Walt Disney World is full of rides, shows and experiences that attract guests of all ages from 1-99. Sometimes those attractions have restrictions on height or health that make it so that not everyone can experience it together. But, there are a ton of attractions in the parks that don’t have any requirements to ride. As long as you (and your children) are comfortable with the theme of a ride or the darkness 9in some cases) then anyone can ride attractions without a height restriction. I recommend if you have any concerns to check out a YouTube video of a full ride-through to help determine if an attraction is compatible with your family . . . even if it doesn’t have a height requirement. Here are 10 of my favorite attractions that everyone can enjoy:
10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Magic Kingdom
While Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin may not be something that infants can enjoy so much, they are able to ride along. Most people will love challenging their riding partner to try to achieve the highest score on this interactive attraction. It moves slowly, and it can spin (but you control that), while you journey through trying to defeat Buzz’s nemesis Zurg. You have a blaster on your car that you aim at the “Z’s” to score points. And don’t forget to smile for the picture at the end! This one is fun for the whole family and a must-do.
9. Peter Pan’s Flight, Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom is filled with classic “dark ride” attractions that utilize audio animatronics and black lights to transport you into a world of Fantasy. Peter Pan’s flight is a nostalgic favorite for many where you travel aboard a flying ship through the Darling Family’s nursery and past Nana, over the streets of London and past Big Ben into Never Never Land where you find the Mermaid Lagoon, Indian Chief and Tiger Lilly, and finally come upon Peter Pan and Captain Hook battling it out. This short ride is perfect for all ages, but I recommend a FastPass+ because lines get long here.
8. The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Epcot
One of my family’s favorite Future World attractions at Epcot is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This ride moves slowly through the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory as we try to find Nemo. The under the sea atmosphere is beautiful and it is a fun ride for everyone. Just beware of one scene that could be a little intense for younger children. At the end of the ride you find your favorite Finding Nemo characters joining the real live fish in the aquariums.
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7. Festival of the Lion King, Animal Kingdom
While Festival of the Lion Kingdom is a show rather than a ride, it is a perfect attraction for all ages. The show features acrobatics, singing, fire twirling, dancing and beautiful scenery. At points the show is interactive which keeps the attention of younger audience members. The active performances of the Tumble Monkeys and others also mean that it is pretty hard to get bored during this show—not to mention beloved Lion King characters performing in the show.
6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Magic Kingdom
Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too?). The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, is a delightful trip through Pooh’s adventures with his friends in the 100 Acre Woods. From the Very Blustery Day, to the Heffalumps & Woozles, to the day the Rain, Rain, Rain came Down, Down, Down . . . this attraction is great for current fans of Pooh to those who remember these stories from their childhood. No height requirements for this slow moving storybook attraction.
5. Spaceship Earth, Epcot
The icon of Epcot is also a classicly Epcot attraction blending education and entertainment to take guests through the history of communication on Spaceship Earth. The attraction takes you through the geodesic dome from the time of the cave men to the present day of digital technology—the entire ride is slow moving as you climb to the top, and as you rotate to come back down (backwards). While the history and storyline may be lost on the youngest guests, there is enough to look at in the scenes to make this attraction a winner for everyone.
4. Frozen Ever After, Epcot
While my 15-year-old son who has been over Frozen for about 4 years may not enjoy Frozen Ever After in Epcot’s Norway, it is a must-do for a lot of people. If you are visiting Epcot and looking for attractions without a height requirement this is the perfect one to use for your “Tier 1” FastPass+ ride. Anna, Elsa, Sven, Kristoff and everyone’s favorite Olaf, guide you through Arendelle featuring some of the movie’s favorite songs. There is a small drop, that is more like a slide, but if a drop or darkness might intimidate anyone in your travel party you might choose to skip this one.
3. Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom
This is definitely my favorite attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (yes, I like it better than Flight of Passage). And there are no height requirements, so everyone can ride, but it is a bumpy ride through the savanna so you want to keep that in consideration. I love this attraction because it is always different. With live animals on the safari you never know what you may encounter. I’ve been stuck on the trail with a rhino in the road, had giraffes walking alongside the safari vehicle, and hear the lion roaring. Everyone loves getting this up close and personal look at African Wildlife.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Kingdom
If I HAD to choose, Pirates of the Caribbean is my overall favorite attraction at Walt Disney World. It is filled with nostalgia and history, yet it is continually updates with new audio-animatronics and effects. Pirates features a great storyline, immersive scenes, and catchy music. Like Frozen Ever After, there is a small drop at the beginning, and some of the darkness and other scenes (featuring skeletons) could be a little too much for little ones—you have to judge if it would scare your children. Mine have always loved riding it, and since there isn’t a height requirement two of my boys first rode it before they were a year old. Have to get that Disney indoctrination started early.
1. Toy Story Mania, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania is such a fun ride with great interactive elements since you are playing games throughout the entire attraction playing with (or against) the person you are riding with. Like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, really little ones won’t be able to participate, but they can ride along. I love the game in Toy Story Mania so much more than Buzz Lightyear because there are different games for each scene, and it is much easier to see where you are aiming to play. I think this attraction appeals to all age groups because at Walt Disney World everyone is a kid again!
What is your favorite attraction that all ages can enjoy?