Walt Disney World isn’t often known for its thrills. In fact, if you’re after giant roller coasters and truly adrenaline-pumping rides, Universal Studios Orlando is a better bet. However, there are still several Disney attractions classified as “thrill rides.”
For this list I picked only from the attractions that fall into Disney’s thrill category. Since it’s unlikely that you’ll go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh looking for a wild ride, those attractions are excluded from the list. Instead, these are the rides that are meant to give you a thrill but may or may not live up to the claim. Those on the best list should offer some genuine excitement while those on the worst, while fine attractions in their own right, probably won’t feel very thrilling to the bravest riders in the park.
1. Space Mountain
Space Mountain is not only a roller coaster, it’s the most jarring option on property. Since you’re hurtling through a pitch black building, the drops and turns can come as quite a surprise, adding to the excitement of the attraction. Space Mountain also has two different tracks, so if they’re both open and you have time to ride twice, you can experience completely different thrills on each path.
2. Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest features the classic big drop that you expect from a roller coaster, earning it a top spot on the list of thrills. It also sends you backwards, careening at sharp angles, and speeding through the dark. Though the yeti lacks its original thrill now that he’s stationary, creative lighting still makes it an exciting sight as you race past.
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster shoots you off at 60 miles an hour into a massive neon-lit indoor space. With two rollover loops and a corkscrew, this ride has one of the most thrilling tracks at Walt Disney World. While the theme of racing in a limo to an Aerosmith concert isn’t as heart-pounding as the Yeti expedition, the ride itself more than makes up for it, earning it a must-do ranking for thrill seekers.
4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror doesn’t just drop you in its rickety elevator, the attraction actually pushes you down so you fall faster than the speed of gravity. There are several different ride configurations so you never know how many times you’ll go up and down before the plummets are over, adding to the excitement and anticipation.
5. Test Track
Test Track takes you through several exciting twists and turns including curves banked at 50-degrees and three-story climbs. The outdoor portion of the track is the highlight of the attraction. It spans nearly a mile and takes you around at speeds up to 65 miles an hour, which feel particularly thrilling when you consider the fact that your car is open to the hair-whipping air around you.