For me, riding “It’s a Small World” is delightful. To my 9- and 12-year-olds? Not so much. My tweens’ favorite rides at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom don’t always match mine, which is not surprising. But their opinions are potentially valuable information if you’re planning a trip to Disney Parks with tweens.
Tweens and Parents at Disney Parks
We’ve been to Disney World twice, and still haven’t done all there is to do at Magic Kingdom. We didn’t even go on Space Mountain. Whaaaat??!
So this list contains only a fraction of the rides and shows. Still, the goal here is to help you narrow down your choices and maximize your time.
A few things to note:
* Every show and ride at Disney World is really creative and well done. That’s the truth. Nothing is bad. Just some things were more fun (for us) than others.
* My husband and son get motion sick very easily. That’s reflected in the comments.
* I know people have strong, passionate feelings about the rides and shows, and I apologize in advance if anyone is offended. Obviously, just because we liked/didn’t like something doesn’t mean you and your kids will feel the same way.
That being said, here’s what I’d say – and what my kids would say – if our friends asked us what we thought of the rides and shows. Honest opinions.
Our favorites rides — that everyone in my family loved – are starred:
It’s a Small World
Kids: Best ride. Good build-up and good ending.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad*
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin*
Me: Creative and fun, but I stunk at it. I liked Toy Story Mania (in Hollywood Studios) better. Great for any kid who likes video games or Toy Story.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train*
Peter Pan’s Flight
Me: I like this ride a lot. It feels retro, and it’s fun to ride up to each scene. It’s good for any age, but best for tweens or younger. My kids loved this ride when they went on it last year.
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor*
Me: Really good improv comedy show. Laughed out loud a lot. They put the spotlight on my husband and made him “Sully,” which made it more fun for us.