We Ranked Every Walt Disney World Roller Coaster

Disney World is known for so many things, from its iconic restaurants like California Grill to its popular resorts like the Polynesian Village Resort.

Cinderella Castle

But today, we’re going to talk about RIDES. Specifically — roller coasters! That’s right, we have ranked EVERY Walt Disney World roller coaster.

Now, these are just our opinions, so feel free to sound off in the comments with your own rankings! With that said, let’s get started!

1. Expedition Everest

Man, oh, man. It was so hard to rank my top four roller coasters because I truly love them all, but I have to give the slightest edge to Expedition Everest! Located in Animal Kingdom’s Asia section, this ride is one of my all-time favorites in Disney World.

Expedition Everest

Even without a fully operational yeti, this attraction is wonderful. The queue is incredibly detailed, the track is pretty smooth and the mountain itself is a sight to behold. Clocking in around three minutes, Expedition Everest is longer than several others on this list, which certainly increases the value in my eyes. Also, who could forget that awesome backward section?!

2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is another personal favorite of mine, and lands in the number two spot! Set way back in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, this one is “the wildest ride in the wilderness!” And that’s ESPECIALLY true if you’re sitting in the back of the train!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This ride features a bunch of fun dips and turns without being too scary for most kiddos. If your little one is a bit anxious, request a seat near the front of the train for a tamer ride. Big Thunder clocks in around three minutes as well, so it’s a decently lengthy coaster (especially in comparison to a few others on our list)!

3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Number three on our list is none other than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! Located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, this ride is still SUPER popular, even five years after opening.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is unique in that it’s a roller coaster-dark ride hybrid of sorts. You’ll get some thrills in the exterior portion of the ride and a peek inside the dwarves’ mine during the interior section. And we’ve gotta say — that mine is awesome! The roller coaster section may seem a bit short to some, but we enjoy the full package this ride offers!

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

If you’re a thrill rider, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the ride for you! Located in Hollywood Studios, this is Disney World’s only roller coaster to feature inversions!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

During this ride, guests load into a super-stretch limo and shoot off on a high-speed adventure to a mix of Aerosmith songs. The attraction takes place in the dark, but you’ll spot some neon signs thanks to blacklight paint! At only 88 seconds long, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a super short ride, but our love of adrenaline keeps it in the top half of our list.

5. Space Mountain

Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain is the oldest attraction on this list and seems to cause some division amongst Disney World fans. While some love the ride just the way it is, others wish it was more like Disneyland’s.

Space Mountain

The track can feel a bit jerky at times and the sound system could use some improvements, but at the end of the day, Space Mountain is a classic roller coaster in the dark! We still do enjoy it.

6. Slinky Dog Dash

Disney World’s newest roller coaster is Slinky Dog Dash, located in Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land.

Slinky Dog Dash

This ride features two launches, a super smooth track, and Slinky Dog, of course! The attraction lasts around two minutes and includes several kid-friendly dips and turns. Slinky Dog Dash may not be the most thrilling, but it’s a fun family coaster!

7. The Barnstormer

Ah, The Barnstormer. This ride was actually my first roller coaster EVER, so I do still have some nostalgic feelings toward it.

The Barnstormer

This one is definitely a kid-friendly ride, though we won’t judge if you still want to ride it as a grown-up! The Barnstormer is only about a minute long, and a large part of the time is spent ascending the lift hill. But it’s still a super cute attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Circus!

8. Primeval Whirl

We had to put something in the last place, and we chose Primeval Whirl, the wild-mouse style coaster in Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand USA.

Primeval Whirl

While this ride is likely popular with some folks, it’s simply not our favorite attraction. The ride is only about 90 seconds long, and it doesn’t pack much of a thematic punch. Also, Primeval Whirl is known for being quite jerky and unsettling to some guests. While we love the idea of this quirky attraction, the ride itself doesn’t match up to the others on this list.

 

There you have it — our ranking of Disney World’s roller coasters! Do you agree? Be sure to add your own list in the comment section below!

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9 Replies to “We Ranked Every Walt Disney World Roller Coaster”

  1. I love the Mine Train. I will always remember riding it with my son when he was 3-years-old. It is a unique ride and any fan of Snow White loves it.

  2. Yikes. Thunder Mountain #2? Jeez. Love this site but Everest, Aerosmith and I’ll even throw in Slinky are way way better. Space Mountain is sadly a meh too if you have ever gone on another roller coaster at any other park anywhere ever.

    1. Based on thrill factor, they are all meh compared to just about any coaster at other amusement parks. What makes them enjoyable is their theming and that they can be enjoyed with all members of the family.

    1. He’s still got a giant limousine 25 feet long waiting for him in the parking lot with 25 women waiting for him to go WOOOOOOOO!