Walt Disney World is full of wonderful rides that are great for all ages from preschoolers to grandparents. Our preschooler Traveling Mom, Britni, recently visited Disney World with her preschooler and her in-laws and is sharing a guide to the best Disney World rides for all ages – kids to grandparents!
Best Disney World Rides for Grandparents and Kids
One of my favorite things about Walt Disney World is that there are rides for everyone. In the past two years, I’ve been to Disney World six times with my family. This past April I visited with my four-year-old preschooler and my husband’s parents, and we tested out all of the rides to determine which ones are best for Disney World rides for grandparents and kids.
Since standing in lines with preschoolers is anything but fun, I’ve only included rides on this list that either allow you to use a fast pass or normally have a very short line so fast passes aren’t necessary. If you aren’t familiar with how fast passes at Disney World work, read this guide to Disney fast passes first. These rides are also ones without height limits, meaning that kids of any age can ride, not just preschoolers!
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Best Disney World Rides for Grandparents and Kids at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is all about the rides, so this is by far the longest list. I always recommend planning two days at Magic Kingdom so that you can hit all of these rides. If you only have one day, use these tips for visiting Walt Disney World in one day to make the best use time of your time.
Because everyone has a different favorite, these rides are ordered by location in the park. You can use this Magic Kingdom touring plan to fit as many of these into your day as possible.
Tomorrowland Best Rides
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- It’s a Small World
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Magic Carpet of Aladdin
Magic Kingdom Rides to Skip:
- Astro Orbiter – lines are often long and no fast pass available
- Haunted Mansion – can be too scary for young children, if your kids like ghosts then go for it. It’s one of my son’s favorites!
- Carousel of Progress – the ride is really long and boring for kids.
- Mad Tea Party – the spinning can make both adults and kids nauseous or as my son puts it, make their tummy hurt.
Best Disney World Rides for Grandparents and Kids at Epcot
While Epcot is known more for its food and shows than rides, there are still a handful of great rides for grandparents and kids. If you want a chance of riding Frozen Ever After, make sure to check out these tips for getting on the ride if you can’t snag a Fast Pass!
Rides in Future World
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
Rides in the World Showcase
- Frozen Ever After (in Norway)
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (in Mexico)
Best Disney World Rides for Grandparents and Kids at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios has one great ride that’s great for all ages and heights — Toy Story Mania. It’s a 4D ride where you play Toy Story inspired carnival games in competition with the other people in your car.
If your kids are 38″ or taller, there are also a couple of brand new rides in Toy Story Land that kids will love, but with a height limit, they don’t make this list!
Best Disney World Rides for Grandparents and Kids at Animal Kingdom
There are two main rides in Animal Kingdom for all ages, and I highly recommend them both. Na’vi River Journey is the newer of the two so go on it early in the morning or get a Fastpass.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris (do it once during the day and once at sunset if you can)
- Na’vi River Journey in Pandora – The World of Avatar
There is also a dinosaur version of Dumbo called Triceratops Spin in Dinoland U.S.A, but with often long lines and no fast pass options, we typically skip it and go look at animals or watch one of the incredible shows at Animal Kingdom instead. I highly recommend Lion King and Rivers of Light!
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