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Which Disney Park Has the Best Rides? You Might Be Surprised

Walt Disney World’s four main Parks (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom) have unique and exciting rides for Guests to experience. Looking at what each Park offers, they aren’t all created equal.

We are going to rank the four Parks based on their ride offerings. Which Park will come out on top when it comes to rides? Let’s dive in.

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4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is coming in last, but this doesn’t mean it should be skipped. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers some unique Walt Disney World rides. Here, Guests can experience a safari, ride on the back of a banshee and take on a Yeti.

Avatar Flight of Passage continues to be one of the most popular rides in Walt Disney World. Guests are transformed into the land of Pandora as they fly through the beautiful scenery.

One of the most thrilling coasters is Expedition Everest. A combination of going backward, a significant drop, and the speed combine to make this a fantastic coaster.

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Finally, Kilimanjaro Safari is a unique ride where Guests can experience a ride through a savanna. Here they can see giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, and many other animals. Kilimanjaro Safari is truly a unique experience.

So with all these great rides, why is Disney’s Animal Kingdom last on our list? It is because of the lack of rides throughout the Park. After these three main rides, there aren’t a lot of other rides for Guests to enjoy throughout the Park.

Dinosaur is thrilling; however, it is often skipped for those who don’t care to be jerked around or don’t like dinosaurs. Na’vi River Journey is beautiful but usually has long lines that aren’t worth the wait for what the ride offers.

Because of the lack of rides offered to Guests, Disney’s Animal Kingdom finds itself at number four when it comes to the Disney Parks.

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At number three, we find EPCOT. Even with the newest ride at Walt Disney World, EPCOT still has some growth areas when it comes to rides.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the newest coaster at Walt Disney World. With the reverse launch and fantastic ride vehicles that keep Guests constantly in action, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is extremely popular. For Guests that struggle with motion sickness, this isn’t going to be one they want to experience.

Also in EPCOT are Frozen Ever After and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. These are great walks into some of our favorite movies. They are fun, cute rides, but if you aren’t into these movies, you might not want to spend much time here waiting in line.

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Guests also like Test Track and Soarin’, but if you have little ones, they won’t be able to experience these more thrilling attractions.

Although there are more options throughout EPCOT than at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the rides offered have particular audiences. This can make it hard to get everything done if you are traveling with a mixed group. Many of the rides can also cause motion sickness for some Guests. We mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, but Mission Space and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure have been known to cause some issues.

EPCOT has undergone many significant changes, bringing many great rides, but we still feel like it doesn’t beat the other Disney Parks.


#2: Magic Kingdom

Taking number two went it comes to rides is the iconic Magic Kingdom. Where Disney’s Animal Kingdom lacks rides, Magic Kingdom has numerous options for Guests throughout the Park to enjoy.

Iconic rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world, The Haunted Mansion, and Peter Pan’s Flight are fun for the whole family. With so many rides, why does Magic Kingdom find itself at number two? This is because when it comes to thrilling attractions, there isn’t a lot to choose from at Magic Kingdom.

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We are excited for Tron Lightcyle Run to open in April as it will bring another E-ticket option to Magic Kingdom. Following the closing of Splash Mountain, those looking for thrilling experiences at Magic Kingdom are limited to Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

Because of the lack of thrilling attractions, Magic Kingdom finds itself at number two.

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#1: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Taking number one is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is an impressive undertaking as the Park was once barely a half-day Park. We often recommend spending more than one day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience everything it offers.

What makes Disney’s Hollywood Studios number one in rides is the variety of the rides and the complete immersion they provide. Starting in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, Guests are taken into the Star Wars universe like never before. Rise of the Resistance allows Guests to be placed into the action as they work with the Resistance to fight the First Order. This is more than a ride; it is an experience.Guests can also live out their dreams by flying the Millennium Falcon. Jump into hyperdrive as you work to complete your missions.

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Over in Toy Story Land, Guests are shrunk to the size of toys as they hang out in Andy’s Backyard. With three fantastic rides, Guests can race with Slinky, compete against one another on Toy Story Mania, or laugh away on Alien Swirling Saucers. This beautiful land brings this beloved Pixar film to Guests in a magical way.

Don’t forget to experience the first-ever ride to feature Mickey Mouse himself. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a family-friendly ride that Guests can all ride together. They will enjoy the trackless ride system that takes them through colorful scenes alongside Mickey and his friends.

Down Sunset Boulevard, Guests can have a great time stepping into the Twilight Zone or racing on the streets of Hollywood. No matter what they prefer, there is something for Guests to enjoy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

We love all four Parks and the unique experiences that they provide. When breaking down rides, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the best offerings for Guests. What is your opinion on the best rides at Walt Disney World?


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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