Top 15 Must-Do Attractions At Walt Disney World

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No matter what Disney Park a guest is exploring, there are countless experiences to enjoy that range from classic to thrilling. Each attraction features its own unique theming and story that is sure to amaze guests, however since there are so many experiences to be had, it can be impossible to enjoy them all on one vacation. Guests who are looking to have the ultimate Disney vacation should instead focus on what are considered to be the must-do attractions which are situated throughout all four of the Disney Parks. These attractions are all considered to be must-dos thanks to their big thrills, classic moments, and unforgettable characters and stories and they should be enjoyed on every vacation. Here are the top fifteen must-do attractions at Walt Disney World!


1. Avatar Flight of Passage

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the breathtaking Pandora – The World of Avatar where guests can experience an attraction that transports them to another world. Avatar Flight of Passage uses technology to genetically link guests with Avatars and allow them to transport to Pandora where they can experience the Na’vi rite of passage of riding on the back of a banshee. With state of the art technology and the beautiful setting of Pandora, this attraction is an absolute must-do.

2. Na’vi River Journey

Also found in Pandora – The World of Avatar is a family-friendly attraction that brings guests into a bioluminescent forest on the planet. The Na’vi River Journey is a calm adventure where guests sail into the forest and encounter all sorts of exotic vegetation and creatures before slowly seeing the Na’vi emerge. The highlight of the experience is the reveal of the Shaman of Songs who is one of the most sophisticated audio-animatronics ever created.

3. Slinky Dog Dash

Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios allows guests to feel as though they have stepped into the world from the films by magically shrinking them down to the size of favorite toys. Slinky Dog Dash is an incredibly popular attraction in the area that has guests zip around inside of the classic character on a track that Andy built in his backyard. With turns, drops, and a classic ending featuring another beloved character, Slinky Dog Dash is a must-do.

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4. Alien Swirling Saucers

Another brand new attraction in Toy Story Land allows guests to blast off with some favorite characters from the films. Alien Swirling Saucers has guests board small spaceships manned by the green aliens from the films and set off on a dizzying adventure. Similar to the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom, each component of the attraction spins, and guests can enjoy the sensation of spinning and whipping around edges on this fun attraction.

5. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Take a ride on the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”! Star Wars fan or not, riding in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon is an experience not to be missed. This interactive attraction is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With roles including pilot, gunner, and engineer – everyone must work together to reach their destination despite a few hiccups along the way.

6. Frozen Ever After

Epcot is home to some very popular attractions that are considered to be must-dos including one that is situated in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. Frozen Ever After brings guests into the kingdom of Arendelle where Elsa is hosting a summer celebration at her castle. Before the celebration begins, guests can enjoy seeing favorite characters from the film including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven before enjoying a quick drop into the final scenes.

7. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the most beloved Disney films of all time and guests can enjoy an attraction in the Magic Kingdom that brings the characters to life. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has guests board mine carts that sway from side to side and brings them on an adventure into the mines where the Dwarfs work. With amazing animatronics and lots of twists and turns, this thrilling attraction is a definite must-do in the Magic Kingdom.

8. Space Mountain

Another thrilling attraction in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Tomorrowland reaching for the skies with futuristic white spires. Space Mountain transports guests to Starport 75, a bustling space hub where they can catch a flight to all corners of the galaxy. After boarding a rocket on the Alpha or Omega track, guests blast off into near darkness for an unforgettable adventure through space.

9. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Epcot’s Future World is home to a high speed attraction that offers guests the chance to be directly involved in personalizing their experience. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet has guests design their own SIM cars which are then tested in various areas through thrilling experiences on the track itself. Before finding out whose design scored the highest, guests can enjoy a high speed outdoor loop of track that offers sharp turns and views of many areas of Epcot.

10. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Competing with Test Track Presented by Chevrolet for fastest attraction in Walt Disney World is a thrilling experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has guests embark on a tour of G Force Records where they bump into Aerosmith and find themselves invited to a concert across town. After boarding stretch limos, guests launch from zero to sixty in seconds to jet through near darkness and several inversions to make it to the show on time.

11. Kilimanjaro Safaris

The Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a beautiful attraction that allows guests to experience up close encounters with some of the most beautiful animals on earth. Kilimanjaro Safaris brings guests into the Harambe Reserve in open air safari vehicles and offers unique glimpses of animals as they move through forests, rivers, and the African savannah. With animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, and more, Kilimanjaro Safaris is a definite must-do in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

12. Expedition Everest

Also found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an attraction that brings guests on a high speed adventure to escape the clutches of a fabled beast. Expedition Everest is situated in the Asia area of the park and aims to bring guests to the base camp of Everest using a shortcut. However, soon guests find themselves face to face with the Yeti and experiencing high speeds, drops, turns, and near darkness to escape the clutches of the beast.

13. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

A classic television series is brought to life through an eerie and thrilling experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has guests board an abandoned service elevator in the Hollywood Tower Hotel to discover what happened to five guests who mysteriously disappeared many years ago. The adventure brings guests into The Twilight Zone where they find themselves at the mercy of the tower and dropping over and over again in the elevator.

14. Splash Mountain

Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom features several popular attractions including one must-do that brings guests on an adventure that might leave them soaked. Splash Mountain has guests board logs and set off alongside Br’er Rabbit as her searches for more adventure. After several small drops, guests and Br’er Rabbit are captured by Br’er Fox and thrown down a steep hill into the Briar Patch below for a thrilling and soaking finale to this wonderful attraction.

15. Soarin’ Around the World

Future World in Epcot is home to The Land Pavilion where a must-do attraction is waiting to whisk guests on a worldly adventure. Soarin’ Around the World has guests dangle their feet and take to the skies for a hang gliding experience over some of the planet’s most amazing locations. Guests can check out the Eiffel Tower, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor, and much more before enjoying a final flight over Epcot at night on this amazing attraction.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.