Happy Birthday to me! Four years ago I did a favorite Disneyland rides list and two years I ago I went back to Disneyland. With the reopening of Disneyland and the 50th anniversary of Disney World I think this is a perfect time to combine both my Disneyland and Disney World lists to see which is the best Disney ride ever. Since some rides are different in both resorts, I will be picking the superior version of that ride to represent and this is also based on my opinion.
Honorable Mentions: Mad Tea Party DL, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Incredicoaster, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror WDW
Favorite ride I haven’t rode: Rise of the Resistance
Favorite closed ride I’ve rode: The Great Movie Ride
Favorite closed ride I wish I rode: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride WDW
15. Flight of Passage:
I’ve only rode this once due to the lines being about 2 hours long, but it might rank higher if I ever went back. You feel like you’re in the world of Pandora.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!:
Overlaying Tower of Terror was a weird choice but they replaced the inferior version anyway. They managed to used whatever they could with the original building and made this ride really fun.
13. Indiana Jones Adventure:
This is a love letter to the Indiana Jones series and Disney and Lucasfilm’s 2nd team up. The small temple outside is a clever contrast to the epic and grand scale ride inside.
12. Splash Mountain WDW:
I will miss this ride once it’s overlayed by Princess and the Frog, but it’s still open so it counts. The Florida version is better because its slower paced, more comfortable logs, and I like the country music more.
11. Big Thunder Mountain WDW:
Both versions of Big Thunder are similar but I think Florida’s is a little better because it’s wider. This wooden roller coaster is simple in premise but still effective and fun. Though why are the lifts still loud?
10. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster:
This feels like a ride that was made for teenagers considering I turned 13 when I first rode this. This ride is thrilling and the songs from Aerosmith you hear during the ride are fun to listen to.
9. Toy Story Mania:
Probably the best interactive shooting ride ever. Each game feels unique, fun to play, and best of all fair unlike real carnival games. I also love the music that captures the charm of the Toy Story movies.
8. Test Track:
I liked the original test dummy version better but just because it has a new coat of paint doesn’t mean it like it less. It’s still one of the fastest and most fun rides in Disney World.
7. Soarin’ Around the World:
Soarin over California would’ve been in my top 5 and I still miss it but like Test Track it’s still the same experience. It still has the great scenery, music, atmosphere, and of course Patrick Warburton.
6. Star Tours:
This was basically Star Wars and Disney’s first date before their “wedding” later. This is a love letter to Star Wars and the multiple locations make this ride one of the most re-rideable rides in the resort.
5. The Haunted Mansion WDW:
Florida’s version felt like the full package. The Haunted Mansion is a perfect balance between scary and fun which is my favorite type of horror. The special effects which were revolutionary back then still look amazing now.
4. Radiator Springs Racers:
By far the best thing the Cars series ever did. It took the same technology used for Test Track and made it even better with spectacular animatronics, and some of the best theming of any Disney ride ever.
3. Expedition Everest:
This is sort of like a badass version of the Matterhorn (not on this list, too rough). By far the most thrilling ride in Disney World and there’s great buildup to the yeti even if he is in disco mode.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean DL:
The yin to Haunted Mansion’s yang and Walt Disney’s swan song. Both the atmosphere and George Brun’s score make every scene so immersive, and the animatronics still hold up. I even have a poster of this ride in my room.
1.Space Mountain DL:
This isn’t just my favorite Disney ride, it’s my favorite ride ever! I used to be afraid of some rides but for some reason Space Mountain never scared me the first time I rode it. The theming is great, the music is great, the thrills are great, pretty much everything about this ride is great.