Magic Kingdom Rides

  • Astro Orbiter – located in Tomorrowland, offers good views of the park since you have to take an elevator just to reach the ride, but it’s a tight squeeze for 2 adults. Designed more for kids. We’ve done it once, no need for us to do it again.
  • The Barnstormer – located in Storybook Circus, kiddie roller coaster. It’s cute, very quick (only about a minute ride in total). Worth a ride if the line is short and you have time, but not one to go out of your way for. Went on it during our 2016 trip, skipped it on our 2017 trip.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – located in Frontierland, one of my favourite rides in MK. It’s the wildest ride in the wildnerness! It’s decently fast, and has some decent bumps, but it’s not scary or too much of a thrill ride. We always go on it multiple times every trip.
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – located in Tomorrowland, a shooting-type ride. The laser guns are attached to the ride, so it can be a little tricky to aim. On-ride photo when the car locks up from spinning and you’re facing Zurg. I suck at this, but we always go on it every trip.
  • Casey Jr, Splash ‘N’ Soak Station – kid’s splash park. It doesn’t see much action in January. Have never stopped here.
  • Country Bear Jamboree – located in Frontierland, an animatronic show with singing bears. The animatronics are old and out-dated, the songs are cheesy  – we loved it. It’s also inside an air-conditioned building, so if it is warm outside it’s a good place to go sit down for a few minutes.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – located in Storybook Circus. A classic ride that everyone has to do at least once. There are actually 2 sets that both feed from the same queue line to keep the line moving faster. The queue is also mainly inside a large building that contains a play structure to keep kids entertained while waiting.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle – located in New Fantasyland (NF). A cast member playing Belle tells the story of Beauty and Beast, picking kids from the audience to play different characters and use props. It’s actually pretty cute, I would do it again.
  • The Hall of Presidents – located in Liberty Square. It has animatronics for all Presidents of the US. Since we’re Canadian, we didn’t care enough to waste park time on US history. (25min)
  • Haunted Mansion – located in New Orleans Square. One of my other fav’s at MK. The queue line is fantastic, lots of really great details. The stretching room is always fun – the exit is under the ballerina (DISNEY HACK!). We always go on this more than once, there are so many small details to pick up on.
  • It’s a Small World – located in NF. We went on this only once – our first trip to Disneyland. Hated it and have refused to go on since.  It’s another one of those classic rides that everyone knows about, I’d say you have to go on at least once.
  • Jungle Cruise – located in Adventureland. Super cheesy. It’s a boat ride with a Cast Member “tour guide”. The tour is full of terrible puns – but you will get to see the backside of water!
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – located in Liberty Square. A giant boat that goes on a slow ride. Not very exciting, but it holds a lot of people so the wait is never terrible.
  • Mad Tea Party – located in NF. Classic tea cup ride, always worth riding at least once.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – located in Adventureland. Aladdin themed Dumbo ride basically. This is one of the very few things we’ve never done in Magic Kingdom…
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – located in NF.  It’s definitely a kid’s ride, but Eeyore is one of my fav Disney characters so this ride is a must for me every trip. Really cute interactive queue line.
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic – located in NF. A 12 minute 4D film. It’s fun, and definitely worth checking out!
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show – It was a different show on our 2016 trip, and we didn’t stop to watch this new one on our 2017 trip. The one we watched in 2016 was cute, lots of characters. Located on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – located in Tomorrowland. This is designed like a stand-up comedy show, hosted by Mike from Monsters Inc. The jokes are cheesy, but I laughed – especially when they call out people in the audience. We go at least once every trip.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight – located in NF. There’s some major love among Disney fans for this ride, since it was an original at Disneyland. I don’t fully understand the love – it’s cool, but not worth waiting in a line for an hour ++. The queue line is really neat though. Worth going on once with a Fastpass or first thing in the morning if the wait is under 30 minutes.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – located in Adventureland. If you’ve been on the one at Disneyland (DL), skip this one. DL’s is about 16 minutes long, this one is only 9 minutes. It feels way too rushed, and the story doesn’t flow as well.
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – located in NF. Standard merry-go-round for kids.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – located in NF. One of the newest rides in the park, so always has the longest wait times (usually an hour+). Mid-level roller coaster, very smooth but not very long. Worth a ride for sure – get a fastpass. As you come out of the Hi-Ho part, smile! You’re being filmed – and you’ll receive a copy if you’ve purchased Memory Maker. They also take still pictures at this point as well.
  • Space Mountain – located in Tomorrowland. The seats are single file (as opposed to 2x2x2 at DL). It’s worth a ride, but nothing will ever compare to the new Star Wars overlay at Space Mountain in California – seriously amazing. On-ride photo taken from the side close to the beginning of the ride always look awkward.
  • Splash Mountain – located in Frontierland. You may get wet, but so worth it. Based on a super racist old movie that Disney doesn’t even sell anymore. Smile as you go over the 50ft drop – your picture is being taken! Worth a ride every single time.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape! – located in Tomorrowland. Ugh, skip. Worst Disney ride ever (except for the Speedway). This is now only open seasonally, so chances are it won’t even exist much longer – everyone hates it.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse – located in Adventureland, just a walk-through treehouse thing. We’ve always skipped this, I’ve never watched Swiss Family Robinson.
  • Tom Sawyer Island – located in Adventureland. You take a boat over, since it’s an actual island. We’ve never actually gone over, but it’s just a walking trail. I’m told it’s a nice place to escape to if the crowds are crazy in the park.
  • Tomorrowland Speedway – located in Tomorrowland, basically the same as Autopia at DL. I hated Autopia, so we didn’t even waste our time on this one. Kids love it though. It’s just bumper cars with no bumping.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – located in Tomorrowland. Slow-moving ride that takes you on a tour of tomorrowland, a storey in the air. At one point you actually go inside Space Mountain, and can see the roller coaster. Worth a ride at least once – always short lines and a good way to sit down for 10 minutes while still seeing the park.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid – located in NF. This is designed to look as though you are entering a cave. The ride itself is basically a condensed Cole’s Notes version of the story while you sit in a constantly moving sea-shell. We go on this every time we’re at Disney, mainly so we can sing along.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – an easy way to get around the park, saving yourself a bit of walking. MK is huge. There’s aren’t a ton of stops though.
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – located in Tomorrowland. A 24 minute show with 4 stages, your seats move to the next stage automatically (it’s actually a circle with 6 sections – one for loading the ride, 4 for the show itself and one for unloading). Really old animatronics, nothing has been updated in years – we loved it. This was said to be Walt’s favourite ride he ever built, he debuted it at the 1964 World Fair in NYC. It’s a Disney ride rich in history – and that song will be stuck in your head forever. In my opinion, worth a ride, but it will take almost half an hour.

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