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A Complete Guide to the Magic Kingdom Rides

The Magic Kingdom is definitely the most popular of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, and is home to lots of rides that kids and adults will love. When visiting Walt Disney World, you may be wondering what Magic Kingdom rides your kids will enjoy during your visit. We’ve been visiting the park since my kids were 10 months and 2 years old, and the kids have always found something fun to experience on our trips.

The Magic Kingdom is separated by different “lands”, each with a different theme. These lands are all home to different rides that fit in with the theme. Many of these rides participate in FastPass. FastPass is a free service that’s included with your Walt Disney World park tickets. Depending on whether or not you stay on property, you can book your FastPass reservations either 30 or 60 days in advance.

Because of FastPass, you’ll want to have a plan of which park to visit on which day, and have a general idea of what attractions you’ll want to do each day. Keep in mind that rides regularly go down for refurbishment and updates, so check the Walt Disney World website before leaving on vacation so that you aren’t disappointed. You’ll also want to check the height restrictions in advance so your kids aren’t upset when you arrive if they aren’t able to ride.

Wondering what rides are at the Magic Kingdom? Check out our complete guide to the Magic Kingdom attractions and rides.

Disclosure: I’ve been on some complimentary trips to Walt Disney World, some through Disney Social Media Moms, and some at my own expense. In the past, I was a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no additional cost to you. 
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The complete guide to the Magic Kingdom rides in Orlando Florida, including a list of rides by land, and an overview of what is best for toddlers.

A Complete Guide to the Magic Kingdom Rides: Magic Kingdom Ride List

Tomorrowland Entrance

The entrance to Tomorrowland, home of some of the best Magic Kingdom rides

Tomorrowland

As you walk past Main Street USA, you’ll see the entrance to Tomorrowland to the right of Cinderella Castle. As a kid, I always loved Tomorrowland the best, because I loved the concept of the future as well as the rides within the land. Now, the future in the land is a bit dated – it’s more focused on our perception of what the future may have been like. 

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Compete with your family to see who can get the most points! This popular ride has you controlling the vehicle to spin around, gathering points by hitting targets. While it’s a bit similar to Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios, I love this ride. It offer FastPass, and the lines can be pretty long as the day goes on. 

Space Mountain

This is my all-time favorite ride at Walt Disney World, because I loved it so much as a kid. This dark roller coaster takes you on a ride through space. It offers FastPass, and is still very popular. It has a harness style restraint, and the ride vehicles have one seat in each row. If your child is a little nervous riding this roller coaster, the seating can make it a bit difficult because you won’t be able to sit side by side. 

Astro Orbiter

Take an elevator up to this ride, where you can control your vehicle to go up and down over the park. It’s a similar movement to the Flying Carpets and Dumbo, but because it’s already elevated, you’ll be up even higher than on those rides.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

This tame ride is a nice place to relax and enjoy a little down time. It takes you around Tomorrowland, and generally has little to no line. Young kids can ride it as well.

Monsters Inc Laugh Floor

This isn’t a ride, but an amusing show. It runs all day, and during the show, you’ll be treated to jokes in the Monsters Inc style. It’s a nice place to get out of the sun and rest your feet, and the show is really funny. This has consistently been one of my kids’ favorite attractions.

Dumbo at the Magic Kingdom

One of our favorite Magic Kingdom rides.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is probably the most popular of the lands at Magic Kingdom, and includes many of the most iconic Disney Magic Kingdom rides.

Peter Pan’s Flight

This, surprisingly, is one of the most popular Magic Kingdom rides. It offers FastPass, and the lines can get very long. In this dark ride, you’ll board a ride vehicle and travel through the story of Peter Pan. It’s best for younger kids, because older kids won’t want to wait in the lines for this mild ride. But younger kids absolutely love it.

it’s a small world

I never skip riding “it’s a small world” when I travel to the Magic Kingdom. Known as the “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed”, it’s a small world takes you through various cultures on this slow-moving boat ride. You’ll still be singing the song hours after visiting. My kids went on this as babies and still love riding it.

Barnstormer

This mild roller coaster in the new Fantasyland section of the park is the perfect first coaster for younger ones. It’s definitely the easiest of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters. We started with this one and moved up to the larger coasters. Visit early to avoid the lines.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

My kids were little before the new Fantasyland section of the park was open, and we used to wait in long lines in the sun to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Now, there are two separate carousels, with an indoor queue. In this ride, you can control the elephant vehicle to go up and down as it spins.

Under the Sea – the Journey of the Little Mermaid

This new ride in new Fantasyland is a dark ride that takes you through the story of the Little Mermaid. It’s a pretty easy, mild ride, although the sections with Ursula may feel a little scary for the littlest ones.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The newest of the Disney World Magic Kingdom rides is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is part dark ride, part coaster. It’s the smoothest ride you can imagine, and you’ll want to ride over and over again. There’s an interactive queue, but FastPass is also available. It’s extremely popular, since it’s so new.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Younger kids will love this dark ride, which takes you through a story featuring Winnie and Pooh and Friends. Older kids probably won’t be as interested in this one.

The Mad Tea Party

Because I absolutely cannot spin without feeling sick for the rest of the day, this is the only ride at the Magic Kingdom that I haven’t been on. My kids love it though, and now that they are old enough, they can ride it on their own (much to my husband’s relief).

Mickey’s Philharmagic

This isn’t a ride as much as it is a movie. It’s fun to watch, and it’s usually a great way to rest and get out of the sun. We always try to see it when visiting the Magic Kingdom. 

The Haunted Mansion

Liberty Square

The smallest land of the park is Liberty Square, between Fantasyland and Frontierland. Although it’s small, you won’t want to miss it. It’s also home to my favorite quick service Magic Kingdom restaurants, the Columbia Harbour House. 

Haunted Mansion

This iconic ride has one of the best themes at the Magic Kingdom. It’s definitely too scary for little ones, but older kids will love the storyline and the fun spooky touches throughout the ride.

The Hall of Presidents

This is another great spot to take a break from the sun. My kids find it boring, but I think it’s a great idea to spend a little time there and learn a bit more about US history and the US presidents.

Big Thunder Mountain

Frontierland

Visit the Wild West in Frontierland, where you can ride two of the three “mountains” at Walt Disney World. It’s located between Liberty Square and Adventureland.

Splash Mountain

Prepare to get wet on this flume ride that has fantastic theming. I usually ride earlier in the day, so I have time to dry off, and usually skip this ride when it’s chilly outside. Be sure to leave your belongings with someone who isn’t riding, because you will get wet. My experience has been either a major soaking or a light sprinkling.

Big Thunder Mountain

Board this train ride through the mine. It’s one of my family’s favorite rides (although we definitely preferred the one at Disneyland Paris). It’s not too scary of a coaster, but some kids may still be a bit scared (and height restrictions do apply).

The complete guide to the Magic Kingdom rides in Orlando Florida, including a list of rides by land, and an overview of what is best for toddlers.

 

Adventureland

Between Frontierland and Cinderella Castle is Adventureland. While you are there, because to get a Dole Whip, one of the most popular and delicious treats at Walt Disney World.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The ride that inspired the movie franchise is definitely a must-do at Walt Disney World. It’s a relatively tame ride, but is dark, so young kids may be a bit scared. This is another attraction that we always have to ride during our Disney vacations.

The Jungle Cruise

Prepare for some of the best (worst?) puns as you go on this cruise through the jungle. If you like the Jungle Cruise, you may want to visit the new Jungle Cruise themed restaurant at the Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

This ride, which is similar to Dumbo and the Astro Orbiter, lets you control the vehicle up and down as you travel in a circle. My kids always loved riding this one, as well as Dumbo, and we never missed it. Lines generally aren’t too long, but are shortest in the mornings.

There are other Magic Kingdom rides and attractions not mentioned here, including the carousel, Philharmagic, Tom Sawyer Island, Enchanted Tales with Belle, the Country Bears Jamboree, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Liberty Square Riverboat.

The Best Magic Kingdom Ride With Toddlers

Families visiting the Magic Kingdom may wonder what the best Magic Kingdom ride with toddler is. That will often depend on what your kids’ specific interests are. As little ones, my kids generally loved the rides in Fantasyland. “It’s a small world” and Dumbo the Flying Elephant were their two favorites.

If your kids are on the edge of possibly riding the roller coasters, you may want to start with the Barnstormer to see how they do. The first time I tried to take my son on the Barnstormer, he walked ahead of me onto the ride vehicle and immediately off. I had to run to chase after him, but I knew at that point he wasn’t even close to being ready for the bigger coasters!

The Best Magic Kingdom Thrill Ride

Looking for some thrill rides? The Magic Kingdom really isn’t home to any really scary thrill rides, although there are several coasters. The scariest ride at the Magic Kingdom is probably Space Mountain. The darkness really adds to the experience, because you won’t know which direction is next.

See more about scary rides at Walt Disney World here. 

The Best Magic Kingdom Ride

This one is almost impossible to answer, because there are so many iconic rides there. Our current favorite is the Seven Dwarfs Mine train, because it’s so unique and new. Luckily, you most likely won’t have to choose just one!

What Rides Should I Ride First at Magic Kingdom?

This will all depend on what you have FastPasses for. I would recommend riding Peter Pan, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or Space Mountain first. However, you should choose whichever ride is most important for you to experience, if you don’t have a FastPass for it.

What are the Best Rides to FastPass at Magic Kingdom?

Again this will depend. You’ll want to select rides that your family most wants to experience. Keep in mind that you can also get FastPasses for some shows and character interactions. For rides, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, and Space Mountain are all very popular and have long lines throughout the day. 

What is your favorite Magic Kingdom ride?

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