Each attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort has an incredible, immersive theme designed by the Disney Imagineers that surrounds guests with stunning detail to make them feel like they are part of the experience. These details include everything from the music to the decor and even the vehicles themselves that transport guests through each experience.
While each attraction vehicle is unique at the Walt Disney World Resort, some are just so awesome that they are guest favorites. From nostalgia to innovative technology and much more, let’s take a look at some of the best attraction vehicles to be found at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland immerses guests in the rustic atmosphere of Tumbleweed, a largely abandoned mining town filled with dark caves, critters, and more. Considered the “wildest ride in the wilderness” Guests whiz around the mountain aboard runaway trains so intricately detailed it’s easy to think they’ve been in a mine somewhere for decades.
With rustic details, smoke and grime stains, and architectural features suggesting years of productivity, every train on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looks like it has had a long history of mining. A great subtle detail to check out on any train are the ironic names on the locomotives, including UR Courageous, UB Bold and IM Loco.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Gliding through the skies of Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, a scenic and relaxing attraction that showcases the beauty of the area with glimpses of nearby attractions, including Space Mountain. Not only does this amazing experience give guests a chance to relax, but it also uses incredible technology to clean up the experience.
The bright blue carriages that make up each Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover train are powered entirely by magnets embedded in the tracks throughout Tomorrowland. Each magnet, in turn, pushes and pulls the trains to move them smoothly along the track, making them incredibly efficient and comfortable for guests!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is home to many beloved attractions, as well as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which opened in 2014 as part of a major expansion. The train takes guests on an exciting adventure through a small mountain and offers a glimpse of the dwarves who are digging in the mines and dancing with Snow White at home.
While the overall experience of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is fun, it’s the vehicles themselves that make it truly memorable. Each mine train consists of individual carts, which use new and innovative technology to allow guests to swing independently in both directions with every twist and turn through the mountain.
No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete without enjoying the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square, a much-loved experience that offers guests the chance to interact with 999 lucky haunts. As they move through the attraction, guests can spot favorite characters such as Madame Leota, Constance the Bride and the waltzing duos in the ballroom, all thanks to a unique ride system and vehicle.
The Doom Buggies that transport guests through the Haunted Mansion are part of an omnimover system that includes a continuously moving row of vehicles that can rotate and rotate to draw guests’ attention to specific scenes and locations. With an onboard audio system that delivers the Ghost Host’s unforgettable narration, the Doom Buggies are an integral part of the Haunted Mansion experience that guests absolutely love.
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney World Railroad is a beautiful attraction that many guests often overlook, which takes a great circle tour of the entire Magic Kingdom. With stations on Main Street, US, and in Frontierland and Storybook Circus, guests can board one of four steam trains for a serene ride through Disney Park that even includes some unique scenes.
Each of the four steam trains was originally built between 1916 and 1918 and has been beautifully restored to its original glory by the Imagineers with tremendous attention to detail. With exquisite workmanship, architectural curves and angles, and the distinct sound of the whistle blowing along the track, the Walt Disney World Railroad trains are some of the most incredible attraction vehicles at the Walt Disney World Resort.
While not technically an attraction at a Disney Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Monorail is considered by many guests to be a must-see ride on any trip. Looping around Seven Seas Lagoon, these innovative modes of transport form a connecting circuit between the Transport and Ticket Center and EPCOT, welcoming thousands of guests every day.
Each Monorail has its own unique color which is reflected in an exterior tire and in the decorative details in each car. With scenic views and the iconic “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas” line, a trip on the monorail is a must on any trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
EPCOT is home to a host of innovative attractions, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which can be found in World Discovery. This thrilling and technologically amazing attraction puts guests right in the middle of the action with the Guardians as they travel through time to save the galaxy.
Guests enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind from incredible vehicles that are incredibly smooth and fluid as they whip guests through a backyard launch, seamlessly rotating and turning to strategically point them to screens and action spots throughout the experience. The attraction vehicles also feature impressive onboard audio systems that blast six songs to pair with the experience, including “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios brings terrifying and thrilling experiences to life from the moment guests queue up. The attraction takes guests on an unforgettable journey to The Twilight Zone made possible by the incredible vehicles designed by Imagineers.
While any service elevator guests board may seem relatively normal, they are engineering feats that briefly operate like a normal elevator before moving horizontally through a scene and then moving with a pulley system to be lifted and pulled down faster than gravity. With incredible technology and immersive detail, including a certificate of inspection signed by a character from an episode of the show who was the devil, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror features some of the most incredible attraction vehicles at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Each Star Wars fan will tell you that one of their ultimate dreams is to not only board, but also pilot the Millennium Falcon, which can be found throughout the film series as Luke, Han, Rey and more favorites in all sorts of galactic problems come. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios not only built the iconic piece of space junk, but also created an attraction that fulfills the guests’ greatest wish.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run brings guests onto the ship on a special mission for Hondo, offering them the chance to step into the cockpit and take on the role of pilot, engineer or gunner. Each reel features interactive elements that affect the experience in real time, and the pilots even get the incredible chance to slam it into hyperdrive, turning the Millennium Falcon cockpit into a great attraction vehicle not to be missed.
The last attraction vehicle on the list can be found in the village of Harambe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to board the Harambe Reserve for a beautiful and scenic authentic adventure filled with chance encounters with animals including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and more.
To enable the experience of Kilimanjaro Safaris, guests board absolutely huge, beautifully themed safari vehicles to feel like they have been roaming the African savanna for years. The trucks also have large open sides giving guests great views of the animals, helpful illustrated guides above and a large mirror in the front that allows the driver to see and interact with guests throughout the experience.