Best Magic Kingdom Rides

Best Magic Kingdom Rides

Top 7 Rides and Attractions at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 as the resort’s first theme park. Today, Magic Kingdom continues to grow in popularity and has solidified its legendary status as the single-most visited theme park in the world (over 20M annual visitors).  Why is Magic Kingdom the go-to destination for family fun? Even though people love its restaurants, resorts, shopping, scenery, character dining, and other elements of the park, most people will tell you they go for the rides above all else. So what are the best Magic Kingdom rides and FastPass+ choices? Let’s take a look at the top 7 Magic Kingdom attractions to experience on your next trip.

How Many Rides Does Magic Kingdom Have?

Magic Kingdom Lands

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom covers 107 acres and is divided into six themed areas called “lands.”   These include Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Main Street U.S.A., and Tomorrowland. The park is laid out like a wheel with its hub in front of Cinderella Castle and pathways branching out from the hub leading to each of the lands. A 1.5-mile train named Walt Disney World Railroad circles around the park and makes stops at Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street U.S.A. Here is a map of Magic Kingdom to give you some perspective:

Map of Magic Kingdom Rides and Attractions

Magic Kingdom Rides

There are currently over 40 rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom. If you include the Walt Disney World Railroad train stops, City Hall, and Main Street Chamber of Commerce in the list, then you have 48 total. And with the soon-to-be-opened Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction (opening 2021), there is slated to be 49.

Here is a breakdown of the Magic Kingdom rides by land:

Current List of Magic Kingdom Rides and Attractions

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • A Pirate’s Adventures: Treasures of the Seven Seas

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

Liberty Square

  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History

Fantasyland

  • Brave (Fairytale Garden)
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station
  • Cinderella Castle
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • It’s a Small World
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square Theatre
  • Harmony Barber Shop
  • City Hall
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce

Tomorrowland

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Best Magic Kingdom Attractions and Rides

Magic Kingdom Rides

It’s far-fetched to think you’ll be able to experience all the Magic Kingdom attractions in one day. Therefore, you should prioritize some of the best rides so that you don’t miss out.

Unfortunately, many have the most popular rides have long lines (see our ways to avoid long lines page for tips on how to reduce wait times). Remember that you will have at least 3 FastPass+ selections per day so you should make your reservations as early as you can and for the most popular rides. Here is some advice regarding your FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom:

Best Magic Kingdom Rides for FastPass

  • Some of the rides you should make FastPass+ reservations for include: Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, Enchanted Tails with Belle, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger’s Spin.
  • On busy days, you can add the following rides to your high-priority FastPass list: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway, and character meets w/ Mickey Mouse, Princesses, and Tinkerbell.
  • The Magic Kingdom rides where you shouldn’t waste a FastPass on include: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, ” it’s a small world,” Mad Tea Party, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, The Magic Carpets of Alladin, and Under the Sea.

If you need some advice on which selections to choose or help with booking your FastPass, you can always seek out the assistance from commission-free Disney travel agencies.

#7 – Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is a Frontierland attraction for the daring. It may not be the most thrilling ride in the park, but it’s definitely the most “refreshing.”

Here you travel with Br’er Rabbit as he searches for his “laughing place” as Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in pursuit.  The ride gently drifts through a scenic Southern bayou and past 100+ Audio-Animatronics frogs, alligators, geese, raccoons, and other adorable critters as they sing “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

This low-key and relaxing musical cruise concludes with an exciting surprise as you drop 5-story into a Briar Patch! Be warned: riders can expect to get wet, especially those seated in the front of the ride. Lockers are available to store your personal items while you are on the ride.

The Splash Mountain attraction has 3 dips, the concluding 5-story drop, and utilizes 950,000 gallons of water.

Category: Thrill Ride, Water Ride, Big Drops

Height Requirement: 40in (102cm) or taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

#6 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad may not be the flashiest or fastest roller coaster, but this classic Frontierland attraction is one that everyone should experience.

The ride is set in the 1850s-era Gold Rush ghost town of Tumbleweed. You will enter the abandoned mine shaft and willingly step aboard a train that has lost its marbles.

The train speeds along rickey old tracks and catapults you through tunnels, swoop around turns and drop into canyons. All the while, you will narrowly miss falling boulders and escape exploding dynamite.

Overall, the theming is fantastic and this attraction really shines at night. It is a bumpy ride – and there are some dark sections  – but it’s one of those classic Disney World attractions which stands the test of time.

Category: Thrill Ride, Small Drops

Height Requirement: 40in (102cm) or taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

#5 – Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion is Magic Kingdom’s spookiest attraction. Located in Liberty Square, guests will climb aboard a Doom Buggy and embark on an eerie adventure through a maze of haunted chambers.

The Ghost Host serves as your private guide throughout the tour of this haunted estate. Here you will encounter ghosts, ghouls and supernatural phenomena as you skate by a conservatory of caskets, Madame Leota’s séance room of horrors and a spooky graveyard of singing ghosts.  There are plenty of surprises at every turn!

This attraction is dark and has some scary moments, but the ghosts are friendly and there are no violent or bloody elements. Be sure you check out the musical crypt, leaky tomb, and other creepy discoveries outside the main entrance.

Category: Slow Ride, Dark

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: All

#4 – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

If you need a break from the thrill rides, then Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover may just be the ride you are looking for. The attraction takes you on a narrated 10-minute voyage through Tomorrowland.

After boarding a futuristic tram (powered by magnetized linear induction motors), guests are treated to a leisurely cruise through Tomorrowland. You experience a birdseye view of the park and go behind the scenes for a close up look at several Tomorrowland attractions including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Mickey’s Star Trader’s.

TTA People Mover is probably the best Magic Kingdom ride for rest and relaxation. Not to be missed!

Category: Slow Ride

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: All

#3 – Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is inspired by Walt Disney’s animated film Peter Pan (1953) which then spawned a popular book and play of the same name.  The story follows a young boy who just doesn’t want to grow up.

When California’s Disneyland Resort opened in 1955, Walt Disney included Peter Pan’s Flight as one of the park’s first attractions. It is still in operation today and as popular as ever. Disney World’s opened its own version of the classic attraction when Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.  Peter Pan’s Flight is located in Fantasyland and it too remains as one of the resort’s most popular attractions to this day.

The attraction takes you on a high-flying adventure above scenes from Disney’s animated film. Guests board a pirate galleon and then follow Peter Pan on an exciting journey over London. As you descend into Never Land, you will fly between waterfalls and volcanos and swoop into Pirate’s Cove. Will Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook and safely return his companion to London, or will the crocodile thwart these plans?

Peter Pan’s Flight is a classic Disney attraction that’s not to be missed!

Category: Slow Ride, Small Drops

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: All

#2 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of Magic Kingdom’s most thrilling rides.

Inside an ancient mountain, guests board a rustic diamond mine train from the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Here you will begin your ascent to the top of the summit where you will be greeted with an incredible view of Fantasyland. But this tranquility is fleeting because you then begin a wild ride down into the mine shaft as you swoop through hairpin turns.  Hold on tight because this is a bumpy ride!

You soon encounter a merry band of Seven Dwarfs, singing and whistling as they labor. Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s off to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train you go on this family-friendly roller coaster ride! A must-do Magic Kingdom attraction.

Category: Thrill Ride, Small Drops

Height Requirement: 38in (97cm) or taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

#1 – Pirates of the Caribbean – Best Magic Kingdom Attraction

Pirates of the Carribean a swashbuckling voyage that checks off all the boxes of a great Disney attraction. That is to say, it’s enjoyable, memorable, classic and suitable for the entire family. Yes, the lines are long but you can use a FastPass+ or just deal with it. But whatever you do, you don’t want to skip over this iconic Magic Kingdom ride.

Step aboard a barge and get ready to journey back to a long-forgotten time when pirates ruled the high seas. The ride takes you along a treacherous voyage through ransacked seaport towns, past the haunted Dead Man’s Cove, and amidst booming cannons between a Caribbean fort and a 12-gun galleon. Pirates recite their “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me” anthem as you pass by drunken buccaneers and firey locales. See if you can spot Captain Jack Sparrow, made famous by Johnny Depp and the Hollywood film franchise.

This is a must-do attraction when you visit Magic Kingdom!

Category: Slow Ride, Small Drops, Dark

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: All

We hope our Best Magic Kingdom Rides page helps you prioritize your list of Magic Kingdom attractions.

For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides like our Magic Kingdom Restaurants, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Best Epcot Attractions, Best Hollywood Studios Rides, Disney World Maps, and Disney World Weather articles.

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