10 Best Magic Kingdom Rides You’ll Love Every Time
It’s no secret that I love Disney (obviously!) I love the resorts, the parks, the rides, the magic! But if I’m being honest, my affection for Disney, great as it may be, is not without bias. I love all the parks at Walt Disney World from Blizzard Beach to Typhoon Lagoon; Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and back again. But none of it compares to my love for the Magic Kingdom. In my opinion, you get the best opportunities for character meet and greets and the best Magic Kingdom rides.
While there is a lot to see and do when visiting Magic Kingdom, fitting in everything in one trip can be a challenge. Planning your visit, including utilizing Disney’s Dining Plans and reservation services, is essential. As is making sure you have the proper attire and footwear. To ease the stress of planning your trip to Magic Kingdom, I have created a Top 10 list of the Best Magic Kingdom Rides.
1. Splash Mountain
A classic amusement park ride, Disney style. Guests board a log-style boat for a trip through the wilderness. While there are a few twists, turns and splashes throughout the ride, it’s the grand finale that gives the ride its name. Dropping over five stories, no one gets off Splash Mountain without getting at least a little bit wet. Hands down the best water ride you will experience anywhere! This makes it one of the best Magic Kingdom rides.
Pro tip: request a seat in the front row. It may increase your wait time by a few extra minutes, but you will get the most intense splash and best photo op!
2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A brand new family favorite, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened in 2013. Tag along with the Seven Dwarfs as they take you on an adventure through their mines. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the best roller-coaster for the younger set, as it is the most tame coaster Magic Kingdom has to offer.
Pro tip: As one of the newest attractions in the Magic Kingdom, wait times for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be lengthy. This attraction is an excellent opportunity to utilize a FastPass.
3. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
A family favorite. Dumbo the Flying Elephant appeals to the youngest Disney guests with it’s high flying fun. Riders are able to control the height at which they fly, using a joystick to rise and lower their elephant. Older guests will appreciate the magnificent view from atop Dumbo’s ears.
Pro tip: Dumbo the Flying Elephant is another Disney photo opp not to be missed. The classic characters combined with the best view of Fantasyland, offers the perfect backdrop for Disney memories.
4. Space Mountain
Blast off on a ride through outer space. Space Mountain has become a fan favorite for good reason. As one of the best Magic Kingdom rides, guests journey throughout the galaxy at hair-raising speeds. What makes Space Mountain even more intense is that fact that it’s an indoor roller-coaster, making it near impossible for you to anticipate the next turn or drop. And drop you will, over 180 feet!
Pro tip: although Space Mountain has one of the higher height requirements at the Magic Kingdom, even some older riders may find the inability to see where they are going next more scary than thrilling.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean
“We wants the red head!” Adults and children alike will love the elaborate landscape of the Caribbean on this boat cruise. Fans of the movies will recognize Captain Jack Sparrow lurking around. But you don’t need to be familiar with the franchise to enjoy this attraction. The variety of characters and scenes, along with catchy pirate songs will “hook” you.
Pro tip: although there are no height requirements for the Pirates of the Caribbean making it a ride the whole family can enjoy, some youngest may become frightened. The ride features some darkness, loud noises and scenes some may find scary.
6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a family favorite. The ride is a roller-coaster the whole family can enjoy. It’s fast moving, and features exciting turns and dips to satisfy the thrill-seekers, but is tame enough that younger kids won’t be leaving in tears. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the perfect introduction to roller-coasters for youngsters.
Pro tip: while Big Thunder Mountain is much more tame than other roller-coaster at the park such as Space Mountain, the ride is bumpy and loud and has a few moments of darkness while chugging through tunnels. Exercise caution with young children who scare easily.
7. It’s a Small World
Not the most thrilling ride at Magic Kingdom, but a must see none the less. It’s a Small World takes you on a relaxing, and entertaining, cruise around the world. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this attraction so loved. The beautiful and intricate dolls are definitely a large part of its charm. Mix in a sweet and catchy tune, that I guarantee you will still be humming long after you return home, and you’ve got a hit.
Pro tip: It’s a Small World is one of the longer rides at the Magic Kingdom. Clocking in at around 10 minutes, schedule in your ride during the hottest part of the day. It’s an excellent way to cool down and beat the heat while you take in beauty from around the world.
8. Mad Tea Party
Another classic Walt Disney World attraction on our list of best Magic Kingdom rides. Take a spin with Alice and the gang in her beautiful and dizzying teacups. Kids will have a blast using the wheel in the middle of each teacup to spin their cup faster and faster. With no height restrictions and room for up to five guests per teacups, the Mad Tea Party is a true family attraction.
Pro tip: while you probably won’t have to worry about the kids, many adults find the Mad Tea Party a bit more dizzying than they’d like. To combat this, make sure you minimize the spinning action with the steering wheel.
9. Tomorrowland Speedway
Guests young and old will have a blast taking off on the Tomorrowland Speedway. Get behind the wheel of your own racecar replica and race your opponents to the finish line. Kids will love having the ability to control the speed and steering of their car, but thanks to a slim medal track, there is no worry of them going off track.
Pro tip: although there is a height requirement for this attraction to ensure racers can reach the petals, even smaller guests can enjoy the ride. If a rider doesn’t meet the height requirements they can usually still ride when accompanied by an adult.
10. Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without a spin on Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. With Cinderella’s Castle in the background, this ride is the perfect opportunity for a classic Disney photo opp. This ride is truly ageless, an attraction for the youngest of guests and those young at heart.
Pro tip: do not stand by and let the kids have all the fun, hope on the carrousel with them. Not only will everyone have more fun, you will get photo opportunities you would never have from the sidelines.