Why is this good news for you? Because we get to take you along! Guests can look forward to shopping for TONS of new items, from apparel to toys to collectibles and more. One item stood out to us and we think it will probably be one of the best sellers!
Something that sets Disney World apart from other theme parks is just how immersive their experiences can be, and many guests love to further that experience with themed merchandise.
In April, TRON Lightcycle / Run will officially open in Magic Kingdom. This coaster will take guests on a lightcycle race through the Grid, and guests will be able to treat themselves to some pretty amazing items inspired by the ride soon!
It seems every day we get a new update as we approach the opening day of TRON Lightcycle / Run!
Now that we are only a few weeks out from the official premiere date of April 4th, more changes are coming faster than a lightcycle. Not only did we learn more about the new snack kiosk right outside of the ride, but a familiar sight we’re used to seeing every day is getting a bit of an update too!
It seems like every time we walk the parks we notice something new!
We are used to construction at Disney World taking a looong time. Most of the time we see changes happening over a period of months or years, so when we see something pop up overnight like this it’s even more exciting.
If you’re a Disney World fan, chances are you’re well aware of how important April 4th is in Magic Kingdom.
After YEARS of construction (that was halted by the pandemic), TRON Lightcycle / Run is officially opening to guests! We’ve been keeping an eye on park pass availability for TRON’s opening day, and now we have another update.
If you’ve been keeping up with Disney World news, you’ll know that April 4th, 2023, is a big day for Magic Kingdom.
That’s the day the park’s newest ride, TRON Lightcycle / Run will officially open! This is an exciting new type of attraction for Disney World that combines a roller coaster ride with motorcycle-style seating and eye-catching light displays. If you can’t wait to ride TRON, there’s a Park Pass UPDATE that you need to know about.
It’s not unusual for rides to get refurbished in Disney World.
With 50 years of wear and tear on some of the longer-running attractions, it makes sense that they would need a touch-up every once in a while. Disney World’s water rides tend to need those refurbs more frequently than others, and one of them just reopened after a long one!
Even though Disney is known for family-friendly experiences, thrill seekers will find some exhilarating options at the theme parks in Walt Disney World.
If you’re an adrenaline fanatic, you’ll find plenty of steep drops and fast speeds to keep your heart pounding (or stomach dropping)! Of course, there are also surprises that just might take your breath away.
Yes, Disney World has a variety of thrill rides with varying levels of intensity.
Before your next Disney vacation, check out this list to see which attractions you won’t want to miss.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
“This here’s the WILDEST ride in the WIIIIIILDERNESS!” (Sorry, it had to be done.)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a haunted gold mine train coaster located in Frontierland. Now, when we say “haunted,” we’re not talking Haunted Mansion levels of haunted. These tracks wind their way through a ghost town (and a couple of caves, too)!
There aren’t any super-steep drops or unexpected loopty-loops on this coaster, so as long as you’re 40 inches or taller, this coaster is a fun high-speed ride with small drops and sharp turns galore.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Don’t forget about this thrill ride that is being built — Tiana’s Bayou Adventure replaces Splash Mountain.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work YOU go on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! Join Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Sleepy as they dig-dig-dig their way through a diamond mine in Fantasyland.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train usually racks up long wait times because it’s so family-friendly (available for riders 38 inches or taller). It’s got some fun audio-animatronics. PLUS, the mine cart you’re riding in rocks back-and-forth as you weave your way around the track.
(Say hi to the Evil Queen for us, k?)
Are you one of those riders who experiences all the roller coasters with your eyes closed? Well, on Space Mountain there’s no need to close your eyes!
Space Mountain, located in Tomorrowland, is a steel indoor coaster through space. And by space we mean almost complete darkness — except for a few light tunnels here-and-there. Riders who are 44 inches or taller will feel like they’re zooming down the tracks, but — in reality — you’re only going a whopping 27 mph.
Darkness, man. It really plays mind tricks on ya.
Tron Lightcycle / Run
So who’s ready to ride TRON Lightcycle / Run in Disney World?
This ride is one of Magic Kingdom’s most thrilling, with a super fast launch, a race through the Grid, and fun TRON details that make you feel immersed in the world of the Tron movies! Wondering how fast it goes? The top speed is 59-miles per hour.
The ride starts with an epic launch system and that’s probably the most thrilling part of the ride. It’s smooth like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, but it feels more like an updated version of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The effects are also SO cool.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
We’re just taking a teensy-weensy expedition through the Himalayans. What’s the worst that could happen…?
Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is located in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom and is available for riders 44 inches or taller who want to duke it out with a yeti.
That’s right — a yeti.
Just as soon as you reach the top portion of the mountain, your track has been *mysteriously* ripped off the tracks by an *unknown* creature. Guess you’re going to have to shoot backward down the tracks to meet the very beast you’ve angered.
Expedition Everest is the TALLEST ride at Disney World. Yep, at 199.5 feet, it’s slightly taller than the Tower of Terror And it has a top speed of 50 miles per hour!
Kali River Rapids
When that Floridian sun is beating down on you, cool off on Kali River Rapids!
Kali River Rapids is Disney World’s only river raft ride on property. It’s another attraction located in Asia — which seems appropriate since the raft rushes you down the rapids of an Asian jungle.
If you’re 38 inches or taller, this will be is a great thrill ride for you if you’re absolutely BURNING UP in Animal Kingdom.
Avatar — Flight of Passage
Pandora – The World of Avatar is an entirely immersive land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom featuring Avatar Flight of Passage. This ride has remained one of the most in-demand attractions in all of Disney World.
Avatar — Flight of Passage is a 3D aerial adventure through Pandora: World of Avatar. Riders who are 44 inches or taller get to ride a banshee.
Let’s say that again: You. Get. To. Ride. A. Banshee.
The whole experience is extremely picturesque and has moved many to tears (but we’re not admitting anything). And the queue is heavily themed — we’re talking a full-sized Avatar in an incubation tank, located in the laboratory portion of the line. Wowza!
“Let’s go get that dino!” Dr. Seeker needs an Iguanadon — and he needs YOUR help to bring that Iguanadon from the past into the present. Guess you’re going to have to board a time rover to get the job done.
DINOSAUR is located in (can you guess?) Dinoland U.S.A.. It’s an intense rover adventure (with so many dinos!) for guests 40 inches or taller. Along your journey, you’ll come face-to-face with many animatronic dinosaurs, including (but not limited to) a Pterodactyl, Velociraptor, and Carnotaurus (who may or may not want to eat your face).
Oh, word of advice — watch out for that meteor shower. It looks mighty sketchy… .
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
It’s every Star Wars fan’s dream come true — your very own space adventure in a hunk-of-junk.
(AKA: The Millenium Falcon)
Upon boarding Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll be assigned one of three roles: Pilot, Gunner, or Engineer. Depending on which role you’ve been assigned is how you’re going to experience this interactive flight simulator.
Engineers need to be prepared to fix any systems that break down and keep the Falcon up and running. Gunners will have to shoot bad guys (a lot of bad guys). And Pilots will…probably be getting yelled at by the other riders on their team. (Only sort of kidding — being a pilot’s a great honor and a lot of pressure! Especially when you’re in charge of NOT CRASHING.)
Guests who are 38 inches or taller will be able to help Hondo Ohnaka deliver contraband cargo to aid the Resistance. Just remember — your role is important and impacts the results of the ride.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Immersive. Trackless. Dark. Thrilling. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has it all.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is home to not just one, but TWO thrill rides. Guests 40 inches and taller will be able to join the Resistance on a state-of-the-art ride that starts immersing you in the storytelling as soon as you step into the queue.
In the pre-show of this ride, you get to meet BB-8, Rey, Lieutenant Bek, and… *GASP* Have you been captured by The First Order??? (Even the Cast Members play a role in this attraction. When we said this experience has it all, we *meant* it.)
Don’t worry. As long as you don’t run into an EPIC animatronic of Kylo Ren, I think you’ll be okay… 😉
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith — closed for refurbishment
“How ’bout some backstage passes?” You don’t have to ask us twice!
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a high-speed indoor roller coaster located on Sunset Boulevard that launches riders (who are 48 inches or older) 0-to-60 miles per hour in 3 seconds flat. (Hey, you gotta get to that Aerosmith concert on time SOMEHOW — right?)
Your super-stretch limo will go upside down and take on sudden drops in a setting that’s almost as pitch-black as Space Mountain’s (but not quite).
The Hollywood traffic signs help light your way just a bit, but — we’re not gonna lie — that camera flash at the beginning? SUPER blinding. So brace yourself.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The setting: A decrepit hotel, Halloween Night, 1939. The situation: You’re about to be dropped into…The Twilight Zone.
Here’s another thrill ride on Sunset Boulevard for ya! Victims (er…guests) who are 40 inches or taller will be invited (if they dare) to step into The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror‘s rickety (and super haunted) service elevator. (Why you agree to do this? No clue. But, hey, we won’t judge.)
After being taken up 13 stories, this drop tower experience will do as all good drop towers do and, uh, drop.
The best part? The drop sequences are completely random! Your fate is completely decided by the Tower of Terror! ……Wee?
Slinky Dog Dash
Once you step foot into Toy Story Land, you become one of Andy’s toys. I know that sounds kinda scary, but it’s actually a ton of fun. Just ask Slinky Dog!
Slinky Dog Dash might be a junior coaster, but it’s a thrilling one! Guests 38 inches or taller will be able to jump on the back of Slinky Dog and ride around Andy’s backyard.
There’s a mini-launch in the middle of the ride that gives this junior coaster a fun little “oomph” of energy. (Don’t worry — there are no 0-to-60 launches over here!)
Sad that the ride’s over? Don’t be! Wheezy the squeaky toy is there to greet you at the end! And he’s got a song to sing!
That’s one small step for man…One giant SPINNING THRILL RIDE for mankind. (Only if you want it to be, though.)
Mission: SPACE — located in Future World — is a NASA flight training simulator to Mars. Guests can choose one of two missions — The Green Mission (40 inches or taller) or the Orange Mission (44 inches or taller).
The Green Mission provides more mild thrills with light movement in your training cabin, while the Orange Mission has SUPER INTENSE G-FORCE SPINS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BLASTING OFF INTO SPACE. (Sorry, we screamed that. We just really wanted to emphasize how intense the Orange Side can get for people prone to motion sickness.)
Similar to Smugglers Run, you are assigned a role: commander, pilot, navigator, or engineer. Unlike Smugglers Run, your actions really don’t impact the course of this ride. So you don’t have to worry about messing something up. (But you may have to worry about up-chucking your churro. Good thing there are barf bags available!)
Test Track — Will Be Reimagined
You ready for the race of your life?! (Sorry — that’s the adrenaline talking.)
Test Track gives guests 40 inches or taller the ability to create their own vehicle while waiting in the queue, then testing it out on the Tron-themed track.
There are four different tests your car will have to be put through to see if it’s gonna come out on top: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power.
Our favorite test? POWER! That’s when your vehicle can reach up to 65 miles per hour! And we’ve got the need for speed, baby!!!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened May 27, 2022.
Guests will get to learn more about Xandarian culture in the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion, EPCOT’s newest pavilion. From there, things go a little awry (but let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the Guardians of the Galaxy if things didn’t go a little awry), and visitors must help the Guardians on their mission!
Guests must be 42″ or taller to ride. The ride features an on-ride photo as well as tons of hidden Easter eggs! Oh, and we almost forgot the best part, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the first Disney roller coaster to feature a reverse launch and is one of the largest (and longest!) indoor roller coasters in the world!
The ride utilizes a virtual queue and it is available for purchase as an Individual Lightning Lane selection.
We felt this li’l guy deserved to be on here somewhere!
The Barnstormer is a junior coaster located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, available for riders 35 inches or taller.
It’s a super-duper short ride, themed around Goofy and his homemade airplane antics.
It’s a great starter coaster for those little riders preparing for the big thrills (once they’re tall enough)!
(One final note: Remember to read up about these rides before you go! Some of these rides might be too intense for certain health conditions or more nervous riders.)
These rides might be thrilling, but you should CLICK HERE to find out which rides will freak kids out in the most unexpected ways!
Which thrill rides do you still need to mark off your to-do list? Let us know in the comments below!
When it comes to planning your Disney World trip, we try to make sure you have the best information possible for you and your family.
And that includes details about what you might need to know about if you have kids, too. For example, what attractions can your kids get on while you’re visiting the most magical place on Earth? So we’ve put together a guide to give you an idea of what the height requirements are for some of Disney World’s most thrilling rides.
You can’t believe everything that you hear about Magic Kingdom!
Magic Kingdom was the first Walt Disney World park to open, making it an iconic focal point of the Resort. But over the course of its nearly 50-year history, some misconceptions about the park have popped up. Let’s take a look at — and debunk — some absolute lies about Magic Kingdom!