No Height Requirement Required: The Best Disney World Attractions for the Whole Family

When Walt Disney dreamt up Disneyland, he imagined a place where the whole family could go together and be entertained.

Walt Disney and his daughters / Photo Courtesy of Oh My Disney

But sometimes, entertaining the whole family at once can be easier said than done. You’ve got your teens who want to ride Expedition Everest, grandparents who want to see The American Adventure, and littles who want to get their groove on at the Disney Junior Dance Party.

And just because everyone CAN experience an attraction, doesn’t mean everyone will like it. (For whatever reason, attractions like Impressions de France, Triceratop Spin, and the Liberty Square Riverboat generally have a targeted audience.) However there are attractions in each park that everyone in your party not only can ride — but they’ll likely enjoy!

Here are our top picks for attractions without height requirements that the whole family will love.

Magic Kingdom: Pirates of the Caribbean

This classic attraction is fun for the whole family! It’s got enough thrill and excitement for the teens to enjoy it but likely won’t scare the smallest kids as much as, say, Haunted Mansion. Plus it’s a classic attraction, and it’s basically Pirate’s code that you have to ride it when you visit Magic Kingdom.

Drink up me hearties yo ho!

Epcot:  Beauty and the Beast Sing Along (Coming soon!)

This one isn’t open QUITE yet, but we were able to check out a sneak peak recently. The new film is coming to Epcot’s France pavilion in January, and encourages guests to sing along to Beauty and the Beast songs while watching an all new film. The story is a “twisted tale” on the animated classic, with Le Fou at the center. It’s funny — like adults will LOL. Kids will like seeing Belle and singing out loud. And let’s be honest, everyone in the fam will enjoy sitting in the AC for 20 minutes.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along ©Disney

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is the only ride in Hollywood Studios without a height requirement, so good thing it’s a really good one! Toy Story Mania is a 3D game come to life, so you know the kids and teens are gonna be on board. And while your littlest ones may not understand how to play, they’ll enjoy seeing the Toy Story characters and riding in the (slightly) spinning vehicle. My grandparents love this one too — cause, hey, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition with the family?

Pro tip: don’t waste your strength in the warm-up!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure an attraction that showcases LIVE lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and more is one everyone will enjoy! Kilimanjaro Safaris is the park’s flagship attraction and one of our all time favorites! We love that it’s different every time (thanks to the animals), so your family can enjoy multiple rides if possible — it’s fun to try and spot as many animal breeds as you can each time!

We love this ride — we aren’t lion!

What attractions are your favorite for the entire family to enjoy? Let us know in the comments!


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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