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Classic Disney Attractions Your Family Will Love

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Classic Disney Attractions Your Family Will Love

There are so many classic Disney attractions that your family will love! Most of these attractions have been around since Disneyland opened in 1955 and Disney World opened in 1971. These are all nostalgic attractions that will make everyone feel like a kid again. Better yet, these are all friendly family attractions for the whole family to experience together.  My family and I love all these Disney attractions and make an effort to experience them on every trip. 

Jungle Cruise 

“Here’s Trader Sam. He’s our head salesman in the jungle. He’s got a pretty good deal for you guys today…two of his heads for just one of yours. Either way you slice it, you’ll always come out ahead. That’s a killer deal.”

Disney’s Jungle Cruise is notorious for corny jokes and a trip around the jungle. The Jungle Cruise was an opening day attraction at both Disneyland and Disney World and shouldn’t be missed!

Disney is also making The Jungle Cruise Movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt that will be released in 2021. 


disney jungle cruise

Pirates of the Caribbean 

While Pirates of the Caribbean wasn’t an opening day attraction at Disney World or Disneyland, Pirates was the last attraction Walt personally supervised! Pirates opened in 1967 in Disneyland and 1973 in Disney World. 

Do you love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? You’ll love this attraction. If you haven’t seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I highly suggest them! Even if you aren’t a Pirates movie fan, you will love the sentimental feel of this ride!

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean
Photo credit: magicguides.com

It’s a Small World 

It’s a Small World was originally designed by Disney for the 1964 New York World Fair. The attraction was so popular at the 1964 World Fair that Disney added It’s a Small World to Disneyland in 1966 and to Disney World for opening day! 

You’ll surely come out of It’s a Small World signing the famous song but it’s an experience young and old alike will enjoy!


Disney's It's a Small World
Photo: magicguides.com


Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight was an opening-day attraction at Disneyland in 1955 and remains one of the most popular attractions at all Disney Parks.  Soar through Neverland with Peter, Wendy and even come across Captain Cook in this family friendly attraction.  

You will want to get a Fastpass for this ride because it traditionally has one of the longest wait times at Disney! 

Disney's Peter Pans Flight
Photo: magicguides.com

Mad Tea Party

The Mad Tea Party is an attraction for those who love to spin! You get to visit Alice and the Mad Hatter and take a spin in their teacups. Luckily, you can spin as fast or as slow as you want! The Mad Tea Party was an original attraction at both Disneyland and Disney World! 

This is another attraction with short wait times that the kids will love!

mad tea party

King Arthur or Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel

Disney’s Carrousel’s are works of art both created in the early 1900’s. King Arthur’s Carrousel is in Disneyland and Prince Charming’s Carrousel is at Disney World.  The Carrousel is loved by kids, has great views of the castle, and always has a short line! 

This is a great ride to check out if you have a few minutes to spare before a fastpass or dining reservation! 

Disney World Carrousel
Photo: magicguides.com

Dumbo The Flying Elephant 

Dumbo is an icon to the Disney parks and shouldn’t be missed. This ride opened a few months after Disneyland opened in California and has been a Disney icon ever since. I recommend everyone ride Dumbo at least once, even if you’re an adult! 

The Disneyland and Disney World versions are slightly different because Disney World underwent a renovation so if you have the chance, try out both!

Disney Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Photo: magicguides.com

The Enchanted Tiki Room 

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a one of a kind Disney attraction. This is one the first attractions in the world to ever use audio-animatronics.  Originally intended to be a Hawaiian themed dinner show, the Tiki Room ended up a show. The Tiki Room opened in Disneyland in 1963 and at Disney World’s opening day. 

Like It’s a Small World, the song will be stuck in your head but it’s a show you need to check out at least once. It’s a great Disney classic attraction!  

Photo: Brian McGown from Unsplash

The Disney Railroad

Both Disney World and Disneyland have a historic steam railroad that circles the entire park!  The trains are a good way to get around the park with three different stops. It’s also a fun ride with no lines and a good way to stay out of the heat. 

Most people overlook the railroad but it’s a fun attraction full of history and fun for the entire family!

Disney World railroad
Photo: magicguides.com


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Visiting all these attractions will require a full day and lots of walking. These shoes are so comfortable and cute. I bring them on every Disney vacation! 

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3 thoughts on “Classic Disney Attractions Your Family Will Love

  1. We were just there a few months ago for my daughters second birthday and she still talks about the Dumbo ride! I can not wait to go back because we missed going on It’s a Small World ride because the line up was long at the time.

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