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The Best Roller Coasters at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks are full of little kids and boring rides, right? WRONG!

Comprised of 4 ever-expanding theme parks, Disney World has an impressive line up of roller coasters with more planned for the future.

I’ll save the twists and turns for your trip to the park, here’s my complete guide to the best roller coasts at Disney World.

How many roller coasters are at Disney World?

Landscape view of a section of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

There are 7 roller coasters at Disney World with 2 more in progress. Keep reading to learn more about them.

Roller coasters at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has 1 roller coaster, Expedition Everest. This is one of my favorite roller coasters at Disney World. The premise is a journey through Mount Everest with a Yeti monster lurking nearby.

Yes, a yeti. You’re gonna have to ride it to see what I mean!

Photo of guests riding down a hill on the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Anyway, Expedition Everest often has long lines. But if you don’t mind possibly riding with a stranger, there is a separate line for single riders that has a much shorter wait than the main line. Or you can snag a FastPass!

Animal Kingdom used to have a second roller coaster called Primeval Whirl. However, it closed in March 2020 and was demolished in 2021.

BONUS: Head over to Pandora to check out Avatar: Flight of Passage. It’s not a traditional roller coaster. However, you’ll definitely feel like you’re on one!!

Flight of Passage is my absolute favorite thrill ride in all of Disney World. It’s an exhilarating 3-D ride that simulates flying through the land of Pandora on the back of a banshee.

This ride is so well done that you’ll get the same adrenaline rush from this ride as you do from a typical roller coaster.

Roller coasters at Epcot

Photos of people inspecting a roller coaster car.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

On May 27, 2022, Epcot will debut its first roller coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, a Marvel-themed indoor roller coaster.

For additional thrills at Epcot, hit up Mission: SPACE, Soarin’ Around the World, and Test Track.

Roller coasters at Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to 2 roller coasters at Disney World: Slinky Dog Dash and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Located in Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash is the newest roller coaster at Hollywood Studios. It’s based on everyone favorite slinky dog from Toy Story. The cars literally look like Slink!

Closeup of the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at Hollywood Studios' Toy Story Land.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Slinky Dog Dash is a good intermediate roller coaster – not too wild and not exactly kiddie coaster. It’s a nice meet in the middle.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a super intense indoor roller coaster featuring 2 loops and 1 corkscrew, all at 60 miles per hour set to Aerosmith tunes. It’s definitely the opposite of Slinky Dog Dash, thrill-wise!

Visualization of the rock n roller coaster at Disney World's Hollywood Studios.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

One time when I was visiting Disney World with my sister, we were able to get on this roller coaster 3 times in a row (it was night time on a rainy day). I made her keep getting back in line with me because I was determined to get a good photo.

But no matter what I did, I always ended up pulling the most ridiculous face when the camera flashed. And she looked as cool as a cucumber in every single one. Maybe one of these days I’ll let you see the photos. Maybe.

Roller coasters at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is home to 4 roller coasters, including a kiddie coaster, with a fifth roller coaster in the works.

Space Mountain in Tomorrowland is hilariously fun and slightly trippy. This dark ride takes place in pitch black, so you never know when there will be twists, turns, or drops.

I always walk off this popular ride slightly dizzy and laughing so hard that I have tears streaming down my face. I LOVE IT! Guests must be at least 3′ 8″ to ride Space Mountain.

Head to Fantasyland for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

This roller coaster is a tamer than other roller coasters at Disney World, but still lots of fun with whips and turns. Guests must be at least 3′ 2″ to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tampa Bay Bucaneers tight end Rob Gronkowskia nd fiancée Camile Kostek ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Tampa Bay Bucaneers tight end Rob Gronkowskia and fiancée Camile Kostek ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Last up is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland.

This Western-themed roller coaster is a classic Disney park ride that is also located at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland. Guests must be at least 3′ 4″ to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Upcoming roller coaster at Magic Kingdom

Disney World is working on a new roller coaster at Magic Kingdom, tentatively called TRON Lightcycle Run. The roller coaster is rumored to be modeled after a similar one at Shanghai Disneyland.

Closeup of the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster mid-construction at Magic Kingdom.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

Originally this roller coaster was set to open in 2021 for Disney World’s 50th anniversary, but recent remarks from Disney executives made it clear that it won’t be open in time for this celebration.

A new date has not been confirmed as of April 22, 2022.

Which one is your favorite roller coasters at Disney World?

Before you go, let me know which roller coaster at Disney World is your favorite in the comments below.

This post was originally published on April 14, 2016 on Frost + Sun. It was moved to The Park Pixie on May 4, 2021 and last updated on April 22, 2022.

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