10 Ways to Spend Your Time While the Rest of Your Party Hits the Thrill Rides

Not everyone wants to spend their time at Walt Disney World spinning around in circles, dropping faster than gravity, or going upside down. Other people have medical reasons for avoiding some rides. If the rest of your party wants to hit the thrill rides, let them. Here are some suggestions for what you can do instead that aren’t too far away from the thrills.


10) Summit Plummet

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

There are plenty of people who don’t think that the idea of dropping almost straight down for 120 feet sounds like a lot of fun. While the other members of your family hit Summit Plummet and the other drop rides at Blizzard Beach, grab an inner tube at Cross Country Creek. You’ll have a chance to relax while they all experience a thrill or two. Isn’t relaxing supposed to be what vacation is all about?

9) Soarin’

Future World, Epcot

Even though Soarin’ is considered by many to be a fun family ride, it is not for everyone. Guests must be at least 40 inches tall to ride. If you don’t like heights or are prone to motion sickness, you will not have a good time. There are a couple of things that you might want to do instead that are close by. The Circle of Life is an educational movie featuring characters from The Lion King. Since the film lasts less than 15 minutes, you might then have time to hit Living With the Land. It’s a slow, easy boat ride that takes you behind the scenes to learn about agriculture. You’ll even see some food that will later be served in Walt Disney World restaurants.

8) Mad Tea Party

Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

If the thought of going round and round in circles for an entire ride makes your head spin, the Mad Tea Party is not for you. There are some good replacements in Fantasyland. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh isn’t far away, or you might want to walk a little bit more and hit “it’s a small world”. If you’re not in the mood to ride anything, you might want to watch Mickey’s PhilHarmagic instead. These suggestions will also work if you want to skip Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

7) Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Echo Lake, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Since there are over 50 different ride combinations, many guests will want to hit Star Tours more than once. If you are prone to motion sickness, are expecting, if you have back or neck problems, or if you’ve recently had surgery, you will want to stay in this galaxy. Head over to Muppet*Vision 3D instead. Arrive early and watching the preshow. You’ll enjoy bad jokes, puns and air conditioning, as your friends will be joining the Rebel Alliance around the corner.

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DinoLand U.S.A., Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While some people say that DINOSAUR is too scary for the kids, not all adults like it as well. The idea of having giant creatures jump out around every turn is not everyone’s idea of a good time. The ride can also be slightly rough. There are some fun things nearby that you can do while the rest of your party rides. DinoLand U.S.A. has some great character picture opportunities. You can often find Donald, Goofy, and Pluto in the area. You might also want to try your hand at a carnival style game. You can play Whac-A-Packycephalosaur, Comet Crasher, and others at Fossil Fun Games. If you can handle Dumbo at the Magic Kingdom, take a ride on TriceraTop Spin. The line is usually manageable.

5) Splash Mountain

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

If the mere thought of a five story drop causes knots in your stomach, Splash Mountain might not be on your must-do list. Other people just don’t want to spend the day soaking wet, and you will get soaked on the ride. Wouldn’t you rather head over to Grizzly Hall for Country Bear Jubilee? You’ll have 16 minutes to sit down, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the antics of 18 Audio-Animatronic bears. You just might find yourself slapping your knee and singing along. This is also a good alternative if you want to skip Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

4) Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you’re the only one if your party who does not plan to face the Yeti, you have two choices. There aren’t any other attractions in the immediate area so see what the Wait Time is. If the wait is long, cross the Discovery River and take in Finding Nemo – The Musical. It’s not that far away but the show does take some time. If the line for Expedition Everest is short, just grab some ice cream at the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck. They sell soft serve and floats. No one else needs to know that you splurged.

3) Mission: SPACE

Future World, Epcot

Mission: SPACE is considered to be one of the most intense rides at Walt Disney World. It is so intense that there are two versions of the ride. There are motion sickness bags available for riders and people do use them. If you don’t like small spaces and blasting off for Mars isn’t your thing, there are alternatives. If the line is short, just head to the Advanced Training Lab. You’ll be able to play games as you wait for your group. If the line is long, then check out Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Make sure that the Wait Time for Mission: SPACE is at least 45 minutes long, Ellen’s Energy Adventure takes a while.

2) Space Mountain

Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain is a Disney classic. That’s why there are different versions at the various Disney resorts across the globe. It is also a ride that messes with some people. If you don’t like roller coasters you won’t want to ride. If you sometimes get dizzy on rides, skip it. There are other medical considerations that should also be followed. A great alternative is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. There is rarely a line, and the ride is relaxing and fun at the same time. You’ll have a chance to peek inside of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin. Keep your camera out, because there are some great views as well. If the line for Space Mountain is long you might want to then head over to Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. The live show features friendly monsters that interact with the audience. Each show is different, and your favorite joke might even become a part of the show.

1) The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There is no doubt that two of Walt Disney World’s most thrilling rides are close to each other. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror sends guests on a terrifying elevator ride where they randomly drop up to 13 stories over and over again. With Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, guests are late for an Aerosmith concert and need to go 60MPH in order to get there. The ride goes upside down in the dark. If you’d prefer to sit either one out there’s a great alternative over on Mickey Avenue. While it is a bit of a walk, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will give you a chance to learn about the genius who started it all. The first part is a museum where you can see everything from Walt’s second grade desk to the Abe Lincoln that was at the 1964 World’s Fair. After you’ve taken it all in, enjoy a 15 minute film about the man and his life. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is easy to walk right by, but it’s definitely worth your time, even if you aren’t skipping the thrill rides.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.