When you think of Disney, what is the one ride you think about? Is it Space Mountain as a little kid for the first time? Is it “It’s a Small World” because it’s a classic ride with a song that sticks in your head? If you have never been to Disney World or you have been 100 times, attractions are what make guests come again and again. They want to feel the thrill of a coaster, the wonder of new technology and immersive atmosphere, or maybe the giggles and awe of their children experiencing new things.
If you’re a first time Disney guest, or it’s been a while since you have experienced the magic, this post will give you an idea of the ride types you will be experiencing.
Best Rides/Attractions for Small Children
Thankfully, Walt Disney wanted Disney World to be a place where everyone can be a child, including children. The creation of a boat ride through a story is classic to Disney Parks. All parks have some sort of easy ride for children of all ages and sizes (as little as an infant and as old as you are able!).
Magic Kingdom: It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Little Mermaid, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Epcot: Grand Fiesta Tour Featuring the Three Caballeros (a personal favorite), Frozen Ever After, Spaceship Earth, Finding Nemo
Animal Kingdom: Navi River Journey, TriceratopSpin, Kilimanjaro Safari, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, and many trails to see different animals!
Hollywood Studios: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, Lightning McQueen Racing Academy, Disney Jr. Dance Party!
Want a thrill ride? Here is my favorite thrill ride at each park!
Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain (they are fast and SO fun!)
Epcot: Test Track. Buckle up because you are about to test your car’s brakes, agility, and SPEED!
Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest Coaster. This is my favorite coaster on property because of all the different surprises in it!
Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror and Rocking Roller Coaster-- it’s hard to choose which one to pick for the top thrill ride here! Rocking Roller Coaster is an inside coaster that you get to experience while jamming with Aerosmith! Tower of Terror takes you into the Twilight Zone and gives you the thrill of dropping you multiple times, and it’s never the same ride twice!
Want a true ride EXPERIENCE? I’m talking about being completely immersed and feeling like you are right in the middle of it all. Here are my favorites at each park:
Magic Kingdom: Haunted Mansion. There’s 999 happy haunts, but there’s room for one more. Any volunteers?
Epcot: Soarin’. Fly over some of the most beautiful places in the world!
Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage-- a true ride experience. Attach to a banshee and fly over the Avatar’s land!
Hollywood Studios: Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. This is the definition of “ride experience”. From the moment you are given your mission, you are treated as part of the Resistance. You do NOT want to miss this one!
Whether you are 6 months old or 90 years old, there is a ride for everyone at Disney World! Ready to try it out with your family and friends? Contact a Road to Relaxation Travel Professional and we will be happy to help plan and book your vacation!
Hannah Sosebee, Travel Professional with Road to Relaxation Travel
My family has always been a Disney family, going once a year for many years. As an adult I decided to use what I thought was “useless knowledge” to help others while planning their magical Disney vacation.
I joined Road to Relaxation Travel in 2018 with the goal of giving my clients the best experience possible!
I will admit, up until a few weeks ago I had no idea where all of this resided within the galaxy. Yes, I was one of the very few people in the world that had not watched any of the Star Wars movies. Now, before you go doubting my ability to navigate through Galaxy’s Edge, I am a quick learner and the force is with me. Upon getting sound advice from all of my Star Wars expert friends, I settled in to watching Episode IV, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi prior to my adventure to Disneyland. I was assured by these aficionados I would be in good shape and completely understand what I’m doing while visiting this galaxy!
Not to bore you with my new-found fondness of these movies, I armed myself with a fresh mind of knowledge and was to ready join the Rebel Alliance and take on what may come my way! One item my friends at Disneyland failed to remember….my crew is not the morning type….thanks guys, our reservation for Galaxy’s Edge was for 8:00 am. We had been recommended to show up 2 hours early to get our wristbands from the concierge host at the Disneyland Hotel. Let’s see here, wake up wife and son at 5:15 am, hope they get ready with at least one eye open, and have them excited to see this new land after a walk from the hotel to the park. This doesn’t sound like a monumental task at all….I’ve got this. Plus I can spin it that it really isn’t 5:15 am….it’s really 8:15 am on the East Coast where we live, so you aren’t getting up too early! Fast forward to Friday morning and we are off, walking across Downtown Disney from the Disneyland Hotel to Disneyland park. We are even having a conversation and everyone is awake! This force stuff really works!
I won’t spend too much time on the reservation process as it will end on June 24th; but if you are booked within this window we would be happy to walk you through in greater detail, just let us know. We were armed with our wristbands along with several hundred of our closest friends…...now we wait until they escort us to the land. The immersion into Galaxy’s Edge had begun. As we ordered our breakfast from the Galactic Terrace, the cast members were quick to remind us that our methods of payment would work in galaxys far away. Oh, I see what you did there….pretty clever!
Making our way into Batuu, one can only marvel at the attention to detail that has been given to this special land. There are so many decisions you can make and given the fact we had a 4-hour window, we had to be strategic with our planning. We immediately put our name on the wait list for Oga’s Cantina, for which they will text you when they are ready for you to return to the line. Also, remember you are completely immersed in Batuu. You have a high chance of being stopped by Storm Troopers and enduring their interrogation. If you don’t provide sufficient enough answers, you may be pulled into another location for additional questioning. Here is where that binge watching of movies paid off….but I’m not going to spoil the surprise for you. However, trust me have fun and get in character. I could be convinced to give you some secrets if you reach out to me prior to your trip. ;)
We utilized all 4-hours of our time on Batuu. We experienced Smuggler’s Run, Oga’s Cantina, Black Spire Outpost, building Droids, blue & green milk, and Coke bottles only found on Batuu. We peaked into the scrapyard but did not participate in building any scrap metal. Disney hit a homerun on the immersion! How could one be surprised given the amount of detail in Pandora at Walt Disney World. Smuggler’s Run has excitement around riding in the Millennium Falcon and having the opportunity to pilot it, but I do not see it as the main event. It’s the experiences with Storm Troopers, hanging out in the Cantina, paying for your food or drinks in credits, building Droids or scrap metal that is going to steal the show. Oh….if you build a Droid, you can bring it back to Batuu on future visits, but it does have to be contained. Droids can be built with personality chips and they will interact with other Droids. Ask me how I know….Yes, we have two now that like to talk to each other! This blog just scratches the surface of Galaxy’s Edge. I highly recommend you reach out to your Travel Professional to work on planning your trip. If you have never been to Disneyland, there are so many reasons to experience it there and I would love to share more with you! Reach out to your Travel Professional and we can schedule a time to discuss in more detail. Don’t wait too long because the Force is With You!
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