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Top 10 Fastest Rides at Disney World

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Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for your next fast ride at Disney World?

Or curious about which Disney World rides are the fastest?

Look no further!

This list breaks down the top 10 fastest rides at Disney World. Counting them down from 10 to the number 1 fastest in all of the parks, we’ll go through the ins and outs of what to expect, including how fast you’ll be going on each.

Okay, enough prepping, let’s go. Fast!

10. Space Mountain

space mountain disney world

Top Speed: 27 mph

Height Requirement: 44 inches

Location: Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom

Thrilling riders since 1975, Space Mountain is the go-to Disney roller coaster for many of us. With top speeds reaching 27 mph it takes its place on this list of the fastest rides at Disney World at number 10.

You might be thinking: But it feels much faster!

Yeah, we agree.

As a roller coaster in near-pitch-black darkness with Sci-Fi light effects, it gets your adrenaline going.

Space Mountain was one of the first of its kind and it’s still one of the best.

9. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Top Speed: 34 mph

Height Requirement: 38 inches

Location: Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

Coming up on its 10th anniversary, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been delighting riders since it opened in 2014. It’s a great combination of rollercoaster and dark ride, taking you to see Snow White’s friends hard at work in the mine.

But most importantly, it’s one of the fastest rides at Disney World.

While the train is rather calm and smooth in the dark, when it’s outside it’s a different experience. Out in the Florida sun, you’ll have fun taking the turns and steep drops of this fun Disney roller coaster where you’ll get speeds up to 34 mph.

The way the mine cart rolls from side to side makes the ride even more fun and adventurous.

8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain at Disney Magic Kingdom

Top Speed: 36 mph

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Location: Frontierland at Magic Kingdom

Coming in at number 8 is yet another great coaster at Magic Kingdom. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes you rolling through the landscape on a super fun adventure.

At top speeds of 36 mph, it’s one of the fastest rides at Disney World.

Your innocent ride through the abandoned mines takes a turn when your train seems to become cursed speeding ahead faster and faster. Hang on tight as you fly in and out of the mountains with great dips and curves around the terrain.

It’s a thrill ride for sure.

7. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Top Speed: 39 mph

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Location: Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood Studios

Ready for an out-of-this-world thrill? We’re not talking roller coasters here, instead, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will take you to the 5th dimension.

As the story goes, you’ll venture into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel and the service elevator if you dare!

Once inside you’ll be in for the ride of a lifetime. The possessed elevator surges to great heights and then free falls over and over again.

What’s super fun is that the ride is randomized, so you will never know exactly when it will surge or drop.

A thrilling ride, at times you’ll be in complete darkness, while at others you’ll catch a glimpse outside to see how high up you are.

Reaching speeds of 39 mph, it’s one of the fastest rides in Disney World.

6. Slinky Dog Dash

Top Speed: 40 mph

Height Requirement: 38 inches

Location: Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

If you’re a fan of classic roller coasters that have you soaring through the air, bringing you to great heights, and then plummeting toward the ground all in good fun, then definitely get in line for Slinky Dog Dash.

Taking a trip through Andy’s yard, it’s all about fun fun fun on Slinky Dog Dash. A fully outdoor roller coaster, this one will get you going up to 40 mph, making it one of the fastest rides in Disney World.

Who knew a slinky dog could go so fast? Regardless of how it happens, you’ll be “hands-up” from start to finish.

5. Expedition Everest

Roller Coasters in Disney World

Top Speed: 50 mph

Height Requirement: 44 inches

Location: Asia at Animal Kingdom

You might not expect one of the fastest rides at Disney World to be at Animal Kingdom but don’t count out the awesome Expedition Everest. This super cool roller coaster will have you zooming through mountains and plummeting from the highest peaks.

With speeds up to 50 mph, this ride is one of the fastest in Disney.

A heart-pumping moment is when you encounter the broken tracks (destroyed by none other than the Yeti).

So at a dead-end, the only way to go is backward!

That’s right, Expedition Everest shoots you back for a whole new experience.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Top Speed: 57 mph

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Location: Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a true classic in the sense that it takes you on crazy good dips and turns. But so much more than typical, you’ll love the dark ride that has you racing through Los Angeles.

Speeding up to 57 mph, this is one of the fastest rides in Disney.

A major highlight is the soundtrack. Playing Aerosmith hits like “Love in an Elevator” (changed to “Love in a Roller Coaster”) and “Sweet Emotion”, you’ll be rocking out from start to finish.

When planning your next trip to Disney, be aware that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed for renovations in January of 2024. Fingers crossed it will reopen, as expected, in time for the summer season.

3. TRON Light Cycle Run


Top Speed: 60 mph

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Location: Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom

No one instructs you to “sit back and relax” on the TRON Light Cycle Run– It’s not that type of ride.

Instead, you’ll mount your bike and take off on a futuristic computerized bike race at top speed. Perfect for anyone looking to get a good rush.

Don’t worry about pedaling or holding on tight enough, you’ll be strapped into this unique ride as you race through the Energy Gates reaching speeds of 60 mph to secure victory for Team Blue.

A super cool part of TRON Light Cycle Run is that it blasts you outside, flying high above the heads of folks below.

A word to the wise: The lights will accompany you as you ride outside, but they’re hard to see during the day. So if you can, consider hopping on this ride after the sun has gone down.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Top Speed: 60 mph

Height Requirement: 42 in.

Location: World Discovery at EPCOT

Blast off with the gang of Guardians of the Galaxy for the second-fastest ride at Disney World.

There are so many things to love about this ride—from the crazy good dark ride lights that feel like you’re zipping through the stars, to the cast of the movie being right there with you (at least in video and hologram form), and the fact that this spinning coaster takes you in every direction including backwards.

Most important of all, it’s insanely fast. Getting up to 60 mph, it’s one of the best of the 10 fastest rides at Disney World.

Another great thing is that every time you ride, you’ll have a different experience. Why?

The soundtrack. With 6 different songs like Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “One Way or Another” by Blondie, you’ll have a different experience every time you ride. So, why not rewind and do it all over again?!

1. Test Track

Top Speed: 65 mph

Height Requirement: 40 in.

Location: World Discovery at EPCOT

The fastest ride in all of Disney World is the Test Track by Chevrolet, and you’ll find it at Epcot.

You’ll design your car and then “test” it out on the ride. Putting it through several tests like efficiency and reaction, your car will take sharp turns and accelerate fast. During these tests, you’ll love the futuristic dark ride with its computer-like graphics and neon lights.

But the fun really starts when you’re blasted outside to see what your car can do on the road. With the wind in your hair, you’ll be reaching speeds of 65 mph. A real rush of adrenaline, nothing beats this power move on the fastest ride in Disney World.

Special Mention – Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom is one of the fastest rides at Disney World, reaching 40 mph as you fly down the log flume into the water below.

But, as you probably know, the ride has been closed for refurbishment. Specifically, it will be redesigned and replaced with a ride called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, based on the animated movie The Princess and the Frog.

The ride theme will change but the actual structure won’t – so when it reopens it will still be one of the fastest rides in Disney World.

Final Thoughts

There you have it: the top 10 fastest rides at Disney World. Across their 4 theme parks in Florida, you’ll find everything from traditional roller coasters to free falls, and virtual realities.

The one thing they all have in common?

They get you going fast. Fast.