16 Magic Kingdom Rides You Should Check Out

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Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. A part of Walt Disney World Resort, it is often represented by the Cinderella Castle, which doubles as an iconic landmark.

Based on the design of Disneyland Park, the area is split into multiple sections including Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, and Fantasyland.

Interested in knowing more about their attractions? We will be going over 12 different Magic Kingdom rides below.

1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the newer roller coasters at the park. Opened in 2016, the ride features several turns and drops as you make your way through a cavern and into the outside world.

 
Before you know it, you’ll find yourself at the top of the mountain, where you’ll—for a brief moment—be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of Fantasyland.

Want something that’s exhilarating yet not too intense? If so, this is the ride for you.
In the queue area, there’s even an interactive game where you can help Doc sort and wash newly discovered jewels!

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: 38” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear explaining the mission to riders.

More interactive than some of the other Magic Kingdom rides, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin involves shooting lasers at various targets, that are spread throughout the attraction.

For every one that you hit, you’ll receive a set amount of points. If you want a high score, be sure to hit the targets when they’re lit up. Also, don’t forget that you can use the joystick to rotate the vehicle—it can help a lot when it comes to aiming!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself coming back to the ride to improve your high score!

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

3. Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor

 

Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor isn’t a ride exactly, but we figured that it deserved a spot on our list anyway.

As you can probably tell from its name, the attraction features several characters from the hit Pixar movie including Mike Wazowski, Roz, Randall, and more. A live comedy show, it will—for the most parts—have you laughing and chuckling in your seat.

Not only will you get to interact with the monsters, but you might even go under the spotlight as “that guy”! A sense of humor is highly recommended.

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level:

4. The Great Goofini’s Barnstormer

The Barnstormer is a fun roller coaster that features Goofy as the Great Goofini.

The Great Goofini’s Barnstormer can be found in Storybook Circus in Fantasyland. Opened in 2011, the miniature roller coaster features several twists, turns, and dips, all of which are bound to get your heart racing.

Sure, it might be geared towards kiddies with its goofy theme (get it?) but that doesn’t mean that we, adults, can’t enjoy it either!

If anything, it’s just a tad short—you’ll only be on the tracks for a little over 20 seconds. Fortunately, though, the wait is usually not too bad.

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: 35” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

5. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is known for its climatic drop at the end.

As far as Magic Kingdom rides go, Splash Mountain is definitely a classic. Located in Critter Country, this attraction retells the story of Bret Rabbit from the 1941 Disney film, Song of the South.

A roller coaster on water, it can be a great way to cool off on a hot summer’s day as you will be getting wet. Depending on where you’re seated, you might even get completely drenched—more or less at the final drop!

The line up is usually pretty long, so we recommend getting a Fastpass.

Location: Frontierland
Height Restriction: 40” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★★

6. The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Underwater Adventure

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Underwater Adventure was added to Fantasyland in the summer of 2011.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Underwater Adventure is one of the newer attractions in Fantasyland. Great for children and adults, the ride retells the classic movie as you ride through different scenes in a slow-moving clam shell.

Be ready for lots of special effects and music! Thankfully, it loads quickly so the line tends to be relatively short. Why not take a break and enjoy some air conditioning under the sea?

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level:

7. Space Mountain

The Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom features a different seating arrangement than the one in Disneyland Park.

Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster that features multiple drops and turns—but you probably already know that if you’re a Disney fan. After all, it’s one of the parks’ most iconic attractions. In terms of Magic Kingdom rides, it’s definitely up there at the top.

As implied by its name, the ride takes you on a high-speed journey through space. Unlike the one in Disneyland Park, though, the one in Magic Kingdom has more drops than turns; the vehicle seating is also different.

Personally, I much prefer the latter—the whole layout just seems much more exhilarating. Be sure to grab a fast pass, or you’ll be waiting in line for a while.

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: 44” or higher
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★★

8. The Walt Disney World Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad has three stations in Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland and Frontierland.

The Walt Disney World Railroad is a bit different than some of the other Magic Kingdom rides. A heritage railroad, the attraction encircles the park and consists of three train stations; each loop generally takes around 25 minutes.

For the best view of the various areas, you’ll want to sit on the right. Don’t worry if you’ve missed something though—you can go around as many times as you like without getting off!

Location: Main Street, U.S.A.
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: No
Thrill level:

9. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Magic Carpets of Aladdin is often compared to Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a great family ride! A flying carousel, the ride is often compared to Dumbo the Flying Elephant in that you’re able to control how high you fly using a joystick.

Thanks to a certain camel that spits out water on the sidelines, there’s also a small chance that you’ll get slightly wet.

Typically, the line up is not too bad. When we were at the park in the summer, we waited for about 15 minutes—which is fairly reasonable.

Location: Adventureland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level:

10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad features plenty of sharp turns and jerky stops.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of those popular Magic Kingdom rides that you should probably get a Fastpass for—unless you don’t mind waiting for over 40 minutes!

Comparable to a traditional roller coaster, it features plenty of ups and downs as well as twists and turns without being too intense. At the top of the mountain, you’ll even be able to take in some nice scenery.

Did we also mention that the theme is incredibly well done?

Whether or not you’re a fan of coasters, this runaway-train ride is something that you should try at least once!

Location: Frontierland
Height Restriction: 40” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★★

11. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971.

Despite being an older ride, Peter Pan’s Flight continues to amaze with its intricate details and storytelling.

Upon boarding a flying pirate ship, you’ll get to enjoy many scenes from the movie including a magical journey to Neverland; ultimately, it’s there that you’ll be able to meet some of your favorite characters such as Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, and Captain Hook.

If we were to describe Peter Pan’s Flight with two words, it’d be relaxing and beautiful. Unfortunately, though, it tends to be one of the busiest rides in Fantasyland.

If you don’t want to stand in line, you’ll want to either get a Fastpass, or go first thing in the morning.

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

12. Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the battle ships that you can see during the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean is essentially an indoor boat ride. Recently refurbished, the attraction features some of the greatest animatronics as well as music and special effects.

You’ll probably have to ride it more than once to catch all of the details! Be warned though—there is a part where you can get wet (that is, if you happen to sit on the side of the boat). Other than that though, the voyage is relatively tame with no crazy drops.

While the line can be long (as with most Magic Kingdom rides), it tends to moves fairly quickly. In fact, the queue is air conditioned so you can wait in comfort!

Location: Adventureland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

13. Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular attractions at Liberty Square.

The Haunted Mansion is one of our favorite Magic Kingdom rides. Even when you’re waiting in line, there’s plenty to do—including an interactive murder mystery.

Upon entering the eerie estate, you’ll realize that nothing is quite what it seems. Stay vigilant—for things will only get weirder after you climb into your “Doom Buggie.”

Not too scary with just the right amount of humor, this ride is truly fantastic with its ambience and visual effects. If we could, we would ride it 10 times in a row! Alas, there’s always a lengthy line up.

Location: Liberty Square
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level: ★★

14. The Jungle Cruise

 

The Jungle Cruise allows you to embark on a riverboat cruise down the rivers of Africa, Asia, and South America. Along the way, you’ll see various creatures such as elephants, baboons, hyenas, and lions.

The best part of the ride, however, is not the animals—but the tour guide. Depending on who you get, you might find yourself chuckling the entire way at bad puns and silly jokes.

For those who are put off by the long wait, aim for dinnertime as crowds tend to be thinner. Riding in the dark also adds to the experience!

Note: The Jungle Cruise turns into the Jingle Cruise during the holiday season

Location: Adventureland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level:

15. Tomorrowland Speedway

Formerly known as the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, the attraction opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971.

Tomorrowland Speedway is great fun for kids who are eager to drive. A cute break from reality, it gives them a chance to sit behind the wheel, where they’re able to steer and control the car through a mini race track. Just try not to bump the car in front of you!

For adults though, the experience might be a bit underwhelming as you don’t have full control of the vehicle. If you’re travelling by yourself (aka without children), this might be one of those Magic Kingdom rides that you want to skip.

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: 32” or taller to ride with an adult, 54” or taller to drive alone
Fastpass: Yes
Thrill level:

16. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was originally built in the 20th century.

Many people dismiss the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel as another merry-go-around; that may be true, but this ride has a bit of interesting history.

Handmade in 1917, this carousel spent many decades at a Detroit amusement park, before being purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 1967. From there, it was refurbished and installed at the Magic Kingdom.

If you’re interested in this old school classic, we recommend that you ride it at night when the castle is illuminated—it can be quite a magical experience. As opposed to most of the other Magic Kingdom rides, it also has a short line up!

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: No
Thrill level:

So, What’s Your Favorite Ride?

As you can see, Magic Kingdom has a lot to offer. From roller coasters to interactive games, there’s bound to be one that you’ll like!

What’s your favorite ride at the park? Let us know in the comments below!

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