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Top 15 Best Disney World Attractions For The Whole Family

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The Walt Disney World is a magical place that offers many enjoyable and exciting rides and shows both for you and for your kids.

But just packing up and going there isn’t enough – you have to know which events can’t be missed and which ones you can skip.

With that in mind, we made a list of the top 15 Disney World attractions for the whole family.

1. Space Mountain

There is no other rollercoaster in the world that is as dedicated to outer space as Space Mountain is.

The dark atmosphere, a blast-off tunnel, and futuristic music all contribute to the epicness of this ride.

Even while waiting in queue, Space Mountain also offers games to kill your time!

The height requirement for this rollercoaster is 44”, and it’s a FastPass+ attraction, meaning you can reserve a spot for you and your kids in advance.

All in all, the Space Mountain is one of the most iconic attractions in Walt Disney land, so make sure you don’t miss the next time you visit!

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2. Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is dedicated to the popular Walt Disney cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

If you ever watched it, you know you must check out this attraction.

This ride is a fairly new one, since it opened in summer 2014, and is now the crown jewel of New Fantasyland thanks to its growing popularity among the visitors.

It’s packed with audio-animatronics, but it lasts a bit shorter than some other rides. The rollercoaster ride is very smooth, so the height requirement is 38”.

Once again, getting a FastPass+ for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is recommended, since it’s highly visited and the queues can be long.

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3. Pirates of the Caribbean

The movie franchise achieved great success among children and adults alike, so it’s only logical that the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disney World is near the top of this list.

The animatronics of this ride include many pirates from the movies, along with Cpt. Jack Sparrow himself.

Aside from great detail, a catchy song, and tons of characters, there are some darker parts and gunfire involved, so smaller children might get scared at those points.

Bottom line, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is one of the best in Disney World, especially since it has high capacity for passengers, so the lines are never too long.

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4. Splash Mountain

This one has been around for a long time and is an all-time favorite among visitors.

The Splash Mountain is one of those rides that give the best opportunity to take memorable pictures, and there’s a good reason for that.

This attraction follows the story from Disney’s “Song of the South” movie, and it’s one of the longest rides in Disney World.

It includes audio-animatronics, and everyone’s favorite big drop into the briar patch. The height requirement is 40”, and it’s highly visited throughout the day, so reserving a place for you and your family via FastPass+ is highly recommended.

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5. Haunted Mansion

You’ve probably heard of this one, or seen something similar somewhere else.

But believe us when we say that there is no ride in the world that will scare you more than the Haunted Mansion in Disney World.

Truth be told, this ride is not as scary as it seems. Even though it includes 999 “scares,” the animatronics are constantly singing, so even the smallest of children shouldn’t be frightened by this ride.

Since the Haunted Mansion is really slow-moving and long, there is no height requirement. It’s slow, it’s dark, and it’s haunted – a perfect ride for the whole family!

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6. Enchanted Tales with Belle

This attraction has one of the longest waiting lines in Disney World, thanks to its elaborate and colorful presentation.

Enchanted Tales with Belle is a show that includes many characters and stories from the world of Walt Disney, so it’s a top attraction for little kids – it will probably even be the highlight of their time spent in Disney World.

Parents with children are the most common guests of this attraction, so queues can be very long. A FastPass+ might come in handy here, but if your kids don’t really want to wait that long, you can skip it and leave it for the evening when the line is much shorter.

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7. Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise boasts diversity and narration, and therefore it deserves a spot on this list.

The ride will take you through the rivers of Adventureland, where you will encounter hippos, lions, and piranhas among other animals and natives.

There’s a small downside to the Jungle Cruise, and it’s in the form of skippers who pilot the boats.

Their constant, dry, corny, and self-aware humor might be a turndown for some, but if you like these kinds of jokes, this ride will be a 10/10 for you!

Queues for the Jungle Cruise can get a bit longer during daytime, so we recommend visiting this one early in the morning.

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8. Hall of Presidents

There are many shows in Disney World and they are all done well, but one of them stands above due to its humor.

The Hall of Presidents features audio-animatronics of all United States Presidents.

After you watch a “preamble” video, you will experience a stand-up comedy act by a robotic former president.

Your kids might not enjoy this, but it will most certainly be fun for you. If nothing else, if you take them to see this show, you’ll feel less guilty about making them skip school to visit Disney World.

The shows start on the hour and half-hour, so queues never form for this attraction, giving you more freedom to choose when to visit it.

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9. Monster Inc. Laugh Floor

Another awesome show you can find in Disney World is the Monster Inc. Laugh Floor.

Unlike the Hall of Presidents, this one is enjoyed by a wider range of audiences.

The show features crowd interaction and great humor that will make both you and your kids laugh out loud.

Kids will love the “jokes” and you will love the interactions between the monsters and the audience, so this one is a clear win.

The program constantly changes as crowds come and go, so a performance will never repeat, demanding that you see this show more than once. Aside from the cleverness and interaction, lines are almost non-existent, so you can visit this one whenever you want.

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10. Festival of Fantasy Parade

If you’re going to Disney World, make sure you don’t miss the Festival of Fantasy parade.

This iconic performance includes many dancers and singers who tell the stories of multiple Disney characters.

The sheer magnitude of this parade makes it very hard to be avoided, since it also involves gigantic floats and moving stages.

The performers wear a plethora of costumes that children will recognize, which makes this attraction very well suited for your kids.

Whatever the case may be, this attraction is the one you’ll most certainly remember for a long time after you’ve witnessed it, and your kids will love it.

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11. Festival of the Lion King

The well–known animated movie has a great presence in Disney World, and the Festival of the Lion King is just one of them.

This show has been a part of Disney World’s Animal Kingdom since the 90s, and since then it has been one of most visited shows ever.

The show tells the full story from the movie, with small details added along the way, making it even more interesting when you see it live.

If you’re a fan of “The Lion King,” you’ll love this show. Just make sure you grab the front row seats and let yourself and your family enjoy a real-life fairy tale.

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12. Expedition Everest

By being one of the tallest rides in Disney World, Expedition Everest certainly lives up to its name.

The attraction casts guests in the role of explorers as they trek to the fictional Nepalese village of Serka Zong.

It goes up and down, forward and backwards, making sharp turns every second and giving you the adrenaline rush like no other ride can.

The ride also feature many sites and shrines you’ll be able to see when you’re allowed to catch your breath.

Expedition Everest is a high-speed, banked-curve filled attraction, and as such is very popular. If you have a FastPass+, we recommend that you use it for this ride.

13. Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster

Unlike any other rollercoaster on the planet, this one is – as the name says it – rock ‘n’ roll themed.

The Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster is a dark ride that features only neon guitars and Hollywood signs as a source of light.

It may be a bit shorter than others, but it’s certainly nothing but fun for the whole family.

Enjoyment of this ride might vary based on how much the particular guests enjoy Aerosmith, as a medley of all their greatest hits accompanies the lit-by-neon coaster. If you’re a thrill seeker, do not miss this Disney World rollercoaster, even if you can’t stand Steven Tyler’s band.

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14. Toy Story Midway Mania

Not all rides require you to sit back and watch. Some of them offer interaction with your surroundings, and one such ride is the Toy Story Midway Mania.

Packed with hilarious characters and impressive 3D graphics, this ride is something every man, woman, and child must see.

There are also fun games included here, and with many of them in co-op mode, fun for the whole family is ensured.

The Toy Story Midway Mania is a very addictive and popular ride that attracts many visitors, so using you FastPass+ for this one might be necessary if you don’t wish to spend your whole day waiting in line.

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15. Cinderella Castle

And we left the most iconic one for last. The Cinderella Castle is probably one of the most recognizable symbols of Walt Disney, and at night, it glows with fireworks and fairy tale music.

Aside from the light show that surrounds it in the evening, Cinderella Castle is filled with corridors and rooms where your kids can play heroes and princesses for hours on end.

If that’s not enough, there are events inside the palace that let the children dine with Disney princesses after they get transformed into knights and dames in the castle’s boutique.

At whatever time you decide to visit this attraction, rest assured that you whole family will have a memory that will last forever.