We just got back from our incredible Walt Disney World vacation. I can’t wait to share all the photos and videos from that trip with you, but I thought I’d start with something thats fresh on my mind. Our family’s favorite rides at Magic Kingdom!
If you’re planning a trip to Magic Kingdom, you won’t get through every ride in Magic Kingdom unless you have a full week to visit just that one park. Because of that, you’ll probably have to pick and choose. I thought I’d share our favorites to help you decide what’s ‘can’t miss’ and what’s ‘let’s skip’.
We have an almost 4 year old who’s tall for her age and is convinced she loves roller coasters. My hubby is a thrill seeker and I love a great dark ride. Of course, every family is different, so share your favorites in the comments below!
Dumbo is a classic ride that is a favorite for the 2-6 year old set.
The ride is cute enough, but it SOARS into the top 10 at Magic Kingdom for me because of the line. The line for this attraction is actually an elaborate playground. There is even a spot in the middle for crawlers/toddlers. It’s air conditioned and amazing for a break in the middle of a busy park day.
This classic ride was in the opening day roster of Disneyland in 1955. This boat ride takes guests through the major rivers in Asia, Africa, and South America in a 1930s steam boat. There are lots of animatronic animals, but the joy of the ride comes from the color commentary from your captain. Every ride is different because every tour guide is different, but they are all hilarious!
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
My FAVORITE ride, largely because I know how to be a Galactic Hero. This ride is a shooting game that pits you against your fellow riders in a race to defeat the evil emperor Zurg. It’s super fun and lighthearted – kids will love shooting at the aliens while adults will love competing against each other for bragging rights.
Plunging through space in almost complete darkness – a nightmare or one of the best rides at Magic Kingdom? Well, it might be both! Space Mountain opened in 1975, making it the oldest operating roller coaster in Florida, but it has aged well. It’s a thrilling ride in the dark that will leave you wanting more.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The newest coaster at Magic Kingdom might not be as thrilling as some would like (my husband wasn’t impressed the first time he rode it), but it’s a well-designed attraction that makes an excellent introduction to roller coasters. I love the combination of roller coaster and dark ride, as well as the smoothness of the coaster. Our 3 year old who had never ridden a roller coaster absolutely loved it.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
One of the three major ‘mountains’ at Magic Kingdom (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain), we had largely avoided this ride because it was simply on the wrong side of the park. For years, we stuck mainly with Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. While those are still my favorite lands, I will always ride the train over to Frontierland to take a ride on the rails through the flooded mine.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
This slow moving ride may not top a thrill-seeker’s to-do list, but we love it. This ride moves through several attractions in Tomorrowland. You get to see a different perspective of rides like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. If Space Mountain has stopped for some reason, you might even get to see the inside workings of the coaster while the lights are on. It also has incredible views of the castle, especially at night. For a special treat, try to ride during the fireworks – it will take your breath away!
“it’s a small world”
This classic ride was my daughter’s first ride at age 2. This year, my son rode at age 1.5 and both times it took my breath away to see their reactions. Each room brought new wonders and it was amazing to see how excited they were to see all the different dolls and their countries. it’s a small world will always hold a special place in my heart.
Maybe the most beautiful attraction at the park, this ride is well-loved and it’s got the lines to prove it. Unless you visit first thing in the morning or during fireworks, don’t be surprised to find an hour wait at this classic ride. You’ll soar over Neverland and maybe even run into a few pirates – a classic ride that has earned a place in my heart.
Ok, I know you won’t all agree with me – share your Top 10 in the comments below!
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