What Are the Fastest Rides in Disney World?

If you are an adrenaline junkie with a need for speed when you head to Disney World, then you need to know where to go for the fastest ride.

While you may think you already know the fastest rides, we’re going to guess you’re in for a surprise when see this list!

Whether you want to make sure you hit that top fastest ride or you want to ensure to steer clear, we’ve got you covered.

We are going to let you in on exactly where you want to be to hit top speed on the fastest attractions!

Top 10 Fastest Rides

fastest rides at disney world

Here’s the top 10 fastest rides at Disney World from slowest to fastest.

#1 Space Mountain

Location: Magic Kingdom

Top Speed: 27 MPH

Space Mountain

What you need to know:

We were very surprised to see our beloved Space Mountain coming in dead last, reaching only 27 MPH.

Heck, even the silly Goofy’s Barnstormer clocks in at 25 MPH, just 2 MPH under Space Mountain! What gives? Y

ou might have already guessed it, Disney trickery! The Imagineers do such a great job of making you feel in the moment on attractions and Space Mountain is no different.

They use a combination of lighting, music and the genius of darkness to make the fast illusion kick in, but what really does it is the fans and air vents that are specially placed throughout the track blowing wind onto the guests in the ride vehicles.

Still, 27 MPH isn’t that bad for an indoor coaster.

#2 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Location: Magic Kingdom

Top Speed: 34 MPH

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom, photo by Jennifer Lynn https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

What you need to know:

Over at Fantasyland lives our next attraction, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It has a nice boost up from Space Mountain with a top speed of 24 MPH.

This incredible ride is one of the roller coasters of Walt Disney World but it comes with a twist. The cars sway from side to side which give it a very different feel from most coasters.

It’s especially evident as you zip through sharp turns on the track. Other than that, this ride is fairly tame without any upside down, crazy maneuvers that caters very well for the whole family to get on board.

#3 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Location: Magic Kingdom

Top Speed: 36 MPH

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Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster ride magic kingdom

What you need to know:

What can be more exciting than riding a runaway train? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland takes you through a mining town and then weaves you in and out of dangerous mine caves around a mountain and dessert backdrop.

The ride duration is 3 1/2 minutes long and similar to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, it is fairly tame with no outlandish drops, spins and turns.

The night ride for BTMR is really cool with the lights around the attraction so if it’s something you can work out in your schedule, we suggest doing that.

Interestingly enough, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the fastest coaster in Magic Kingdom (not the fastest ride).

#4 Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

Location: Hollywood Studios

Top Speed: 39 MPH

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What you need to know:

You may be asking how Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is on our list as it’s not considered one of the thrill rides. High Speeds do not just go forward and backward, but up and down too.

The Hollywood Tower of Terror can reach a speed of 39 MPH as it’s plummeting toward the ground and that can be just what thrill seekers are looking for!

Ironically, this ride uses cables to pull the elevator cars down instead of simply having it free fall because free falling wouldn’t be fast enough.

*Check out 18 fun facts about Tower of Terror here!

#5 Splash Mountain

Location: Magic Kingdom

Top Speed: 39 MPH

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What you need to know:

The fastest of the three “mountains” at Magic Kingdom is Splash Mountain, which is a log flume ride presently being re-themed to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Is it a fast ride throughout the entirety of your time in the boat? No.

The speed happens one time and you know where that is, on the steep drop over the cliff! However, the 50-foot drop is really exhilarating and will reach a speed of 39 MPH instantly.

One of the biggest questions that gets asked about Splash Mountain is will you get wet? There is around 950,000 gallons of water in this attraction so that tells you the chances of getting wet are pretty high.

When you go down the drop, Disney has geysers that shoot water up (most people think it’s the splash from the flume) and then there is the backsplash from the drop that can hit you as well.

Yes, you will get wet but how wet you get is not an exact science.

*Check out our rain gear to keep yourself dry on Disney’s water rides!

#6 Slinky Dog Dash

Location: Hollywood Studios

Top Speed: 40 MPH

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What you need to know:

One of Disney’s new coasters located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly ride in which guests ride on the back of Slinky Dog and tour Andy’s backyard.

Even though it’s not one of Disney’s scariest rides when it comes to roller coasters, it does have some hills and drops throughout the ride that will keep even the hard core coaster enthusiasts entertained.

This is one of the best themed attraction with it’s bright colors and you get the illusion that you have shrunk in size in order to ride on Andy’s toy ride that he’s set up.

The max speed is 40 MPH and get this, the ride height requirements for Slinky Dog Dash is only 38 inches! Great for the entire family!

#7 Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Location: Animal Kingdom

Top Speed: 50 MPH

expedition everest attraction at animal kingdom

What you need to know:

Not wanting to leave Animal Kingdom out, Disney produced one of the best roller coasters with Expedition Everest. At a height of 199 feet and a drop of 80 feet, guests reach a speed of 50 MPH and can hit 3Gs.

Much can be said of the ride’s scenery and landscape not to mention the great storyline, over 8000 artifacts brought in by Joe Rohde’s team and of course, the Yeti!

Being the only real coaster in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there will always be long lines but this one is well worth the wait!

#8 Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Location: Hollywood Studios

Top Speed: 57 MPH

rock n roller coaster aerosmith hollywood studios

What you need to know:

Right out of the gate you are launched from 0 to 57 MPH in less than 3 seconds! Next you get a wild ride of loops, drops and a corkscrew which solidifies this attraction as one of the best Disney World rides! If you like Aerosmith, you will enjoy it even more!

The set up is the band members have secured you a high speed car to transport you to the streets of Hollywood to make it to an Aerosmith concert. Of all the fast rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this is the fastest!

*Check some fun facts we bet you didn’t know about the Rock ‘N’ Roll Coaster here!

#9 Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Location: Epcot

Top Speed: 60 MPH

What you need to know:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, we have come to the fastest roller coaster in all the Disney Parks!

Drum roll please!

The fastest coaster in all the theme parks is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! Officially opening in 2022, this attraction, one of the wildest rides of all has great theming, special effects, intense twists, turns and spins along with the incredible high speed…backwards!

It features the legendary cosmic outlaws, Rocket, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Star-Lord. This coaster also has a lot of “firsts”.

First coaster at Epcot. First Walt Disney World attraction to feature the Guardian of the Galaxy and the first reverse launch for a Disney coaster.

#10 Test Track

Location: Epcot

Top Speed: 65 MPH

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What you need to know:

The fastest ride at Disney World is Test Track! Starting out in the attraction, guests can design their own cars to test on the SIM track and as you pass through each test, your car gets ranked.

After building the car, guests get in a car and take it on a test track for an intense test drive in rough terrain and end the ride with a speed test to see how well it does.

There is a speedometer overhead where you can actually see your speed. It must be noted that not every time guests ride in the cars will they experience 65 MPH.

Weather, wind and other factors can slow your car down, but the potential of 65 MPH is there and often achieved.

Honorable Mention – Summit Plummet

Location: Blizzard Beach

Top Speed: 60 MPH

What you need to know:

Though not in one of the four Disney theme parks, Blizzard Beach, one of the two water parks has a water slide called Summit Plummet in which you can reach speeds of up to 60 MPH.

Summit Plummet is considered the absolute fastest free fall slide in the world. Not only is it the fastest but also the tallest as it towers 120 feet about the park.

You can imagine on a hot summer day, this slide gets busy so the wait times can get extra long. There is a height restriction of 48 inches and Summit Plummet is considered one of the most scary rides in all the parks.

Finally, the entire ride is over before you know it. 5 seconds long and you are spraying water all over the place as you come to a stop.

So there you have it! The top 10 fastest attractions at Walt Disney World. Were you surprised? We know we were!

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