There are a lot of Magic Kingdom rides – more than any other Disney World theme park! Before you head to Disney World, you’ll need to know a little about each ride to narrow down the list of must-do’s for your family.
This guide to Magic Kingdom rides isn’t about the best rides or ranking them in any way. We all have different opinions on what makes a ride great! Instead, here you’ll find brief descriptions of every Magic Kingdom ride to help you decide which ones you’ll want to enjoy and which rides might be skippable if you run out of time at the park.
Some rides have height restrictions so the little ones won’t be able to enjoy them. Other rides spin and could cause dizziness. You might want to avoid others for height or speed … or add them to your “must ride” list instead!
You won’t find detailed descriptions of the ride experiences because I don’t want to spoil everything for you. I’m giving you enough information about each one to know what to expect and to make the decision whether or not each ride is a “go” or “no go.”
With so many rides at the Magic Kingdom, only half are covered here – rides in Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Main Street USA. Don’t miss part 2: Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square!
Note that FastPass+ is mentioned in this post although FastPass+ is temporarily disabled during Disney World’s initial 2020 reopening period. All rides will only have a single standby line.
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[The Basics] Magic Kingdom Rides List
Rides in Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street USA:
Astro Orbiter // outdoor spinner ride
The Barnstormer FP+ // 35” minimum height // outdoor beginner roller coaster
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin FP+ // interactive omnimover dark ride
Dumbo the Flying Elephant FP+ // outdoor spinner ride
It’s a Small World FP+ // slow-moving indoor boat ride
Mad Tea Party FP+ // outdoor self-controlled spinning ride
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh FP+ // slow-moving dark ride
Peter Pan’s Flight FP+ // suspended dark ride
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel // outdoor carousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FP+ // 38” minimum height // roller coaster
Space Mountain FP+ // 44” minimum height // indoor roller coaster
Tomorrowland Speedway FP+ // 32” minimum height // slow-moving outdoor car ride
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover // slow-moving indoor and outdoor ride
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid FP+ // omnimover dark ride
Walt Disney World Railroad // slow-moving train ride
[Beyond the Basics] Magic Kingdom Rides in Detail
The Astro Orbiter is one of three aerial carousel “spinner” rides at the Magic Kingdom. However, while Dumbo and the Magic Carpets sit on the ground, the Astro Orbiter is elevated 60 feet above the ground, making the experience significantly more thrilling.
After waiting in the queue on the ground level, guests board an elevator to the “top floor” of Tomorrowland’s central Rocket Tower Plaza. There, individual ride vehicle rocket ships are boarded. Adults will ride one per ship while kids can share the seat, sitting front to back in the spaceship’s open cockpit.
The central tower spins while each rider has individual control over their spaceship’s up and down movement.
This is one of the few rides at Magic Kingdom that is not FastPass-enabled and the line can grow pretty quickly. It’s an extremely boring line to wait in with a small outdoor queue space so hit this one early or late at night for gorgeous nighttime views of almost the entire park!
Fantasyland – Storybook Circus
outdoor beginner roller coaster
This is a great first roller coaster for kids! The Barnstormer is a short steel roller coaster. It’s not too intense, not too fast, and is over in the blink of an eye!
The train cars seat 2 per row, side by side.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
interactive omnimover dark ride
In this slow-moving shooting dark ride, guests control their ride vehicle’s ability to spin 360 degrees to aim at the targets. If you’re sensitive to spinning, this is completely optional and you can simply enjoy the slow forward motion of the omnimover ride system.
There is also a Toy Story-themed interactive shooting ride at Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Mania, which my family greatly prefers since it’s so much easier to see where your blaster is aimed.
Buzz’s spaceships each have 2 mounted blasters for two per vehicle with room for a third small non-shooter in the middle.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Fantasyland – Storybook Circus
There are several of these aerial carousel “spinner” rides at Disney World, but Dumbo is the Disney original classic. Each elephant seats 2-3 guests who control the vertical flying movement.
Not only is this a classic kids ride suitable for all ages, but the queue is the best at the Magic Kingdom for little kids. Inside the air-conditioned tent is a circus-themed playground. Guests are given pagers which serve as a virtual queue and the kids can play while waiting their turn rather than standing in line. The pager (similar to any restaurant pager) will activate when it’s your turn to fly! If you don’t have any kids or prefer not to play, simply bypass the playground and wait in line.
It’s A Small World
slow-moving indoor boat ride
Slow-moving, free-floating boats travel through a series of large rooms featuring scenes and Mary Blair-style animatronics singing “It’s A Small World” over … and over … and over! It may be slow. It may be repetitive. But it’s a classic and a great ride for all ages
Each boat has 6 rows that seat 4-5 per row.
Mad Tea Party
outdoor self-controlled spinning ride
This classic teacup ride is outside, but has a secure roof that keeps the teacups dry during frequent Florida rains.
All teacups move and slowly rotate on the floor, but the individual spinning action of each teacup is controlled by the occupants. The center wheel can be turned to spin the teacup fast or slow. Just want to enjoy the breeze around the central teapot? Don’t spin the wheel at all!
Each teacup seats 3-4 in a circle.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
During this charming slow-moving dark ride, your honeypot ride vehicle will subtly bounce and sway according to the ride’s Winnie the Pooh storyline.
Each honeypot has two bench seats that seat 3 per row.
Haven’t visited Disney World since you were a kid? You may remember Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The Man Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced Mr. Toad with a completely new ride experience.
Peter Pan’s Flight
This slow-moving suspended dark ride follows the story of Peter Pan. The pirate ship ride vehicles feature a bench seat that easily sits 3 as long as one is a child.
Peter Pan’s Flight is a classic Fantasyland attraction that has been open since the 1971 opening day. While every other original Fantasyland dark ride has since closed, Peter Pan’s Flight remains which makes it an unexpectedly popular ride and, therefore, drawing lines that are longer than you may expect.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Not much to say. This is a horse carousel … but a very lovely, large Disney carousel.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Here’s the most popular ride at the Magic Kingdom and draws the longest lines!
This steel-frame rollercoaster is mostly ground-based, following rises and dips in the terrain, so it’s a great roller coaster if you usually avoid them due to heights. Besides one drop, the mine train is never far from the ground.
The mine trains follow the track both indoors (the dwarfs’ diamond mine, of course) and out, featuring an extremely smooth ride typical of newer Disney roller coasters. The mine cars subtly swing side to side as the track bends.
The trains seat two per row in individual seats with lap bars.
This classic, steel-frame roller coaster is entirely inside in near-darkness. The ride experience begins with one large lift hill and then proceeds to dip and twist through “space” for the remainder of the ride. While not the fastest ride at Disney World, the darkness certainly makes it feel faster than its top speed of 35 miles per hour.
Unlike the ride vehicles at Disneyland’s Space Mountain which seat guests side by side in pairs, Disney World’s Space Mountain spaceships seat guests front to back with 3 seated in each pair of adjoined space ships.
With a long interior queue space and indoor ride, Space Mountain is also a great way to escape the heat.
slow-moving outdoor car ride
This attraction is usually popular with little kids who finally have a chance to get behind the wheel of a car!
The race cars have loud gas motors. You will control the forward motion using the gas pedal as well as the steering. The cars drive down a central track so it’s not possible to veer off course and bump cars in neighboring lanes.
Guests are urged to not bump the vehicles ahead of them, but, of course, bumps are expected and happen all the time. The race cars have sturdy bumpers and are perfectly equipped to handle bumping at the slow vehicle speed without injury.
Plenty of kids who even meet the low 32” height limit will not be able to reach the gas pedals, so the accompanying adult can expect to control the gas while the kid steers. The pedal is heavier and more difficult to press than you’d expect from a theme park ride, so get that lead foot ready!
The race cars seat 2 per vehicle with room for an additional small toddler in the middle.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
slow-moving indoor and outdoor ride
The PeopleMover is an excellent introduction to Tomorrowland and highly recommended to be your first ride when you enter this land. The ride’s elevated track loops around all of Tomorrowland, between and through buildings and even getting a sneak peek inside several attractions including Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain. You may even catch Space Mountain during one of its many temporary shut-downs with all the interior lights on – always a unique view!
The ride system is a unique propulsion system that allows the ride vehicles to vary speed along the track. While parts of this ride create a refreshing breeze, it never reaches thrilling speeds by any stretch of the imagination! There are no lap bars or seat belts, after all.
The ride vehicles consist of two facing bench seats with 2 comfortably seated on each bench, up to 3 if at least one is a small child. My family loves this ride due to the unique configuration of the ride vehicle that allows all of us to face each other and truly experience the ride together.
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
While Disney is always coming up with new and interesting ride systems, this is one of the newer rides at the Magic Kingdom (opened in 2013) that is a classic omnimover dark ride.
This ride tells the story of The Little Mermaid with many songs and animatronic characters from the movie.
Guests sit in clamshell-style ride vehicles that comfortably seat 3.
Walt Disney World Railroad
Main Street USA, Fantasyland – Storybook Circus, and Frontierland
The railroad is currently closed due to track disruption near Tron construction in Tomorrowland.
When open, this steam train continuously travels on a track that surrounds the Magic Kingdom with stops in Main Street USA, Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus, and Frontierland. Guests can hop on at any of these three stations and get off any at time. You’re able to simply circle the park on the train all day long if you want!
Seating is on wood slat bench seats where 4 can sit comfortably.
Which Magic Kingdom ride will you ride first?