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 family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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