9 Favorite Boat Rides At Walt Disney World

Many of the attractions in Walt Disney World are filled with immersive stories and wonderful moments that bring guests coming back time and time again. With so many attractions to choose from across the four theme parks, there are some that naturally tend to have some things in common including characters, attraction vehicles, and the means of transportation for the vehicles. Throughout Walt Disney World there are plenty of attractions which move guests around in boats of all different styles and ways. Some of these boat based attractions are thrilling and can leave guests soaked and others are more slow paced and fun for the whole family. Regardless of how thrilling an attraction is, guests absolutely love the ones that feature boats! Here are guests’ nine favorite boat attractions in Walt Disney World!


1. Jungle Cruise

Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom is home to a wonderful attraction that is as well known for its sense of adventure as it is for its hilarious skippers. The Jungle Cruise invites guests to board canvas covered boats and set off for an epic adventure on some of the most exotic rivers in the world. Each boat is manned by a skipper who uses dry humor and corny jokes to keep guests cracking up along the way. The Jungle Cruise brings guests down the Nile, through a crumbling temple, and through hippo and elephant pools before safely bringing them back to civilization. Guests absolutely love to set sail on the Jungle Cruise on every visit to the Magic Kingdom.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean

A beloved attraction also found in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland invites guests to set sail with a band of swashbuckling pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean brings guests into the Castillo del Morro where they can board boats and take off for adventure on the high seas. Guests move through eerie caves, a raging seaside battle, and a burning town that is being pillaged by pirates. With plenty of visual gags and humorous moments along the way, Pirates of the Caribbean is a favorite attraction of many guests.

3. Liberty Square Riverboat

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to the beloved Haunted Mansion as well as a scenic attraction that brings guests on a grand tour along the Rivers of America. The Liberty Square Riverboat invites guests to board an authentic steam powered riverboat that boasts several decks to enjoy. Guests can take in scenic views of Liberty Square, Frontierland, and the Rivers of America and even enjoy unique vantages of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Haunted Mansion. With a serene pace and wonderful sights, the Liberty Square Riverboat is a great option to enjoy in the Magic Kingdom.


4. It’s A Small World

One of the most classic and beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World is located in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. It’s A Small World brings guests on the happiest cruise that ever sailed and invites them to relax in brightly colored boats. Guests then glide gently through massive rooms which each showcase a continent from around the world. Throughout the attraction are the iconic dolls decked out in traditional clothing from their native country all singing the classic song of the same title. No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without setting sail on It’s A Small World.

5. Splash Mountain

Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom is also home to a boat based attraction which packs some big thrills and the chance for guests to get soaked! Splash Mountain invites guests to board logs and set off with Br’er Rabbit who is off in search of more adventure. While he is constantly being chased by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, Br’er Rabbit is finally caught and plunges with guests down five stories into the Briar Patch below. With a steep drop and plenty of opportunities to get wet, Splash Mountain is an attraction that many guests love.

6. Living with the Land

Future World in Epcot is home to many different attractions which celebrate the beauty of nature and the innovation of technology. The Land Pavilion is home to a wonderful boat based attraction which brings guests on a serene tour. Living with the Land brings guests through different environments and beautiful greenhouses to showcase how the land can thrive in all sorts of places. Guests are also shown glimpses of how new technologies and responsible growing are helping the land thrive each and every day.

7. Frozen Ever After

World Showcase in Epcot is home to eleven different pavilions which each celebrate a country from around the world including Norway. The Norway Pavilion is home to one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World which brings the kingdom of Arendelle to life. Frozen Ever After brings guests on a wonderful journey to Elsa’s ice palace where she and Anna are hosting a summer celebration. With wonderful technology and other familiar faces, Frozen Ever After is a great attraction for the whole family to enjoy together.

8. Kali River Rapids

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to many attractions which aim to showcase the beauty of nature to guests while also stressing the importance of conservation. Kali River Rapids in the Asia section of the park has guests board family style rafts and set off down the Chakranadi River. What begins as a serene tour soon becomes an unfortunate adventure when guests discover the devastation left behind by illegal logging. With plenty of big drops and splashes along the way, Kali River Rapids is a thrilling attraction that is sure to leave guests soaked!

9. Na’vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey is one of the two incredible attractions that is now open in the new Pandora – The World of Avatar area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Climb aboard a small boat and feel the slow river push you along. The space around you glows as if bioluminescent lighting has struck the rainforest with beauty! The sights and sounds appeal to the senses as you drift down river. Pass caves, exotic plants, and interesting animals to reach a very important member of the Na’vi tribe. This is one family friendly journey down river not to miss.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.