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Roller Coasters at Walt Disney World Resort

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Coaster

 

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 the Walt Disney World roller coasters, you’ll find that these are some of “The Best of the Best” roller coasters!

Magic Kingdom

Tron Lightcycle / Run | roller coasters

Magic Kingdom‘s newest roller coaster, Tron’s Lightcycle Run, can be found in Tomorrowland.

  • Tron Lightcycle Run – (Opened in April 2023):
    Experience high-speed thrills and chills as the Grid comes alive in a heart-pounding race for survival. Created as a friendly way for “Programs” and “Users” to interact, the Power Run pits team against team in the quintessential quest to capture 8 Energy Gates and triumph over opponents.Prepare for digitization after entering the portal—this is your access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe. As you leave the real world behind, you’ll proceed to the games as a member of Team Blue, ready to compete against some of the Grid’s most menacing Programs.
    • Location: Tomorrowland
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops
    • 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″/122 cm)
    • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/EC

 

Located in the Magic Kingdom you’ll find The Mountains. If thrill rides are your passion, these 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.   This roller coaster is a fun one for those who aren’t feeling quite up to the upside down turns on some of the roller coasters.

    • Location: Frontierland
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Small Drops
    • 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.  In addition, you should be 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/EC
  • 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!  This is one of Walt Disney World’s most popular roller coasters.
    • Location: Tomorrowland
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Dark, Indoor
    • 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.  In addition, you should be 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

Space Mountain Magic Kingdom

 

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)! This roller coaster

    • Location: Fantasyland
    • Thrill Level: Small Drops
    • 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 –  (Opened May 2014):
    A Fantasyland favorite.  Take a quick journey in mine cars and enjoy scenes from the classic 1937 movie Snow White.

    • Location: Fantasyland
    • Thrill Level: small drops and high-speed curves
    • 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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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!  This is the only of the roller coasters located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Location: Sunset Boulevard
  • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Loud, Indoor
  • 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.  In addition, you should be 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

 

EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Epcot

 

EPCOT‘s only coaster is Guardians of the Galaxy:  Cosmic Rewind.  People from the planet Xandar arrive on Earth and create the first “other-world” showcase at EPCOT. 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – (Opened in May 2022)
    This Marvel-based roller coaster is one of the longest indoor launch coasters ever built.  The building itself is more than 12 stories tall.  It is the first Disney coaster with a reverse launch.  In addition, the loading area is similar to that at Web Slingers at California Adventure.
  • Location:  World Discovery
  • Thrill Level: High, Dark, Loud, Sudden Turns
  • 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.  In addition, you should be 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 :  42 inches
  • Accessibility: Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest | roller coasters

Last, but certainly not least, Disney’s Animal Kingdom lays claim a coaster 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. It cost $100 million to build this coaster.  Also, it took six 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!

    • Location: Asia
    • Thrill Level: Thrill Ride, Big Drops, Dark
    • 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.  In addition, you should be 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

Supervise children at all times. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.  Service animals may not ride the roller coasters.

 

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