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He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Arthur Levine Updated 07/16/20 Share Pin Email Disney. Used with permission. Pandemic Update With the outbreak of COVID-19, Walt Disney World closed its gates in mid-March of 2020. The theme park resort is reopening in phases. Disney has introduced many new policies, guidelines, and changes to accommodate safe operations at its Florida property amid the pandemic. It is critical for visitors to learn what has changed and the ways that their visit might be different. It is also important to plan accordingly. According to Disney, all of the rides and attractions listed below will be available when the parks reopen. But the resort plans to keep some theater-style presentations closed, at least initially. To dive into the details and learn more about what to expect, read our comprehensive guide to visiting Disney World during the pandemic. Disney World’s Best Attractions Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Do you want to know which rides and shows are must-sees at the resort's four theme parks? Herewith, a list of the very best attractions. If you want a more customized ranking of the resort's attractions, check out the best Disney World thrill rides or the best Disney World rides for kids. If you (or someone you know) would rather avoid the thrills, then consider touring touring Walt Disney World as a wimp. You might be surprised to discover some of the attractions that are missing from the best of Disney World list. Classic attractions such as Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain didn't make the cut, for example. While those rides are great and are undoubtedly E-Ticket attractions, they are really more thrill rides (and mildly thrilling at that) than story-based attractions that transport guests and weave tales as well as the ten attractions listed below. With dozens of other great Disney World rides and shows from which to choose, it can be tough to pare them down. It is going to get even tougher, as Disney has announced some major, and potentially game-changing rides that are on the way to the resort. They include a massive Guardians of the Galaxy indoor coaster, a ride based on the Pixar movie, Ratatouille, and Tron Lightcycle Power Run, a coaster that will be a clone of the highly popular ride at Shanghai Disneyland. OK, let's begin the countdown of Disney's ten best rides with one of its newer entries: 01 of 10 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Matt Stroshane, Disney The featured attraction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance is not only the best attraction at Disney World, it just may be the best theme park attraction in the world (galaxy?). It is epic in scale and, at about 17 minutes, in length as well. It uses multiple ride systems to convincingly insert guests into a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Star Wars fans will consider it the Holy Grail of theme park experiences. All others will be blown away. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4.5Relatively mild motion simulator thrills. Height Requirement: 40 inches Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios 02 of 10 Pirates of the Caribbean Disney. Used with permission. A landmark achievement in theme park storytelling, it is a pitch-perfect, classic attraction with perhaps the coolest theme park ride song ever. By the way, Pirates may be the second-best ride at Disney World, but Disney has another Pirates ride that surpasses it: Pirates of the Caribbean. Say what? It's the next-generation Pirates attraction at Shanghai Disneyland, Battle for the Sunken Treasure. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 2.5Small splashdowns, mildly frightening images. Height Requirement: None Location: Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom 03 of 10 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror WireImage/Getty Images It is a modern-day, classic Disney theme park attraction that combines a thrilling freefall ride, dazzling effects, and an inspired storyline. The "fourth dimension" sequence, in which the ride vehicles move horizontally through the ride building is stunning. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 7Multiple freefall drops and launches, sensations of weightlessness, psychological thrills. Height Requirement: 40 inches Location: Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios 04 of 10 The Haunted Mansion Rain0975/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0 One of the all-time classic, great Disney attractions. (But you know that, right?) What you might not know are some weird Haunted Mansion facts, secrets, and history. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 3.5More silly than scary, the ride is dark, loud...and haunted! Very young children may find it disconcerting. Height Requirement: None Location: Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom Continue to 5 of 10 below. 05 of 10 Avatar Flight of Passage Disney. Used with permission. Disney takes the flying theater ride system it developed for Soarin' to the next level with this breathtaking attraction. Tethered to an avatar, you'll experience the thrill of riding a banshee high above the moon of Pandora. When it debuted in 2017, it immediately vaulted into top-10 status at Disney World. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4Relatively mild flying theater thrills. Height Requirement: 44 inches Location: Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom 06 of 10 Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Disney. Uded with permission. Blast off to a Star Wars galaxy far, far away in this spiffy, updated version of one of the first motion simulator rides. The technology behind the ride, which, among other things, allows multiple possible story lines, is truly astonishing. An expanded Star Wars land, which will bring two new attractions and a reportedly astonishing level of detail and immersion scheduled to open in the Studios park in 2019. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4.5Relatively mild motion simulator thrills. Height Requirement: 40 inches Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios 07 of 10 Soarin’ Around the World Disney. Used with permission. An engaging Disney E-ticket ride that uses pioneering "flying theater" technology, Soarin' is a charming adventure. In 2016, the Imagineers traded in a tour of California for international destinations including China, South America, and Australia. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 2.5Gentle motion simulation, moderate height, and "soaring" simulation. Height Requirement: 40 inches Location: Living with the Land Pavilion in Epcot 08 of 10 Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run Disney Parks Imagine boarding a life-size version of the most famous bucket of bolts in moviedom. Imagine no more. Disney, in partnership with Lucasfilm, has built a startlingly lifelike Millennium Falcon—and you get to join its crew! It is the world’s first interactive, E-ticket, motion simulator ride. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4Fairly mild motion simulator thrills Height Requirement: 38 inches Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney's Hollywood Studios Continue to 9 of 10 below. 09 of 10 Mission: SPACE Austin Kirk/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 The groundbreaking attraction simulates space travel by incorporating a unique ride system and immersing passengers in a highly detailed vehicle. Note that wimpy guests can opt for a non-spinning, mild version of the ride. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 7.5The sustained G-forces can be unnerving; the simulated liftoff and flight is very realistic; the capsule is quite confining. Height Requirement: 44 inches Location: Future World in Epcot 10 of 10 Expedition Everest Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images View Map It is the combination of the coaster thrills and the attraction's lavish, immersive environment that makes this a Disney E-ticket must-ride. Expedition Everest is one of the top roller coasters in Florida. Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6Fairly intense positive G-forces, backwards coaster motion, darkness. Height Requirement: 44 inches Location: Asia land in Disney's Animal Kingdom The Best Disney World Rides for Kids Under 10 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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