The Magic Kingdom and its sister parks may seem geared toward kids, but we all know that adults have just as much fun as the kids at Disney World. In fact, I might argue that we have more fun! After all, we know how truly magical it is to trade our highway commute for an exhilarating roller-coaster or our house cleaning for the princess life. Luckily for us, Disney World is accommodating to adults, and it offers magical thrill rides that are way cooler than Small World. If the Alice in Wonderland ride isn’t your cup of tea (pun definitely intended), then skip the kiddie rides for these awesome adult rides.
What’s scarier than a roller coaster? A roller coaster in the dark, of course. If you always wanted to be an astronaut, here’s your chance! The experience on the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is more than just the ride itself. If Disney does anything best, it’s make your ridiculously long wait time more interesting. Space Mountain is no exception. To get to the ride, you have to travel through the meticulously-designed space station. You begin the ride by going through “astronaut training.” You know, so you don’t crash the ship. To complete each training, you have to pass the video game-style missions. The thrilling part of the ride is a super-fast roller coaster! It looks and feels like you’re blasting into space.
If you thought the Abominable Snowman was frightening at Disneyland, see how much scarier he is at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! You start this ride by going to the office of the Himalayan Escapes tour company. From here, you go through an Asian-inspired town, including the Yeti museum. This glimpse of the mythological creature will whet your appetite for what you know is coming: an encounter with the snow beast! Before long, you’ll be seated on a sketchy-looking train, bound for the snowy mountain pass. You’ll go slowly upwards to the peak, then shoot suddenly down the mountain! Up ahead you’ll see—to your horror—that the track has broken. The train will lurch to a sudden stop, then fall backwards down the mountain again! On the wall, you’ll see the Yeti coming towards you, and your train will race the mythical creature to safety.
Test Track owns the record for Disney’s fastest and longest attraction. Sponsored by GM’s Chevrolet division, this rid lets visitors hurtle down the almost one mile long track at speeds up to 65mph. Riders get to design their own car while they wind their way through the queue before taking their place in a giant slot racing car. Fun fact – these cars are designed to last 1 million miles!
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the most popular rides in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. It takes guests on a tour of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, described as a favorite of Hollywood stars in the 1930’s until a freak lightning strike caused a mysterious disappearance of five guests in a plummeting elevator. This 199 foot tall attraction sends riders in a simulated freefall in an out of control maintenance service elevator. Riders are randomly sent up and then dropped suddenly while riding in a 5 person car. The elevator doors open on each floor to reveal scenes inspired by actual Twilight Zone episodes. Computers assign the drop pattern randomly, so you never know how the elevator is going to move, making for a thrilling ride time after time.
The space age is pretty cool, so Disney World has not one but two rides dedicated to intergalactic adventures. Mission: Space is the Epcot version of the aforementioned Space Mountain, but it’s certainly not the same thing. Start your journey through the stars at Planetary Plaza, the head to the Simulation Lab. Here, you’ll get to experience some of the same things that real astronauts do in training, like gravity simulations. There are two intensity levels, so thrill seekers can get their fix while others can enjoy the training without the nausea. After this, you’ll be assigned your role on the 4-man team. You can be the navigator, the pilot, the commander, or the engineer. Everybody has an important role and must listen carefully to instructions. Once you finally get in your ship, you’ll experience a realistic-feeling Mars landing, which could only be topped by the real thing. When you’re done, you can head to the Advanced Training Lab, which is an arcade and playground.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Coaster
Jump into the 24 person “limo” to join Aerosmith for a thrilling roller coaster ride through the streets of LA to their next concert. You will be launched up the first hill, reaching 0-57 mph in less than 3 seconds and hitting forces of up to 5Gs on the first loop. This enclosed ride sends riders hurtling through the dark with a custom Aerosmith soundtrack and concert lighting completing the theme. Loops, drops, and corkscrews make this one of the wildest rides at Disney World. This is one ride that will literally rock and roll you!
Animal Kingdom’s Dinosaur ride feels a bit like you’re in the middle of Jurassic Park. Frightening? Yes. Fun? Definitely! You’ll commence your adventure at the Dino Institute, a secret lab with actual dinosaur fossils. Once you reach the research control center, you’ll get to watch a short film about the mission you’re about to undertake. Basically, you have to travel back in time to rescue a dinosaur from a sudden death by meteorite. Once you’ve received the necessary information, you’ll hop in a time machine car and zig-zag through a prehistoric jungle to find your target. Everywhere you go, you’ll pass massive lizards of all kinds! As you careen through the wild, meteors will begin to fall all around. You’ll have to find the dinosaur before you are the one who goes extinct!
Kali River Rapids
Ready to take the chance to cool down after hours under the Florida sun? The Kali River Rapids takes you on a thrilling river rafting excursion in the Asia area of the Animal Kingdom park. Starting with a steep 90 foot climb, your free-floating round raft will take you on a journey complete with lush rainforest, temples, log jams, whitewater and more. Fair warning – you WILL get wet, but that’s all part of the fun!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Step right up to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad line in the mining town of Tumbleweed! Here, there is gold in the hills, and you’re about to strike it rich. Unfortunately for you, you will arrive right after a flash flood clears out the entire town. Oh, well—you can still take a ride on the train, which seems to be possessed by the spirits of local gods! You’ll settle down into a train car, ready for a nice ride through the Southwestern hills. Or so you think! Before long, it will become apparent that the railroad tracks aren’t in any shape for human use. Throughout the entire ride, the tracks will be sagging, rotting, and practically falling away into the chasms below! Will you make it through the terrifying adventure? Only time will tell. By the way, if you have kidney stones, a study done by Dr. Wartinger in 2016 found that patients have a 70% chance of passing their kidney stones while on the ride. If you don’t have kidney stones, this is still a good bit of information to store away—maybe you can use it as an icebreaker while you’re waiting in line.
Disney World isn’t just for kids! Grown ups love it, too. These rides are the best for adults who want something a little more exciting when visiting the Disney World theme parks.