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Are you planning to head to Walt Disney World and are wondering what the best Magic Kingdom Rides? You’re in the right place! In this article I will rank all of the rides and attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom so that you will know what you need to ride a when you visit the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Cinderella Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

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As the most popular theme park in the world, Magic Kingdom is always busy! That’s why it’s important to know which rides are the best so you can make the most of your time. Here is my list of the best Disney World Magic Kingdom rides.

Disney World Train Station
Magic Kingdom Train Station

Top 10 Magic Kingdom Rides

  1. Space Mountain
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. Splash Mountain
  4. Big Thunder Mountain
  5. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  6. Haunted Mansion
  7. Jungle Cruise
  8. Peter Pan’s Flight
  9. “it’s a small world”
  10. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Entrance to Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.
Space Mountain

Best Rides for Preschoolers

Here are my top 5 rides at Magic Kingdom in Disney World recommendations for preschoolers ages 2-5.

  1. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers Spin
  2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  3. Peter Pan’s Flight
  4. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  5. The Barnstormer
Entrance to the Barnstormer roller coaster at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The Barnstormer

Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Kids & Tweens

These are my favorite rides for older kids and tweens ages 6-12.

  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  2. Big Thunder Mountain
  3. Splash Mountain
  4. Tomorrowland Speedway
  5. Mad Tea Party
Riding on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Best Rides for Teens

These are the rides I recommend for teens and young adults.

  1. Space Mountain
  2. Big Thunder Mountain
  3. Splash Mountain
  4. Haunted Mansion
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean
Entrance to Splash Mountain at Disney World.
Splash Mountain

Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Adults (Who Want to Take it Easy)

These rides are for adults who might have issues with motion sickness or just want to have a relaxing day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

  1. Haunted Mansion
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  4. Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  5. Hall of Presidents
Entrance to the Hall of Presidents at Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park.
Hall of Presidents

Magic Kingdom Genie+ and Lightning Lane Rides

The introduction of Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane, there have been a lot of growing pains. This system is similar to the old Fastpass+ system, but definitely has some changes. To find out more about this new way of visiting Magic Kingdom and Disney Worlds other parks, read my article here.

Below are the rides that are currently utilize Disney Genie+ and Individual Lighting Lane. I have organized this list by the different areas of Magic Kingdom Park.

Lightning Lane at Disney World.
Lightning Lane Entrance

Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain (After 8/7/22)

Disney Genie+

Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain at Disney World.
Big Thunder Mountain

Tomorrowland

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain (Until 8/7/22)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
Entrance to Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park.
Tomorrowland

Storybook Circus

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
Entrance to Storybook Circus in Fantasyland Magic Kingom.
Storybook Circus

Fantasyland

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
Entrance to Princess Fairytale Hall at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Princess Fairytale Hall

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion
Entrance to Liberty Square at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Liberty Square

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Entrance to Adventureland at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Adventureland

Main Street U.S.A.

  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
Main Street U.S.A. at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Main Street U.S.A.

Parades

  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland on a float in a parade at Magic Kingdom.
Parade at Magic Kingdom

How Many Rides at Magic Kingdom (Map of Attractions)

So how many rides are there at Disney’s Magic Kingdom? By my count there are 25, definitely enough to take up at least one day, if not two. When my family visits Walt Disney World, we generally spend two and a half days at Magic Kingdom. For a map of Magic Kingdom rides, check your My Disney Experience app!

A boy in a Mickey Mouse hat in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.
Cinderella Castle

Guide to All Magic Kingdom Rides

Below is a guide for all of the rides at Magic Kingdom including their location, height requirements, and whether they are eligible for Disney Genie+ or Lightning Lane.

Astro Orbiter at Disney World.
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

Have you ever wanted to pilot your own space shuttle? Take a ride on the Astro Orbiter. This attraction is great for families and guests of all ages. I recommend riding this at night, because it gives you a great view of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, all lit up!

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Anyone

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom.
Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Take a ride on the “Wildest Ride in the Wilderness”! This rollercoaster ride is themed after a train ride through a gold mine in the old west. This is not a slow, leisurely train ride though. You will definitely travel quickly over hills and twist and turn around corners. Its definitely a must for older kids, teenagers, and grown ups!

Location: Frontierland

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

This is a great ride for the entire family! It is a slow moving ride where you fire a laser at different targets to try and defeat the evil Emperor Zurg.

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Find out what it is like to soar through the sky while riding in everyone’s favorite elephant, Dumbo! This ride spins in a circle and has a lever for the rider to control going up and down.

Location: Storybook Circus

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion.
Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

This is a dark ride with lots of classic Disney spooks and scares! It’s a great ride for all ages, but it might be too scary for younger kids. If your child doesn’t like the dark or loud noise, this may not be the best choice for them.

Location: Liberty Square

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to "it's a small world" in Fantasyland at Disney World.
“it’s a small world”

“it’s a small world”

A slow moving boat ride featuring characters from all over the world singing and upbeat song, “it’s a small world”. This attraction is fun for all ages.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entranced to the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom.
Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise

The jungle cruise is a slow moving boat ride through the jungles of Asia, Africa, and South America. It is great for families and guests of all ages. The best part of the ride are the skippers that drive the boats. Their jokes are hilarious!

Location: Adventureland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom.
Liberty Square Riverboat

Liberty Square Riverboat

Take a slow cruise around the Rivers of America on the Liberty Square Riverboat. This is fun attraction to ride when lines are long at the more popular rides. It is great for guests of all ages.

Location: Liberty Square

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Mad Tea Party at Disney World.
Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

Riding the Mad Tea Party puts you right in the middle of the Alice in Wonderland movie! You will spin and spin inside a teacup. You can control the amount spinning in your particular teacup. If you are prone to motion sickness, you might want to skip this ride.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Piglet riding a Main Street vehicle at Disney World.
Main Street Vehicles

Main Street Vehicles

Cruise down Main Street in a horse drawn carriage, trolley, or fire truck. This is one of the most relaxing rides at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It is great for guests of all ages.

Location: Main Street U.S.A.

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Peter Pan's Flight at Disney World.
Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight

One of Disney’s most beloved rides, you can take a trip through the skies of Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight. This is a great ride for kids and adults alike.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom.
Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

This is a slow moving boat ride that takes you through the world of pirates. You will see pirates attacking a village, looting and pillaging, and even chasing after some unlucky damsels. This is a great ride for all ages, but if you have a child that is sensitive to these types of rides, you might want to skip it. Beware that there is also a small drop where the boat goes down a hill.

Location: Adventureland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Magic Kingdom.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

This is a great ride for all ages. You can hop on a horse and go for a spin around the carousel. Some of the horses even go up and down.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney World.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This is a smooth family friendly roller coaster that takes you through the mines of the seven dwarfs. It is a great ride for older kids, tweens, teens, and adults.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: 38 inches

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes (Individual Lightning Lane)

Space Mountain at Disney World.
Space Mountain

Space Mountain

This is a high speed roller coaster in the dark. You can’t see what is coming and you will be rocketing around in the pitch black. This ride may not be suitable for younger kids or guests who have a tendency to get motion sickness.

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: 44 inches

Who Should Ride: Older Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes (Genie+ unitl 8/7/22 when it will become an Individual Lightning Lane)

Entrance to Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.
Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

This is a thrill log flume ride suitable for all ages of riders. You will take a long dark flume ride through the mountains and end with a big splash! Younger kids might get scared on this ride, so you should use caution before bringing your little one aboard.

Location: Frontierland

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes (Individual Lightning Lane)

Entrance to The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom.
The Barnstormer

The Barnstormer

This ride is appropriate for younger kids. You will take a short and sweet little roller coaster ride with Goofy. It is not very intense or scary, so it’s perfect for the little ones!

Location: Storybook Circus

Height Requirement: 35 inches

Who Should Ride: Preschoolers,Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to Aladdin's Magic Carpets at Disney World.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

This is a great ride for all ages. You can fly around on a magic carpet and see all of the sights of Adventureland. This is a great ride for kids who are scared of heights, as it is not very high off the ground.

Location: Adventureland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

A honey pot at the entrance of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

This is a great ride for all ages. You can take a slow moving ride through the Hundred Acre Wood and see all of your favorite characters from the Winnie the Pooh stories. This is a great ride for younger kids or guests who don’t like rides that are too intense.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Tom Sawyer Island at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island

This is a great attraction for the whole family. You will set sail on a raft and head over to Tom Sawyer Island, where you can explore the island’s sights and sounds on your own! This is a fun adventure for all ages, but it does take some time to get through.

Location: Frontierland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover in Tomorrowland at Disney World.
People Mover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

This is a great ride for all ages. You will take a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland on board an automated rail car. This is a great way to get some rest during your busy day at the park!

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom in Orlando.
Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Speedway

This is a great ride for all ages. You will take a spin around the Tomorrowland Speedway in your very own race car! This is a great ride for kids who love cars and want to take a turn behind the wheel.

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: 32 inches

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance to the Little Mermaid ride in Magic Kingdom.
Journey of The Little Mermaid

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

This is a great ride for all ages. You can take a slow moving ride through the sea and see all of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid movies. This is a great ride for younger kids or guests who don’t like rides that are too intense.

Location: Fantasyland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: Yes

Entrance sign for Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress.
Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This is a great ride for all ages. You will take a trip through time and see how technology has evolved over the years. This is a great way to learn some history while you are on vacation! And you’ll never get this song out of your head!

Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Entrance to Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom.
Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss Family Treehouse

This is a great attraction for the whole family. You will take a stroll through the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse and see how they lived in their treehouse! This is a fun learning experience that everyone can enjoy.

Location: Adventureland

Height Requirement: None

Who Should Ride: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Genie+ or Lightning Lane: No

Do you agree with my list of best rides at Disney World? What would you include on yours? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, be sure to check out my other posts for tips and tricks on how to make the most of your visit. Thanks for reading!

Entrance to Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park.
Magic Kingdom Park

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