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This or That: Ride Edition

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

It is always fun to have a good debate over favorites at Disney, especially when the topic is Disney World rides! Our families love a good spirited conversation over which thrill ride we prefer, which dark ride we most enjoy, or which ride we want to experience over and over again. Not only are these fun talks to have, but they are also super informative! While our opinions on rides might give you some idea on what to expect, we think hearing from kids will actually be the most beneficial to you as you begin to plan for your own families. So let's get right to it!


MAGIC KINGDOM

Ethan- age 8, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Anna- age 7, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker, but prone to motion sickness

Allen- age 5, nervous rider

Nathan- age 5, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Sadie- age 3, does not like drops or heights

Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain

Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain

Neither!

Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain

Not tall enough

Dumbo or Flying Carpets

Dumbo or Flying Carpets

Dumbo or Flying Carpets

Dumbo or Flying Carpets

Dumbo or Flying Carpets

Teacups or Carousel

Teacups or Carousel

Teacups or Carousel

Teacups or Carousel

Teacups or Carousel

Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh

Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh

Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh

Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh

Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh

Splash Mountain or 7 Dwarfs Mine Train

Splash Mountain or 7 Dwarfs Mine Train

Neither!

Splash Mountain or 7 Dwarfs Mine Train

Not tall enough


One of our favorite things about Magic Kingdom (we have many) is that there is something for everyone! Your more adventurous thrill seekers have several options like Space Mountain and 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, but there is still plenty for those that enjoy a more tame ride.


HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS


Ethan- age 8, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Anna- age 7, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker, but prone to motion sickness

Allen- age 5, nervous rider

Nathan- age 5, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Sadie- age 3, does not like drops or heights

Star Tours or Smugglers Run

Star Tours or Smugglers Run

Star Tours or Smugglers Run

Star Tours or Smugglers Run

Neither!

Toy Story Mania or M&M Railway

Toy Story Mania or M&M Railway

Toy Story Mania or M&M Railway

Toy Story Mania or M&M Railway

Toy Story Mania or M&M Railway

Rise of Resistance or Rockin Rollercoaster

Rise of Resistance or Rockin Rollercaoster

Rise of Resistance or Rockin Rollercaoster

Rise of Resistance or Rockin Rollercaoster

Neither!

Tower of Terror or Slinky Dog

Tower of Terror or Slinky Dog

Tower of Terror or Slinky Dog

Tower of Terror or Slinky Dog

Neither!

Frozen sing-a-long or Disney Jr. Dance

Frozen sing-a-long or Disney Jr. Dance

Frozen sing-a-long or Disney Jr. Dance

Frozen sing-a-long or Disney Jr. Dance

Frozen sing-a-long or Disney Jr. Dance

It is worth noting here that our very nervous rider, Allen, loves Slinky Dog. It is his favorite ride of all the theme parks. So even if your kids are not thrill seekers, there is a good chance they will enjoy Slinky Dog. Toy Story Mania is a huge hit with kids of all ages and should not be passed over. Our kids love Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway as well, just not as much as Toy Story Mania.


EPCOT


Ethan- age 8, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Anna- age 7, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker, but prone to motion sickness

Allen- age 5, nervous rider

Nathan- age 5, Adventurous, Thrill Seeker

Sadie- age 3, does not like drops or heights

Frozen or Remy's Adventure

Frozen or Remy's Adventure

Frozen or Remy's Adventure

Frozen or Remy's Adventure

Frozen or Remy's Adventure

Soarin or Test Track

Soarin or Test Track

Soarin or Test Track

Soarin or Test Track

Not tall enough

MISSION Space or Guardians

Neither!

Neither!

MISSION Space or Guardians

Not tall enough

Nemo or Journey with Figment

Nemo or Journey with Figment

Nemo or Journey with Figment

Nemo or Journey with Figment

Nemo or Journey with Figment

Living with the Land or Three Caballeros

Living with the Land or Three Caballeros

Living with the Land or Three Caballeros

Living with the Land or Three Caballeros

Living with the Land or Three Caballeros

These were some hard ones for our kids to answer! All the kids really enjoy Frozen, Remy's, Soarin, AND Test Track. If riding Frozen with a nervous rider or child that does not like drops then warn them ahead of time about the surprise backward drop, it is small, but our now adventurous 7 year old was terrified when the drop occurred the first time she rode it when she was 3. Soarin' is a wonderful ride and favorite of many, but you will be suspended high in the air. It's not scary at all, but if you have a child that does not like heights you may want to reconsider this one. Always pay attention to motion sickness warnings for rides, both Guardians and MISSION Space (and perhaps even Remy if especially sensitive) can cause a reaction. Guardians is an incredibly smooth ride, but there is spinning, so consider this before riding. For MISSION Space there is also spinning, but you have the choice of riding the more intense version (orange) or more tame (green).


ANIMAL KINGDOM


Ethan- age 8, adventurous, thrill seeker

Anna- age 7, adventurous, thrill seeker but prone to motion sickness

Allen- age 5 nervous rider

Nathan- age 5, adventurous, thrill seeker

Sade- age 3, does not like drops or heights

Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na'vi RIver Journey

Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na'vi RIver Journey

Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na'vi RIver Journey

Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na'vi RIver Journey

Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na'vi RIver Journey

Kali River Rapids or DINOSAUR

Kali River Rapids or DINOSAUR

would never ride DINOSAUR

Kali River Rapids or DINOSAUR

Too young for DINOSAUR

Flight of Passage or Expedition Everest

Flight of Passage or Expedition Everest

nope

Flight of Passage or Expedition Everest

Too young and not tall enough

Tough to be a Bug or Triceratops Spin

Tough to be a Bug or Triceratops Spin

Tough to be a Bug or Triceratops Spin

Tough to be a Bug or Triceratops Spin

Tough to be a Bug or Triceratops Spin

Fesetival of Lion King or Nemo Big Blue Beyond

Fesetival of Lion King or Nemo Big Blue Beyond

Fesetival of Lion King or Nemo Big Blue Beyond

Fesetival of Lion King or Nemo Big Blue Beyond

Fesetival of Lion King or Nemo Big Blue Beyond

We make no secret that as moms, Animal Kingdom is definitely not in the running for our favorite park, but our kids do seem to like it. Of the four theme parks, it would probably be their least favorite, but that is mostly because they love the other three so much. The Safaris is always a good time, and if you are heading to Animal Kingdom then it should not be missed. Try and ride it first thing in the morning or late in the evening for the best animal activity. Beware of DINOSAUR. Just because your kids are tall enough does not mean they should ride. It is dark and giant, realistic looking dinosaurs jump out at you. Thrill seekers like Nathan love it, but pretty sure this ride would scar nervous rider, Allen, for life. Expedition Everest and Flight of Passage are both excellent fun for kids that can handle fast and motion. Triceratops Spin is basically a dinosaur version of Dumbo, and young ones always enjoy. Both the Festival of the Lion King and the newly re-opened Big Blue Beyond are probably our personal favorites of the park. Our kids enjoy them as well, and they make for a nice break from the heat and walking at this more spread out theme park.


And there we have it! Our This or That ride edition is complete! Do you agree with us and our panel of kid judges?? Let us know in the comments!

Allyson Marks

Travel Advisor | Blogger

Allyson is an independent travel advisor with Castle Coaches Travel. Her specialty is crafting custom, stress-free vacations for families. Allyson is a former Disney World resort cast member, and currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and 3 children.

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