Life in the Fast Lane: The Fastest Rides in Walt Disney World

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September 21, 2021

Written by: Jim Smith

Buckle your safety belt and carefully stow your belongings under your seat. Here are the fastest rides in the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Splash Mountain – Magic Kingdom

Believe it or not, Splash Mountain holds the honor for the fastest ride in Magic Kingdom. Most of this attraction winds lazily through the parched terrain of the American south, but the final drop into the briar patch sends guests screeching at a speed that can reach 40 miles per hour (mph). Zip-a-dee-doo-da, zip-a-dee-yikes!

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Splash Mountain’s neighbor, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, comes in a close second at 36 mph. Space Mountain is a surprisingly distant third with a top speed of 28 mph (though the pitch-blackness space more than makes up for the lack of top speed!).

Of course, this statistic will change once Tron Lightcycle Run opens its doors, likely sometime in 2022.

Tron – coming soon to MK
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Test Track – Epcot

This automobile-embracing joyride may be the happiest thrill in WDW. After taking a run through the proving grounds, guests go full throttle, exiting the building to reach a top speed of 65 mph. I dare you not to smile!

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Mission Space, while intense in its own “unique” way, takes guests as fast as 35 mph. However, this ride doesn’t really register in most guests’ minds as a fast ride.  That’s because the speed is a hidden component to telling the story of space travel, taking guests sneakily sideways, not forward.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind may challenge Test Track in the speed trials when it opens sometime in 2022. This huge indoor coaster promises to give guests a party in the spaceport.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – Hollywood Studios

Did someone say party? Get in your stretch limousine and take off in a mind-numbing indoor “cruise”, reaching your top speed of 57 mph in less than three seconds! Your body may need a short break after this ride, before going “Back in the Saddle Again!”

Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land edges out the Hollywood Tower of Terror for second place, hitting 40 mph to Tower of Terror’s 39 mph. Who knew this “family ride” would be so exciting?

Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom

Watch out for the Yeti! This runaway train makes Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain look like child’s play. Guests fleeing from the ominous snow monster will reach speeds of up to 50 mph – some of it while rolling backwards!

Who said Walt Disney World just has slow family rides? There’s plenty of adrenaline here to go around! What’s your favorite fast ride at WDW? Let us know with a comment below. You can also find us on Instagram at or Facebook at

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