When you're about to board a ride at Walt Disney World, you probably don't pay too much attention to which seat you're assigned. But those seats are pretty important — they can even give you different experiences on the same ride! Here's a list of attractions with the seats that offer the most thrilling, scenic and, in some cases, safest experiences, and we'll also offer a tip on how to easily get the seats you want!
1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
If you're looking for the wildest ride in the wilderness, look no farther than the back row. That's where you'll be whipped around this Magic Kingdom coaster's twists and turns the fastest. If you sit in the front, you might think that your car will never get to the top of the hills, as the ride has to pull the rest of your long, heavy train behind you.
2. Space Mountain
Unlike Big Thunder, the best seat for thrills on this ride is in the front. That's because you're more fully immersed in total darkness in the first seat of this Magic Kingdom ride, and you don't have other people's heads in your way, like when you sit in the second or third row. In the front seat, you're also the first person to experience the ride's surprise turns and sudden drops and the first one to scream!
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The best seat on the Magic Kingdom's newest coaster depends on what you're into. If you're looking for the greatest view of the ride's drops and its dark ride scene, choose the front seats. You'll also get the most time to view the ride's final scene. But if you're hoping for the fastest ride and the biggest thrill, choose the last row's seats.
4. Splash Mountain
You can also choose your own adventure on this Magic Kingdom ride. If you're hoping to stay dry, head to the back left. You can also try ducking right before the big drop if you really don't want to get soaked. But if you want the best view and the wettest ride, go to the front right. That's where you'll be hit not only by the majority of the final drop's huge splash but also by the ride's waterfalls and other wet effects.
5. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Once you're buckled into this ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll barely have time to think about your seat before you're launched 60 miles per hour, but if you're in the back (specifically Row 11), you'll likely have the most exhilarating time with the most G-force as the rest of the train pulls your limo through the inversions, hills and turns. If you're looking for a smoother ride, head to the middle rows or the front.