Go for wild — or mild — rides on Orlando roller coasters for all ages, including White Lightning at Fun Spot America (pictured).
Updated April 7, 2021
When it comes to roller coasters, thrill-seekers come in all ages and sizes. That’s why Orlando’s theme parks have rides for every speed, every style — and everyone! As a result, and in addition to gravity-defying options for the fearless riders, we have plenty of amusing roller coasters that spin and soar while promising fantastic fun for guests as young as 2, including these standouts.
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Also, keep in mind that Orlando is home to scores of other attractions that are perfect for the youngest members of your family, including “it’s a small world” at Magic Kingdom® Park, E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld® Orlando, and THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Masters of Flight at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Read about other fun things to do with smaller children in Orlando, and know that you can enjoy them all with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures throughout the destination!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Family-Friendly Coasters at Walt Disney World® Resort
Slinky Dog Dash
At Walt Disney World Resort, see the world racing by from a toy’s point of view on this family-friendly ride at Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Hop on Slinky Dog’s back and zip around toys and springs in Andy’s oversized backyard! Height requirement: 38 inches (97 cm)
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Grab your lantern and your map and ride into the diamond mine on the rockingest, rollingest, twistiest train ride ever. Feel a rush of excitement, and enchantment, too, as you take off on this adventurous family coaster at Magic Kingdom Park. Height requirement: 38 inches (97 cm)
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Barnstormer Starring The Great Goofini
Families can take flight above Storybook Circus at Magic Kingdom Park with Goofy and his homemade stunt airplanes for a thrilling coaster ride. Hang on tight as The Great Goofini swoops and soars during his world-famous, high-flying show! Height requirement: 35 inches (89 cm)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®
All aboard this family-friendly ride in Magic Kingdom Park’s wilderness! Dash in and out of desert caverns and rumble through a haunted mine aboard a rollicking runaway train. You’ll swoop through turns, dips and drops as you dart through the ghost town of Tumbleweed. Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm)
Families journey through the cosmos on Space Mountain’s galactic adventure at Magic Kingdom Park. Whiz past shooting stars and celestial satellites during this space ride, but watch out for orbs of light, wayward comets and migrant meteors as gravity pushes and pulls you through the wormhole! Height requirement: 44 inches (112 cm)
Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
Careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Height requirement: 44 inches (112 cm)
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
Older kids will love rocking out on this wild ride, which takes you through the darkened freeways of Los Angeles with the chart-topping Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Height requirement: 48 inches (91 cm)
Family-Friendly Coasters at Universal Orlando Resort
Flight of the Hippogriff™
The story comes to life on this family-friendly coaster at Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Follow Hagrid’s instructions as you board the hippogriff, and then take off into spirals and dives around the pumpkin patch and Hagrid’s hut. Height requirement: 36 inches (91 cm)
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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™
If you’re visiting with older kids, don’t miss out on the most magical adventure yet at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Featuring a perfect blend of next-gen coaster technology and masterful storytelling, plus an extremely lifelike Rubeus Hagrid™, it will bring you face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most amazing creatures. Height requirement: 48 inches (91 cm)
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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™
Find yourself in the middle of the magic as you enter Gringotts™ Money Exchange at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida. You’ll need the whole family to help navigate the perilous underground vaults and evade the wrath of malicious villains, as well as trolls and other creatures that stand between you and your return to Diagon Alley™. Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm)
Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
What happens when you let a wacky woodpecker design and build his very own roller coaster? You get a nuthouse on wheels, as seen at Universal Studios Florida! Woody definitely proved he’s got a few screws loose when he dreamed up this kid-sized coaster that’s fun for all ages. Height requirement: 36 inches (91 cm)
Family-Friendly Coasters at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Fun for the whole family and perfect for little ones, this wooden coaster at LEGOLAND Florida Resort curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO® brick dinosaurs. Height requirement: 42 inches (107cm)
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Climb aboard the LEGO® Dragon and prepare for a hilarious, behind-the-scenes view of life within the enchanted LEGOLAND® Castle. Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm)
Experience the thrill of flight on this suspended, family-friendly coaster. Rise stories into the air before being released onto the track, and watch the ground race by beneath your feet! Height requirement: 44 inches (112 cm)
The Great LEGO® Race
The very first of its kind designed just for kids, this virtual-reality coaster combines the excitement of a regular roller coaster with the fun and imagination of a world made entirely of LEGO® bricks. Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm)
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Family-Friendly Coasters at SeaWorld® Orlando
Journey to Atlantis®
This exciting, family-friendly flume/coaster ride at SeaWorld Orlando has more than its share of surprises. Explore dark, watery passageways through the sunken city before being plunged from its gates into the waters below. Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm); guests between 42 and 48 inches must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
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Super Grover’s Box Car Derby
Introduce young adventurers to the excitement and fun of coaster rides with a thrilling and action-packed race held by Sesame Street’s own furry superhero at the park’s brand-new Sesame Street Land™. Height requirement: 38 inches (97 cm); guests between 38 and 41 inches must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
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Family-Friendly Coasters at Fun Spot America
Throw your hands in the air and let your legs dangle on the twists and turns of Freedom Flyer at Fun Spot America in Orlando. The whole family will feel a thrill on the ride’s patriotically themed swoops, twists and turns. Height requirement: 36 inches (91 cm)
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A great first coaster for smaller children, the Sea Serpent invites riders to get on the back of its namesake creature as it weaves gently through turns and dips alike. Height requirement: 36 inches (91 cm)
Experience the dips and drops of White Lightning! Orlando’s only wooden coaster, it provides old-school fun for the whole family. Height requirement: 46 inches (117 cm)
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