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Discover the Thrills: Top Roller Coasters at Disney

Buckle up and get ready as we prepare for thrills at Walt Disney World.

Although Walt Disney World is a vacation destination for the whole family, there are some great thrills for those looking for them. Yes the whole family can enjoy iconic rides together such as Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean, but there are also thrilling coasters to be enjoyed.

Get strapped in as we share the top roller coasters at Walt Disney World. These are rides that thrill seekers won’t want to miss.


Magic Kingdom

Known for the iconic rides such as Peter Pan’s Flight and it’s a small world, Magic Kingdom also has some great coasters for Guests to enjoy. The coasters range from beginner to extreme.

The Barnstormer, Storybook Circus
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Barnstormer: Storybook Circus

Height Requirement: 35″

Little ones who are just getting ready for the coaster will like a ride a Goofy’s Barnstormer. This quick, kid coaster is a perfect first time coaster. It is short with very little thrill so even little ones can enjoy it. With no major drops or quick turns, Barnstormer is the perfect first coaster.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: 38″

Another good family-friendly coaster in Magic Kingdom is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. With slightly more thrill than Barnstormer, this trip inside the mine with the Dwarfs is full of fun. Not only is it fun to have your own mine car, but heading into the mine full of gems is stunning. With a few more quick drops and turns compared to Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a good next step for coasters.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Frontierland

Height Requirement: 40″

The wildest ride in the wilderness is the next coaster at Magic Kingdom. Strap in for a wild ride as this train zips through the west. Quick turns and a few small drops make Big Thunder Mountain Railroad a thrilling coaster. What can make this ride slightly more thrilling is the fact that there is only a lap bar. This means that there is a lot of sliding around throughout the ride, but that can add to the thrill.

Space Mountain: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: 44″

When looking for thrills at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain should be at the top of the must-do list. This indoor coaster takes Guests on a race through space. Not only is the ride extremely dark, but the sudden movements keep you constantly guessing and screaming. For those looking for excitement and thrills, a quick blast through space and do that for you.

Tron Lightcycle Run: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: 48″

The newest and most thrilling coaster in Magic Kingdom is Tron Lightcycle Run. On their own motorcycle, Guests are launched into the dips and turns of this smooth coaster. Even though it is short, it is thrilling the whole time. Don’t forget that in order to experience Tron Lightcycle Run, you need to either purchase a Lightning Lane or join the virtual queue through the My Disney Experience app.

Magic Kingdom is a great place to start the coaster fun. With a handful of coasters to choose from, everyone can enjoy their own thrills.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
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Known more for World Showcase and the amazing countries, it might surprise some Guests to find a great, highly thrilling coaster at EPCOT.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind World Discovery

Height Requirement: 42″

Over in EPCOT Guests will find one roller coaster and that is the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Another indoor coaster, Guardians blasts Guests off using a first ever reverse launch. From there, the thrills continue as the ride is constantly moving. The fun music makes Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind a coaster that takes thrills to the next level.

Like with Tron Lightcycle Run, Guests need to either purchase an Individual Lightning Lane or join the virtual queue.

Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story Land
Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story Land

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Known for E-ticket attractions, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has two great coasters for Guests to enjoy when visiting.

Slinky Dog Dash: Toy Story Land


Height Requirement: 38″

Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster. Get ready to zip, dip, and turn as Slinky coils back and forth. Don’t be fooled by the fact this coaster is in Toy Story Land. It has a lot more thrill to it than most anticipate.

Rock 'N Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
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Rock n Roller Coaster: Sunset Boulevard

Height Requirement: 48″

One of the original thrilling coasters at Walt Disney World is Rock n Roller Coaster. This indoor coaster takes Guests in a high speed race through the streets of Hollywood. Get locked in as you are blasted off quickly.

It can be easy to get wrapped up in the amazing rides in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but don’t skip these two coasters if you are looking for thrills.

Disney Thrills Everest
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A true thrill coaster is found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Expedition Everest: Asia

Height Requirement: 44″

This coaster into the mountain is the definition of thrills. It not only has a large drop, but it also goes backwards in the dark for an extended period. No matter how many times Guests board Expedition Everest, they are still excited by the thrills it brings each ride.

If you are looking for thrilling coasters throughout Walt Disney World, you can find them in all four Parks. Depending on how much thrill you are looking for, Disney will have a coaster for you.

Starting with Barnstormer and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train all the way to Expedition Everest, Tron Lightcycle Run, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, every coaster lover will find something for them to enjoy.




Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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