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What is the Most Popular Ride at Walt Disney World?

by Mary Melnick

Jun 22, 2023

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The Disney travel planning experts at MagicGuides recently examined every ride at all four Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando theme parks. The rides at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios were ranked based on three key factors: Instagram hashtags, Tripadvisor ratings and average monthly search volume for each ride. These factors were then combined in an index to give each ride a total score to determine the most popular rides at Disney World.



Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom takes the top spot as the most popular ride at WDW. The log flume ride has been a favorite among guests for years. Currently, the popular attraction is undergoing a re-imagining to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, inspired by the hit movie The Princess and the Frog.



The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror comes in as the second-most popular ride. This Disney’s Hollywood Studios ride offers a couple thrilling drops bound to spook guests. The haunted hotel theme ride is inspired by the classic TV series The Twilight Zone.



Heading back to Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain ranks third. Space Mountain’s popularity has stood the test of time as the oldest-operating roller coaster in Florida. Those looking for a thrilling ride in the dark will be delighted by Space Mountain’s twists and turns.



It’s a Small World takes fourth place. Guests are taken on a gentle boat ride through different cultures around the world. Be careful, the catchy song may get stuck in your head the rest of the day.



Coming in fifth is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened in 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the newest ride featured in the top 10.



Next, we head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the sixth-place ride, Expedition Everest. This almost 200-foot-tall roller coaster takes travelers through Everest and even puts you face-to-face with a Yeti!



The rides rounding out the list include Haunted Mansion (seventh), Big Thunder Mountain (eighth), Star Tours (ninth) and Jungle Cruise (10th).



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