Top Disney's Hollywood Studios Thrill Rides

Looking for Thrills? Head to the Twilight Zone.

Rock 'n ' Roller Coaster Disney World
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Hooray for Hollywood. The focus at Disney's Hollywood Studios may be movies, movie stars, and Hollywood glitz, but with the side-by-side thrillers, the Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, the Studios offer plenty of thrills as well. With the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there are some exciting and (mildly) thrilling attractions to get guests' adrenaline pumping as well.

If you are seeking thrills beyond the Studios park, check out the top Walt Disney World thrill rides. If thrills are NOT your thing (or the thing of someone you know who is Disney World-bound), consider heading over to our useful (and somewhat cheeky) Disney's Hollywood Studios for wimps.

Let’s run down the attractions, from wild to mild.

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

It features a great story based on the classic "The Twilight Zone" television anthology series. But the thrills, including repeated freefalls down and blasts up the haunted elevator shafts, make the Tower of Terror ride one of the most intense rides at Disney World. The freaky "fifth dimension" sequence, in which the elevator cars move horizontally, are especially effective in building anticipation (and generating sweaty palms).

  • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 7
    Multiple freefall drops and launches, sensations of weightlessness, psychological thrills.
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Location: Sunset Boulevard
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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney World
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Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

While there are no huge butterflies-in-your-belly drops or soaring heights, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster does feature an attention-grabbing 0-to-57-mph launch in 2.8 seconds. The "limousine" trains immediately enter an inversion, but it's hard to tell upside down from right-side-up in the darkened ride building. The Aerosmith themeing, including pulsating onboard audio tracks from the bad boys of Boston, adds to the thrills.

  • Thrill Scale: 6.5
    Fast launch, inversions, darkness.
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Location: Sunset Boulevard
03 of 08

Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash coaster at Disney World Toy Story Land

Disney

Address
Disney's Hollywood Studios, 351 S Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

Opened as part of the new Toy Story Land in 2018, Slinky Dog Dash is the featured attraction. As a "family" coaster, however, it doesn’t deliver too much in the way of thrills. It is similar in height, speed, and G-forces as the relatively mild Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. Still, it is a coaster, and a launched one at that (with two launches), so there are some wild (but, you know, mild wild) moments.

  • Thrill Scale: 5
    Two magnetic launches, some mild airtime hills
  • Height requirement: 38 inches
  • Location: Toy Story land
04 of 08

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Lieutenant Bek in Star Wars- Rise of the Resistance

Kent Phillips, Disney

Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

Introduced in 2020 at the park’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance is a wildly ambitious and compelling attraction. In fact, it lands at the top of our list for the country’s best theme park attraction. It is not designed primarily for thrills, and most of the attraction is accessible to guests of varying thrill tolerance levels. But there is one (relatively brief) moment that can be challenging for those who are thrill-averse. You can learn more and determine whether you could handle Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in our comprehensive overview of the attraction.

  • Thrill Scale: 4.5
    Motion simulator and drop ride thrills
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
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Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Interior view of Milllennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run at Disneyland showing seating and controls

Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort 

Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

Another Galaxy’s Edge attraction, Smuggler’s Run puts guests into the cockpit of the famed Millennium Falcon. They get to participate in a mission in the highly interactive experience. Each ride is different, but regardless of the actions of the crew, it never gets excessively thrilling.

  • Thrill Scale: 4.5
    Motion simulator thrills
  • Height Requirement: 38 inches
  • Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
06 of 08

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Star Tours at Disney World
Disney
Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

One of the first motion simulator theme park attractions, Star Tours got a makeover in 2011 and is now even better. It capitalizes on George Lucas' popular mythology to blast riders into a galaxy far, far away. Thrill-seekers may be less than thrilled with the relatively mild ride, but the immersive themeing is quite compelling. And the randomly generated scenes makes Star Tours eminently re-rideable.

  • Thrill Scale: 4.5
    Typical motion simulator thrills
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Location: Backlot
07 of 08

Toy Story Mania

If you are seeking thrills beyond the Studios park, check out the top Walt Disney World thrill rides. If thrills are NOT your thing (or the thing of someone you know who is Disney World-bound), consider heading over to Disney's Hollywood Studios for wimps.
Disney
Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

The only thing remotely thrilling about Toy Story Mania is the fairly gentle spinning that the vehicles engage in as they transition from scene to scene. The focus of the interactive attraction is on the game play experience. Riders are issued plunger-like shooting devices and try to rack up points by hitting 3-D targets. It's more cute, fun, and competitive—especially competitive—than thrilling. 

  • Thrill Scale: 2
    Mild spinning
  • Height Requirement: None
  • Location: Toy Story Land
08 of 08

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Runnamuck Park

Matt Stroshane, Disney

Address
351 S Studio Dr N, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

From the name of the attraction, you might assume that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a thrill-filled ride, perhaps something along the lines of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom. But it’s not a roller coaster. It is an innovative dark ride that cleverly uses projection mapping technology to transport guests into the manic cartoon world of Mickey Mouse and his friends. Instead of screaming, you’ll be laughing at the antics. And you’ll be wowed by the Imagineering achievement.

  • Thrill Scale: 1.5
    Mild simulated effects
  • Height Requirement: None
  • Location: Hollywood Boulevard
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