The Absolute Scariest Ride at Walt Disney World

Disney World isn’t just for kids. Though many of the park’s rides concentrate on the art of story-telling and decor that’ll transport you to another world, there are still a handful of attractions that’ll get even the bravest of Disney fan’s heart racing.

Read on to find out the number one scariest ride at Walt Disney World.

7. Mission: SPACE

Mission space

This ride might make you sick. | Wikimedia Commons

Located in Epcot’s Future World, Mission: SPACE is marked as a “thrill ride” on the Walt Disney website. “Experience authentic NASA-style training on a thrilling ride to Mars — or orbit around Earth during an all-new, family-friendly mission,” reads the ride’s description. This ride makes the list because of its intense use of G-force, spinning, and squeezing passengers into tight spaces. This space expedition isn’t for the faint of heart.

6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Disney Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster

If you’re looking for a thrill, try this ride. | Disney

You can find this bumpy ride in Frontierland. The Walt Disney website advertises Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as thrilling because of its “small drops,” but there’s much more in store for riders. BTMR is fast, bumpy, and exhilarating — perfect for Disney thrill-seekers. If you think racing through a haunted gold-mining town on a runaway train sounds terrifying rather than thrilling, then perhaps you’re better suited for the Country Bear Jamboree.

5. Splash Mountain

Splash mountain disney

Bring a change of clothes for this one. | Disney

Splash Mountain, also located in Frontierland, is next on the list because of its infamous drop. The ride begins unassuming enough — a log ride featuring seemingly friendly, singing woodland creatures. But ultimately it ends in a very intense, very thrilling, very wet 50-foot drop. To ride this ride, you need to be at least 40 inches tall. (It also helps if you love that falling-from-a-50-foot-building feeling in the pit of your stomach.)

4. Space Mountain

Space Mountain at Disneyland

Enjoy a Disney classic with Space Mountain. |

“Blast off on a rip-roaring rocket through the darkest reaches of outer space on this roller-coaster-type ride in the dark,” beckons the Walt Disney World website. This ride makes the thrill list because of its speed, big drops, and dark interior. According to How to Disney,  it’s one of the scariest rides because “being in complete darkness and never knowing when the next turn or drop will be makes it thrilling. Also, being in the dark makes you feel like you’re going faster than you actually are, which gets your heart beating faster than you would think.”

3. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest at Disney World

It’s not for the faint of heart. |

Expedition Everest is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Trip Savvy says the ride “is both a roller coaster and a themed dark ride. In both regards, Expedition Everest is thrilling.” They also note that because Animal Kingdom is now open later, going on the coaster at night is “especially wild.”

2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Disney Rock N Roller Coaster

It’s more intense than Space Mountain. | Disney

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is definitely one of the bigger, faster rides at Disney World. As Touring Plans puts it, “Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster’s loops, corkscrews, and drops make Space Mountain seem like It’s a Small World.” Disney thrill-seekers will especially enjoy this high-speed super-stretch limo race along the freeways of Los Angeles with Aerosmith tunes blasting and neon signs lighting the way.

1. Tower of Terror

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney World

You never know what to expect from this ride. |

Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the No. 1 scariest ride at Disney World. “Hurtle up and down aboard a haunted, elevator-themed ride. You’re about to enter … The Twilight Zone!” reads the park’s website. The story and decor are spooky and compelling, the drops are stomach-churning and random — what more could a thrill-seeker want out of a Disney ride?

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