Coaster nerd wants to know best seats on coasters


I am more of a coaster nerd than a Disney nerd and, to me, it makes a huge difference on most roller coasters whether I sit in the front or back.

Does anyone have opinions on the best seats on RnRC, EE, SDD, SDMT, SM, or BTMRR? I think I really like back seat on EE and front on RnRC last time. I liked front on Space at DLR and HKDL but don’t remember it from WDW . I also don’t remember having a strong opinion about BTMRR.


I find that for most slower coasters, the back is the best, which is definitely the case for BTMRR. In the front, you drop really slow down the hills. For 7dmt though, I like the middle so you can see the animatronics better when you are sitting and waiting at the end. For SM, the front is best, as it’s less jerky.


I generally prefer front seats in most traditional coasters as I like to see the track race past. For SM and RnRC, it’s so dark the visual element isn’t that important, and I find both to be smoother in the front. On BTMRR I prefer closer to the back. The engine essentially blocks any forward view from the front, and it’s definitely a “wilder” ride in the back. Just about any seat on EE is good; you can see the visuals better from the front, but the ride is wilder in the back. Again, because of the engine, I prefer mid to back on 7DMT. Haven’t been on SDD, but as the front view is mostly blocked by SD’s head, I would think mid to back would be better.


Both BTMRR and 7DMT seem really slow if you are in the front. The back makes for a much more thrilling ride.


I tend to prefer the back seat on most coasters, though mid-to front is often better on loopers.

I have mostly no preference on the WDW coasters, in general; aside from RnRC, none seem to have a high enough speed to excite me much. Though I have not yet been on SDD.

Front is definitely best on Space at DLP.


Frankly, I haven’t found a huge difference on WDW coasters. But my general principles are as follows:

  1. For older coasters, or wooden coasters, which tend to be rough, it is better to be toward the front.
  2. Front seat is great for more extreme/tall coasters because the view is unobstructed. But I don’t think this really applies to any coasters at Disney…and even something like BTMRR doesn’t have an unobstructed view anyhow, due to the engine.
  3. Back seat is better on smaller coasters (aside from rule 1 above) because you get pulled over the top of the hill, rather than creep over the top. Although, some might say there is something to be argued for the “suspend time” factor…but I think that applies more to taller coasters.


This is a source of some discussion in our house, but generally say that the front is best for RnR, And space mountain. The back is definitely best for thunder mountain. We are split on Everest - I prefer the front. My daughters the back. We have no strong preference on seven dwarves.


For something like RnR, front is great because it launches straight from the station instead of the slow climb up a lift hill followed by the “dangling” over the top of the hill waiting for it to start falling.