How to Enjoy Disney World If You’re Not A Thrill Seeker

PeopleMover - Magic Kingdom

Disney parks are known for their enchanting experiences, captivating shows, and magical ambiance. Thrill rides and adventure are sometimes part of those experiences. However, if thrill rides aren’t your cup of tea, fear not! Disney offers a plethora of attractions and activities that cater to every taste. In this post, we’ll guide you on how to revel in the wonder and joy of Disney without the thrill rides.

Immerse Yourself in Classic Attractions

Disney parks are home to a variety of classic attractions that emphasize storytelling and imagination over thrills. From iconic rides like “It’s a Small World” to charming journeys through Fantasyland, there’s no shortage of enchanting experiences waiting for you.

Some of the rides that you should check out if you are avoiding thrill rides are:

Magic Kingdom

  • it’s a small world
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Liberty Square River Boat
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • The Carousel of Progress
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh floor
People Mover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover. Photo: Emily Murray

Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug
Kilimanjaro Safaris' new Zebra foals
Kilimanjaro Safaris’ Zebra foals.

Hollywood Studios

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Rail
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
Belle in Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
Belle in Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. Photo: Emily Murray


  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Living with the Land
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
Journey of water
Journey of Water. Photo: Emily Murray.

Explore Enchanting Lands

Wander through the various themed lands, each offering its own unique charm. Stroll down Main Street, U.S.A., take a leisurely boat ride through the gentle rivers of Adventureland, and explore the whimsical streets of Storybook Circus. Head over to Animal Kingdom to become a Wilderness Explorer and learn about animals at each spot, check out the Tree of Life and look at all the intricate details. Take a trip around the world at EPCOT, stopping at the Kidcot stops along the way. Go to a galaxy far far away or become a toy for backyard playtime in Hollywood Studios. The immersive theming and attention to detail are attractions in themselves.

Buzz Lightyear
Buzz in Toy Story Land. Photo: Emily Murray.

Magical Meet-and-Greets:

Connect with beloved characters at designated meet-and-greets or character dining opportunities. Whether you dream of a hug from Mickey and friends, spinning around with a princess, or maybe you simply want to pose for a photo with a classic childhood favorite, these interactions are heartwarming and require no daring adventures. To find your favorite character simply go to the drop-down menu in the my Disney experience app and see where and when each character will be out and about.

Princess Tiana Meet and Greet.
Princess Tiana Meet and Greet.

Enchanting Shows and Parades

Disney’s live entertainment is nothing short of spectacular. From Broadway-style shows to dazzling parades, you can witness the magic unfold without the need for thrill rides. “Fantasmic!” and “Happily Ever After” are just a couple of the mesmerizing shows that captivate audiences of all ages. Be sure to grab a spot early for the Festival of Fantasy parade. It starts in Frontierland and works its way towards the front entrance of Magic Kingdom. Here you can dance to the music and wave to your favorite characters.

Festival of Fantasy Parade
Festival of Fantasy Parade. Photo: Emily Murray

Culinary Delights

Disney is a haven for food enthusiasts. Indulge in delightful culinary experiences by sampling a variety of delicious snacks, meals, and treats throughout the parks. From iconic Dole Whips to savory churros, there’s a diverse range of flavors waiting to be savored. Check out EPCOT’s festivals for specialty snacks and drinks at each pavilion and booth.

Check out the festival booths for exclusive food items!

Transportation Rides

Enjoy a leisurely ride aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad. This scenic train journey provides a relaxing way to take in the beauty of the parks without any thrills. You might even spot some hidden gems along the way! For non-thrills outside of the parks you can take a turn around Bay Lake on the monorail or adventure on a ferry. You could even ride the Skyliner from EPCOT to Caribbean Beach Resort and onto Pop Century and Art of Animation.

Disney Skyliner
Disney Skyliner. Photo: Emily Murray

Photo Opportunities

Take advantage of photo opportunities with Photopass!

Capture the magic with photo opportunities. Disney parks are filled with picturesque backdrops and iconic landmarks that make for memorable snapshots. From Cinderella Castle to Spaceship Earth, there’s no shortage of enchanting locations for your photo album. Check your my Disney experience app for all the nearby locations.

Disney parks offer an abundance of enchanting experiences beyond the thrill rides. By immersing yourself in classic attractions, exploring themed lands, enjoying character interactions, and more, you can create a magical Disney experience tailored to your preferences. Embrace the wonder, and let the magic unfold in a way that resonates with your unique Disney journey!

Featured Photo: Emily Murray.

Written by

Marissa Coffta

Marissa’s lifelong enchantment with Disney magic began in her childhood and has continued to flourish. She is a mom to 3, who frequently embarks on solo or family adventures to Disney World. Currently living out of state, she takes many modes of transportation to experience the wonder of Disney firsthand. Her fervent passion for writing fuels her with the hopes of bringing the world of Disney to life, making the magic a part of her world.

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