When it comes to Magic Kingdom, you are going to have plenty you will want to do & see. While you can’t possibly do everything, there are certain rides in Magic Kingdom you will want to prioritize. We have come up with a list of what we consider the best Magic Kingdom rides and these are the ones that should be on your list to hit first!
If all you have is one day in Magic Kingdom, there is no way you will be able to do & see EVERYTHING.
10 Best Magic Kingdom Rides
With six different themed lands, there are countless experiences to be had by guests of all ages.
But which Magic Kingdom park rides truly stand out as the best? Here are our picks:
1. Tron: Lightcycle Run
The newest ride, and what I consider of the best Magic Kingdom rides is Tron: Lightcycle/ RUN. It is the fastest coaster attraction in a Disney theme park anywhere in the world!
Guests race on Lightcycles through eight Energy Gates to defeat a menacing group of Programs known as Team Orange.
If you can ride Tron at night, we highly recommend it as it is pretty spectacular.
Currently, this ride is booked through Virtual Queue or by purchasing the individual Lightning Lane entry for this attraction.
Guests will need to use the My Disney Experience app and can request to enter this virtual queue no more than once per day during regular park hours.
This roller coaster in Disney World is themed around Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and is perfectly themed from start to finish!
Not only is the queue interactive, but it also has some surprises around every corner!
It’s not scary at all and in fact has some great nods to the movie that you will enjoy seeing!
3. Thunder Mountain Railroad
The iconic Thunder Mountain Railroad takes you on a journey in mining country.
You will want to make sure that you hold on tight around those tight curves!
While it is fast and bumpy, the entire family will enjoy taking a ride around this mountain in Magic Kingdom!
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
One of the most iconic and popular rides in Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland!
This water ride starts off with a splash and then has you searching for Jack Sparrow the rest of the way!
5. It’s a Small World
The most iconic Fantasyland ride is It’s A Small World. It is a song every Disney fan knows by heart.
This slow boat ride is filled with nostalgic moments and beautiful dolls from around the world.
6. Space Mountain
Thrill-seekers consider Space Mountain a must-do.
This indoor rollercoaster takes you on a journey into space where you have no idea what comes next because you are in the dark the entire ride!
Another feature is that riders are seated one in front of the other instead of side to side which is very different than most rides in Magic Kingdom.
While you might think Space Mountain sounds scary, it really isn’t that bad!
7. Haunted Mansion
When you venture into Liberty Square, you will have the chance to visit the home to 999 ghosts.
While this building may look scary, the ride itself is hauntedly tame.
Make sure that you pay attention to all the details from the time you enter the gates to the time you exit them.
There are hidden (and hilarious) features everywhere.
At Magic Kingdom, you will find a set of two Dumbo Flying Elephant rides sitting side by side.
This is because this is one of the most iconic rides at Magic Kingdom!
Make sure that when you ride, you pay attention to all the beauty of the ride itself. From the storks at the top to the golden peanuts!
While this ride at Magic Kingdom does typically have long lines, they do move fast since there are two identical rides side by side!
There is even a play area for kids to enjoy while they are waiting for their turn to ride! Parents are given a pager to alert them when to come back to ride!
9. Mad Tea Party
What could possibly be more fun than a spinning set of tea cups?
This original Magic Kingdom ride is one of the few rides that allow you to control the experience (spin yourself crazy or allow yourself a more gentle ride).
While we consider this one of the best Magic Kingdom rides, it is not one we would suggest for those who experience motion sickness!
10. Splash Mountain (Reopens 2024)
One of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom is Splash Mountian.
While the ride is currently getting a major overhaul (theme change from Song of the South to Tiana’s Bayou), no matter what the theme, the main feature of the ride will remain the same.
Other Disney Magic Kingdom Rides to consider:
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Astro Orbiter
- Jungle Cruise
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
- People Mover
- Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Disney Speedway
This list of Magic Kingdom rides are fun, but usually not as crowded as the best rides at the Magic Kingdom.
The only exception to this is Peter Pan’s Flight. It is ALWAYS ridiculously crowded and for a 2-minute ride, I can never justify waiting an hour or more for it.
Are you traveling with someone or maybe you are someone who doesn’t like rides? Don’t worry. There are plenty of fun activities at Magic Kingdom that don’t involve rides.
What do you think are the best rides Magic Kingdom has?
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