The Best Slow Rides at Walt Disney World, According to a Pro

by | Apr 16, 2024 | Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

Don’t sleep on slow-moving rides! We’re sharing our picks for the best slow rides across Walt Disney World, with a list of attractions that are anything but a snooze.

Sure, spinning through space on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT and racing down the spires of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park are thrilling – but sometimes, you just want to take it easy when you’re visiting Walt Disney World’s theme parks. As experts who are always in the parks and queuing up for rides of every variety, we like to mix it up and make time to enjoy a more leisurely pace by riding some of the best slow rides.

Honestly, in our professional opinion, some of the best attractions at Disney World are slow rides. So, whether you’re looking for a way to get off your feet or on the hunt for those elusive Hidden Mickeys, we’re sharing our picks for the best slow rides at Walt Disney World. Take break from the thrills and long, winding queues and kick your feet up to take it easy on one of our favorite slow-moving attractions with stellar scenery.

The Best Slow Rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris, safari truck with zebra

Photo by Danny Shuster

Think slow means boring? Not on a Kilimanjaro Safari! One of the most popular rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris offers the perfect slow ride combo: Plenty of amazing scenery to check out and a gentle pace.

Climb aboard one of the safari vehicles, and you’ll spend the duration of this attraction’s experience seeing animals in their habitats, roaming freely in their dedicated areas. Each safari promises a different experience, since you’ll see different animals up and about at different times of the day.

As you head out on your safari, you’ll want to have your camera at the ready. You won’t want to miss the chance to document your adventure – or take snapshots of the incredible animals you’ll pass by. 

Na’vi River Journey

Love cruising along Disney World’s many waterways? We’ve got the ideal slow ride for you: Na’vi River Journey. This serene, nighttime boat tour of Pandora’s rainforest is breathtaking. It’s not a long attraction by any means, but you’ll spend so much time looking at the incredible details that it’ll feel like you’ve traveled a world away.

While it clocks in at a modest five minutes long, there’s so much to see. This is one of our picks for the best slow rides at Disney World because (like the rest of Pandora) it’s highly immersive. The bioluminescent rainforest will feel like it’s come alive, glowing and unfurling around you. 

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for some exotic plants and creatures no matter where you sit! There are incredible sights from every angle – and the sounds of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs can’t be missed.

The Best Slow Rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

While Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to plenty of exciting attractions, none of the slower-moving options at this Disney World theme park made our list. However, if you’re looking for entertainment that’ll allow you to sit back, kick up your feet, and take a break that’s still engaging, you’ll find plenty of shows and experiences within Hollywood Studios to explore.

The Best Slow Rides at EPCOT

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

EPCOT Imagination Pavilion, sign for Journey Into Imagination

Photo by Laurie Sapp

What can a tiny winged, yellow-eyed, royal purple dragon teach you about the five senses? A whole lot! That lovable fellow, Figment, is your guide through the Imagination Institute’s sensory labs at Journey Into Imagination with Figment.

This beloved slow ride is a must-visit for many Disney World guests, and it’s one of our favorites at EPCOT. If you’re looking to chill out or slow down, head to this lively attraction to hang out with Figment, and you’ll have quite a bit of fun. Add a little playful chaos and – voila! – you’ve got a great musical adventure.

Living with the Land

If you’re dreaming of smooth sailing, Living with the Land is a slow-moving boat ride that hits the spot. We think this greenery-filled cruise in EPCOT’s World Nature neighborhood is one of the best slow rides at Disney World because it’s a total feast for the senses – especially if you’re someone who loves a behind-the-scenes look at how your food is made!

As you ride Living with the Land, you’ll feast your eyes on record-breaking produce and gourds (some of which are sprouting a familiar set of ears!). It’s a relaxing tour of some behind-the-scenes work happening at Disney World, as well as an opportunity to check out some unusual plants and learn about the produce-growing process.

Want to keep the fun going once your boat ride ends? Head over to the Garden Grill Restaurant, where you can literally taste the fruits of the Disney horticulturists’ labor.

The Best Slow Rides at Magic Kingdom Park

Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight ride exterior

Photo by Cliff Wang

Sprinkle a little pixie dust on your day and make time to ride Peter Pan’s Flight, a classic Fantasyland attraction. This is one of the best slow rides in all of Disney World if you’re visiting with kids; they’ll love the chance to fly off into the sky and experience the story of Peter Pan come to life.

Whether you’re a fan of the animated film or simply someone who never wants to grow up, there’s magic in this iconic ride. From the glittering waterfalls and glowing volcanoes of Never Land to the ticking jaws of that dastardly crocodile – and the threat of running into Captain Hook along the way – it’s a slow ride you won’t soon forget.

“it’s a small world”

Home to the song that’ll instantly worm its way into your head, “it’s a small world” is a must-visit when you’re at Magic Kingdom Park – and it’s also one of our favorite slow rides at Disney World! Take a a ride on the happiest cruise that ever sailed, and you’ll get to sit back, relax, and take in some absolutely adorable dolls as they sing their iconic song.

We love that no matter how many times you’ve ridden “it’s a small world” in the past, there’s always something new to spot. We love cruising the waterways and looking at all of the details on the dolls themselves (and who doesn’t love the brightly colored backgrounds themed to each country?).

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park attraction exterior

Photo by Rain Blanken

Chill out in the most bone-chilling ride of all! Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion is an absolute must-ride attraction for most guests, and it’s beloved by so many Disney fans for good reason. The mansion and its accompanying queue are both packed with devilish details, making each visit one you’ll want to see through fresh eyes.

Climb aboard a Doom Buggy, and you’ll get to join the 999 happy haunts of the mansion as you take a slow-moving tour of the interior. Along the way, there’s plenty to see, including little nods to a murder mystery and clues to the mansion’s history.

Oh, and don’t forget: You might bring home an unexpected hitchhiker at the end of your journey! But we think taking a break inside the wonderfully cool interior of Haunted Mansion is worth the risk.

Enjoy These Slow Rides at Walt Disney World

Slow rides at Walt Disney World aren’t just for kids. These attractions can be jam-packed with unique Disney details – and they can surprise even the most adventurous and thrill-seeking members of your group. Don’t overlook slow-moving rides simply because they don’t get your heart pumping.

During your next visit to any of the four theme parks, we suggest making time to explore our picks for the best slow rides at Disney World. You never know… they might become your favorites, too!

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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