Best Family-friendly Rides at Walt Disney World


Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, shares with us the best family-friendly rides and shows at Walt Disney World. There are many rides that are family-friendly, but for this post she focuses on rides that the entire family can do together.

At the Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of family-friendly rides and shows. There are the classics, such as the Walt Disney World Railroad, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, and, of course, It’s a Small World. The Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the Liberty Square Boat, Mickey’s Philharmonic, and The Hall of Presidents are also accessible to family members who use a wheelchair or an Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV).

Dumbo, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Prince Charming’s Carousel, and Peter Pan’s Flight are also family-friendly, but they do not allow the entire family to sit together in the same vehicle.

Epcot is also a great park for a family to visit and do all kind of activities together. Check out Frozen Ever After, the Grand Fiesta Tour, Living with the Land, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Turtle Talk with Crush, The American Adventure, and the many presentations at the different World Showcase pavilions are also great for a family to enjoy together. Check out which of these are wheelchair and ECV accessible.


At the Animal Kingdom, the following family-friendly rides are also wheelchair and ECV accessible: Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo—The Musical, Flights of Wonder, Wildlife Express Train, It’s Tough to be a Bug!, Rivers of Light, and, of course, the exploration trails and animal exhibits.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is plenty for families to do. Don’t miss Muppet Vision 3-D, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, the Frozen Sing Along, Disney Junior—Live on Stage!, Star Wars Launch Bay, and Fantasmic! Once open, the new Toy Story land and its main attractions, Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Do Dash, will become big hits with families too.

If you are planning a visit to the Kingdom of the Mouse, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids has all you need to plan a successful visit, including Touring Plans specifically geared towards families visiting with young children. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for our newsletter here.


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