As of 2015, some of the most popular Walt Disney World rides include Star Tours—The Adventure Continues, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. The Star Tours ride is based on the movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The 3D technology simulates the motion of space flight. The ride is part of "Star Wars" Galaxy at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which also features a fireworks show accompanied by "Star Wars" music.
The Pirates of the Caribbean, in the Magic Kingdom Park, is suitable for all ages. It's a slow ride with small drops, but much of it is dimly lit. Passengers board small barges which follow a waterway past fighting pirates, buried treasure and pirate skeletons. It's a larger and updated version of the original favorite that opened in Disneyland in 1967.
Also in the Magic Kingdom Park is Space Mountain, a roller coaster ride in almost total darkness. The twists, turns and drops feel even bigger because they are a total surprise. Most of the illumination comes from stars and various planets that seem to fly by.
The Haunted Mansion, in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom Park uses Doom Buggies to transport guests throughout the mansion that's filled with ghosts that pop up anywhere, a graveyard, a grand ballroom filled with dancing ghosts and a séance room. A ghost narrates the tour, while at the end of the ride three ghosts show up in each Doom Buggy. It's spooky, but there's no gory stuff to scare the little ones.