Our Pixies Top Magic Kingdom Ride Picks

When it comes to Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is a must-see destination for visitors of all ages. With its iconic Cinderella Castle, whimsical parades, and beloved Disney characters, the Magic Kingdom is a true magical experience. But with so many rides and attractions to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to prioritize during your visit. To help you plan your trip, we’ve compiled a list of the best Magic Kingdom rides that are sure to make your Disney World experience unforgettable.

Space Mountain

 

 

One of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom is Space Mountain. This roller coaster takes riders on a thrilling journey through outer space, complete with twists, turns, and drops.

Space Mountain is one of the most iconic rides in the Magic Kingdom and a must-do for thrill-seekers. This indoor rollercoaster takes riders through a futuristic space station, complete with twists, turns, and high-speed drops. The ride is in the dark, so you won’t know what’s coming next. Space Mountain is a bit intense but is perfect for those who love roller coasters. The ride is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and is a must-do for thrill-seekers.

Height Requirements: 44 Inches

Who is this for: Tweens, Teens, Adults

Category: Coasters, mid-level

Trigger Warnings: Dark, Flashing Lights, Drops

Splash Mountain

 

 

Another popular ride is Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain is a classic Magic Kingdom ride that is perfect for the whole family.  This log flume ride takes riders on a journey through the world of Disney’s Song of the South, the story of Brer Rabbit and his friends, culminating in a thrilling drop that will have you splashing down into the water below.  The ride is a great way to cool off on a hot day and is perfect for those who want a little bit of adventure but not too much.  But hurry to this top Magic Kingdom ride, because it will close at Walt Disney World on January, 23, 2023.  The attraction will be replaced by Tiana’s Bayou Adventure which is expected to open in Walt Disney World Resort in 2024.

Height Requirements: 40 inches or taller

Who is this for: All Ages

Category: Boat Ride

Trigger Warnings: Will get wet, Drops, Flashing Lights, Dark in places

Pirates of the Caribbean

 

 

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic rides in the Magic Kingdom. If you’re looking for a ride that the whole family can enjoy, then Pirates of the Caribbean is a great choice. This boat ride takes riders on a journey through a pirate-infested Caribbean island, complete with animatronic pirates, treasure, and exciting twists and turns. The ride is a great way to take a break and enjoy a leisurely ride that Walt Disney created first and Disneyland and then at Walt Disney World.

Height Requirements: None

Who is this for: All ages

Category: Boat Rides

Trigger Warnings: Dark in sections, One Small drop

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

 

 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a newer ride that is perfect for the whole family. This roller coaster takes riders through the mine where the Seven Dwarfs work, complete with animatronic dwarfs and exciting twists and turns. The ride is a great way to take a break and enjoy a leisurely ride through a beautiful mine.

Height Requirements: 38 inches or taller

Who is this for: All ages, Great First Coaster

Category: Coasters

Trigger Warnings: None

It’s a Small World

 

 

For a truly magical experience, be sure to check out It’s a Small World.  It’s a Small World is a classic Magic Kingdom ride that is perfect for the whole family. This boat ride takes riders on a journey through different countries and cultures, complete with animatronic dolls and lively music. Yes you will be singing this song the rest of the day at the Magic Kingdom, but it’s a classic and a must ride for families taking their first trip to Walt Disney World.

Height Requirements: None

Who is this for: All Ages

Category: Boat Ride

Trigger Warnings: None

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

 

 

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a classic Magic Kingdom ride that is perfect for the whole family. This roller coaster takes riders on a journey through an old western mining town, complete with animatronic characters (goats, snakes, and a fun family) and there are exciting twists and turns. This coaster is an intermediate roller coaster.  Not as intense as Space Mountain or Tron.

BONUS TIP:  If you ride Big Thunder Mountain during the night time fireworks you can get some epic views.

Height Requirements: 40 Inches

Who is this for: All Ages

Category: Coasters, Entery to Mid-Live

Trigger Warnings: Drops, Some Dark Areas

Haunted Mansion

 

 

For those looking for a more classic Disney experience, the Haunted Mansion is a must-do and the Haunted Mansion is perfect for the whole family. With 99 Happy Haunts, this dark ride takes riders on a journey through a haunted mansion, complete with ghosts, skeletons, and other eerie sights and amazing effects created by the original Disney imagineers. The ride is a great way to take a break and enjoy a leisurely ride through a classic haunted attraction with all sort of cool imagineering surprises.  Soon Walt Disney World will have one more ghost coming to join them.  The Hat Box ghost, just like at Disneyland will be coming to Disney World in 2023.

Height Requirements: None

Who is this for: All Ages

Category: Dark Rides

Trigger Warnings: Dark at time, Some Limited Flashing Lights

Jungle Cruise

 

 

Jungle Cruise is a classic Magic Kingdom ride that is perfect for the whole family. The ride features animatronic animals and humorous commentary from the boat’s skipper, making it a great option for children of all ages. It also allows families to enjoy a leisurely journey together and provides a break from the more intense rides at the park, while also seeing the backside of water. The Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland, which is a fun themed area of the park that has a variety of other family-friendly activities and entertainment.  Be sure to see Walt Disneys Original Tiki Room right across from the Jungle Cruise.

Height Requirements: None

Who is this for: All Ages

Category: Boat Ride

Trigger Warnings: Bad Dad Jokes

 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Disney Dumbo ride

 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a classic Disney World Magic Kingdom ride.  This is perfect for photos of your little ones and a right of passage ride for most.  The attraction line moves quickly and also has a play / waiting area that is air-conditioned while you wait to board one of the two ride sections.

Height Requirements:

Who is this for: All Ages, Perfect For Little Ones First Ride

Category: Kiddy Rides

Trigger Warnings: Travels in a circle, Can control up and down movement

 

Magic Kingdom Map

Magic Kingdom Map

How to Save Time in Line

Unfortunately all the popular Magic Kingdom rides and attractions also have the longest wait times and lines.  There are some strategies to help utilize your time in the best manner.  Disney Genie+ and also Disney Lightning Lane are two payed options that can get you into shorter lines.  There is a great deal of information on both of these and I also answer the question “Is Disney Genie+ Worth it?

 

After looking at this map of the Magic Kingdom, creating a touring plan for your park visit can seem daunting, but with a little planning and organization, you can make the most of your time at the park. Here are some tips to help you create a touring plan that will allow you to experience all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer:

  1. Research the park and its attractions. Before you start creating your plan, take some time to research the park and its attractions. Familiarize yourself with the different areas of the park and the rides and shows that are available. This will help you to prioritize which attractions you want to see and when.
  2. Consider the time of year you’re visiting. The Magic Kingdom can be very crowded during peak seasons, such as summer and holidays. If you’re visiting during a busy time, you may want to plan your visit around the park’s schedule of parades and fireworks shows, as these tend to be less crowded times.
  3. Utilize the Disney Genie+ system. Disney’s Genie+ system allows you to reserve times for certain attractions in advance, which can save you a lot of time in line. Be sure to plan your Genie+ reservations in the morning so that you can make the most of your time at the park.
  4. Arrive early. The Magic Kingdom opens early, so try to arrive as close to opening time as possible. This will give you a head start on the crowds and allow you to experience some of the attractions before the lines get too long.
  5. Plan your route. Once you’ve decided which attractions you want to see, plan your route through the park so that you can make the most of your time. Try to group similar attractions together and plan your route so that you’re not backtracking.
  6. Be flexible. While it’s important to have a plan, it’s also important to be flexible. Keep in mind that attractions may close temporarily for maintenance or that lines may be longer than expected. Be prepared to adjust your plan as needed.

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