Which Disney World Attraction Should Kick-Start Your Trip? These Are Our Favorites

There are so many attractions at Walt Disney World, so it’s no surprise that many guests aren’t sure where to start their Disney days.

Slinky Dog Dash

Between rides like Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainSlinky Dog Dash, and Rise of the Resistance, there are so many choices (and even MORE are on the way). But your AE pals are here to help!

These are our favorite Walt Disney World attractions to kick-start a trip!

Animal Kingdom

I’m sure many of you are planning to head straight to Pandora when you arrive in Animal Kingdom. While Flight of Passage is a truly fantastic attraction,  it’s even better to experience in the evening when the entire land “glows.”

Pandora at Night

We recommend either starting your day by riding either Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris.

If you’re looking for a burst of adrenaline in the morning, head on over to Asia, and hop on Expedition Everest, which just so happens to be our top-ranked roller coaster in Disney World. The queue is incredibly detailed, the track is pretty smooth, and the mountain itself is a sight to behold.

Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest

Kilimanjaro Safaris is located in the Africa section of the Park and offers a tour through Animal Kingdom’s savannas. You might spot lions, hippos, giraffes, and more during your safari! The animals tend to be most active in the morning and early evening, which is why it’s one of our favorite early-morning rides.

Black Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros on Kilimanjaro Safari

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a bit difficult to choose from, simply because they are all so different. But we have to go with either Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. (If you time it right, you can ride these in a 1-2 punch first thing in the morning!)

Sunset Boulevard’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is great in the same way Expedition Everest is. This one REALLY gets your adrenaline going in the morning as it hits nearly 60 miles per hour. Want another great reason to enjoy this ride first? The line is rarely long in the morning.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

We also love riding Tower of Terror at the beginning of our Hollywood Studios day. The theming is absolutely top-notch, and the ride is unlike anything else in Disney World.

Tower of Terror

If you’re looking for a less thrilling (but still fun!) ride to start off your day, Slinky Dog Dash or Toy Story Mania! are great choices, though they can garner fairly lengthy wait times even at Park opening.


In the next few years, we’ll get to experience several new rides in Epcot, including Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. But for the time being, we recommend starting your Epcot day with either Soarin’ Around the World or Frozen Ever After.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Concept Art ©Disney

Though some may prefer Soarin’ Over California to the current version of the ride, we still have a soft spot for Soarin’ Over the World. What could be better than flying over the world’s landmarks before exploring Epcot’s World Showcase?

Soarin’ Around the World

You’ll find Frozen Ever After in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion, and it features Anna and Elsa from the popular Disney movie (naturally!). This boat ride can certainly garner some lengthy wait times, which is why we’d recommend heading over there as soon as the Park opens! When the ride’s done, hoof it over to Les Halles in the France pavilion for a tasty breakfast! 😉

Frozen Ever After

Magic Kingdom

The possibilities are nearly endless in Magic Kingdom, so we’re giving you three favorites! We’d recommend starting your day with either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, or Pirates of the Caribbean.

Frontierland’s Big Thunder is one of our favorite roller coasters in Disney World, and it provides a nice dose of adrenaline without being too wild or crazy. If you want to pump up your ride, hop in the back of the train! If you’re quick on your feet, you can beat the crowds to the back of the Park to enjoy this ride first thing — without a wait!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

We just could not choose between The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Both of these attractions are classic, iconic dark rides that the whole family can enjoy. Neither of these attracts super long lines early in the morning, and they truly capture the magic of the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Pirates of the Caribbean

How do you like to start your Disney World day? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Reply to “Which Disney World Attraction Should Kick-Start Your Trip? These Are Our Favorites”

  1. We always start and end our WDW vacation in the Magic Kingdom by riding The Haunted Mansion! It is our family tradition. I have been going to WDW since 1971! Took my son when he was 18 months old. Now he is 40 and goes at least once a year if not more. He has also been to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
    Magic Kingdom and Haunted Mansion is our favorite!