The ABCs of Disney Rides and Attractions

We thought we would do a fun look at the Walt Disney World rides and attractions.  Take a look at the A B Cs of Disney rides and attractions.

A:  Alien Swirling Saucers 

For a food laugh, Guests can enjoy a spin on this Toy Story ride.  Hang out with the aliens in Andy’s backyard for a quick spin.

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B:  Big Thunder Mountain 

Head on over to Magic Kingdom for this wild roller coaster.  Guests will enjoy a ride that takes them through the wild wild west.  With some great dips, turns, and a fast pace Big Thunder Mountain is a top ride in Magic Kingdom.

C:  Country Bear Jamboree 

An entertaining show in Magic Kingdom, Courtney Bear Jamboree brings humor to Guests.  Enjoy a country western musical featuring singing bears.  This show has been going on since 1971 when the Magic Kingdom opened.

D:  Dinosaur 

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, go on an adventure with a ride on Dinosaur.   Here Guests take a ride through the past and discover dinosaurs.   Make sure you are buckled as things go wrong and get a little rough.

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E:  Expedition Everest:

Also in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guests can find a thrilling ride on Expedition Everest.   One of the most thrilling coasters at Walt Disney World, Expedition Everest has it all.  Not only do Guests fly backward in the dark at top speeds, but also enjoy a big drop.  All of these elements work together to create one great coaster.

F:  Finding Nemo The Big Blue and Beyond

The newest show at Walt Disney World is found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.   Finding Nemo, The Big Blue, and Beyond just recently started performances.  This adorable musical takes Guests on a lovely journey with Dory, Nemo, and all their friends.  This is a great show for getting out of the sun and relaxing.

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G: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

The newest ride in all of Walt Disney World is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind found in EPCOT.  This new coaster brings in an out-of-this-world experience Guests have never done before.  With a reverse launch and ride vehicles that rotate 360 degrees, Guests are always in the action.  Strap in for a fantastic ride!

H: Haunted Mansion

It wouldn’t be a Disney rides list without including Haunted Mansion.  This is another iconic ride in Magic Kingdom that all Guests should experience at least once during their Disney vacation.  Visit the mansion where your ghost host takes you on a creepy and haunted tour.  Be careful not to pick up any friends on your way out.

I: it’s a small world 

Love it or hate it, it’s a small world is a Disney classic that has to be on the list.  Even if the song gets stuck in your head, the overall message of this ride is one that continues to be important today.  Enjoy all the different countries and fun details that are hidden throughout each scene.

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J:  Jungle Cruise 

We love this boat ride through the rivers of the world.  The jungle skippers make this ride a must-do for us each time we visit Magic Kingdom.  We enjoy the silly jokes, the new scenes that were added, and the overall story of the ride.  Each time is a little different and for that, we appreciate each visit.

K:  Kilimanjaro Safaris

It wouldn’t be a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom without a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris.  This ride takes Guests out into the Harambee Reserve where they are able to see a variety of animals that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home.  From the giraffes and rhinos that walk around, to the magnificent elephants and lions in a distance, each and every safari ride is an adventure.  Even though we love Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest, we think the Kilimanjaro Safaris is the true winner in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  It is truly unique and special to Walt Disney World.

L: Living with the Land

Maybe not the most exciting ride in all of Walt Disney World, but Living with the Land is a must-do for us.  In EPCOT’s Land Pavilion, Living with the Land is a slow-paced boat ride through the many gardens of EPCOT.  We love seeing what is growing and how Disney’s horticulture team is always making improvements.  This is a nice way to get out of the crowds and the heat during the day.

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M:  Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

For a ride that is just fun, head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.  This ride puts Guests into the cartoon with a new 2 ½ D technology.  The trackless ride system keeps you guessing where you are going and what will happen next.  We love how this ride just makes us happy and that the whole family can enjoy it together.

N: Navi River Journey 

Navi River Journey is a nice, slow boat ride through the beautiful land of Pandora.  This is another ride that the whole family can enjoy together.  In the end, Guests will be amazed at one of the most astonishing animatronics at Walt Disney World.

O:  Olaf Meet and Greet

In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests can enjoy a warm hug with their favorite snowman Olaf.  Olaf is waiting for friends at the beach located at the Celebrity Spotlight.  He doesn’t seem to have long lines unless the Frozen Sing-Along next door has just gotten out.

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P:  Pirates of the Caribbean

One of our favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World is Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom.  This ride is fantastic as it has it all:  a little thrill, a great storyline, fun songs, and immersive scenes.  We never miss a chance to hang out with these pirates during our Disney vacation.

R:  Rise of the Resistance

A truly immersive experience that puts Guests into the movies like never before is Rise of the Resistance found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Guests work with Rey, BB-8, Poe, and others to fight the First Order.  When things go wrong, it takes the whole team to get safely.  Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, we highly recommend checking out Rise of the Resistance.

S:  Space Mountain

An indoor coaster, Space Mountain is full of thrills.  This indoor coaster is extremely dark and blasts Guests through space.  We have a love, hate relationship with Space Mountain.  It is so fun, but it does jerk you around a lot so keep that in mind.


T:  Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Drop in for a great ride on the Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Guests board the service elevator of this abandoned hotel and strap in for an adventurous ride.  Every trip is different which is one of the many reasons we love this ride.  Even if you don’t wish to ride, consider checking out the queue.

U:  Under the Sea Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Take a ride with Ariel and friends on this ride through the beloved story of the Little Mermaid.  We love how colorful this ride is and that our favorite songs from the movie make an appearance.  We tend to ride this a few times when in Magic Kingdom as it is nice and cool.

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V: Vacation Fun:  An Original Animated Short with Mickey and Minnie

When you are in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and need a break from the crowds and heat, head on over to see Vacation Fun.  This short film featuring Mickey and Minnie getting ready for vacation is super funny and the theatre is nice, cool, and relaxing.  Take time to snap some pictures on your way out as well.

W:  Winnie the Pooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Magic Kingdom is a favorite.  This cute ride has Guests seated in honey pots as they travel through different beloved stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.  We love the colors of this ride and the happy feelings it gives off.

We did our best to find a ride or attraction at Walt Disney World for all the letters of the alphabet.  Did you enjoy our list?  Would you have picked different ones?

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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