Roller Coasters at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is known to be a family friendly park, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their share of roller coasters. Having grown up not far from Cedar Point I am a roller coaster junkie! But Disney does have pretty great roller coasters that will please even the most-picky of riders.


Epcot is sadly lacking a roller coaster. This isn’t to say there aren’t a few thrilling attractions, but no roller coasters.


Magic Kingdom

The Barnstormer is a junior roller coaster located in Fantasyland. It is the perfect beginner roller coaster for smaller children. It is themed with Goofy as pilot and is sure to please the young and young at heart. It is short coaster so if they don’t care for it, it doesn’t last long. FastPass+ is offered for this attraction, but not recommended.

Height Requirement: 35 inches


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is also located in Fantasyland. It is the newest roller coaster at Walt Disney World and it is extremely innovative! It is a roller coaster combined with a Disney dark ride. Partially inside and outside with Audio Animatronic characters from Snow White. The cars on the coaster swing from side to side so the ride could not be smoother. It offers FastPass+ and it is highly recommended, this line is long. It also has an interactive queue so you will be entertained if you have to stand in line.

Height Requirement: 38 inches

Space Mountain is the original Disney roller coaster. Located in Tomorrowland, you will blast off in your rocket ship in this indoor dark roller coaster. The coaster doesn’t get above 27 MPH, but the darkness really adds to the thrill factor. This coaster is pretty bumpy and jerky, so ride with caution. There is FastPass+ and a single rider line and it is recommended to make use of either of these for the shortest wait.

Height Requirement: 44 inches


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland is another great Disney roller coaster. Themed as a runaway mine train in an old mining town, you will love the thrills of this roller coaster, with its charming clicking and clacking up the hills. It has three large hills and so many neat things to look at as you take in the attraction. This is perfect for kids who are feeling a bit more brave but aren’t up to Space Mountain just yet. The ride is relatively smooth and is fun to do day or night! It has FastPass+ and it is a pretty good use if you are looking for mild thrills.

Height Requirement: 40 inches


Hollywood Studios:

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the single coaster in Hollywood Studios, but it is an awesome one! If you are wanting thrills this indoor roller coaster will take you from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds. This roller coaster features the music of Aerosmith and you will even see some familiar faces in the preshow. This coaster does go upside down so be aware of that when you get in line. It has Fastpass+ and a single rider line. It is a fantastic use of your FastPass+ but if you also go at park opening you can get on the attraction a couple times without long waits.

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Animal Kingdom:

Primeval Whirl: This is an off-the-rack coaster. That means you will find similar rides in many amusement parks, it is also a spinning coaster. Located in Dinoland USA, it is themed with a time travel and dinosaurs. This attraction can be pretty jerky so if you have neck or back issues stay clear of this. It does have FastPass+ but don’t waste one on this.

Height Requirement: 48 inches


Expedition Everest. This is hands down the best coaster at Walt Disney World! It doesn’t have any large drops but it makes up for that by taking you backwards pretty quickly and for a long time. It is amazing to get to the top and realize there is no more track and the only way down is backwards. The inside parts of the attraction with the Yeti are thrilling and well themed. While this may be a coaster for those brave little ones who meet the height requirement, you will not want to miss it if you are a thrill seeker. It does have FastPass and a single rider line which can make your wait a lot shorter, it is recommended to make use of this.

Height Requirement: 44 inches
Do you have a favorite roller coaster at Walt Disney World?  If so, let us know what it is!

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