There is no more fun way to experience Walt Disney World than in a group. Sharing the fun will bring even more joy, and make your holiday even more memorable. Making sure your group doesn’t miss out on any Disney experience, we have compiled a list of the best group rides and attractions. These experiences are perfect for groups, who can enjoy the rides together and share the fun!
Teamboat Springs, Blizzard Beach
Teamboat Springs can accommodate up to 6, so your group can enjoy the invigorating fun of this 1, 200 feet whitewater raft ride together. Rollicking down a series of waterfalls, it is one of the longest family raft rides in the USA, and is sure to bring laughs as you watch other group members get soaked. Just remember – it may be your turn next!
Described as perfect for big kids, teens and adults, Teamboat Springs is the perfect attraction for any group spending a relaxing day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. It does have a minimum height requirement, however, so bear this is mind if you are travelling with younger children, and be sure to check this in advance to avoid disappointing anyone who may be too small
Kali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom
The only water ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Kali River Rapids comes with the disclaimer ‘You WILL get wet. Some of you may get soaked!’, and is the perfect group ride for a hot day spent in the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Travelling through lush jungle and rainforest, this 12-person raft ascends gradually so your group can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Don’t get too comfortable, however, and the scenery will drastically change as you are rushed down a 30-foot waterfall and through choppy waters. Again, there is a height restriction, so be sure to check this if your group incorporates younger children. Otherwise, have fun fighting over the raft seats – one is designated the ‘Soak Seat’, so take great pains to choose carefully!
One of the more recent additions to Epcot, Soarin’ will take your party on a sensory experience as you fly in a hang-glider over California. Riders must be 102 cm or taller, so this not-to-be missed attraction should be suitable to the majority of your group.
The multi-person glider which sweeps you 40 feet into the air will ensure that your whole group will get to enjoy Soarin’ together. Enjoy the sights and sounds of California, as well as the smells, as the scents of orange groves and evergreens fills the air. Describes as a mild-but-wild ride, there are not many who wouldn’t enjoy Soarin’, expect maybe those who are afraid of heights!
Jungle Cruise, Magic Kingdom
Suitable for the entire family, Magic Kingdom Park’s Jungle Cruise will take you on a journey around the great rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. The 1930s tramp-steamer is perfect to fit you entire party all, so you can all enjoy this wild and comic adventure together.
This truly hilarious ride is one not to be missed. Sedate enough for the whole family, it is nonetheless a great attraction that even the more wild in your party will not find too tame. Everyone will love the audio-anamatronics, views of ancient ruins, and tales of explorers and the dangers they faced.
Lights, Motors, Action!, Hollywood Studios
Lights, Motors, Action! Is an extreme stunt show, featuring all manner of vehicles – including special guests appearances from Lightning McQueen! 33 minutes of High-Octane action, professional stuntmen will showcase how Hollywood choreograph and film complex vehicle stunts.
Inspired by the original show from Disneyland® Paris, Lights, Motors, Action!, is a show suitable for the entire family, even those wheel-chair bound. Be sure to arrive early to ensure your entire party gets seating together, however, as this stadium can fill up fast. It is also worth noting that some of the stunts performed can be very loud, so take care if you have very young children in the audience, as it may scare them.
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Magic Kingdom
Aimed more towards kids, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a comedy show, hosted by Mike Wazowski on his very on digital stage. All visiting humans are asked to help Mike and his friends collect laughs, in this hilarious show which is never the same twice.
Although geared towards kids, adults are sure to enjoy the show as well, and as you are sitting watching a comedy show, your entire group can enjoy the gags together! The show is also highly interactive, and guests are invited to text in their own jokes, which may even be used during the performance. Everyone will get a kick out of seeing their joke being told to the audience!
Mission Space, Epcot
A Motion Simulator Ride, Mission Space gives you and your party and chance to feel what its like to be a real astronaut as your are blasted into space and sent on a mission to Mars. Each member of your team will have a different task to perform on your mission, and for groups with younger members, Mission Space is available in 2 versions; an intense version for all you thrill seekers, and a less intense version everyone in your party can enjoy.
Be aware however, that Mission Space will split you group into teams of 4, so while your party will all experience this attraction at once, you will not all be together while you do it. The positive to this is with 2 versions, you can organise teams with your group beforehand so that those wanting to do the more intense Orange ride can go together, and those looking for the less intense Green training can also go together. That way, everyone can enjoy the version of Mission Space that they want to.
The Great Movie Ride, Hollywood Studios
Celebrating Hollywood and the history of film, The Great Movie Ride uses film footage, special effects and Animatronic replicas of movie start to recreate some of the most memorable movie moments in history. Suitable for the entire family (there is no minimum height requirement), everyone can enjoy this exciting journey, where you will be in the heart of the action of movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Alien and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The ride queue is also very interesting, as you get to wander through a replica of Graumans Chinese Theatre and take in a rotating exhibit of costumes, props and set pieces. It is worth bearing in mind that while the ride is suitable for all, there are some scene which younger group members find scary (note I mentioned Alien above), so it may be best to have younger kids in the inside and beside their parents!
Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom
Suitable for guests of all ages, everyone in your group will love this tour through the savannah, get up close to giraffes, rhinos and lions as they wander freely through Disney’s own 100-acre grassland. As the animals are wild, no two safaris are alike, and each trip will give you a chance to spot one of the many different species that reside here.
The terrain of Kilimanjaro Safaris can be quite rough, so please take care if anyone in your group has a bad back, for instance. However, no one will want to miss out getting a chance to peak at these wondrous animals, especially the babies! Each van has its own animal-guide, so any kids can be kept busy trying to identify any species they spot!
Gang Plank Falls, Typhoon Lagoon
Similar to Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach, Gang Plank Falls is a family raft ride which has no minimum height requirement and therefore is perfect for groups with members of all ages. This 300-foot water slide boasts fantastic views on the crazy, curvy way down.
Gang Plank Falls can only fit 4 people per raft, so your party may need to split up and go down in groups. However, it is such good fun that it is worth coming down in two or three rafts! Classed as a medium intensity raft ride, everyone in your group should enjoy a trip down Gang Plank Falls if you choose to spend a day at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
It is worth bearing in mind that these 10 rides which are brilliant for groups are just a small number of other suitable group rides scattered throughout Walt Disney World in Orlando. From the 3-D Cinemas to stunt shows, there is more than enough for your entire group to enjoy together.
In order for your entire party to make the most of your time in the parks together, my advice is to do a bit of reading on all the rides beforehand, and have a list of all group-friendly attractions so you know where you can all head to together before splitting up for other rides! Make sure you’re aware of any height or health restrictions a ride may have to avoid disappointment for any group members when you’re in the theme parks.