This list was both easy and hard to compile because there are so many attractions at Walt Disney World that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. I chose the ten attractions below based on my own experiences enjoying the parks with an infant and with consideration of the needs of older visitors. Because of that, some great rides, like Pirates of the Caribbean, that don’t have height requirements but do have drops were not included. And so, this list is our top 10 attractions that can be enjoyed by visitors age 0-102 (or older!). By no means is this list inclusive of all of the attractions at Walt Disney World that can be enjoyed by all ages and heights, but it’s a great place to start!
10. The Seas with Nemo & Friends (EPCOT)
This pavilion in EPCOT’s Future World tops the list because it has so many things to offer to guests of all ages. Start with a ride on a clamobile through the adorable under-water world of Nemo, Dorie, and friends. The ride exits into Sea Base, home to a giant aquarium where fish, sharks, stingrays, and more swim all around you. If you’re there at 10:00am or 3:30pm you can catch a fish feeding and educational presentation. At other times you may see scuba divers swimming with the dolphins, or an dolphin presentation. If all this isn’t enough, check out Turtle Talk with Crush, an entertaining and interactive 15-minute show with Crush and some of his Finding Nemo and Finding Dory friends! Both the Seas ride and Turtle Talk offer Fastpass+, but the lines are usually shorter than other attractions at EPCOT, so going Standby is usually not that bad.
9. Spaceship Earth (EPCOT)
Our other choice at EPCOT, Spaceship Earth is one of the few Future World Classics left at the park. The ride is located inside of the “EPCOT ball”, the geodesic dome that is the hallmark of the park. The 12-minute long dark ride moves slowly through time while ascending through the dome. As long as they’re not afraid of the dark, little kids will enjoy the audio animatronics along the way, and older guests will enjoy the somewhat dated look at the history of human progress.
8. Meeting Disney Characters (All parks and some resorts)
One of the classic things to do at Disney World is, of course, to meet the characters. All four parks offer meet-and-greets that have a Fastpass+ option, which is a great way to make sure you get to see your favorite characters without an epic wait. These are definitely not just for kids! The characters are great at interacting with guests of all ages, and they spend just as much time with adults as they do with kids. If you’d like to see multiple characters, or don’t want to use a Fastpass+, make a reservation for a character dining experience at one of the parks or resorts.
7. The Enchanted Tiki Room (Magic Kingdom)
This musical audio animatronic show is cheesy, adorable, and fun for all ages. Located in Adventureland, right next to Aloha Isle where the whole family can enjoy a Dole Whip after the show, the Enchanted Tiki Room has been entertaining guests at the Magic Kingdom for decades. The emcee birds tell jokes that adults will enjoy, and kids will be mesmerized by the singing birds and flowers. This is also a great place to escape the heat on hot days, and gives everyone a chance to sit down for a few minutes!
6. It’s a Small World (Magic Kingdom)
Similar to Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, It’s a Small World is a ride so classic that you just have to give it a go. This slow boat ride through scenes that feature cultures from around the world is generally loved or hated by all ages, probably because of the lovely (or annoying) song that plays throughout the ride. No matter the ages of people in your party, you’ll have fun debating whether it’s a wonderfully fun and sentimental journey or the worst 10 minutes of your trip.
5. Astro Orbiter (Magic Kingdom)
As a general rule, the thrill rides at Walt Disney World have height requirements and warnings for folks with medical issues, so they don’t fit on this list. Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom is the exception. While it looks like a slow moving ride in the style of Dumbo, it actually moves quite quickly, doing about 11 rotations a minute. Add to this the fact that the ride is perched two stories above Tomorrowland, which adds the thrill of soaring high in the air and seeing amazing views of the Magic Kingdom. Note – this ride can be challenging to get in and out of, so guests with mobility issues may want to skip it or make sure to have someone to help them get in and out.
4. Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
The Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is definitely one of Disney’s best attractions for all ages. This slow ride through a mansion filled with friendly ghosts is “haunted” enough to entertain the teenage crowd, while also being appropriate for young children. There are also plenty of entertaining things that adults will catch and enjoy, including the messages on the gravestones you see while you’re outside in the line. Fastpass+ is recommended for this one!
3. Peter Pan’s Flight (Magic Kingdom)
This is probably the most popular of the no-height-restrictions rides at Magic Kingdom, so make sure you grab a Fastpass+ for it! The biggest draw for kids and adults alike is the timeless story of Peter Pan. Unlike some of the attractions based on newer Disney movies, even your 102-year-old grandma is sure to know the ins and outs of the story of Peter Pan! While it’s probably most enjoyed by young kids, older kids will also enjoy feeling like they’re flying over Neverland!
2. Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)
While most of the attractions on this list are at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom is also a great park for all ages. There were many great shows to choose from when making this list, but Festival of the Lion King took the spot because it is the most likely to keep the attention of the youngest viewers while also providing amazing music and pageantry for the adults. The show brings to life the characters from The Lion King in a spectacular way, and guests of all ages will find themselves singing along.
1. Kilimanjaro Safaris (Animal Kingdom)
Guests of all ages will be enjoy this safari through Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Wildlife Reserve, which features African animals in a natural habitat. With everything from pink flamingos to lions and giraffes, the 18-minute truck ride keeps you engaged the whole time with new animals around every turn. Your guide will point out hard-to-see animals and teach you about those that you may not be familiar with. The best part – every ride is different, so the whole family can go back over and over and always see something new or different!