Let’s Take a Spin! Spinning Attractions at Walt Disney World

Primeval Whirl
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Disney World is a lot of different things, and different aspects of this wonderful place stand out to different people. For instance, you may be one who goes for the ambiance of the place, or perhaps you’re just in love with all of the amazing foods the resort has to offer. Some people love the character interactions, while others are in love with the shows and parades. But there’s one thing that everyone who goes to Disney World can agree on: The rides are awesome. It’s true, Disney World just wouldn’t be the same without all the incredible rides they have to offer, and some of our very favorite rides are the spinning ones. After all, who can resist riding around in circles on the back of a horse, hopping on an elephant for a ride around in the sky, or spinning like mad in a giant teacup?


If you’re just as obsessed as we are with spinning, you may be wondering where to find these super fun round-and-round rides. Below we’ve listed all of the spinning rides in every Disney World park. Take this list with you, and you can be sure to hit each and every one during your next visit.

Magic Kingdom

We will begin in Magic Kingdom. Here you’ll find the vast majority of the round and spinning rides, and each and every one is well worth experiencing, meaning you’re going to want to give yourself plenty of time to do so.

1. Astro Orbiter

Located in Tomorrowland, Astro Orbiter takes guests on a circular flight through the sky in small, retro-style rocket ships. Because the ride is set on a rather tall platform to begin with, this ride is probably the tallest one on this list, and it provides some fantastic views. To make things even more fun, riders can move their spaceship up and down as they fly. How cool is that?

2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is similar to the Astro Orbiter, but with a more classic Disney theme and without the tall platform. This Fantasyland ride has guests board elephants, which then raise up and fly in circles through the air. Once again, guests have control over whether the elephant flies higher or lower, making this a fun interactive experience for younger children.


3. Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Yet another ride that flies guests in circles is Magic Carpets of Aladdin. This particular iteration features carpets for guests to ride. As you might have guessed, guests can control the up and down motion of the vehicle, but they can also make the carpet tilt forward or backward, adding a new fun twist to the experience. Watch out for the spitting camels!

4. Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel

No theme park is complete without a carousel, and Disney has taken this particular ride more seriously than most. Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel is the centerpiece of Fantasyland and features some truly stunning artwork which tells the story of Cinderella. Each horse on the ride is unique, and the music played by the merry-go-round is a lovely collection of classic Disney tunes that puts a sort of magic in the air.

5. Mad Tea Party

A classic ride that just screams Disney, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Mad Tea Party invites guests to hop aboard a giant colorful teacup. When all riders have boarded, the cups begin spinning around the ride platform while also orbiting one another. Want some extra spin? Just turn that wheel in the middle of your cup!

6. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Though perhaps not considered a spinning ride by some, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin can certainly be made to be a spinning ride. This attraction takes riders on a journey through space, during which they must use laser blasters to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg. But here’s the real fun part: In addition to the laser guns, guests are also given a joystick to control which way their car faces. It’s super fun to use this joystick to simply spin the car around a few times throughout the ride.


Epcot doesn’t have much to offer on the spinning ride front. That said, the one they do have is pretty intense, making it perfect for the hardcore spinning ride enthusiasts out there.

7. Mission: Space

Wondering what ride we’re referring to? Mission: Space is the one. While the “green” version of this ride—because you do get a choice in the matter—does not include any spinning at all, the “orange” side involves quite a lot of intense round-and-round movement. That said, this movement doesn’t exactly feel like spinning. Instead, it feels much like it might feel to be taking off in a rocket ship. But trust us when we say you are indeed spinning, and you’re sure to feel it once the ride finishes.

Hollywood Studios

Now home to two great spinning rides, Hollywood Studios is definitely making itself more and more appealing. Both rides are located in Toy Story Land, meaning it’ll be easy to make sure you catch both of them first thing.

8. Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania has been a part of Hollywood Studios for years now. However, it is just as awesome now as it was when it first opened. Part of this is due to the fun 3D effects and the opportunity to play some exciting midway games. However, another part of the fun is the zany spinning the ride does between the game scenes. Don’t you agree?

9. Alien Flying Saucers

The newer of the two Hollywood Studios spinning rides is Alien Flying Saucers. This ride is much like the teacups mentioned above, but because guests ride in a trailer behind a flying saucer, there is a super fun whipping motion added to the fun. Sure, you can’t spin your ride vehicle like mad, but this whipping motion—and the sliding back and forth that goes with it—sure is a blast.

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Animal Kingdom

Finally, there is Animal Kingdom. This park also offers two spinning rides, and once again, they can both be found in the same land. Head to DinoLand U.S.A. and you’ll be all set with lots of spinning fun.

10. Triceratops Spin

First, there is Triceratops Spin. This ride is very much like Magic Kingdom’s Astro Orbiter, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Magic Carpets of Aladdin. The only real difference is the fact that the ride cars are triceratops rather than spaceships, elephants, or magic carpets. As you probably guessed, the dinos can be moved up and down during the ride, adding to the fun.

11. Primeval Whirl

Lastly, we must mention Primeval Whirl. This unique attraction is actually a roller coaster that spins. Each tight turn makes the entire car spin, and often there are several turns in a row, making the car quickly change directions. Guests even get to experience the sensation of spinning while going downhill, making this a super silly ride indeed.

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