The Best Rides at EVERY Disney World Park for Every Age Group – with FREE Printable

Disney World is huge. It’s actually made up of 4 theme parks! And inside each of those parks are several different lands, and then tons of rides, shows and attractions in each land. There is SO much to do it’s hard to imagine ever being able to do it all! But with a little bit of planning and hint of good advice (that’s why you’re here), maybe – just maybe, you can. I’ve preached about it time and again: having an itinerary is the best way to get through the parks. And the very first step to creating that itinerary is determining what it is you want to do! (You can check out the next step in this guide to creating your own itinerary)

No matter the size or diversity of your vacation party, there is something for everyone.

The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the fairy-tale jewel of the Disney World resort. With the new expanded Fantasyland and tons of princess meet and greets this park has a ton to offer for small children. But it’s also home to some of the most infamous E-Ticket attractions like Space and Splash Mountain. Check out the break down below to see which rides are best for everyone in your party!

All Ages

These rides are great for the whole family. They have smooth, easy tracks and nostalgia that everyone will enjoy.

  • Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

For Young Kids

Toddlers and Small children will be the ones to best enjoy these rides. They have minimal motion and are filled with characters your youngsters will recognize. Don’t think these are “just for babies” though – Small World is my favorite ride! Grade school kids and teens might find themselves looking for a bit more thrill.

  • Casey Jr’s Splash ‘n’ Soak Station
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Small World
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Astro Orbiter

For Grade School Children

With a bit more momentum behind them, these rides provide a dose of excitement for elementary aged kids but keeps them safe, sound, and not screaming for their life.

  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

Teens & Young Adults

E-ticket attractions have adventure around every twist and turn – just what those thrill seeking millenials are looking for! Young kids and seniors may find the high octane energy of these rides to be a little overwhelming.

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Mature Adults and Seniors

These attractions are slow to no movement and offer a great reprieve from the miles your no doubt racking up on your fitbit. Packed with fun facts and stories you won’t be able to turn your attention away.

  • Carousel of Progress
  • Hall of Presidents
  • The Muppets Present….Great Moments in American History


EPCOT is a park focused on world culture and technology – well 80’s technology, but still. Rumors are swirling that lots of changes and upgrades are right around the corner, so this list might see some changes over the next few years!

All Ages

  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Soarin

Young Kids

  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • Gran Fiesta Tour

Grade School Kids

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission Space – Green

Teens/Young Adults

  • Mission Space – Orange
  • Test Track

Mature Adults/Seniors

  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • Gran Fiesta Tour
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth

Animal Kingdom

As one of the most unique parks at Disney World, Animal Kingdom is full of adventures and stories. Be sure not to miss Kilimanjaro Safaris, the closest you’ll come to a real African safari without the overseas flight!

For Everyone

  • Na’Vi River Journey
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

Young Kids

  • Primeval Whirl
  • Triceratop Spin

Grade School Kids

  • Dinosaur
  • Flight of Passage

Teens/Young Adults

  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios true shining purpose is a multitude of shows and performance that will keep your whole crew entertained for hours!

For Everyone

  • The Great Movie Ride

Grade School Kids

  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Teens/Young Adults

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror

Mature Adults/Seniors

  • Star Tour

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