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6 Rides EVERYONE Should Ride in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has so much to offer Guests visiting for their vacations. From little kids to grandparents, everyone can find something magical to do during their Walt Disney World vacation.

When looking at the four Disney Parks, it can take time to determine what rides you should focus on. With limited time during your vacation, it is vital to prioritize what you want to get done during your time at Disney Parks.

We want to help you with those plans by giving you six rides that everyone should ride in Walt Disney World. These might not be the most thrilling rides, but they are riding the whole family can enjoy together. They are iconic Disney rides that shouldn’t be missed.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Our first pick for a ride everyone should experience during their Disney vacation is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ride to feature Mickey Mouse.

Guests join Mickey and Minnie and a delightful picnic when things go wrong. On board a trackless ride vehicle, Guests are taken into different scenes that transform before their eyes. Using a new 2 ½ D technology, Disney Imagineers has created a fun ride for the whole family.

Each room contains unique details that bring Guests right into the storyline. Everyone will love seeing the beauty of these scenes, and adults will be amazed at how they are transformed.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is one ride the whole group can enjoy together!

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Kilimanjaro Safaris: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, everyone should experience Kilimanjaro Safaris. This takes Guests on a guided tour through an African savanna. The Harambe Wildlife Reserve is home to 34 species.

The 110 acres contain open plains, beautiful landscapes, and a wetland. The guide will help you see all the animals and highlight the savanna’s fascinating details. The 18- minutes expedition is full of adventure for the whole group.

Throughout the ride, Guests can enjoy seeing lions, hippopotamus, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, flamingos, elephants, and so many other unique species. Every safari is different as the animals are free roaming. This makes the trip memorable and a must-do experience for everyone. Get ready to take some great pictures of the family enjoying all the animals that make the Harambe Wildlife Reserve home at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean- Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom, everyone should ride Pirates of the Caribbean. To us, this ride is classic Disney and what makes Disney so extraordinary. Head into a time when pirates ruled the seas and adventure was everywhere.

Everyone will love how this ride has a little of everything. From a fun song with “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” to the fantastic animatronics, Pirates of the Caribbean is so much fun. Each scene has so much to look at, from large ships to amazing auction scenes; every scene brings to life an exciting story.

Don’t miss out on Captain Jack Sparrow, who also shows up in different scenes. Pirates of the Caribbean is an excellent example of how Disney Imagineers can bring a story to life.

Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom
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Haunted Mansion- Magic Kingdom

Get ready to visit the 999 happy haunts that make The Haunted Mansion home. Guests ride on their Doom Buggy as they travel along on a journey through many different haunted chambers. The Ghost Host is your private guide through the haunted mansion, where ghosts, ghouls, and supernatural surprises await.

There is so much to see throughout this ride that everyone will enjoy looking at the details that create these haunted scenes. Don’t miss out on the ballroom scenes where Disney technology is at its best. See how many happy haunts you can find in this one room.

Don’t forget to look at the creepy haunts outside the main entrance. The details are fantastic from the pet cemetery, where you can find Mr. Toad, to the carriage.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth- EPCOT

Over in EPCOT, Spaceship Earth is a classic attraction that everyone should ride during their Walt Disney World vacation. Not only is Spaceship Earth itself iconic, but the ride is also a great look at Disney Imagineering and how far Disney has come throughout the years.

Watch how communication has changed over time. From writing on walls of caves to the printing press that changed the world, Spaceship Earth shows the importance of communication throughout the years.

Even though Spaceship Earth isn’t overly exciting, the ride is a nice, slow one for the whole family to experience together.


it’s a small world- Magic Kingdom

Our final pick is going to be it’s a small world. We understand that not everyone will be excited about this pick, but hear us out. We think that this ride is perfect for everyone to enjoy together. The lovely, slow boat ride gives everyone a chance to take in all the details of the ride.

Little ones love the colors and the dolls that sing and dance, bringing the world together. Enjoy this trip through the seven continents, even if you aren’t a fan of the song in Magic Kingdom. Something is touching about seeing the world come together in the end.

Those are the six rides at Walt Disney World that everyone should ride. They aren’t the most advanced or thrilling, but lovely and magical. We hope you will enjoy them during your next Walt Disney World vacation.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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