Don’t do rides? You can still love Disney! #DisneySMMoms

While we love to go to Disney World, not everyone in my family loves rides. My twenty year old son and my ten year old son prefer to find their enjoyment in more tame activities, and that is a trait they share with their Nana (my Mother). In forty years, despite many trips to amusement parks, theme parks and fairs, I had never seen my Mother go on a ride. I knew she didn’t like them and we never pushed her to go outside of her comfort zone. Earlier this month my Mom and niece accompanied my daughter and I when we went to Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.

dsmms group pic

My niece, daughter and I all love rides so we always had someone to ride with, but since I know that Disney rides are more than just thrills, I wanted Mom to try some of them with us. She wasn’t sure about Splash Mountain, since it appears to be just a roller coaster, but she did go on with us and other than the two little drops (okay, I think they’re little) she enjoyed it.

Here are some rides and attractions that are safe choices for non-riders:

In the Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (spinning is optional in this ride)
  • It’s a Small World
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Haunted Mansion (my young children were frightened by this, but it is great for brave kids and people who don’t like thrill rides)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Enchanted Tiki Room



  • Soarin’ (this does simulate flying so if you don’t like heights, this may not be the ride for you)
  • Test Track (it moves fast, but it’s not scary)
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Living with the Land

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Tours (this is another simulation where you will feel like you are flying at times)
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Fantasmic
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Beauty and the Beat Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Studio Backlot Tour


Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug (my bug phobia kicks in a bit at this show…but only for a second)
  • Dinosaur (there are a couple of startling spots in this ride)

These are the just the rides and attractions that my family has had a chance to try, so you can see there are many things to do even if rides are not your thing. There is always so much to do at Disney!


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Sheri McDonald is a Mom to 4 awesome kids who range in age from 6 to 21. She is a Canadian Mom Blogger, a Travel Blogger, a Brand Ambassador, a Social Media Influencer, a Spokesperson and an amateur photographer. You can find her writing about family life, food, travel, Disney and family friendly products at Kidsumers (a play on the word 'consumers') and sharing her travel experience at Big Family Travels.


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  1. Florence c says

    I like the slow rides. Can’t go the roller coasters or anything that spins. When we took our kids when they were little they did all the rides with their Dad. I did a selected few. But I enjoyed the trip and Disney.

  2. says

    I love rides but it’s my hubby who doesn’t. Hoping once baby is older she’ll be a dare devil like mommy :) Can’t wait to take her to Disney!

  3. Mellisa says

    I love all the rides! We just got back from Disney and was excited that my kids braved a few more of the “bigger rides”.

  4. Heidi C. says

    Thanks for the fantastic lists! We are saving towards a trip to Disney. I have severe motion sickness though so I will definitely keep this list on hand to decide which rides we can enjoy! Thanks!

  5. Sydney D says

    I’ve been to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show with my parents. My dad especially liked it. They also had an american idol one at Hollywood studios before. People auditioned and sang. The girl who won was AMAZING! :)

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