Disney World is 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.
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How many roller coasters are at Disney World?
There are 7 roller coasters at Disney World with 2 more in progress.
Let’s jump into the best roller coasters at Disney World’s theme parks.
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!
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!
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.
Upcoming roller coasters at Epcot
There aren’t any roller coasters at Epcot yet, but one is in the works.
In 2022, Epcot will debut Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, a Marvel-themed indoor roller coaster.
For now, you can hit up Epcot’s thrill rides: Mission: SPACE, Soarin’ Around the World, and Test Track.
Roller coasters at Hollywood Studios
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!
Slinky Dog Dash is a good intermediate roller coaster – not too crazy 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!
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 indoor roller coaster takes place in pitch black, so you never know when there will be twists, turns, or drops.
I always walk off this ride slightly dizzy and laughing so hard that I have tears streaming down my face. I LOVE IT! Riders 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. Riders must be at least 3′ 2″ to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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. Riders 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.
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 May 4, 2021.
Which one is your favorite roller coasters at Disney World?
Now that you know all about the amazing, thrill-seeking roller coasters at Disney World, check out my guide on FastPass tips to learn how to best use Disney World’s free VIP line service to make the most of your day at the parks.
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 last updated on May 4, 2021 when it moved to The Park Pixie.