The Coasters at Walt Disney World Resort

 

WDW Coasters

Thrill seekers of all ages flock to roller-coasters. They love the twists, the turns, and the drops! When you add to that, the amazing theming of these coasters, you’ll find that they are some of “The Best of the Best”!

Located in the Magic Kingdom you’ll find The Mountains. If thrill-rides are your passion, these three roller-coasters will be just what you are looking for!

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – (Opened in September 1980):
    First you’ll board an 1850’s mine-train and speed towards the Big Thunder Mining Company. Legend has it that the mine is haunted, so beware! Next you’ll shoot through desert caverns, swoop around sharp curves, drop in to canyons and caves and whip through the ghost town of Tumbleweed! Before you know it, you’ll be safely back at the railroad station.
  • Location: Frontierland
  • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Small Drops
  • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended.
  • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
  • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
  • Height Requirement: (40″/102 cm)
  • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
  • Space Mountain – (Opened in January 1975):
    Once you board your sleek rocket-shaped vehicle be sure to prepare yourself for
    “Take Off”! Heading in to deep space, you will ascend a 180-foot high mountain through an energy tunnel pulsating with blinking lights. Just as you reach the top, you will launch into the blackness of the dark universe and dip into the inky blackness that’s full of shooting stars, celestial satellites, wayward comets and migrant meteors! Finally, you’ll soar into a swirling wormhole for re-entry!

    • Location: Tomorrowland
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Dark, Indoor
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (44″/112 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer to standard wheelchair and then to ride vehicle
  • Splash Mountain – (Opened in October 1992):
    Based on the 1946 Disney classic Song of the South, Splash Mountain tells the tale of crafty Br’er Rabbit. After leaving his home in briar patch, Br’er Rabbit begins a quest for adventure, fortune and his “laughing place.” After settling in to your hollow log you’ll drift through a colorful bayou past over 100 delightful singing critters, some rocky caves, and vine-strewn swamps. Splash Mountain includes 950,000 gallons of water, 3 dips and a massive 5-story waterfall/drop, so prepare to GET WET! Where you are seated will determine just how wet you may get. Riders in the back may just experience a sudden splash or spray but those who ride towards the front can expect to get soaked!

    • Location: Frontierland
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Water Rides, Big Drops
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (40″/102 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV

Also located in the Magic Kingdom you will find some “tamer” coasters, for those who are seeking thrills on a smaller scale.

  • The Barnstormer – (Opened in October 1996 as The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm and in March 2012 as The Barnstormer featuring The Great Goofini.):
    Take a seat in one of Goofy’s homemade stunt biplanes and gracefully ascent to the top of a nearby wooden observation tower. Then hold on to your hats while you swoop down and around the barnyard, following the flight path made famous by Goofy (also known as The Great Goofini)!

    • Location: Fantasyland
    • Thrill Level: Small Drops
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (35″/89 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
    • Location: Fantasyland
    • Thrill Level: small drops and high-speed curves
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: Expectant mothers should not ride, some people find the restraints to be quite small
    • Height Requirement: (38″/ 97 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to the most ROCKIN’ roller-coaster at Walt Disney World!

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – (Opened in July 1999):
    You’ll tour the studios of G-Force Records where you’ll find legendary rockers Aerosmith, wrapping up a recording session. They will invite you to join them for a late night concert on the other side of town and to get there, you’ll need to hop in to your super-stretch limousine! You’ll blast off through the darkened freeways of Los Angeles, accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds! Your limo is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, so while you swoop through 3 inversions, 2 rollover loops and 1 corkscrew, you’ll be jammin’ to one of Aerosmith’s famous tunes (Walk This Way, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Sweet Emotion, Back In The Saddle, or the classic Love in an Elevator which has been rewritten to Love in a Roller Coaster!

    • Location: Sunset Boulevard
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Loud, Indoor
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Guest Policy: Flash photography is not allowed.
    • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (48″/122 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from standard wheelchair/ECV and then to ride vehicle

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Last, but certainly not least Disney’s Animal Kingdom lays claim to two coasters, one of which is the most expensive roller coaster in the world (including sets and extras). Because of this Expedition Everest landed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. Its total cost was reported to be $100 million, and it took 6 years of planning and construction.

  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – (Opened in April 2006):
    As you board a weather beaten train, BEWARE! Legend has it that a fierce monster protects the Forbidden Mountain! Your train will take you over rolling hills, up a steep incline and thru a tunnel. Hold on tight! Things are about to happen! Without warning your train screeches to a halt! A broken and twisted track makes continuing, impossible. You’ll race backward in to the darkened mountain and then, the shadowy figure of the Yeti appears! Quickly you’ll hurl 80 feet down the mountain, trying to out race the dreaded monster! Will you make it back to civilization safely?

    • Location: Asia
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Dark
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available and highly recommended.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (44″/112 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
  • Primeval Whirl – (Opened in March 2002):
    Primeval Whirl is part of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama!, home to fun for young ones! You will climb inside of a time-machine and travel back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth! Your time-machine will sweep through sudden dips and hairpin turns as you spin along. You’ll pass dinosaurs, who are preparing for extinction and you’ll get a glimpse of a meteor shower (which signifies “the end is close at hand”!)! You will twist and turn through a fossilized jigsaw puzzle of dinosaur bones until you FINALLY make your way back to the present!

    • Location: DinoLand U.S.A. (Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama!)
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Small Drops, Spinning
    • Disney’s FASTPASS is available.
    • Rider Switch: This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance.
    • Physical Considerations: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    • Height Requirement: (48″/1212 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV

Supervise children at all times. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Due to the nature of these experiences, service animals are not permitted on these attractions.

Visit our FASTPASS page for more details on FastPass and great MouseForLess tips on how to use utilize this great tool to its fullest, as well as information on how to take advantage of the new FASTPASS+ system currently being introduced as part of MyMagic+ in all Disney parks.

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