Disney World is all about the fun and have varying degrees of thrills. You have your family friendly attractions which are good for kids of all ages, rides that spin but often have no height requirement, motion simulator rides like Star Tours that have motions that sync up to a video in front of you, and coasters of all sizes from the family coaster with 35-38 inch height requirements to the high thrills with height requirements in the range of 44 to 48 inches.
For me personally, age (and having my daughter) have lowered my tolerance for thrill rides. I’ve never been a motion simulator type of girl and never well be and I don’t like to spin, so how do we manage trips where other adults want to ride while I don’t? There are truly several ways…
First, don’t try and do something that is above your comfort or tolerance level. It will make for a headache or queasy feeling the rest of the day and can make for absolutely no fun! I’ll get on things like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain, but that’s about the top of my tolerance level. In certain situations, I can be coaxed into Space Mountain (like when Disney rebrands it as HyperSpace Mountain in Disneyland and we are offered a sneak preview), but it’s well outside my norm! My husband and my dad are both big on coasters – everything from Expedition Everest and Space Mountain to Rock n Roller Coaster and Star Tours. Essentially during that time I “take one for the team” and allow them to enjoy their thrill rides. I also take the opportunity to take a bathroom break, do a little exploring, grab some water, or take photos of the surroundings!
How do we manage it? Making sure that those specific rides are done in the early morning hours the park is open or splitting a FastPass between a thrill ride and something else a little more tame for me. Several of these attractions also have a single rider line can be used if you don’t want to use schedule a WDW FastPass.
Attractions that have single rider line in WDW:Expedition Everest
- Rock n Roller Coaster
- Test Track
Attractions that need a FastPass regardless of time of day:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Attractions that can be done 1st thing in the morning with minimal wait for the non-riders (this means arriving 20-30 minutes before park opens and walking quickly and safely to the attraction and riding standby) (the attractions in parenthesis is something the non-riders can do in the area):
- Rock n Roller Coaster (shops along Hollywood Blvd, Toy Story Mania)
- Tower of Terror (shops along Hollywood Blvd, Toy Story Mania)
- Star Tours (Watch Jedi Training Academy, Muppets 3D)
- Space Mountain (PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, Buzz Lighyear, Pete’s Silly Sideshow)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Tom Sawyer Island, Laughin’ Place if you have kids, ride the train)
- Splash Mountain (Tom Sawyer Island, Laughin’ Place if you have kids, ride the train)
- Expedition Everest (Finding Nemo the Musical)
- Dinosaur (The Dig site if if you have kids, Meet Goofy & Pluto – one of my FAV meet and greets!)
- Mission Space (Test Track/after market area, there’s also a fun area near the exit of the attraction)
And attractions that can split FastPass between 2 attractions for the non-riders (especially if younger kids are involved):
- Space Mountain (Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland Speedway)
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Enchanted Tales with Belle, Peter Pan’s Flight, Small World, Dumbo, and more…)
- Splash Mountain & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Small World, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Mad Tea Party (Tomorrowland Speedway, Dumbo and more…)
- Rock n Roller Coaster (Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage or Toy Story Midway Mania – not in close proximity)
- Tower of Terror (Frozen Sing-Along, Voyage of the Little Mermaid – not in close proximity)
- Star Tours (Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show, Frozen Sing-Along – not in close proximity)
- Expedition Everest (Finding Nemo the Musical, Meet Disney Pals at Adventures Outpost)
- Soarin’ (Living with the Land)
- Mission Space (Spaceship Earth, Epcot Character Spot)
If you have all riding adults and a non-riding child, check out rider switch which is truly the way to maximize your experience!\
If you have questions or are looking for help making sense of all of your options, I’d love to help!
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