Attractions for 7 years & Older

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad This old classic coaster isn't too scary; it's just a really good, bumpy, swervy thrill.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Space ranger wannabes will love competing for the highest score on this shoot-'em-up ride.

Mickey's PhilharMagic There are several 3-D film experiences at Disney, but this is the only one featuring the main Disney characters and movie theme songs.

Space Mountain The Magic Kingdom's scariest ride, all you see are stars in the darkness as you zip along the tracks.

Splash Mountain A long, tame boat ride ends in a 52½-foot drop into a very wet briar patch.

Attractions for 6 years & Younger

Goofy's Barnstormer This is Walt Disney World's starter coaster for kids who may be tall enough to go on Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, but who aren't sure they can handle it. If your child loves the Barnstormer, he's probably ready for the big-kid rides.

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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Just like Dumbo but with shorter lines, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a must-do for preschoolers. You can make your carpet go up and down to avoid the water mischievous camels spit at you.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Hang onto your honey pot as you get whisked along on a windy-day adventure with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean Don't miss this waltz through pirate country, especially if you're a fan of the movies. The scene is dark with lots of theatrical explosions, but the actual boat ride is slow and steady.

Tip Sheet

If you're staying at a Disney resort, arrive at park opening and stay until early afternoon, then head back to the hotel for a nap or swim. You can return to the park in the mid- to late afternoon, refreshed and ready to soak up more magic.

Check Disney's Tip Board at the end of Main Street for good information on wait times -- fairly reliable except for those moments when everyone follows the "See It Now!" advice and the line immediately triples.

Do your shopping in midafternoon, when attraction lines resemble a napping anaconda. During the afternoon parade, store clerks have been spotted twiddling their thumbs, so this is the time to seek sales assistance. If you go at the end of the day, you'll be engulfed by rush-hour crowds.

See or ride one of the star attractions while the parade is going on, only if you're willing to miss it, since lines ease considerably. But be careful not to get stuck on the wrong side of the parade route when the hoopla starts, or you may never get across.

At the start of the day, set up a rendezvous point and time, just in case you and your companions get separated. Good places are by the Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland, the bottom of the staircase at the Main Street railroad station, the benches of City Hall, and the archway entrance to Adventureland.

If the wait's not too long, have dinner at the Rainforest Café; the surroundings alone are worth the visit.

Tour Guide for the over 7 year olds

Arrive at the park 45 minutes before scheduled opening, and you will be enlighten by an open ceremony.(watch the Video) In the park, dash left, or hop the Walt Disney World Railroad, to Frontierland, where you can claim an early Fastpass time for Splash Mountain. After you've received your ticket, head over for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, then ride Pirates of the Caribbean. By now, your Fastpass ticket should be valid to ride Splash Mountain. Next head over to Liberty Square and get a Fastpass for the Haunted Mansion. See the Country Bear Jamboree show or ride it's a small world until your time to visit the mansion is up. When you're finished, sprint over to Tomorrowland and pick up your next Fastpass, this time for Space Mountain or Stitch's Great Escape. Try to time this so that you can have some lunch and then see Cinderellabration at the castle. If you have longer to wait, head to the Timekeeper or the Carousel of Progress if they're operating. By now, it'll be time for you to experience Space Mountain or Stitch. Afterward, pick up a Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Then ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or squeeze in any attractions above that you may have missed.

If you haven't seen the 3 PM parade on previous visits, start looking for a viewing spot at 2:30 (many begin even earlier). Once you settle on a curb, send a member of your group to pick up the next set of Fastpass tickets for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. If the crowds aren't too thick, the second floor of the train station makes a really nice parade viewing spot. After the parade, hop the train to Mickey's Toontown Fair and pose by the colorful house fronts for some fun photos. From there, stroll into Fantasyland for your Fastpass appointment with Pooh. Afterward, get your Fastpass appointment for Mickey's PhilharMagic or Peter Pan's Flight. While you wait, take a spin on Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and check out the Cinderella Castle mosaics.

You probably have time to get dinner and return to your hotel for a couple hours' rest before the SpectroMagic parade and Wishes fireworks show. If you watch the fireworks from Town Square, you can be ready to grab a monorail seat back to the parking lot as soon as it ends. On the other hand, if you want to ride Splash Mountain or Space Mountain again, lines will be short now, and you can see the fireworks from pretty much anywhere in the park.

Tour Guide for the Under 6 year olds

Arrive at the park 45 minutes before scheduled opening, and you will be enlighten by an opening ceremony.(watch the Video)In the park go directly to Fantasyland and start your day by getting a Fastpass return-time ticket at the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Then, go on a ride with Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Next, check showtimes for Mickey's PhilharMagic 3-D extravaganza and plan to see it before moving on to a new land. While you wait for the show and your appointment with Pooh, take a whirl on Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and, moving clockwise, other attractions without prohibitive waits. You can also head for a character greeting (check your guide map for times). By now it should be time to use your Fastpass ticket at the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the wee ones may want to romp in Pooh's Playful Spot afterward. While they're enjoying the Hundred Acre Wood, send an adult from your group to get everyone a Fastpass for Peter Pan's Flight. Next head to it's a small world. If you have time before Peter Pan, visit Ariel's Grotto to pose for snapshots with the Little Mermaid, or see a performance of Cinderellabration in front of the castle.

If you want a sit-down lunch, proceed to Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle or Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square (be sure to reserve seating in advance). The Crystal Palace buffet is a great option complete with character visits. Depending on your lunch location, either take the train or walk to Mickey's Toontown Fair. Lunch can digest while the children get their autographs and photos with Mickey Mouse. Then on to the Barnstormer to test their coaster mettle. Taking the Walt Disney World Railroad is the most relaxing way to return to Frontierland, where you can pick up your Fastpass timed ticket for Splash Mountain. Then claim a piece of pavement across the street from the Country Bear Jamboree for the 3 PM parade so you can make a quick exit to line up for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad -- if your kids can handle the thrills and are tall enough. For the shortest lines, go during the parade. By now, it should be time for your Fastpass reservation for Splash Mountain. After the ride, check out either the Country Bear Jamboree or the Haunted Mansion.

Late afternoon is a nice time to hitch a raft to Tom Sawyer Island. When you return, head straight for Adventureland. Proceed directly across the Adventureland plaza to the Jungle Cruise. Pick up another Fastpass here if the line is long. Then do Pirates of the Caribbean and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. If you still have some time and energy left, scramble around the Swiss Family Treehouse and then head back for your Fastpass entry to the Jungle Cruise.

Now stroll across the Main Street hub to Tomorrowland and pick up a Fastpass ticket for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. While you wait, try to see Stitch's Great Escape or plan to return later for a Fastpass. Then climb aboard Tomorrowland Transit Authority and, if the line's not prohibitive, Astro-Orbiter. By now it's time to join Buzz on his intergalactic mission and, if there's time afterward, to take a spin at the Mad Tea Party.

If you're really determined to see it all, have dinner at the closest restaurant, then hike toward the front of the park to grab a rocker on the porch of Tony's Town Square Restaurant or stake out a curb about an hour before the evening SpectroMagic parade and Wishes fireworks show for a spectacular end to your day.