All Ages

The Best Disney World Rides, Ranked

Slinky Dog Dash walt disney ridel Courtesy of Walt Disney World

A trip to Disney World is a major thrill for kids and families. But devising a game plan to facilitate maximum fun for all can be less than thrilling for parents. This age-oriented guide to the best rides at Disney World will help you map a memorable, fun-filled vacation for all ages.

Guests enjoy the new “Toy Story Midway Mania!” attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Family Rides

  1. Toy Story Mania!
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: Any Height
  2. Soarin’ Around the World 
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  4. Slinky Dog Dash 
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  6. Frozen Ever After 
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  7. Jungle Cruise 
    Location: Magic Kingdom  | Height Requirement: Any Height
  8. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  9. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  10. Splash Mountain 
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  11. Avatar Flight of Passage 
    Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  12. Kilimanjaro Safaris 
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  13. it’s a small world
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  14. Peter Pan’s Flight 
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  15. Test Track 
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches

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Guests take a spin on “Dumbo, the Flying Elephant” at Magic Kingdom Park; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Toddler Rides 

  1. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  2. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  3. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  4. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  5. Frozen Ever After
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  7. it’s a small world
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  8. Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  9. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  10. Peter Pan’s Flight
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  11. Gran Fiesta Tour with the Three Caballeros
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  12. Journey into the Imagination with Figment
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  13. Wildlife Express Train
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  14. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  15. Na’vi River Journey
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  16. Tomorrowland Speedway
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 32 inches to ride; 54 inches to ride alone
  17. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  18. Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  19. Main Street Vehicles
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  20. TriceraTop Spin
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height

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Walt Disney World Resort guests take aim and score big playing the virtual midway games of Toy Story Mania!; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Little Kid Rides 

  1. Toy Story Mania
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: Any Height
  2. The Barnstormer
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 35 inches
  3. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  4. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  5. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  6. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  7. Slinky Dog Dash
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  8. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  9. Frozen Ever After
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  10. Jungle Cruise
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  11. Splash Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  12. Alien Swirling Saucers
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 32 inches
  13. it’s a small world
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  14. Peter Pan’s Flight
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  15. Mad Tea Party
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  16. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  17. Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  18. Na’vi River Journey
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  19. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height
  20. TriceraTop Spin
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  21. Kali River Rapids
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  22. Wildlife Express Train
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  23. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: Any Height

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The Soarin’ Around the World attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made wonders; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Big Kid Rides 

  1. Soarin’ around the World
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  2. Avatar Flight of Passage
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  3. Test Track
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  4. Splash Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  6. Toy Story Mania
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: Any Height
  7. Star Tours- The Adventure Continues
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  8. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  9. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  10. Kali River Rapids
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  11. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  12. Haunted Mansion
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 35 inches
  13. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  14. Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  15. Space Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  16. Slinky Dog Dash
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  17. Jungle Cruise
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  18. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  19. Mission Space
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  20. Peter Pan’s Flight
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  21. it’s a small world
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Tween Rides

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  2. Expedition Everest
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  4. Space Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  5. Splash Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  6. Avatar Flight of Passage
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  7. Soarin’ Around the World
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  8. Rockin Roller Coaster
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 48 inches
  9. Toy Story Mania
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: Any Height
  10. Kali River Rapids
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  11. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  12. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  13. Mission: SPACE
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  14. Star Tours- The Adventure Continues
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  15. Slinky Dog Dash
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  16. Mad Tea Party
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  17. Test Track
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  18. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  19. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  20. Peter Pan’s Flight
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height

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The fearsome legend of the yeti comes to life in this thrill attraction — Expedition Everest — at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Disney World Rides, Ranked: Teen Rides

  1. Expedition Everest
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  2. Avatar Flight of Passage
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  3. Space Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 44 inches
  4. Test Track
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  5. Rockin’ Roller Coaster
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 48 inches
  6. Soarin’ Around the World
    Location: Epcot | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  7. Splash Mountain
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  9. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  10. Toy Story Mania
    Location: Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: Any Height
  11. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  12. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  13. Na’vi River Journey
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  14. Jungle Cruise
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  15. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  16. The Haunted Mansion
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  17. Kali River Rapids
    Location: Animal Kingdom | Height Requirement: 38 inches
  18. Mad Tea Party
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height
  19. Star Tours, The Adventure Continues
    Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Height Requirement: 40 inches
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Location: Magic Kingdom | Height Requirement: Any Height

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Writer Jackie Perrin has covered the best of family travel for nearly two decades, for media ranging from newspapers and magazines to TripAdvisor.com. At home and on the go, she manages a crew of companions. Follow her on Pinterest, TripAdvisor and Instagram, @NYfamtravels.

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