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Best Rides at Disney World Orlando: Our Top Picks

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There are so many rides at Disney World that it is quite difficult to choose the best ones. Plus, including all of these rides in one very busy day is another nearly impossible task.

For your convenience, we will take a look at the best rides for a one-day visit to Disney World. You can save the rest of the 48 rides for another visit, or another few visits, to Disney World in Orlando.

Let us take a look at which are the best rides at Disney World Orlando to experience on your first visit (and every visit thereafter).

Best Rides at Disney World Orlando

Splash Mountain

This is a 10-minute ride that involves quite a bit of water, so you may get wet on this ride. Whether you will get only a little bit of water or get soaked will all depend on where you sit.

You can find this ride in the Magic Kingdom. It is a water flume, and you sit on a log. You will experience 3 quick dips in total and a very fast 5-story drop.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Still in the Magic Kingdom, this is one of the original rides from the 1970s, and it will always be a favorite. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the oldest rides in Disney World, and it is a long, 16-minute ride.

This ride has been recently updated for a more family-friendly version of the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It may be quite a slow ride, but the story unfolds while you ride along and see the many scenes of this ride.

Expedition Everest

This is one of the fastest and most thrilling rides that you will find in Disney World Orlando’s Animal Kingdom. The quick maneuvers and high drops can be quite overwhelming for some people.

Unfortunately, this thrilling ride is not meant for small children and other people who are faint of heart. This ride will travel at around 50 miles per hour and will last 3 minutes, 30 seconds of which you are going backward.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

This is not a roller coaster ride at all, but it is a long ride with many interesting interactions included with it. It will take around 18 minutes to finish, but it will be a very exciting ride where you are taken through an epic battle scene.

This ride is a very complex and technologically advanced experience, with many great scenes and stories intertwined in the ride. We do not want to spoil it, so go look for yourself and experience this epic and immersive ride.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror is a freefall shuttle launch that has a drop of 377 feet at 100 miles per hour in reverse! This is the scariest roller coaster ride in Disney World Orlando, and it provides stunning scenery and storyline.

There are some horizontal rides in the building that are not meant for people who scare easily. This ride is located on Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Studios theme park of Disney World Orlando. It is a must for the adrenaline junkies.

The Avatar Flight of Passage

This ride is located in the Animal Kingdom theme park of Disney World Orlando and is quite a favorite among riders. You will easily find this flying theater ride in Pandora, the land of Avatar, to be a great experience with an epic storyline.

This is definitely a top-10 ride in Disney World, and you will even experience the thrill of a banshee ride on Pandora. That is just one of the great experiences you can have with The Avatar Flight of Passage ride.

The Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

This is a classic ride that will include an epic storyline for all Star Wars fans out there. This ride is ideal for small children and adults alike, and you are allowed to join the crew of the Millenium Falcon.

For the duration of the ride, you will take part in a smuggling run that will take you on a thrilling ride. This ride is located in Star Wars: Galaxies Edge in the Hollywood Studios theme park of Disney World Orlando.

Soarin Around the World in the Land Pavilion

This is not a scary roller coaster ride that will make you panic, but the scenery that you see is mind-boggling. This is a hang glider ride that shows you many great scenes from around the world as if you are flying.

This ride may be a bit scary for those with a fear of heights, but you will get to experience the wind in your hair. You will find this ride in the Epcot Theme Park where you will also find many great world achievements.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This ride is in the Magic Kingdom theme park, and it will take you through the magic world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is a great ride for kids if you are willing to wait in a long line.

It is quite a fast ride at 34 mph and will take about 3 minutes to finish after you see some epic scenery along the way. You will find some great activities, as well as amazing character animation, with this ride that is great for the entire family.

Spaceship Earth

This is another one of those slow-moving rides that are worth the time and will expose riders to more than twice the force of gravity. It is also found in the Epcot Theme Park, and it is another great riding adventure with lots of excitement.

Final Words

Most of these rides will require you to stand in quite a long line before you will be able to get on the rides. However, that is expected of these very popular rides that you can find at Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

There are some passes available, so you do not have to stand in the long lines waiting for a ride. See HERE for more information on how to get tickets and passes.