For those who love rides, the Disney parks are like a dream come true. But for those who hate being spun, flipped, and jerked around, Disney can seem like a very daunting vacation experience. The good news is Disney is still an ideal destination, even if you don’t like rides!
The rides at Disney tend to be much tamer and safer than your average fairground ride. Still, if you are absolutely against all rides, there’s plenty of other things to do in the parks! You won’t be bored for a second, even if you don’t go on a single ride.
Check out what 10 things you can do at Disney if you hate rides.
10 Check Out The World Showcase
If you can’t stand rides, you might want to spend some time at Epcot. They have a variety of attractions that don’t involve spinning or going upside down or roller coasters of any sort! One thing you might like to do is check out the World Showcase.
This is basically twelve different pavilions where you’ll get to experience twelve unique lands and their cultures, all without leaving the United States. The countries being showcased are Japan, France, Canada, Italy, China, Norway, Mexico, Germany, Morocco, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
9 Admire The Grounds
You might hate the rides that exist within the Disney parks, but no sane person can resist admiring the beauty of the grounds themselves. No matter what part of the resort you’re in, it really does feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale.
While the rest of your party is lining up for the rides, take your time strolling around and admiring the intricate details of the park grounds. Notice the amount of attention to detail that has gone into every little thing, from the writing on the signs to the design of the trash cans.
8 See An Exciting Show
You don’t have to miss out on the magic of Disney just because you’re not a fan of rides. Why not see a show? Productions take place all the time in the resorts. All you have to do is download the My Disney app to find out when and where the productions are on.
During holiday seasons and special occasions, they might have themed shows on that are a little different from the norm. This is one of the best things about being at Disney around Halloween or Christmas!
7 Watch One Of The Parades
Don’t go to Disney without seeing at least one parade. If you don’t like rides, you can spend some of your time scouting out the best positions from which to watch the next parade. The best positions always go quickly!
There are seasonal parades that come with Halloween and Christmas, but there are also regular parades to see that star all your favorite Disney characters. Be sure to stick around for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.
6 Meet Your Favorite Character
While many people do go to Disney just to enjoy the rides, plenty of others go solely to encounter their favorite characters. If you don’t like rides, you could simply spend your time meeting familiar faces like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Prince Charming.
Certain characters tend to frequent specific areas of the parks, and some will make special appearances that will appear on the schedule. These tend to fill up pretty fast, so it’s a good thing you don’t have any rides to line up for!
5 Shop Up A Storm
You could easily spend hours going through all the stores at the Disney parks. While everyone else is going on rides, you could take your time browsing through each store, carefully choosing the merchandise that you want to take home with you.
It’s true that a lot of the stores in the resort sell the same things, but each one is a little different. You never know what you might find! Most people rush through the shopping experience because they spend most of their time on rides and attractions, but you’ll be able to shop at your own pace.
4 Embark On A Kilimanjaro Safari
There are certain Disney parks that tend to have more thrilling rides than others. One park that is heavy on non-thrilling attractions (although it has plenty of adrenaline-junkie rides too) is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here, you can embark on a Kilimanjaro Safari.
Unlike other Disney attractions, this one allows guests to see real animals. You’ll also see them up close, and because they’re not trained in any way, it’s a really authentic experience. Almost like being on safari in Kenya! And the best part is there’s no jerking, speeding, or flying involved.
3 Eat At A Themed Restaurant
Foodies will love the Disney parks. Even if you don’t like rides, you can still find plenty of joy in going on your own little taste tour. There are endless snacks and treats to sample from funnel cake to turkey legs to Mickey Mouse-shaped food. But the real joy comes in dining at one of the themed restaurants.
There’s the Be Our Guest Restaurant for something a little fancier, Cheshire Café, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tortuga Tavern, Pinocchio Village Haus, Sleepy Hollow, and plenty of others. Our personal favorite is Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, which is a replica of the Italian eatery from Lady and the Tramp.
2 Stick Around For The Fireworks
Honestly, it’s worth going to the Disney parks just to see the firework show before closing. Even if you don’t go on a single ride, this experience will make up for it. It’s not just any old firework show—like everything Disney does, it’s simply magical.
Not only does the sky light up with a spectacular burst of lights that have been carefully planned, but Cinderella’s Castle also lights up. Your favorite Disney songs also emanate through the park and the atmosphere is buzzing as everyone congregates down Main Street to get a glimpse of it.
1 Go On A Child-Friendly Ride
If the reason that you hate rides is that you don’t like anything that’s too fast or too scary, you could always go on a child-friendly ride. There are plenty of those at the Disney parks! Skip Space Mountain and go on something a little tamer.
There’s the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the Jungle Cruise, and that’s all just in the Magic Kingdom alone. You could also join the Mad Tea Party—remember, it’s up to you how fast you spin your teacup. Who knows? You might have so much fun that the experience cures your distaste for all rides!