Disney World in Orlando, Florida is home to all sorts of magical attractions. While roller-coasters and boat excursions are popular, there is another type of ride that circles around the rest: spinning rides. You can't beat that sensation of spinning around in a whirl of color, while the tamer carousels are just perfect for the little ones.
The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom each have their own attractions that fall into this category. While some will send you flying through the sky, others will send you through prehistoric times, royal celebrations, and even space. Get ready to go for a whirl around Disney World. Here is a ranking of every spinning ride.
10 TriceraTop Spin
This dinosaur-themed carousel ride is located in Dinoland USA at Animal Kingdom. Guests sit on the back of a triceratops and are then lifted into the air, where they are spun in a circle for 90 seconds. Each dino is controlled by a set of two joysticks, one at the back of the car and one in the front.
Though the ride is fun, it’s not anything new. There are other aerial carousels at Disney that offer better experiences.
9 Mission Space
Mission Space is the most thrilling of spinning rides at Disney World. Technically, if you choose the mild version of the attraction, it doesn’t spin at all. However, if you go for the intense one, you’ll be subjected to 2.5 G’s accompanied by centrifugal motion.
Mission Space lets riders experience what it’s like to blast into the galaxy and head to Mars. It lasts nearly 6 minutes, and due to the screen that is close to riders’ faces, the attraction is best for those with strong stomachs.
8 Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
This classic carrousel ride in the Magic Kingdom takes guests on a two-minute spin on the backs of horses. Hand-painted scenes from Cinderella are located at the top of the ride, hence the reason it is was formerly called Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and has more recently been deemed Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
Though the ride isn't unique, it is iconic. Who doesn't love chilling out on the back of a pony as Disney Princess melodies play in the background?
7 Mad Tea Party
The Mad Tea Party is a spinning teacup ride located across Disney's resorts, including in the Magic Kingdom. It is based on the Mad Hatter's tea party from Alice in Wonderland and features beautifully designed ride vehicles, a gorgeous canopy, and a bright pastel color scheme.
Though the teacups move around on their own, guests can control how much they spin by moving a wheel located at the center of the ride vehicle. Therefore, if motion sickness isn't an issue for riders, they can swirl in really tight, really fast circles.
6 Dumbo The Flying Elephant
This spinning ride, which lets guests fly through the air on the back of Dumbo, is located at Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. It's so popular, Disney actually built two identical aerial carousels next to each other.
On the downside, the ride usually has a very long wait. On the upside, the nostalgia factor is real, as Dumbo is the first of Disney's sky carousel rides. It is also beautifully themed, and the impressive lighting setup at night is nothing short of enchanting.
5 Astro Orbiter
Like Dumbo, Astro Orbiter spins guests in a circle. Unlike Dumbo, riders sit in rockets high up in the air and speed super fast for a full minute and thirty seconds.
Astro Orbiter actually towers over the other Tomorrowland attractions at the Magic Kingdom, and riders have to take an elevator to get to the top. The thrill is legit and is perfect for guests who are looking for an aerial carousel that blasts things to the next level.
4 Aliens Swirling Saucers
This spinning ride in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios lets guests go for one wild ride as they are dragged in circles by the green aliens.
The attraction is especially cool at night, as neon lights dance around the track. It is the newest of all the spinning Disney rides, and it shows. Though it’s not a complex ride, it is enjoyable and feels fresh.
3 The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The final aerial carousel in Disney World is located in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. Though each possesses its own charm, this one has a slight edge.
This Aladdin-themed ride has guests sitting on the back of magic carpets. They can make their ride vehicles go up-and-down and side-to-side. Additionally, there is a camel that spits out water, and avoiding it is a challenge in itself.
The groovy music definitely elevates the mood, and the arguably shorter line also doesn't hurt.
2 Primeval Whirl
This carnival-style coaster takes guests on a journey back in time. After climbing up a track surrounded by clocks, guests are then whisked around before plummeting through a series of dips and serious spins.
While the coaster is a bit dizzying and not as large as others in Disney parks, it is still incredibly zippy and fun. It lasts only a minute and a half, but you’ll still experience up to 2.5 G’s.
1 Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Topping it off is Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. As the only dark ride of the bunch, Space Ranger Spin takes guests on an immersive galactic journey to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg.
Each guest has a laser shooter in front of them, which they can use to aim at targets as they cruise. The goal is to rack up the points and beat your friends! The spinning comes in the form of a stick in the middle of each ride vehicle that lets guests turn towards targets. So, although the attraction doesn't contain as much spinning as many of the others on the list, "spin" is in the attraction name and the circling component secures its spot on the list.