Top 10 Attractions at Walt Disney World – 2017 Edition

Walt Disney World is home to 4 theme parks with an uncountable number of attractions (well you can count them, but I didn’t want to). In honor of D23, I figured that I would count down my top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World. Now I haven’t visited WDW since October 2015, so I haven’t gotten to ride Frozen, New Soarin’, or anything in Pandora, but I do still have my favorites! Here they are:

10. Seven Dwarves Mine Train

Guests riding a roller coaster over a hill, with Cinderella Castle in the background.

The Seven Dwarves Mine Train might not be the most thrilling experience found in the Magic Kingdom, but it is still fun enough to make this list. I remember it being very underwhelming the first time I rode it, but my opinion changed once I rode it at night in the front row during the Halloween party. What really makes this ride isn’t the actual coaster, but instead the dark ride “diamond mine” section. That level of theming is what made the experience worthwhile, even if the coaster was mediocre.

9. Tower of Terror

The Hollywood Tower Hotel against a midnight-blue sky at night

This ride scared the hell out of me the first time I rode it. Never had I felt so out of control on a ride. At first I thought I would never be able to ride it again, because I didn’t enjoy the physics of constantly falling and being lifted up. Luckily, I warmed up to it after a while, and it has become one of my favorite thrill rides of all time.

8. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth at night, next to Leave a Legacy Plaza and a monorail train at Epcot

On the tamer side, we have Spaceship Earth at Epcot. I’ve always really enjoyed this ride, but I’m not quite sure why. I guess it’s just a nice, relaxing ride that teaches you something you may or may not have known before. It’s not like it throws information in your face either. It’s a good learning experience that combines facts with fun, and encompasses the overall idea of Epcot perfectly. (Also, the final interactive “future self” thing at the end is super cheesy and fun!).

7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Mining trains zoom over rugged terrain on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland

Ah, my first roller coaster. This thing is one of the reasons I love coasters so much to this day. Although I’ve ridden many that are larger and better over the years, I still appreciate everything Big Thunder has to offer. The theming is fantastic, and you can actually get some decent airtime and g-forces if you sit in the back. Overall, even though it’s just a family coaster, it will still always hold a special place in my heart.

6. The Monorail

The monorail entering the main concourse of Disney's Contemporary Resort at sunset

“But Andrew, the monorail isn’t a ride!” is what you might be thinking, but I don’t care. It’s on a track, and you can ride in it. That’s enough for me to call it a ride. The monorail has become a staple of Walt Disney World, and it will always be one of my favorite things to do while I’m there. It a long ride, it offers plenty of opportunities for pictures, and it always feels like more than just a form of transportation. I mean it goes through a freaking hotel! What’s not to love about that?

5. The Haunted Mansion

Spooky bluish glow of the exterior of the Haunted Mansion at night

The Haunted Mansion is a classic attraction that I feel like everyone loves. There’s just so many good things about it! The interactive queue, the hitchhiking ghosts, that trippy MC Escher staircase scene. It’s all just a bunch of good, creepy fun. As Madame Leota says, I’ll always “hurry back” to ride this one again and again (okay that was cheesy, I’m sorry).

4. Space Mountain

Dawn over the building that houses Space Mountain

Space Mountain is my favorite “mountain” in the Magic Kingdom. It’s a wild, fun ride through the pitch-black darkness of space, and is actually quite thrilling for a family coaster. There’s lots of small hills that catch you off guard because of how dark it is, and that only adds to the “out of control” spaceship experience. Another thing I really enjoy is the queue’s mini game stations. There’s lots of different games to play, and they really help with passing the time while waiting in line.

3. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

A mom and dad, each holding a young son, ride Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

This is probably the oddball of the group for this top 10. I like to think of the Peoplemover as this “hidden gem” of Tomorrowland. It’s a nice relaxing ride that offers a different view of the many attractions in the land, such as going inside Space Mountain, or getting a glimpse of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin from a window. While Tomorrowland might not be as futuristic as it was meant to be, I feel like the Peoplemover still holds true to the original intentions of the land, and is always a must-ride when I visit the park.

2. Test Track

Two young men excitedly laugh while riding in a SIM Car at Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Test Track was actually my favorite attraction for a long time. I’ve ridden both the old and new versions, and must say I prefer the newer, more futuristic one. There’s something about the neon, Tron-like lights that just feels so cool to ride through. Even though it only goes 60 mph, the ride feels much faster thanks to the banked turns in the outdoors part. Another cool feature is the ability to customize your cars in the queue, which helps pass time and add a layer of interactivity to the attraction. Overall, it’s a nice thrill ride that I’ve always appreciated in both its old and new forms.

1. Expedition Everest

A train ascends Mt. Everest at Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

My favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World is Expedition Everest. As a fan of both thrilling coasters and well-themed Disney attractions, this is the perfect combination between the two. It’s got an intense backwards section, a cool projection, and even a decent drop out of the cave! Even the “strobe-light” yeti doesn’t bother me that much, although it would’ve been cool to see it back when it used to move. I’ve got a lot of good memories on this ride, but perhaps my favorite is running through the single rider line with my brother in order to ride it 10 times in a row. We managed to do it in just under an hour, and got to ride in a bunch of different seats. It’s definitely a personal record that I want to try and beat next time I go back.

Well, there you have it. Those are my top 10 rides at Walt Disney World. I’d like to hear what your favorite rides in WDW are, so be sure to post them in the comments section below! I hope everyone has a great D23, whether you’re actually at the expo, or following it from home. Hopefully we get to see some pretty cool attractions announced!


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