Disney World is synonymous with excitement, magic, and (probably most of all) family-friendly entertainment. Disneyland (and the Disney parks that followed it) began primarily as a place for families to enjoy thrilling and fun rides together. While the Disney Parks have certainly expanded since their origins, Walt Disney’s core vision for family fun still remains intact. In honor of that vision, we want to bring you our picks for the top five family-friendly rides at Walt Disney World. Have fun enjoying them with your family!
The Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise, based on a design by Walt Disney himself, is one of the great family rides at Disney World. This river boat style cruise is scenic and lighthearted, making it perfect for all ages. Another thing that makes the Jungle Cruise particularly ideal for families is the seating style. Instead of facing forward, passengers sit on benches with the ability to interact with one another throughout the tour. We think that the ability to share the experience makes this ride especially wonderful for families.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the only ride with a height limit that I included as a “family friendly” Disney World ride. That is because the height requirement for this steel roller coaster is low enough that it can still be enjoyed by kids within a wide age bracket. This ride features many fun details from Snow White and The Seven Dwarves that will entertain younger children. However, it has enough drops and thrills to be fun for those who enjoy a little dose of adrenaline! Another thing that makes this ride fun for families is that it includes a video capture of your experience that makes a great memory for families to enjoy later!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is truly a classic ride that is fun for any age. This ride has some exciting drops, splashes, and really amazing pirate-themed sights and sounds! The ride capacity allows for a family to ride together in one or two rows, but those on a family reunion can arrange to take a whole boat. You can get a ride photo on this one, which makes a good keepsake. However, the experience is great on its own! Prepare to come away singing: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, (A Pirates Life for Me)!
At the Animal Kingdom park, your family can enjoy the Kilimanjaro Safari. This Safari is a fun expedition designed to mimic a visit to the African Savannah. There is a lot to see on this tour, and the vehicle is a high-capacity tram. It’s ideal for families who want to ride together and be more free to interact with each other during the ride. The animals you can see on the Kilimanjaro Safari are all real, which makes the experience very exciting and educational for all ages.
The People Mover offers a nice, smooth trip around Tomorrowland. There is never a line for this ride, so it offers a great chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy a great view of the park from up above. This is a wonderful ride to share with your family because you can face each other while riding together in the same “bucket.” It also gives families a chance to relax together and enjoy the attraction and scenery. Another interesting thing about this attraction is that it reveals part of Walt Disney’s model for EPCOT, and therefore provides a great opportunity to talk to kids about the importance of following your dreams.
Are you planning a trip to Disney in the near future with your family? Which of these rides do you most look forward to enjoying together? Do you have other rides that you consider to be family friendly? Please share them in the comments!