Ranking the Rides at Magic Kingdom
I never thought that I would turn into a Walt Disney World fan. But after my parents moved an hour outside of Orlando, it sort of just happened. I am now a Walt Disney World Passholder and look for any excuse to go. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom, and I try to visit every time that I am in Florida.
My family has found that it is best to go to Walt Disney World on weekdays when the parks are a little less crowded. It has allowed us to do almost everything that Magic Kingdom has to offer. Here is my take on ranking the rides at Magic Kingdom.
#1 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
This rollercoaster is set back in the days of America’s Gold Rush. With all of the dips and twists, it is the most exhilarating of all Magic Kingdom rides.
#2 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive card game allows you to explore the entire park. Pick up your starter set of cards from the Fire Station on Main Street and begin your quest.
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#3 Haunted Mansion
Take a “spirited tour” through the Haunted Mansion and see all of the ghosts living inside. The hologram of the little girl blowing out her birthday candles is my favorite. The mansion is air-conditioned, making it a perfect escape from the Florida heat.
I ride the Haunted Mansion every time I go to Magic Kingdom. It is worth the wait if you don’t have a FastPass.
#4 Jungle Cruise
This scenic boat tour takes you across rivers in in Asia, South America, and Africa. Your guide on the Jungle Cruise will make corny jokes throughout your cruise–all of which I think are hilarious. You will encounter all sorts of animals on your journey, so watch out!
Jungle Cruise is Magic Kingdom’s oldest ride. It opened October 1, 1971 on the same day the park did.
Tip: During Christmas, the Jungle Cruise becomes the Jingle Cruise. It’s even more fun to ride then!
#5 Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The PeopleMover is very much underrated. I love this Magic Kingdom ride! Take an overhead tram throughout Tomorrowland and learn about all that the area has to offer. It is another great ride to take a break on and aerial pictures of that part of the park.
Tip: This ride is even more enjoyable at night when Tomorrowland is all lit up.
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#6 Splash Mountain
I have only ridden Splash Mountain once, but it was a lot of fun. Guests accompany Br’er Rabbit on his journey to find his “laughing place”. It is a longer trek than I had anticipated, so I was on the edge of my seat (literally) waiting for the famous drop. Be prepared because you will get wet!
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#7 Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
Although this is a rollercoaster, it’s not anything crazy. My favorite part of this ride is when you enter the Dwarf’s mine and see all of their colorful jewels.
FYI: Although I very much enjoyed it, I would not wait in line two hours to ride this.
#8 Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Just thinking about this attraction makes me smile. Sit in an air-conditioned theater for this 12 minute 3D adventure lead by Donald Duck. He takes you through scenes in many Disney movies and interacts with the characters. The best part of PhilharMagic is during “Be Our Guest” when the smells of pies and cakes are piped into the theater. How cool!
#9 it’s a Small World
One of the most iconic attractions at Magic Kingdom, travel across the world while listening to “It’s A Small World”. The colors are incredibly vibrant there is a ton of glitter, two things that I love.
Warning: You will be singing “It’s A Small World” for the rest of the day.
#10 Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid
This attraction will have you singing and dancing in your clamshell seat. Relive parts of The Little Mermaid with very Disney cool animatronics and colorful lights. Journey of the Little Mermaid is another ride that is perfect for cooling off.
#11 Pirates of the Caribbean
Most people think that Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride was created for the movie, but it was, this ride that sparked the film. It opened at Magic Kingdom in 1973 and the animatronics were state of the art for their time; heck, they still are!
#12 Hall of Presidents
Take a break from the heat in the Hall of Presidents’ air-conditioned theater. The show gives you a run down of the United States’ Presidents in numerical order through Animatronics and shares a bit about what they accomplished.
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#13 Mad Tea Party
Another one of the most iconic Magic Kingdom rides, the Mad Tea Party, will have you spinning around in colored teacups. The ride is inspired by the Unbirthday Party scene in Walt Disney’s Alice In Wonderland movie. Rumor has it that one teacup spins faster than all of the rest, but I can neither confirm nor deny that claim.
#14 Astro Orbiter
Although its location is kind of strange (on top of a building in Tomorrowland), Astro Orbiter is worth the work to get there. Guests ride in a spaceship rocket that travels around the planets.
#15 Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Tropical birds, Tiki gods, and colorful flowers come to life in a swinging South Seas musical extravaganza.
Fun Fact: The Enchanted Tiki Room debuted in 1863 at Disneyland and was the first attraction to use audio-animatronics technology.
#16 Tom Sawyer Island
Take a short boat ride over and explore all that this island has to offer. There are tons of hidden passages; you could truly spend an entire day here.
#17 Enchanted Tales with Belle
If you have small children that love Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted Tales with Belle is a must stop on your list. Belle tells the story of Beauty and the Beast with help from some of the children in the group. They get to act out certain parts and is very entertaining.
#18 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Play an interactive game at the Space Ranger Spin. Use the onboard cannon to hit targets and earn points. You compete with the person riding with you, which makes it even more fun. And you get to hear Buzz Lightyear say “to infinity and beyond,” so Toy Story fans will love this ride.
#19 Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor
Mike Wazowski puts on an interactive comedy show (Monter’s, Inc. Laugh Floor) for guests that is very cheesy but funny. On the way in, submit a joke to be read aloud by Mike.
#20 Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Fly on Dumbo’s back (carousel style) over Storybook Circus. The carnival music will have you feeling like you are in the movie. This is sure to be a favorite for small children and making Magic Kingdom theme park memories.
#22 Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Take a trip through the 20th century to see how technology has evolved. The Carousel of Progress is a 21-minute animatronic show that takes you through four generations of a typical American family’s life, all inside of a revolving theater. Walt Disney himself created this attraction, and by the end, you will be singing along with the show’s “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” song.
#22 Space Mountain
Space Mountain is one of the most popular Magic Kingdom rides, so try to make it one of your FastPasses. The ride features an indoor high-speed outer space-themed roller coaster. The majority of this ride is in the dark, which I am not a huge fan of.
#23 Peter Pan’s Flight
Relive the story of Peter Pan as you fly over London on a pirate ship. This is one of the busiest Magic Kingdom rides. Although it’s cute, I would not wait hours to ride it.
#24 Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Found in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is your typical merry-go-round influenced by Cinderella. The tunes played during your ride are organ versions of Disney music. This nostalgic ride is available for all ages and heights.
#25 Liberty Square Riverboat
Sail around Tom Sawyer Island and Rivers of America on the Colonial-era Liberty Belle riverboat. The boat ride lasts 17 minutes. I think this attraction is rather boring, but you do get to see different views of Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion.
#26 Tomorrowland Speedway
Take a spin (up to 7 miles per hour) around the Tomorrowland Speedway. The ride is perfect for little ones who want to get behind the wheel and cruise around a 2,000 foot mini-motorway track.
#27 The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Magic Carpets of Aladdin is pretty much the same as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but you ride on a carpet instead of an elephant. Riders can control how high their carpets go with a single lever.
#28 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
This attraction always has a huge line outside of it, but I did not find The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’s journey to be one bit exciting. You travel through Hundred Acre Wood (where Pooh and his friends live) in an oversized Hunny Pot while seeing story depictions of the popular Winnie the Pooh books.
#29 Swiss Family Treehouse
Climb your way through the six-story Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse to see how they lived after being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is doubtful many kids even know who the Swiss Family Robinson is referring to, but they may enjoy the physical exercise.
#30 Stitch’s Great Escape!
I hated this ride. From the awful smells to jumping seats and being in a closed space, I did not like any part of Stitch’s Great Escape.
Not included in my list (because I have not done them) are:
- The Barnstormer
- Country Bear Jamboree
Enjoy Your Visit
I hope that no matter which attractions you choose while visiting Walt Disney World, that you have an absolute blast.
How would your version of ranking the rides at Magic Kingdom differ from mine?
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.