Traveling to Magic Kingdom with a child is what dreams are made of! The kids are still young enough to appreciate the magic and joy, and let’s face it; it’s super easy to act like a kid when you are with your kiddos!
I’ve broken down the rides at Magic Kingdom that I thought would be perfect for the little kids today, based on the lands for easy referencing if you are planning a trip. Mind you, all the rides/attractions on this list will be fine for anyone under 38 inches tall. Anything with a *** on it I consider a “Do Not Miss” ride or attraction. Let’s get started!
Main Street, U.S.A.
Other than the Main Street Vehicles (old timey cars) and the Walt Disney World Railroad, there aren’t any “rides” on Main Street. However, don’t pass up the railroad as an easy way to move around the park without all the walking, or as a perfect place to hop on and ride as a little one takes a nap or needs a little quiet time. You get the chance to see the park from the train and rest your legs at the same time.
If you can, try to catch a ride on one of the Main Street vehicles. Also fun, and a great way to capture some cute pictures!
Adventureland is about as fun as you can get for the adventurous kiddos in your bunch. My boys love it! Nothing too scary, but lots of fun to be found!
Jungle Cruise***: A slow moving boat ride through the Amazon, narrated by a very humorous guide with some very hokey, but funny jokes. Nothing scary about this ride, but you will encounter elephants, hippos and crocodiles! A definite favorite with my boys!
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin: Picture Dumbo, but add magic carpets instead of flying elelphants and you have The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. A spitting camel sprays water on riders, but you can maneuver your carpet around to avoid the water (or aim for it if it is a super hot day!). Nothing scary, but not particularly worth a long wait, IMHO.
Pirates of the Caribbean***: An indoor boat road through various pirate scenes. It didn’t faze my kids, but it might be a bit intense if you have a skiddish child.
Swiss Family Treehouse: While not a ride, I consider it a fun place to explore the replica of the treehouse from Swiss Family Robinson if you have a few minutes to spare. There’s never a line, but there is a lot of climbing stairs (it is a treehouse!), so consider that if you are going to be toting a little one that doesn’t feel like walking anymore!
There isn’t much in Frontierland for the little kids, but you can always visit Tom Sawyer Island (which we haven’t done, so I can’t speak for it) or the Country Bear Jamboree which is an animatronic show that features singing bears. I didn’t much care for it, but it is air conditioned and dark so if you need a good place to rest your eyes, or let a little one rest, give it a shot.
Haunted Mansion: Ride on a “Doom Buggy” through the haunted mansion, from the parlor to the attic and then the graveyard. This one can be scary and a little intense, but both of my boys have done fine on it.
Liberty Belle Riverboat: We’ve never been on the Liberty Belle, but if you are killing time while the older kids are on Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain, which is just down the way, I recommend giving it a shot.
Fantasyland is what dreams are made of for little kids! Here is a break down ride-by-ride.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel***: A beautiful carousel right behind Cinderella’s castle. How much more magical can it get to ride a carousel behind the most amazing castle? Love it!
It’s a Small World***: An indoor boat ride around the world where you will hear the most mind-numbing song ever! J/K. You have to give this ride a chance, even if you have the song stuck in your head all day long. The tour around the world features dancing dolls dressed in the attire of their culture. It’s air-conditioned, and the line moves fairly quickly. At the very least, you can get off your feet for a few minutes.
Mad Tea Party***: This is the spinning teacup ride! Beware for parents with motion sickness, but this ride is so much fun! Both of my boys loved it, and the best part to them was spinning the cup as fast as they could. If spinning until motion sickness occurs isn’t quite your thing, you can always ride the teacups, but not tell your kids that they can spin you faster! 🙂
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh***: Pure magic. Disney beauty at its finest! I’ve always been a Winnie the Pooh fan, but this ride and queue was incredible. The queue has tons of stuff to keep the kids entertained, including a wall of “honey” that the kids can manipulate, and the ride does an amazing job of depicting the 100 Acre woods. One of my favorites!
Mickey’s PhilharMagic***: A 3D movie attraction that features lots of Disney characters. We all loved it!
Peter Pan’s Flight***: An amazing ride in a flying pirate ship from London to Never-Never Land. Beautifully done ride, and one that the whole family can enjoy.
Under the Sea***: Journey of the Little Mermaid: Ride in a clam shell through a brief telling of the story of the Little Mermaid. One of the newest attractions in Fantasyland, this one is also not to be missed!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant***: An iconic Disney ride, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, is a midway ride where you, um, ride a flying elephant. The ride itself is lots of fun for little kids, and the queue is a huge indoor playground that gives you a pager so your kids can play while you wait for your time to ride. What’s not to love about that?
The Barnstormer: This ride appears to be an introductory roller coaster ride for kids. In actuality, it is a ride that will make parents physically sick. I didn’t get whiplash as bad from any other ride at WDW! We rode this on our first trip, and I was very disappointed. The waiting took forever, and the ride itself is only 21 seconds long. Not worth it in my opinion, especially with the residual headache I got.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station: A nice playing area for the kids, but it will leave your little one wet. Consider yourself warned!
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin***: The Magic Kingdom version of HS Toy Story Mania, this ride is fun. You and Buzz Lightyear are fighting the evil Emperor Zurg to save the universe. You spin your car around and shoot laser cannons at different targets. Very interactive and lots and lots of fun, even if your little one can’t really shoot and aim at the targets, they still feel like they are scoring lots of points.
Astro Orbiter: This is a very tame rocket ship ride with a great view of the kingdom. Not much to it, but worth it for the view.
Tomorrowland Speedway: A small race track with cars that ride along a guide rail, moving up to 7mph. I may be the worst parent in the world for saying this, but I loathe this ride. The wait is always ridiculously long, and almost the entire queue is the full sun. The two times I’ve ridden it recently I got a car that barely moved. I probably won’t ride this anymore!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority: A tram-like ride that takes you on a tour of Tomorrowland. We all have really enjoyed this ride. It moves fairly fast, and gives you a sneak peek into Space Mountain.
So there you have it! The rides of Magic Kingdom that I think would work for little ones. Do you have any favorites on the list? Was I the only parent that rode the Barnstormer and almost lost my lunch? Leave us a comment with your thoughts! Toodles! ~A ºoº