After multiple trips with my kids splitting up into smaller groups to make sure everyone was able to ride their favorite rides, and no one had to ride anything they didn’t like, my husband and I issued a challenge. Among yourselves (a 7 year old and a 4 year old), find 10 attractions that you both like that we can ride together as a family. The conversations in my car on the rides to and from school were truly hilarious and full of bargaining and bickering, but eventually they came up with a list that they could both agree on.
Tomorrowland Speedway – while this is definitely NOT on my top 10 list, the kids absolutely love it. My daughter loves to drive, and my son loves anything to do with cars, so they’re definitely into it. As a parent…I suffer through for the kids. As it turns out, my daughter is NOT a good driver, and I almost always come out of this attraction with a headache thanks to her driving, the heat and the smell of the cars.
Barnstormer – the cutest little family coaster! My kids call this one the “goofy ride”. It’s just a good little coaster, fun for all ages. I have a wonderful memory from our first Halloween party where my son rode 6 times in a row, to the point where the cast members didn’t even make us go through the line again!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Currently the most popular ride in Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarfs is another family coaster with impressive animatronics.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid – Indoor, which is always a plus, this attraction very rarely has a long line.
Dumbo – a classic! Fly high above Fantasyland and get great views of the castle and Tomorrowland. Another plus to this attraction is the queue. Instead of waiting in a long line, there is a children’s play area indoors with a pager system letting you know when it’s your time to ride.
Jungle Cruise – Excuse the quality of the picture, it’s from a looooooong time ago that I happened to find during my first night-time ride on this attractions. If corny jokes are your thing, it’s a must-do.
Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Similar to Dumbo except Aladdin themed, this attraction rarely has a long line. Watch out for the camels though – they spit!
Living with the Land – an easy ride through the Land Pavilion in Future World, get behind the scenes looks at a variety of gardens with foods and plants. Many of the foods are used in Garden Grill, the table service location in this same pavilion.
Navi River Journey – one of the newest attractions in Animal Kingdom (along with Flight of Passage), it’s also quite beautiful. A slow, dark boat ride that shows off the land’s famous bioluminescence and one of the most amazing animatronics I’ve ever seen.
Kilimajaro Safaris – take a jeep ride through Africa with lots of wildlife!
It’s a Small World – another Disney classic, the song will get stuck in your head, but it’s a must-do at least once!
Peter Pan’s Flight – a classic Disney dark ride, this one often has a long line, so grab a Fastpass+ for it if you can!
The Seas with Nemo and Friends – I love this attraction, it’s easy going, indoors and relaxing. Take a clamshell trip through the Aquarium while on the search for Nemo.
Gran Fiesta Tour – located in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase, take a boat ride to find Donald and follow his friends through an adventure in Mexico. I’ve never waited more than 5 minutes for this attraction, which is always a plus!
Triceratop Spin – another Dumbo-style attraction, this one Dinosaur themed. If your kid likes one of these, it’s a good chance they’ll like them all!