Whether they’re slow-moving or fast and thrilling, rides with rails are always a blast. Luckily, Walt Disney World Resort has plenty of amazing track rides to choose from. Wondering which railed attractions you should add to your itinerary? We’ve compiled a list of the top 9 rails to ride at Disney World. Add these to your to-do list and you certainly won’t go wrong.
1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
One of the most loved roller coasters of all time, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is great fun for riders of all ages. This exciting roller coaster dips, twists, and turns while taking guests on the ride of a lifetime on a runaway mine train. Not only is the track the perfect thrill, the ride is also incredibly well-themed. Be sure to pay attention while waiting in the queue, as this is where the story of the mine train (and the mine itself) unfolds.
2. Space Mountain
No trip to Disney World is complete without a journey into outer space, and no ship is better suited than the shuttles featured on Space Mountain. This incredibly thrilling roller coaster is completely in the dark, meaning you can’t see what’s coming at all. Of course, this just adds to the thrill, meaning those sudden drops and quick turns through a starry night sky really get your adrenaline pumping.
3. Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
Do you enjoy music? What about fast coasters? If you answered “yes” to both, we have the perfect ride for you. Rock n’ Roller Coaster is an amazing attraction that features incredible music by Aerosmith. Not only that, it’s also a chainless roller coaster. This means that instead of slowly creeping up a hill before the speed begins, riders are launched from 0 to 60 in almost no time. Obviously, the anticipation that builds while waiting for this ride to begin is almost unbearable.
4. Expedition Everest
If the Yeti is your monster of choice, you’re going to love Expedition Everest. This attraction takes guests to the top of Mount Everest where the fearsome Yeti awaits their arrival. Get ready for some pretty crazy maneuvers as you make your escape from the mythical creature and be prepared for some interesting surprises. This fast-moving ride is definitely not for the faint of heart.
5. The Walt Disney World Railroad
A Disney World classic that everyone should experience at least once, the Walt Disney World Railroad is a beautiful tribute to Walt and his love of trains. While it might not be quite as thrilling as the options mentioned above, it certainly does deserve a place in the Magic Kingdom and on your to-do list. The train takes riders on a journey around the park and offers stops at train stations in Frontierland, Fantasyland, and on Main Street, U.S.A. It also passes by some fun and interesting scenery along the way. Be sure to catch a ride while you’re in the park!
6. Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog has joined in the fun in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios with smooth dips and turns on his roller coaster! This is a great family-friendly coaster that is sure to be a favorite after just one ride. Have a blast with the breeze in your hair… just don’t forget to look around at all the awesome sights you’ll see across Andy’s toy-filled backyard. Finally, pull in for a stop to hear the sweet audio-animatronic Wheezy the Penguin singing for all the Slinky Dog Dash guests to enjoy.
7. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the newer additions to Magic Kingdom Park. It’s a super cool coaster that’s very kid-friendly while still fun for the adults. Not only does it have some fun twists and turns like any other coaster, it also includes a dark ride aspect with animatronics that are truly awesome. Fun and whimsical, this roller coaster is definitely worth a ride. However, you might want to look into getting a FastPass for it, as the wait for this one is often 2 hours or more.
For those who have coaster-loving little ones in their party, the Barnstormer is a great option. This smaller, steel track coaster is quite silly and themed around the Great Goofini and his outrageous stunts. Your kids will love the gentle drops offered by this short coaster, and you’ll enjoy the giggles that ensue. Best of all, you can all laugh at the crazy chaos left behind by Goofy both on the coaster and throughout the queue.
Possibly one of the most iconic Disney rides out there, the monorail is a must-see. This attraction is used to transport visitors from one area of the property to another, and does a fantastic job. It features multiple trains which run on a raised track and carry guests quickly between Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the Transportation and Ticket Center. Of course, the ride is as fun as it is practical, and features some great views of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Ready to ride the rails? We know we are! Be sure to add these great attractions to your to-do list, and we’ll see you at the parks.