides most effectively, check out our free Hollywood Studios touring plan!
Top Epcot Rides
1. The Sum of all Thrills — Wait, you’ve never heard of this? Yes, it’s not very well known. This is actually a simulation that takes place inside the “Innovations” building. The cool thing about this ride is that you basically spend a few minutes designing your own roller coaster. So the ride can change every time! Then the computer saves your roller coaster and you step into the simulator. Trust me, this can be a blast. Don’t be afraid to put in as many twists and turns as you can stomach! Some may balk that this isn’t exactly a ride, but it is very cool simulation experience and you’ll have a blast.
2. Soarin‘ — Soarin’ is the Can’t Miss ride of Epcot, and you’ll notice that when you try to get tickets! The ride is basically a large movie theater that lifts you high into the air and simulates a flight around the world. I wouldn’t exactly call this ride scary, but it is a lot of fun, and feels very realistic. It is very popular though, so be sure and get fastpasses early!
3. Test Track — The Test track has been re-designed and now reaches a top speed of 65 mph, the fastest ride in Disney World. Even though it goes this fast, for me it doesn’t seem nearly as fast as the Aerosmith ride. However it’s still a very fun ride, and Disney did a great job of renovating the ride and making it look extremely futuristic.
For details on how to see these rides at optimum times, check out our Epcot touring plan!
Top Animal Kingdom Rides
1. Expedition Everest — Expedition Everest is currently the best ride in the Animal Kingdom, and there are a few unique aspects to this ride that put this at the top of many people’s lists as the best ride in Disney World. Basically, it’s a traditional roller coaster with a twist. Not only does the train move forward, but when you get to the top, it stops and then goes backwards! It’s pretty scary for kids, as they aren’t used to going backwards that fast, but they will love it! Very few are disappointed on Expedition Everest.
Dinosaur is also a really fun ride, but it doesn’t quite make the cut. In reality, Expedition Everest is the only thrill ride in Animal Kingdom. That doesn’t mean that AK isn’t fun though! We have a blast there! But it’s definitely a park themed for children and provides a much more laid-back atmosphere. For details of how to see Expedition Everest check out our Animal Kingdom touring plan!
1. Space Mountain — The list wouldn’t be complete without the premier thrill ride in Disney, Space Mountain. If this ride were out in the open, it may not be so scary. But the fact that it takes places in the dark is part of the thrill. Not knowing which way you are going can be quite scary for children (and quite bad for your neck if you aren’t careful!). This is one thrill ride that you don’t want to miss.
2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — This is also a ton of fun, as it takes place outside, you get really great views of the park, and the drops in this roller coaster are very underrated. Part of the “fun” of this ride is the feeling that you are on an old, rinky-dink mine train that is about to fall apart. It’s a unique experience and a ton of fun.
3. Splash Mountain — Ok, so 98% of this ride is a children’s ride. Let’s get that out of the way. Children love it, the characters are fun, the music is great, but it’s a smooth kids ride until the end. But the end is enough to put it on this list. First of all, it’s a water ride, so you might get wet (a good thing when its hot). At the end there is a large drop and it’s enough to make you lose your stomach and soak a few lucky members of your party.
These are some of our favorite attractions for adults at Disney World. But many of these attractions can have VERY LONG wait times. Don’t get stuck in long lines! So make sure and read all of our touring plans, so that you can be prepared to stay ahead of the big crowds, and avoid the long lines!