Magic Kingdom Rides

The reason that the Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, is simple:  There is something for everyone.  There is plenty to eat, plenty to see, and plenty of Magic Kingdom rides and attractions to enjoy.  But which ones should you see?  When should you see them?  Will the lines be long?  Will you get lost?

We’ll give you a brief overview of what to expect at the Magic Kingdom, we’ll let you know how to tour the park effectively, and then, you can go and get detailed information on all of the most popular Magic Kingdom rides!

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As we’ve mentioned in our main article on the Magic Kingdom, there are four main areas of the park.  Lets briefly touch on each of the four areas, and break down the must-sees in each area.

Tomorrowland Rides

Tomorrowland is the home of Space Mountain, which is definitely the most famous Disney World ride.  This thriller has excited fans for years.  Aside from Space Mountain, you have 4-5 attractions that small children can go on, from car racing at Tomorrowland Speedway, to the Buzz Lightyear game that allows you to shoot targets with lasers.  Don’t miss one of our favorite shows, which is the Monsters Inc Laugh Factory!

Fantasyland Rides

Fantasyland is one of the most treasured and iconic areas in the Disney parks.  This area is all about the children, as the rides are generally just short and slow-moving.  The point of these rides is not to thrill you, but to show off the world of Disney.  Many teenagers and adults can get quite bored in this area, if they aren’t Disney lovers.  But small children go crazy for Fantasyland.  Recently, Disney opened the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is a roller coaster that kids can go on.  This is very crowded and quite popular.  But it’s a blast, and we highly recommend it!

Adventureland Rides

Pirates of the Caribbean is the big draw in this area.  This ride is extremely nostalgic for many Disney lovers.  It brings back great memories of our youth, and our children love it too.  Also…the theme song is quite catchy!  Other than that, the other rides in this part of the park are getting quite dated.  The Jungle Cruise is a corny ride on a riverboat, while Aladdin’s Magic Carpets is just another Dumbo/Astro Orbiter.

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Frontierland Rides

Frontierland is home to two of the best rides in all of Disney World, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain.  Splash Mountain is full of great animatronics and songs, and then culminates with a fun drop at the end.  Thunder Mountain is probably the 2nd best roller coaster in the park, although I personally like it better than Space Mountain, especially at night and in the dark.

Touring the Magic Kingdom

It’s likely that you’ll talk to co-workers or friends that went to Disney and spent a lot of time waiting in line.  Trust me, there is NO NEED to do this.  I don’t want you EVER waiting in line more than 30 minutes.  To keep from doing this, read our touring plan, and avoid the lines.  If you master this plan, you’ll experience all the rides in this park, and have plenty of time to spare.

 

Next, look down our list of rides, and get details about any of the rides you wish to know more about.  In each section, we give you an overview of the ride, tell you a few cool facts about the history of the ride, and then finally give you touring and fastpass tips on each individual attraction.  We hope you enjoy!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride

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Most small children love Winnie the Pooh. Adults often hold a special place in their heart for this character that has been around for so many years. So in 1999, Disney World added The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to their theme park in Orlando. The location is now right in the middle of… Read More


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Have you had a chance to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet?  In 2014, this ride opened to thrilling reviews and long lines!  What exactly is this ride like?  How long are the lines for this ride?  We’ll answer some of these questions in our article and we’ll review the new Seven Dwarfs Mine… Read More


Flying High on the Astro Orbiter Disney World

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Located in the heart of Tomorrowland, the Astro Orbiter is a rocket spinning attraction that is located high above the park. Much like the Carpets of Aladdin and Dumbo, the ride is fairly simple. It consists of rockets spinning around a stationary central target. However, the Astro Orbiter can really suck up a lot of… Read More


Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin | Magic Kingdom

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Located in the heart of Tomorrowland, in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin provides an exciting experience for the entire family.  Let’s face it, many of the rides at the Magic Kingdom are heavily slanted toward young children.  But Buzz Lightyear allows for the entire family to shoot aliens, compare high scores,… Read More


Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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One of the most treasured traditions at any of the Disney parks is the Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride.  This attraction is located in all five Disney parks around the world, and no child wants to miss it on their Disney stay.  However, despite the simple nature of this ride, it used to be the… Read More


Barnstormer | Disney World

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For many children, the first roller coaster they experience is the Barnstormer at Walt Disney World. This ride, although short and quick, is a favorite of small children everywhere.  Located in the Magic Kingdom, it’s a ride we highly recommend if you have children.  But even though it’s short, wait times can get high and… Read More


It’s a Small World | Disney World

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Perhaps no ride evokes such strong emotions from patrons as It’s a Small World at the Disney World and Disneyland resorts!  If you ride it one time, the theme song is forever implanted into your head, so for many it’s a nostalgic reminder of their childhood experiences at Disney.  On the other hand, there are… Read More


Jungle Cruise | Disney World

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For over 40 years, visitors at the Magic Kingdom have been riding through a jungle of mechanical animals, and listening to corny jokes by cast members.  The Jungle Cruise at Disney World was one of the most elaborate and costly rides when the park first opened in 1971.  Over time, however, many have come to… Read More


The Little Mermaid Ride | Disney World

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One of the newest additions to the Magic Kingdom is the Little Mermaid Ride in Disney World.  (Official title is Under the Sea:  The Journey of the Little Mermaid) Have you had a chance to ride this yet?  We thought it was an amazing addition, and today we’ll give you a brief overview, without spoiling… Read More


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Disney World

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One of the most popular thrill rides in the Magic Kingdom is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  This outdoor roller coaster is in the Frontierland area, adjacent to Splash Mountain.  The two rides combine for quite a 1-2 punch that you may need to plan for.  Is Thunder Mountain a ride worth waiting for?  What can… Read More


Monsters Inc Laugh Floor | Disney World

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One of the hidden gems of in WDW can be found at the entrance to Tomorrowland.  Monsters Inc Laugh Floor at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a hilarious show that we attend on every single visit.  If you’ve walked past this one because you don’t enjoy shows, you are making a mistake!  The best part… Read More


Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

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Another classic attraction is Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  Regardless of whether you are young or old, the experience is one that few who tour the Magic Kingdom miss.  Not only can small children experience this ride, but it’s also one of the easier rides to tour, as it loads very quickly,… Read More


Peter Pan’s Flight | Disney World

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One of the most nostalgic rides in all of Disney World is Peter Pan’s Flight.  Disney World’s location for this ride is in fantasyland, and though it’s usually considered a ride for small children (and nostalgic adults), the wait times can be extremely long.  How can you enjoy this ride without waiting an hour to… Read More


Splash Mountain | Disney World

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For many children and adults alike, nothing beats the combination of a thrill ride and great Disney theming like Splash Mountain at Disney World.  This log-plume ride is one of the top tickets at the Magic Kingdom and the 53 foot drop keeps people coming back for more!  Like any popular ride at Disney, knowing… Read More


Space Mountain | Disney World

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If there is one flagship ride at the Magic Kingdom, it would have to be Space Mountain.  Disney World’s version of Space Mountain (there are FIVE Space Mountains throughout the world) is without a doubt one of the more popular rides in the MK, and can be a tough ticket during busy times of the… Read More


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