Walt Disney World Ride Must-Dos
Yes, I'm doing a Walt Disney World blog post again! If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know that I love Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It might just be my favourite place on Earth. As I can't travel even out with my own home town at the moment due to current lockdown rules, I've spent a lot of time daydreaming about my favourite places, so today I figured I'd get some of these thoughts out of my head and down on paper...so to speak.
So please enjoy my favourite rides in each Walt Disney World Park. I've categorised them as well to make it easier! If you're planning on visiting the theme park I do recommend doing your research to make sure you know what rides you definitely want to do, and then anything else you get to do is just a bonus!
For Thrill Seekers: Seven Dwarves Mine Train
For many people, Seven Dwarves Mine Train will not be a thrill ride. It's a rollercoaster, yes, but you will often see many children enjoying this ride. If you're looking for intense thrills, Magic Kingdom probably isn't the place for it (I would recommend somewhere like Hollywood Studios for this or even Universal Studios). That being said, this ride is so much fun. It's got just the right amount of thrills, and it's also incredibly beautiful. It's a great ride to enjoy if you can time it when the fireworks are going off. Alternatively, I rode it first thing in the morning during Extra Magic Hours where the sun was still rising...it was beautiful!
A Relaxing Ride: Haunted Mansion
I know what you're thinking...Haunted Mansion doesn't sound very relaxing! And yes, it is an upgraded version of the classic spooky house rides you get in many theme parks and funfairs. That being said, it's a fantastic ride. It's incredibly dark on the inside which adds to the spooky theme for sure, but the lighting is incredibly relaxing. I don't know if it's maybe the nostalgia I have for it, but I always feel relaxed on this ride. We often use Haunted Mansion as a chance to pick up our feet and take a breather from the hectic day!
A Show: Carousel of Progress
During a busy day running around the parks, sometimes taking the time to sit down and pick your feet up can do wonders for your stamina. For Magic Kingdom, I recommend visiting Carousel of Progress. It's a bit of a weird one, I'm not going to lie. You sit in an auditorium with a stage in front of you were animatronics discuss the advances on technology for their decade. Your seats then move around to the next stage and the next decade. It's incredibly wholesome and sweet, and it has a lot of history to it as well; it's a very old ride. It's a super unique experience!
Alice's Favourite: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favourite rides. This is not only for nostalgic reasons, but it's just a perfect ride. I also love the films, which doesn't hurt. Again, this ride is pretty relaxing, apart from the short drop at the beginning. Taking you through pirate scenes, the sights and smells are amazing to see, and the music will stay in your head all day...trust me!
For Thrill Seekers: Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror is really for thrill seekers...it's terrifying! This ride takes you high up and then does a randomised series of drops and lifts. You have to wear a seatbelt as you rise so far out of your seat! It's a complete thrill and so much fun, but I genuinely had to sit down for about 30 minutes afterwards to let my adrenaline come back down again. It doesn't help that the theming is around the Twilight Zone, so it's terrifying! It's also a lot of fun though, so give it a go.
Also, as an honourable mention, everyone says Rise of the Resistance is amazing. I personally haven't ridden it as it wasn't open when I last visited, but I'm sure if I did it would be my choice here going from what everyone else is saying!
A Relaxing Ride: Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
I'm cheating a bit here, as I haven't actually ever ridden Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway as it's an incredibly new ride to Hollywood Studios. That being said, I've watched POVs many times on YouTube, and I'm in love with this ride. Plus, there's not actually that many relaxing attractions in this park, just a lot of thrills. This ride is super cute and super fun, but it also very modern and unique with some mind-blowing special effects; definitely give it a go!
A Show: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
I went into Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular not really expecting much to be honest. I was still trying to get over the trauma (sort of) of Tower of Terror, so we thought a show would be a good way to do that, and we were more than pleasantly surprised. This show highlights how movies and TV shows do practical special effects, displaying the amazing skills of stunt actors. It's a surprising, exciting show that everyone would enjoy.
Alice's Favourite: Toy Story Mania
Who doesn't love spinning around shooting at 3D screens? There are two shooter games at Disney World and Toy Story Mania is definitely the superior compared to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. This game doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's a whole load of fun, especially if you're competing against someone else. I love it!
For Thrill Seekers: Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest is a scary ride! I didn't quite anticipate how scary it was until I was on it...this is a proper rollercoaster! There's no upside down bits or anything like that, but it's insanely fast with incredibly steep drops. It was a bit too intense for me if I'm honest, but it is amazing ride, and the Nepalese-style theming is beyond anything else. It's probably the most beautiful ride I've ever been on.
A Relaxing Ride: Kilimanjaro Safaris
This is a fantastic ride, and something you wouldn't expect to find in the middle of a theme park. Kilimanjaro Safaris takes you on an actual safari through the enclosures of animals found at Animal Kingdom. Some of the animals can get right up next to your vehicle, so there's an element of thrills with it, but you're always with an experienced driver, so you never feel unsafe. Something else that's cool about this ride is that it changes every time you ride it based on time of day and the animals that are out, so you can do it over and over again!
A Show: Festival of the Lion King
If you like the Lion King, you'll love this show. It's a jam packed 20-30 minutes of songs from the film, as well as amazing dance and acrobatic displays. I'm not particularly a huge fan of the film, but even so I really enjoyed this super fun, light-hearted performance. It's definitely worth a watch!
Alice's Favourite: Flight of Passage
You have to take a trip to Pandora: The World of Avatar when you're in Animal Kingdom. This is an area dedicated to the Pandora films. Trust me, even if you're not a fan, it's worth it. The rides and theming are beyond amazing; you can't actually believe that you're still on earth. My favourite ride here is Flight of Passage. This is a 3D simulator where you fly through Pandora on a Banshee. It is so immersive; forget everything you know about simulators, this is next level. It's so relaxing; it actually brings me to tears. Perfection.
For Thrill Seekers: Spaceship Earth
Okay, I'm 100% cheating on this one. Is this a thrill ride? Not a single bit. It's actually a super relaxing ride, but there's honestly not really any thrill rides at Epcot. There's Test Track, admittedly, and also Mission: Space, but I didn't feel they were worth the time if you were only doing four rides. So I thought I'd be cheeky and include Spaceship Earth. This relaxing dark ride takes you through the history of communication with animatronic displays going from Neanderthals to the future. It's a super fun ride and it's an Epcot classic.
A Relaxing Ride: The Gran Fiesta Tour
The Gran Fiesta Tour ride is located in the Mexican Pavilion of World Showcase. It highlights Mexican culture while also featuring Donald Duck and friends. While it could definitely do with an upgrade in cultural sensitivity, this ride is beautiful and you really feel like you're travelling on a river in Mexico (at least for someone who has never been). There are rumours this will become a Coco ride instead, which I'd definitely be down for, so we will see!
A Show: Reflections of China
There are quite a few shows in Epcot's World Showcase, including one in France and one in Canada. I've only seen the Chinese one, so that's the one I'm picking! Although I do believe it has recently had an upgrade and is now called Wondrous China. It's a panoramic show, meaning the screens are all around you. It shows you what China is like, from the most remote, traditional regions, to the modern cities. It's a great way to get a sense of what another country is like. The only downside is you have to stand!
Alice's Favourite: Soarin'
This is my favourite ride of all time. It's perfect. Soarin' lifts your seat high into the air in front of a massive screen, and moves you around different places on earth. It's so immersive; you feel like you're in a hang glider really moving over these places. It's thrilling, relaxing, moving, and oh so beautiful. It's my number one pick at Disney World for sure.
And that's it for my Walt Disney World ride recommendations; I hope you enjoyed it! If you like Disney World, I'd love to know what you would have picked for each category. Let me know in the comments below or on social media:
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