In our post about going to Disney with teens we wrote about many of the thrill rides you can enjoy at WDW. In this post we’re focusing on the gentler side of Disney. For those of us who like to take it a little slower, or for the times when you just need a break from the hustle and bustle, here are some of our favorite slow rides.
Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. This ride takes you on a slow journey through time while you ride gently up and through the EPCOT ball. You ride in a car that rotates forward and backward as you ascend and descend. The current version of the story is narrated by Dame Judi Dench beginning with a scene from the earliest history of man, all the way through modern times. The soothing sounds, smooth ride, and dark setting make this one of my personal favorites.
People Mover at Magic Kingdom. This elevated trolley ride takes you on a journey over, and through, everything in Tomorrow Land. It’s entirely under cover so it’s enjoyable even on the hottest, or wettest of days. It’s also a relatively long ride so it’s a good chance to sit for a while and rest for a few minutes during a busy day at Disney.
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. This is Disney’s biggest ride in terms of size (it’s bigger than the entire Magic Kingdom!) and one of the most interesting. You ride in an open-air safari truck through the lands of Africa where you see dozens of different types of wild animals. It’s a bit bumpy in some spots but it’s still a fun, relaxing ride and if you’re lucky a giraffe may come right up to your ride vehicle.
Living with the Land at EPCOT. This is another of my personal favorites. This is a nice relaxing boat ride that takes you on a short journey through the various ecosystems that exist on earth then provides a tour of several different active greenhouses. During the ride you hear and see the results of some exciting things Disney scientists are doing to help increase food production throughout the world. Some of the foods grown on the ride are even used and served in Disney restaurants throughout the parks.
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios. This isn’t a ride so I’m sort of cheating, but it still makes the list. It’s a fun show that takes you behind the scenes of how the stunts were performed for the Indiana Jones movies. It’s in a huge open-air theater but it’s covered so it’s a nice break from the sun. Also, if you’re lucky you may be chosen from the audience to have a small part in the show!
These are just a few of my favorites, but there are many, many fun ways to catch a few minutes to relax at Disney. I hope you find yours!
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