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This or That: Disney Ride Breakdown

There are many fantastic rides throughout Walt Disney World for guests to enjoy. From high thrills to classis, each Disney park offers magical and fun rides for everyone. The hard part comes when you only have limited time at each Disney park. This means that sometimes hard decisions have to be made.

When you are visiting a Disney park during your Walt Disney World vacation, there might be times when you have to make tough choices. What rides do you choose to focus on? To help you with this process, we will go through this or that of Disney rides.

We will pair two rides against one another and then break down which one we think you should focus on during your Walt Disney World vacation and why. Let’s get started.

Slinky Dog Dash, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Slinky Dog Dash vs. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Both of these roller coasters are considered family-friendly coasters at Walt Disney World. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and has a 38-inch height requirement. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will find Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land with a 38-inch height requirement. 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes guests on a ride through the mines alongside the seven dwarfs. The end of the ride wraps up with the cottage and everyone having a grand time. The ride has a few tiny drops and turns, but it is very gentle and quick overall.

Slinky Dog Dahs has a lot more thrill with the exact height requirement. Guests board Slinky Dog and join him on a wild ride through Andy’s backyard. Guests experience drops, turns, a launch, and even a few bumps. Slinky Dog Dash is a lot more thrilling for a family coaster. It also is a more extended experience when compared to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

When comparing these two family-friendly coasters, we prefer Slinky Dog Dash. It provides a much more exciting ride experience overall. 

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, EPCOT
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Remy’s Ratotoulie Adventure vs. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

We were thrilled when these two rides came to Walt Disney World. We love that the whole family can ride these together and enjoy the magic and joy they create. Both of these rides are trackless rides that have no height requirement.

Remy’s Ratotoulie Adventure is found in the France Pavilion at EPCOT. This trackless ride also brings in a 4D experience as guests are put right into the action. Join Chef Remy as you race through the kitchen to avoid being caught.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also a trackless ride but uses a unique 2 ½ D effect to bring guests into the action. As they board the train driven by Goofy, guests are quickly off on a crazy adventure. 

If you had to choose between these two rides, we recommend focusing on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This ride is more family-friendly for us as no one will risk becoming motion sick like they could on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The fantastic special effects throughout the ride are incredibly unique, and as the only ride featuring Mickey Mouse, it is a must-do for us.

TRON Entrance
TRON Entrance

Tron: Lightcycle Run vs. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind 

The two newest rides to hit Walt Disney World are found in EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. These thrilling coasters have guests raving about the excitement and fun they experience when riding both.

Tron: Lightcycle Run is a high-speed coaster that blasts guests into the grid. They will race to collect light cycles in a fun, adrenaline-filled experience. For an even better experience, plan your ride under the lights.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in an indoor coaster with guests helping the Guardians of the Galaxy. The ride starts with the first-ever reverse launch at Walt Disney World, and the action doesn’t stop. Guests are constantly in the action as the ride vehicles can rotate independently. Rock out to outstanding songs as you twist, turn, and race through the galaxy.

We lean towards Tron: Lightcycle Run if we only had time for one of these rides. The main reason has to do with motion sickness. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is fantastic, but it leaves us feeling green each time we ride. As this isn’t enjoyable, we prefer the high-speed thrill of Tron: Lightcycle Run in Magic Kingdom.

Rock 'N Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
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Rock n’ Roller Coaster vs. Space Mountain

Finally this or that will put two indoor, dark coasters against one another. Rock n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives guests a backstage pass to a thrilling ride. It starts with a launch that takes guests into the backstreets of Hollywood. There, they will twist, loop, and fly to their destination.

Space Mountain at Night
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The classic and original indoor coaster is in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. Space Mountain is a fast coaster that has guests zipping through the dark. Although the twists and turns are thrilling, we also find them slightly uncomfortable. Because of this, we lean towards choosing Rock n’ Roller Coaster.

When it comes down to it, you will find us at Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Tron: Lightcycle Run, and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. Do you agree with our picks? Would you have chosen differently? We hope breaking down our thoughts will help you choose the best for you during your Walt Disney World vacation.

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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