Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom Rides

Want to know more about Magic Kingdom rides? Are you a Space Mountain fan or is the Dumbo ride your favorite? Think It’s A Small World or are you more of a Big Thunder Mountain kind of person?

Whatever your favorites, Disney’s Magic Kingdom has rides, shows, and entertainment for all members of the family.

Go on a journey through Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and it’s most popular and memorable rides.

So just where do you start in Magic Kingdom?

Which Magic Kingdom Rides Will You Like?

There are so many rides and attractions it is difficult to know where to start. But perhaps we should start at the very beginning! Walt Disney was fascinated with steam trains so he designed the Magic Kingdom to have a train track running all the way around the theme park.

Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA

When you enter the Magic Kingdom the first attraction that you see is Main Street Station. Take a leisurely trip around the Magic Kingdom – go full circle or hop off at one of the stations.

It’s A Disney Small World After All

You will never forget It’s A Small World!

Try as you might you will never get that theme tune out of your mind. The theme song was originally recorded in 1964 and is one of the most beloved of the Disney theme park songs.

It’s A Small World actually debuted at the 1964-65 World Fair ( a concept training ground for many of the Walt Disney World theme park attraction ideas). It then debuted in a Disney park at Disneyland in California. It was one of the original rides when Walt Disney World opened in Florida in 1971.

It's A Small World

This 11-minute ride is located in the Fantasyland area of the park.

It is a gentle boat ride that takes you on a happy tour of the world through dancing, singing dolls representing many of the nations of the World. It’s a ‘world of laughter a world of tears’ with a message of hope that all nations have a common bond.

Love it or loathe it – the It’s A Small World ride will always be at Disney World.

Disney World Roller Coasters

Where to Find the Roller Coasters in Walt Disney World

Disney World may be the most magical place on earth but it also has some pretty spectacular roller coasters. The Magic Kingdom has the mountains. The Disney classic roller coasters Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. If you want to accelerate from… read More

Snow White’s Scary Adventure

A Disney Magic Kingdom Dark Ride

Snow White’s Scary Adventures is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. Located in Fantasyland, it is one of the few remaining attractions in any of the parks which was there on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955. The ride’s story is based on Disney’s Snow White Movie.

Snow White's Scary Adventure

Disney guests travel through the two and a half minute attraction in mining cars – the whole feel of the ride is a little like a ghost train attraction. The Evil Queen relentlessly pursues Snow White.

Be warned! This ride can terrify small children. The images of the Evil Queen are extremely vivid and are repeated many times over. Yes, Snow White does have a happily ever after ending, but by this point, your young child may be too upset to notice!

The Jungle Cruise

Anyone for a boat safari?

The 9-minute Jungle Cruise was one of the first rides not based around a Disney animated movie. Originally in Disneyland, the ride made it to the Magic Kingdom for its opening day.
Disney World guests cruise around in a large boat with their own Jungle Cruise guide. They encounter elephants, alligators, hippos, and monkeys. The Jungle Cruise guide script is dated and so is the technology but this is still a ride worth seeing. The lines will confirm that this is still a popular Magic Kingdom ride!

jungle cruise disney world

Walt Disney originally wanted to use live animals but soon realized that wild animals could not be counted on to perform and be in the right place at the right time! So the Imagineers created animatronics wild animals for the Jungle Cruise. Walt’s original idea was used much later in the whole Animal Kingdom theme park where new technology and ideas allow animals and guests to be separated.

The script for the Jungle Cruise guides is cheesy at best, and some of the technology looks very dated ( it is)! But the appeal of the Jungle Cruise is its rustic charm. A great Magic Kingdom ride for all the family ( except perhaps the most cynical of teenagers)!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Are you ready for the pirate’s life?

Yo ho ho it’s a pirates life for me. Or so the song goes on this very popular 7 minute Magic Kingdom ride. This ride is great but can be rather intense for young children!

This has been a Disney favorite for many years, debuting in Disneyland. It debuted in 1973 in the Magic Kingdom – not opening day as Disney thought that guests would not be interested in Florida as they were too close to the real Caribbean.

Guests are transported on an indoor cruise through various pirate animatronics scenes. It is a dark ride with a very catchy tune. It is an extremely popular ride and you will experience very long lines at busy times. You can get a Fast Pass and you really should. Be aware that young children can find it scary. My 5-year-old will not go anywhere near it. The start is a small water plunge in the dark which is followed by scenes of pirate battles.

The ride’s popularity has been boosted by the success of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Disney World Splash Mountain

One of my favorite rides. It is actually quite relaxing – until the final drop which is at a 45-degree angle and you reach speeds of 40 miles per hour!

Disney World Space Mountain

No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete without a journey on Space Mountain. This roller coaster in the dark is a definite ‘must-do’ at Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Autopia

Autopia is a very popular ride and there isn’t a Fast Pass – so you could be in a for a wait. But it is worth it. There is something about this classic Disney Magic Kingdom ride that makes it a favorite. You drive along in your own car around a track. This is one of the classic Magic Kingdom rides which was taken from the design in Disneyland.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This is a fun roller coaster that is great for all the family – provided you are over 40″ tall. Ride through hairpin bends, travel through caves and hot springs, and a flooded town. Big Thunder Mountain travels at 36 mph but there are no big drops to really scare you – so it is a good first roller coaster for a child or faint-hearted adult!

Want to feel that you are going faster – sit at the back! If you have ridden Big Thunder Mountain in the day try it at night too – the atmosphere is very different and the effect is better as you can’t see the twists and turns coming!

Space Mountain with the Lights On!

This is an unusual view of Space Mountain – you can see where you are going. This may surprise you so perhaps don’t watch if you don’t want the effect to be a little spoiled!

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