Skip to main content

Best Rides in each Walt Disney World park

How do you even pick a "best" ride in each of the Walt Disney World parks? How do you compare a classic attraction like Peter Pan's Flight to something state of the art like Flight of Passage?  One has classic Disney storytelling and has been beloved by park guests for years while the other uses cutting edge technology along with storytelling, music, and even smells to create an immersive experience.  In order to pick the best ride in each park, I needed to develop some criteria.
1) Overall Ride Experience -This is perhaps the most important evaluation tool of all. A great ride experience should have you leaving the attraction with a smile on your face, eager to do it again.
2) Technical Aspects of the ride -Does the ride contain technical innovations?  Or classic technical skills used to great effect?
3) Ride-ability -Can everyone experience this attraction?  What is the height requirement?  What is the motion sickness factor? 
4) Ride Story -One area where Walt Disney World excels beyond any other theme park is in the art of storytelling.  Each of their attractions has a storyline.  How does this storyline add to or detract from the ride experience?
5) Longevity and "Classic-ness" of the Ride -Is the ride a Disney classic?  Has it survived the test of time?  Is it likely to stick around?
So here are the winners:

Epcot: Soarin'/Soarin' Around the World -Located in Future World's Land pavilion, Soarin' has been a classic and a hit ever since it made its debut, seeing wait times exceed two hours, especially during the busiest times of the year.  While the ride does have a height requirement, it's gentle.  Many people who experience motion sickness are still able to enjoy this attraction.  Overall, the ride experience is incredible.  It's completely immersive with a great score.  I also love how the Disney imagineers were able to incorporate the sense of smell on this ride.  This was updated in 2016, and I still can't decide which version of this attraction is my favorite.  I will always love the original due to the classic score, but Soarin' Around the World is a must-do at Epcot.
Honorable Mention: Spaceship Earth


Disney's Hollywood Studios: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror -This is as close to a no-brainer as it gets for me.  Overall, this ride has it all, thrills, storytelling, technology, imagineer attention to details, even a hidden Mickey.  For many, this is their favorite ride, not just in Disney's Hollywood Studios, but in all of Walt Disney World.  While I always try and snag a Fastpass for this attraction, it's also worth it to go through the main queue and take in all the details the imagineers have cleverly placed.  It's also one of the few places in all of Walt Disney World that "breaks the plane," meaning you can see other parks or parts of Hollywood Studios from the top of the tower (if you're able to keep your eyes open).
Honorable Mention: Toy Story Midway Mania


Disney's Animal Kingdom: Flight of Passage -Walt Disney World's newest attraction is also its best.  While there are many contenders for the title in this park, Flight of Passage tops them all.  Located in Pandora -the World of Avatar, Flight of Passage allows riders to fly on the wings of a banshee.  Frequently described as "Soarin' on steriods," this ride gives the guest the sensation of flight all while set to a beautiful score and once again, scents pumped in.  This one does cause more motion sickness issues that Soarin' but if you can do it, its incredibly worth it, a complete technological marvel that shows how far rides have come technically.  You may want to Fastpass this one as stand by wait times can easily exceed three hours.
Honorable Mentions: Expedition Everest, Kilamanjaro Safaris


Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain -There's a case to be made for many of Magic Kingdom's rides to take this top spot, but  I'm going to give it to Splash.  This ride features so many hallmarks of great Walt Disney World attractions, each executed flawlessly.  First of all, the ride sucks you into the story immediately with you traveling along with Brer Rabbit on the way to his "laughing place."  The ride also builds up suspense with a few small drops along the way all leading up to the highlight, the flume ride down into the briar patch.  I love all the audio-animatronic critters on this ride and all the attention to detail.  Plus, you always leave singing Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah :)
Honorable Mentions: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peoplemover, Peter Pan's Flight
What do you think?  What are your "best" rides?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Date Based Ticketing Coming to Walt Disney World

In a move that had been highly rumored for months, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida introduced date based ticketing today.  Here's what we know:
What is Date Based Ticketing? -Instead of paying one set price to enter any of Walt Disney World's four theme parks, your price will vary depending on when you go.  Busier times of year (think school breaks and the holidays) are more popular times of the year to go to WDW, so those tickets will be more expensive.  If you travel during a less crowded time of year, those tickets will be less expensive.  This is a system that has been in place at Disneyland Resort in California for single-day tickets for some time now.
Disneyland Resort already has date-based ticketing What about Multi-Day Tickets? -The date based ticketing will also apply to multi-day tickets.  So your three day park hopper ticket will vary in price depending on the time of year you travel.  You must also select the time-frame in which you plan to use your ticket when …

Storybook Character Dining to Debut at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

I'm so excited about today's update!  Character dining is coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  This winter, Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen will welcome guests to dine with them at Artist Point. 
Information is limited at this time, but we do know that it will be a prix fixe menu with shared appetizers, a delicious entree and dessert.  We're still eagerly waiting for information on the opening date, menus, and how many dining plan credits this experience will require.  However, I immediately thought of my fellow Dopeys when this information was released.  How great would this be as a celebration meal after completing the Dopey Challenge?
What do you think? Are you excited for this option?
Start planning your magical adventure today! I am an authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Magical Adventures Travel, an earmarked agency.  E-mail me at kellyp@magicaladventurestravel.com for your free no-obligation quote today!

The Saratoga Palio Melanie Merola O'Donnell Memorial Half -Recap

On Sunday, September 16, Nicole and I, along with hundreds of other runners took to the streets of Saratoga Springs, New York to run the Saratoga Palio Melanie Merola O'Donnell Memorial Half Marathon.  It was a great way to spend a Sunday!  Both Nicole and I had a great experience with all aspects of this event.
Adding this race to our calendar was a last minute decision.  I have been wanting to do a fall half marathon before our planned Wine and Dine honeymoon trip.  With so many trips planned for this fall, it was hard to find a half that fit our schedule.  We also didn't want to travel to a race, since we'll be doing so much traveling already.  While in Saratoga last weekend, Nicole and I saw a sign for this race and figured since it's local, to check if there were still spots open. Lucky us! We were able to register on the Tuesday before the race. When you come from the world of runDisney, where you have to register months in advance, sometimes it's nice to jus…