If you’ve never been to the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida, not only are you missing out on the most magical experience on earth, but you may also be under the impression that every attraction at Disney is loud, fast, thrilling and adrenaline-pumping. But on the contrary, sprinkled in among the heart-pounding, exciting attractions are some very calming attractions.
Yes, Disney truly has something for everyone, and if you’re the kind of Guest who appreciates a slower pace and peace, you’ll enjoy these eight attractions that win the award for most peaceful attractions in all of Walt Disney World.
8. Living with the Land – EPCOT
If you like canopy boat rides, greenhouses and flowers, you need to have this attraction on your Disney World to-do list. Guests board boats with several rows and embark on a slowly-paced, narrated journey to learn about green ways to grow plants and flowers. Throughout the ride, Guests also learn about how humans use the land around them to grow food. Guests are taken through some of the greenhouses at EPCOT, where alternative growing and gardening techniques are used. Not only is this attraction very informative and interesting, the gentle sounds of the water, the ride through the greenhouses and the slow pace of the boat make this attraction very peaceful as well.
7. The Seas with Nemo and Friends – EPCOT
This attraction at EPCOT is by far one of the most peaceful experiences you will have at Walt Disney World. Guests board a “clam-mobile” and are then moved through the story of Disney/PIXAR’s Finding Nemo. The background music is calming, and the sounds of water only add to that. It’s a slowly-moving ride, and the lights are very dim throughout the ride. If you remember any of the music from the feature film, you won’t be surprised that the Disney World attraction inspired by the film is tranquil and peaceful.
6. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – Magic Kingdom
This ride high above Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom has been known as a getaway from all the “loud and crowds” of Disney World. Guests walk up a moving conveyor belt and board ride vehicles before embarking on a journey around Tomorrowland. The ride is slowly-moving, and the breeze is amazing! Some Guests say they board the PeopleMover so they can get in a quick nap! Now that’s peaceful!
5. Spaceship Earth – EPCOT
This amazing journey through history aboard a time machine is very tranquil. It is a very slowly-moving ride that spirals up to the top of the iconic sphere at EPCOT and then weaves back down to the unloading area. In this attraction, Guests see how communication, languages and technology have developed and changed over the last 40,000 years. At the highest point of the attraction, the time machine enters an area where Guests see what looks like the night sky, and it is very peaceful indeed.
4. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – EPCOT
During this gentle boat ride through the Mexico pavilion on the World Showcase at EPCOT, Guests enjoy the silliness of characters from Disney’s 1944 film, The Three Cabelleros. In this attraction, Panchito and Jose’ Carioca are looking for their friend Donald Duck, who has disappeared. They must look all over Mexico to find Donald, and Guests are there for the search. Aside from the silliness of the three feathered friends, this ride is very tranquil.
3. It’s a Small World – Magic Kingdom
This is yet another gently moving boat ride, but this time, it is through several different areas that represent different countries and cultures of the world. Some Guests joke about tiring of the song, “It’s a Small World,” (which is played over 1,100 times per day inside the attraction) but since the chorus repeats often, it is still calming. The gentleness of the ride is also very peaceful.
2. Peter Pan’s Flight – Magic Kingdom
This attraction boasts some amazing animatronics that recreate several scenes from Disney’s 1953 feature film, Peter Pan. The ride through the night sky, past Big Ben and into Neverland is very peaceful and gives Guests the feeling of flying aboard a colorful galleon. The music from the feature film is played in the background and adds to the peaceful feeling of the attraction.
1. Na’vi River Journey – Animal Kingdom
This attraction wins the award for most peaceful ride in all of Walt Disney World. It opened in the spring of 2017, and it has been a hit with Guests from day one. In this fascinating, mind-blowing ride, Guests board a reed boat and then enter a bioluminescent rainforest, full of animals and glowing plants from Pandora, in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. The music is extremely tranquil and calming, as are all of the colors used in the attraction. If you haven’t experienced Na’vi River Journey yet, be sure to do so on your next trip to Animal Kingdom. You really have to see it to believe it!
Whether it’s thrill or tranquility you’re looking for in an attraction, Disney has what you’re looking for!