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updated October 12, 2020

Magic Kingdom is hands down the best park at Disney World for little kids. With so many slow-moving rides without height restrictions, there is so much for families to enjoy. But, which ones are the best Magic Kingdom rides?

Everyone will create a different list of favorites and these are attractions we can’t leave Disney’s Magic Kingdom without enjoying. They are ones that everyone in our family rides (the boys don’t do roller coasters – even the Barnstormer!) and everyone loves! We all agreed together that these are our top 5 best family attractions at Magic Kingdom.

Note: All attractions may not be open during Disney World’s 2020 phased reopening period.

1. Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is an absolute classic and the favorite attraction at Magic Kingdom for 3 out of the 4 of us.

The ride moves slow and has no height restriction. Fear factor may vary for each kid. My youngest has never been afraid of the Haunted Mansion while it spooked my oldest a bit when he was 4-5 years old. However, there is nothing gory about this ride and nothing jumps out at you. It’s mostly not-so-scary fun!

We love the doombuggy ride system and the ride itself is just so entertaining and themed so well.

Every time we ride, we see something new that we never noticed before. I always hope that the ride will get stuck in the detailed attic scene!

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2. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

When in Tomorrowland, always ride the PeopleMover!

I love that we have a ride vehicle all to ourselves as a family since we’re either spread out in one long row or split between two rows on all other rides. We can face each other and really enjoy the journey all together.

There are always hijinx when we enter the complete darkness of Space Mountain!

We ride the PeopleMover intentionally and also use it as child swap when Mommy and Daddy want to ride Space Mountain. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for the boys to ride it 3-4 times in one day and they certainly never complain!

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3. Tom Sawyer Island

The boys could spend all afternoon on Tom Sawyer Island!

They love meandering through the caves and tunnels, escaping from the fort using the secret exit, and exploring the entire island.

This is a great place for the kids to escape the crowds while Mom and Dad rest. We once spent an hour on the dock overlooking Thunder Mountain rocking in the rocking chairs and playing Checkers.

Tom Sawyer Island is an ideal place for an afternoon break without leaving the park.

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4. Pirates of the Caribbean

Daddy’s favorite family ride has to appear on this list!

Like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean is timeless and still very similar to its original incarnation.

This slow-moving boat ride is relaxing (when not dodging cannonballs!) and the old animatronics are classic.

What I love most about Pirates is the scale of this attraction. The scenes are simply huge, impeccably detailed, and there’s always something new to see.

This is yet another Magic Kingdom ride without a height restriction, making it a must-do for families!

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5. Dumbo the Flying Elephant


Have you ever seen a commercial for Disney World without the flying elephants?

Didn’t think so!

Yes, it’s just a spinner, but Dumbo is the original Disney spinner and we love it!

This ride is best at night when Storybook Circus lights up, especially during the fireworks, but anytime of day will do.

We love the views, the cool breeze, and simply the feeling of flight. The little one asks to ride this every time we’re in the Magic Kingdom!

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