Here Are the Newest Rides at Disney World
A lot can change at Walt Disney World in just a few years. You have missed plenty if you haven’t visited Orlando since early 2018!
Disney has introduced six new rides, five of which are legitimately E-ticket attractions. Here’s what you need to know about each one.
Alien Swirling Saucers
Okay, we’ll start with the one that Disney fans likely enjoy the least.
Alien Swirling Saucers copies the design of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure.
Ride carts circle around designated spots on the floor before detaching and switching to other areas.
Ultimately, you explore most of the ride area by going around in circles. So, it’s like a less violent version of Mad Tea Party.
The difference comes down to theming. One of the Little Green Men is your driver, and it’s…horribly bad at this job.
You’ll get whipped around in a way that causes a collision with the other passenger(s) in your car. It’s violent and fun, and I happen to adore it.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Imagineers excel at their jobs because they remember what it’s like to be a kid.
Many of the best Disney attractions stem from those lingering memories of childhood.
On Runaway Railway, you live out your lifelong dream of entering a cartoon!
You board a train whose driver…is horribly bad at this job. Disney needs to do a better job hiring and training drivers for these things!
Anyway, when your ride takes a sharp turn toward disastrous, you find yourself flung into several familiar cartoon settings.
I’m talking underwater adventures, big-city construction, small-town tornadoes, and a carnival.
Along the way, your ride cart moves in profound new ways thanks to a trackless design. You’ll even perform a rhythmic dance at one point!
Disney has done plenty right over the past few years with its ride designs. Nothing celebrates the spirit of Disney better than Runaway Railway, though.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
This one’s pretty simple to understand. You enter the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, thereby living yet another childhood dream. Are you sensing a theme?
Smugglers Run works like a more advanced version of Star Tours. You sit in a room and watch Star Wars videos for a while.
The difference is that you control your own fate here, as you drive the ship or shoot the other warships or repair your hull damage.
Two of those are substantially more fun than the other one. But the jobs are all joyous, especially when you and five friends helm the ship.
At that point, you’re all a hardened space crew trying to pull off the heist of the millennium before the fuzz catches you.
The gaming elements allow you to compete to prove who’s the ace of the crew, too.
Let’s be honest. You don’t need the details, though. I had you at “enter the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.”
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
All these rides are less than four years old, which is incredibly young by Disney standards. I mean, more than a dozen of their current attractions date back to 1955!
You’ll find the baby of the bunch at EPCOT’s France pavilion. Nestled in the back by the International Gateway, it’s the closest possible place for a ride for DVC Points users.
You can leave Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Riviera Resort, or Disney’s Beach Club Villas and be standing in line for this ride in 15 minutes!
Your reward is a charming trip through the world of Pixar’s Ratatouille. The attraction technically isn’t a recreation of the events in the film…but it’s close enough.
You’ll shrink down to Remy’s size and then explore a Parisian rooftop before entering a kitchen where you’re…not welcome at all.
A chase ensues, complete with special effects that might make you briefly worry that you’re the main course.
Ratatouille is such a delightful little ride that you’ll never believe you’re in danger, though.
Slinky Dog Dash
You have to hand it to the Imagineering team. Everyone can talk about ways to make learning fun. Disney actually did it with Slinky Dog Dash.
This attraction combines detailed Toy Story theming with the science of the slinky.
The end result is a stretchy roller coaster with one of the most unique ride mechanics ever.
The coaster cart mimics Rex the Dog from Toy Story while imitating his slinky dog nature.
Slinky Dog Dash’s ride cart stretches and contracts around the various turns and straightaways.
Disney cleverly maximizes the sensations by adding a series of bunny hops.
Also, there’s one other unique ride element that I won’t spoil here. It’s a first for any Disney attraction, though.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Okay, we’ve saved the best for last here, as Rise of the Resistance is the unquestioned alpha of the theme park industry right now.
Imagineers definitely didn’t lack for ambition on this attraction. It combines elements from several other popular ride designs in one tight package.
This Star Wars experience involves so much that you won’t even know for sure when the ride starts.
You’ll have a pre-ride activity, a disembarking, a kidnapping, and a jailbreak.
All these things will occur before you enter the section that has the full-size AT-AT, the part that is the heart of the ride! The entire experience lasts 20 minutes!
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As you can see, Walt Disney World has improved by a comical amount in less than three years! If you haven’t been lately, now is the time to go!
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