Heart-Stopping Rides across Walt Disney World Resort

Calling all thrill-seekers and coaster enthusiasts! If you’re craving excitement and adventure at “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” we’ve got you covered.  

While Walt Disney World Resort is a place for everyone of all ages and thrill-levels, there are certain rides that get your heart rate up higher than the rest. From high-speed twists and turns to drops that’ll take your breath away, we’ll outline our top absolute must-do ride at each park that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  


For an exciting combination of exploration and thrilling adventures, be sure to make your way to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (it’s the one with the huge spaceship out front).  

This recently opened attraction hurtles guests through time and space with the beloved characters from MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy. While on this reverse launch-coaster, you’ll be spinning through cosmic landscapes as you race to save the galaxy, while of course, listening to a randomized pick of a classic American tune, such as “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire.  

Grab your Virtual Queue or Individual Lightening Lane to experience this ride as standby queue is not available.  

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind a thrilling ride at Walt Disney World Resort

Honorable Mention: Hit the track for a high-speed test drive like no other when you ride Test Track. Design your own virtual car and race it against others to see whose design is the most optimal against a variety of tests, including speed. Zoom through turns and feel the wind in your hair as you race to the finish at up to 65 MPH.  

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

A day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is usually peaceful with all the lush greenery surrounding you and the natural sounds of animals, but something thrilling is hiding in the peaks of Mount Everest.  

Inside is a daring expedition to the icy top, as well as its lone yet frightening inhabitant, the Yeti. Attempt to escape his grip on a speeding train going 50 MPH with thrilling and unexpected surprises.  

Take a ride on Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain if you dare.  

Honorable Mention: The breathtaking world of Pandora hosts Avatar Flight of Passage. This visually stunning attraction takes you on a truly otherworldly adventure that combines stunning visuals, stimulating smells, surprising water features, and a unique ride vehicle that’ll truly make it feel like you’re riding a Banshee.  

Expedition Everest  - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain a thrilling ride at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

While definitely not for the faint of heart, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is always worth the scare.  

Take an unpredictable ride in the haunted elevator into a journey of the unknown. After climbing 13 floors and feeling like you might get stuck in the twilight zone, it’s here where the terror begins and will make your heart drop. This thrill is addictive, so be warned, you may want to ride it again and again. And it’s worth the wait to ride it again as each experience is different.  

Expect the unexpected with this 1939 Hollywood-esque attraction inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  

Honorable Mention: Discover Living on the Edge with legendary rock band Aerosmith when you buckle into Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. This “super stretch limo” launches you from 0 to 60 MPH in a few seconds and takes you on full loops throughout the neon streets of LA.  

The exciting soundtrack paired with the high-speed inversions will satisfy any coaster junkie.  

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ a thrilling ride at Walt Disney World Resort

Magic Kingdom 

Prepare yourself to leave the world of Fantasy and enter the Grid on Tron Lightcycle Run.  

Jump onto the sleek lightcycle ride vehicle and hold on tight as you race through the digital realm at high speeds. This cutting-edge technology is sure to impress any self-proclaimed theme park nerd.  

You can only find this one-of-a-kind electrifying attraction at two places: Orlando and Shanghai.  

This popular ride opened in 2023 and crowds are still loving it. So make sure to secure your Virtual Queue or Individual Lightening Lane, as standby queue is not available.  

Honorable Mention: Space Mountain remains a steadfast classic and beloved attraction that still gets guests hearts racing year after year.  

Board a rocket style coaster and zoom past shooting stars into the pure darkness of space. Riding in the dark makes the tight turns and drops even more exhilarating.  

Space Mountain is an instant ride for any thrill-lover.  

TRON Lightcycle / Run  a thrilling ride at Walt Disney World Resort

From Thrill to Chill at Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista 

After being tossed around all day by amazing thrill rides, take the free shuttle back to the cozy Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista. Find comfort, affordability, and convenience all in one place.  

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