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If you only have one day to spend it Magic Kingdom, you will want to get the most out of your experience. The first thing you will want to do is to make a plan for what you want to ride. We suggest you start by choosing the top three off our list of the 10 best Magic Kingdom Rides and then plan the rest of your day trying to fit in the rest.
There is no way you will be able to do & see EVERYTHING in one day but if you take advantage of Genie+ Lightning Lane and Extra Park Magic Hours, you will be able to pack in a good bit of fun!
10 BEST Rides at Magic Kingdom
1. Splash Mountain
One of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom is Splash Mountian. While the ride is due to get 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.
The newest roller coaster in Magic Kingdom is one of the most fun! Not onlly is the queue interactive, it has some surprises around every corner!
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!
4. Pirates of Caribbean
You can’t go to Magic Kingdom and not ride Pirates of the Caribbean! This water ride starts off with splash and then has you searching for Jack Sparrow the rest of the way!
5. It’s a Small World
The most iconic Magic Kingdom ride has to be It’s A Small World. It is a song we all know 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 rollercoaster is in pitch dark and takes you on a journey into space where you have no idea what comes next.
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 Disney World you will find a set of two Dumbo Flying Elephant rides sitting side by side. This is because this is a poplular ride at Magic Kingdom.
9. Mad Tea Party
What could possible be more fun that a spinning set of tea cups? This original ride is one of the few rides that allows you to control the experiences (spin yourself crazy or allow yourself a more gentle ride).
While this roller coaster is tame in comparison to the others, it is just as much fun!
Other 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
These rides are fun, but usually not as crowded as the first 10. 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 Magic Kingdom rides?