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10 Must-Do Rides Before Leaving Walt Disney World

When visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, there are many attractions to experience. But which attractions should you definitely experience before your Disney vacation ends? We’ve narrowed it down to ten rides you must ride before leaving the Walt Disney World Resort. Here they are!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Unique to the Walt Disney World Resort, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is located in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park. The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) comes alive as you explore a diamond mine with the dwarfs. You’ll experience a unique ride in a free-swinging cart. Enjoy climbing steep inclines, racing down the mountain, and meandering round hairpin bends in a thrilling family coaster. Your magical experience begins as you enter the line for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Enjoy entertainment throughout the line before you board the Disney ride.

Expect a long line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train throughout the day. To experience a shorter wait, you’ll want to enter the line during Early Theme Park Entry or at rope drop. Alternatively, use Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom
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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

The entire family can enter the cartoon universe with their favorite Disney pals in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto star in their first attraction in a Disney Park. Board a runaway railway that has surprises at every twist and turn. You’ll be left in amazement as the cars move throughout the ride without a track. While lines for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attracts long lines, you’ll be glad you waited to experience it. If you plan to use Disney Genie+ during your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, aim to secure a Lightning Lane reservation for the Disney attraction.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with a Yeti? Riding Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the place to do so. Climb to the peaks of the Himalayas before discovering a broken track on the Disney thrill ride. The high-speed train will suddenly go backward, before reaching the top of the largest drop in Walt Disney World. As you descend, enjoy stunning views of Asia in the Disney Park. Before boarding Expedition Everest, the line guides you around a Tibetan village and an explorers’ museum, preparing you for your climb. A single-rider line is available if you are traveling alone. Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane is also available at the attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Expedition Everest, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Toy Story Mania!

Another family ride that all of your party can enjoy is Toy Story Mania in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Board a carnival tram in Toy Story Land, put your 3D glasses on and move through Andy’s room. As you move through the ride, you’ll have the opportunity to play five different games, using a spring-action shooter. Successfully hitting objects will add points to your score. We love how interactive the attraction is. Release your competitive side and compete to see who can get the highest score in your vehicle. Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane is available for Toy Story Mania. However, monitoring line times on the My Disney Experience app during the day can help you to select a time to ride when there is a short wait time.

Toy Story Mania Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

The newest attraction in EPCOT theme park is a must-visit. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is located in World Discovery. Prepare for an intergalactic adventure through time and space to an epic soundtrack. The thrill attraction is the smoothest ride to experience in the Walt Disney World Resort. Get ready to experience a reverse launch, followed by twists and turns as your car rotates 360 degrees. Your ride experience will be accompanied by one of six soundtracks. To ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, purchase an Individual Lightning Lane reservation or secure a boarding group using the Virtual Queue.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT
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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Step inside Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s icon when riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. You’ll find The Hollywood Tower Hotel at the end of Sunset Boulevard. Enter at your own risk and prepare to board a maintenance service elevator that will take you directly to the twilight zone. While we hope you’ll experience the entire attraction, there is an opportunity to exit before boarding the elevator if the experience gets too much for you. Making your way through the Disney attraction’s queue line is an experience; you want to experience the incredible hotel and its grounds.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Shrink down to the size of a rat and prepare to explore Gusteau’s restaurant in a new way. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure brings Ratatouille (2007) to life. Embark on a 4D culinary adventure with Remy and Emile. After collecting your special 3D glasses, you’ll board a rat-inspired vehicle. Prepare to be wowed as you move through the attraction freely, without a track. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is located in the France Pavilion in EPCOT World Showcase. Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane can be used for the Disney attraction and can help to reduce your wait time.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, EPCOT
Credit: V Mills

Haunted Mansion

Once you’ve experienced The Walt Disney Company’s version of a haunted house, another experience won’t compare. You’ll find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park. Make your way through the graveyard before entering the Gracey residence. A Ghost Host will give you a tour of the estate home of 999 happy haunts in your own Doom Buggy. Haunted Mansion is an excellent ride to experience throughout the day. Look out for a wait time of 13 minutes; the spooky time indicates something special…

Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom
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Avatar Flight of Passage

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to Pandora – The World of Avatar. Enter the world of the Na’Vi in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage allows you to board a Banshee and gain a unique view of Pandora’s landscape. While the Walt Disney World ride generally has a long line, experiencing the full queue line helps to tell the story of the journey you are about to embark on. For a shorter line time, we recommend entering the line during Early Theme Park Entry if you are a Disney Resort hotel Guest or toward the Disney Park close. Alternatively, you can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane Entry.

Avatar Flight of Passage, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Frozen Ever After

Have you ever wanted to voyage through Arendelle? Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT World Showcase offers you the opportunity to do so. Begin by navigating the Arendelle town center and Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post before boarding a Nordic vessel. On a musical adventure to Elsa’s ice castle, you’ll encounter all of your favorite characters from Frozen (2013). Prepare for a little splash as Elsa sends you back down to Arendelle from the North Mountain.

Frozen Ever After, EPCOT
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Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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