Rounding Out the Top Ten
‘It’s a Small World’ places next in the ranking, in fourth place. Over 250 million people have ridden the ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction at Magic Kingdom, the gentle boat ride that showcases different cultures from around the world. The ride receives an average of 49,558 monthly searches and has 352,796 hashtags on Instagram.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ranks as the fifth most popular ride at Disney World. As the newest ride to feature in the top 10, the ride opened in 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which covers 14 acres. Rise of the Resistance receives 84,218 Google searches a month in America, the third highest number of searches for any ride, and has 130,677 Instagram hashtags.
The study revealed that Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest is the sixth most popular ride. The almost 200-foot-tall rollercoaster is the only ride from the top 10 to have a 5 out of 5 rating on Tripadvisor and one of only three rides in the top 15 to have this rating too, along with Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Avatar Flight of Passage.
The top 10 most popular rides at Walt Disney World are rounded out by Haunted Mansion, ranking in seventh place, followed by Big Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, and Jungle Cruise in eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.
The research revealed that Magic Kingdom, the oldest and most-recognized area of Walt Disney World, was the clear leader of popular rides, with six out of the top 10 most beloved rides located at the Magic Kingdom Park, and seven out of the top 15.
With an average annual attendance of more than 58 million visitors, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world. With four theme parks, two water parks, incredible dining, shopping, entertainment, and more, planning the ultimate Disney World vacation can be overwhelming.
However, these key findings provide valuable insight into which rides to prioritize while planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, so you don’t miss out on any marvelous attractions. Splash Mountain has been a favorite among fans for many years, so it will be interesting to see if the ride still holds the top spot once it reopens as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Summer 2024.
The Data: Top 15 Most Popular Rides at Walt Disney World
Here’s the data behind our study:
The Most Popular Rides in Every State
The research also revealed each state’s top three favorite rides at Walt Disney World. Splash Mountain is the number one favorite attraction in 49 states, except for Florida. Interestingly, Splash Mountain does not rank as one of Florida’s top three favorite rides, and instead the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride takes Florida’s top spot. Located in Epcot, this new thrill ride takes you on an intergalactic chase through time and space alongside Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.