Every ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom offers fun and magic during your Disney World vacation, but these are our favorites that we always ride when we visit the park. They are our 9 best rides at Magic Kingdom for school age kids.
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We have visited Disney World with our kids since they were 5, 2.5, and 10 months old, and our visits have evolved through the years. Each year they begin to like more thrill rides but the great thing about Magic Kingdom rides is that they are great for almost all guests.
FastPass is temporarily unavailable. We make a point to make FastPass reservations for our top favorites and experience these rides every time we visit the Magic Kingdom. If you need help planning your FastPass reservations check out our FastPass Tips post and our Magic Kingdom FastPass guide.
Even without FastPass you should plan your day around riding these Magic Kingdom attractions.
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Best Rides at Magic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a ride at Magic Kingdom that is a family friendly coaster. It has a 38″ height requirement. Most kids do fine on this.
There are not any huge drops and it has fun scenes through the “mine” to see the Seven Dwarfs. This ride is short but the lines get very long. We always reserve a FastPass for this attraction or ride first thing in the morning.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a bit more intense than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but it is great for school age kids. It actually looks tamer than you would expect and most kids really enjoy the drops and thrills.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a good choice to FastPass or ride in the morning hours. If you stay late riding during the last hour of park opening can have short lines and Big Thunder is so much fun at night!
Splash Mountain is my absolute favorite because it is the perfect mix of dark ride with animatronics and thrills. You will get wet on this ride but the Florida sun usually dries us quickly.
For me it is the best ride at Magic Kingdom. It reminds me of visiting as a kid and I absolutely love it. Spalsh Mountain has a 40″ height requirement and I recommend making a FastPass.
Check out this video from our visit with a quick shot of us on Splash Mountain. I am like a kid!! Loving it! Disney World has announced they will be reimagining Splash Mountain to The Princess and the Frog. As much as I love this attraction I am so excited to see what the imagineers do with Tiana’s story.
Space Mountain. I have to admit as I get older Space Mountain is a bit rougher on me and those unexpected twists and turns takes its toll on me. With a 44″ height requirement Space Mountain is probably the “scariest” for kids because it is mostly in the dark. Most kids love it and don’t have any issues. FastPass Space Mountain!
Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a classic dark ride that lifts you off to the world of Peter Pan. It gets very long lines. As I am writing this during lunch time on a Thursday, the wait is 75 minutes. That is a long time to wait for a 2 minute attraction.
We usually ride this first, as soon as we enter the park. If you do not ride it first plan on securing a FastPass.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean can be a bit scary because it is a pirate dark ride but most school age kids really like it. There is no height requirement and we rode it when all my kids were under 5 on their first visit. The wait times are usually around 30 minutes and you don’t usually need a FastPass.
My kids don’t really like anything scary and Haunted Mansion probably is as scary as they can handle! It is not really scary, but is dark and has skeletons and ghosts.
There is no height requirement for this attraction and a FastPass is a good choice after you have used your first 3 or if you do not use one for the mountain attractions.
Jungle Cruise is a boat ride with lots of corny jokes and silly humor. We have only done this attraction 2 times in all of our visits because it was closed for refurbishments.
It is one of the classic Magic Kingdom attractions and has no height requirement making it a great choice for families. The wait times can be upward to 60+ minutes and a FastPass is a good choice.
Jungle Cruise is going through minor retheming in 2021 and should be a fun attraction to visit at Magic Kingdom.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is an all ages family fun shooting attraction where guests help Buzz fight off Zurg. If you love Toy Story you will love this. Lines get long in the afternoon and this is a good attraction to FastPass later in the day.
Best Rides at Magic Kingdom Tips
- If FastPass does not return I suggest: Starting in Fantsayland with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan, then Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder. Then the rest of the attractions on the list.
- Check the app often to see what wait times are and plan your days based on less busy attractions.
- I recommend a FastPass for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train because even early in the morning the lines get long.
- We always ride Peter Pan first and without a FastPass. Lines are typically manageable the first hour the park is open.
- After that, we FastPass any of the mountain rides and what is left from our favorites.
- Remember to book your FastPass 60 days(On-site guests) or 30 days(Off-Site) before you arrive at the park.
Even though the kids are older we like to make a point to ride Dumbo and It’s a Small World. They are classics to Magic Kingdom and a visit to the parks isn’t the same without a stop on these attractions.
Plus It’s a Small World is great to rest your feet and cool off. Part of the fun of visiting Magic Kingdom is immersing yourself in feeling like a kid again.
Magic Kingdom has some amazing Disney rides and each one offers something unique and fun. Do you agree with our Best rides at Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments.