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- Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers
- 1. Jungle Cruise
- 2. Pirates of the Caribbean
- 3. it’s a small world
- 4. Peter Pan’s Flight
- 5. Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
- 6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- 7. Mad Tea Party
- 8. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- 9. Tomorrowland Speedway
- 10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- 11. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- 12. Astro Orbiter
- More Tips for Walt Disney World
- Where to Buy Discounted Disney Tickets
When someone says Disney World most people immediately think of Magic Kingdom. This iconic park opened in 1971 and has been a family favorite ever since. While EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are fun, Magic Kingdom is filled with nostalgia from parades to Cinderella Castle to Mickey Mouse and traditional character meet and greets. Whether you’re one year old or 70 years old, the whole family can enjoy these rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers, who may not meet the height requirement for bigger rides.
Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers
Which rides are the best for the whole family? Check out our SheBuysTravel-approved list for the 12 best rides for toddlers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
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1. Jungle Cruise
This was one of Walt Disney’s original rides. It developed from his desire to have live animals in the parks. The Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, is a quick boat ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon. The corny jokes will fly right over most kids’ heads, but parents and grandparents will get a chuckle out of them. This is a ride the whole family will enjoy together. During the holiday season it gets a “rebrand” to Jingle Cruise!
SheBuysTravel Tip: Start your journey after leaving Main Street USA by traveling around the theme park in a counterclockwise path, or left to right. Since the crowds tend to move right to left, you’ll already be starting your day on the right foot!
2. Pirates of the Caribbean
After disembarking the Jungle Cruise, head next door to the classic favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean, to try to spot Captain Jack Sparrow. This indoor boat ride is calm but does have a few dark moments at the beginning that could cause little ones some anxiety. Wait times for this ride can vary widely depending on the time of day. Check the My Disney Experience app and Disney Genie Service to see current wait times.
SheBuysTravel Tip: If your kiddos did well on Pirates of the Caribbean (especially during the darker parts) they might be ready for the Haunted Mansion. You’ll ride in a “Doom” Buggy through a host of ghostly settings. Most are more silly than scary.
3. it’s a small world
Next, you’ll want to head to Fantasyland and check out the nostalgic it’s a small world. One of the top Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers, it’s another classic boat ride families can enjoy together. Disneyland’s version of this favorite ride is both indoors and outdoors, but Disney World’s version is entirely indoors. Enjoy this attraction and sing along. You know you want to!
4. Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular rides in the Disney World parks. The queue is fun and interactive, which can make long wait times more bearable. The ride itself is a calm “flight” through the well-known story of Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and the gang from Neverland.
5. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Continue walking counterclockwise around the Magic Kingdom and you’ll land on Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. Similar to Peter Pan’s Flight, this is also a dark, indoor ride. Travel through the story of Ariel’s life as depicted in The Little Mermaid animated film. The music is undoubtedly the best part of the ride, so have fun singing along.
This ride is continuous load which means that wait times are traditionally very low. Perfect for an impromptu afternoon cooling ride. We’ve rarely seen wait times go above 20 minutes.
6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
A sometimes overlooked ride, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a colorful jaunt through the world of Christopher Robin and his friends. Don’t miss the queue on this one! Even now, I have great difficulty dragging my girls away from all of the fun they have with the games and interactive aspects of the queue.
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7. Mad Tea Party
Add a little more nostalgia to your day with a trip around the teapot in the Mad Tea Party. Sometimes called the “Teacups” or the “Alice in Wonderland Ride,” this attraction is located between the Tomorrowland Speedway and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Typically there are not long lines.
BONUS Ride: Fairy tale favorite Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, located next to Mickey’s Philharmagic, is a classic Magic Kingdom attraction. It does not have a height requirement. However, it didn’t make our list of best rides at Magic Kingdom with toddlers because the lines can sometimes be long.
8. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Slow your spinning down a bit and enjoy Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus. This attraction is another example of “waiting is half the fun” because of the indoor play area in the queue. It might be difficult to tear the kids away from all the fun to actually ride the ride, so take those moments to recharge those parent batteries!
Do you have a daredevil toddler who is a little peeved that they’re missing out on Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Next to Dumbo the Flying Elephant is the Barnstormer. This junior roller coaster is a good “thrill ride” for brave toddlers who are 35″ or taller.
Traveling Mom Tip: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, located near Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, is a similar style ride. Dumbo made our list as the better option because of its indoor play area.
9. Tomorrowland Speedway
The first time my girls rode the Tomorrowland Speedway, they were hooked. Although there is a height requirement to drive solo, little ones who are 32 inches high can drive with a passenger who is at least 54 inches tall. The thrill on your little one’s face will be priceless as she races her fellow competitors around the track. Don’t worry, though; the speed limit of seven miles per hour won’t put anyone in harm’s way!
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10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Whether little ones understand the “game” of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is irrelevant. If they are Toy Story fans, the fun of battling the evil Emperor Zurg with the help of Buzz Lightyear will thoroughly entertain. Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the end to get a Memory Maker photo of one of your best rides in the Magic Kingdom for toddlers!
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11. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Finally, when everyone needs a moment to rest and recover together, hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. This ride takes you high in the sky over Tomorrowland and includes great views of the Cinderella Castle, TRON Lightcycle Run (coming soon) as well as inside views of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
The ride is very calm, and the slight breeze is often a welcome respite from the hot Florida sun.
SheBuysTravel Tip: Looking for more ways to escape the Orlando heat? We have two shows that while not exciting for toddlers offer blessed air conditioning:
- In Frontierland’s Liberty Square, the Hall of Presidents is a show using audio-animatronics. It runs continuously all day and will give you 25 minutes for a quick cool down.
- On the other side of the park is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Located near the Astro Orbiter, it will buy you 21 minutes of air conditioning.
12. Astro Orbiter
Looking up at this attraction, you may think that it is for older kids. But it has no height requirement. Soar over Tomorrowland in your own two-passenger spacecraft. Kids will love “blasting off” and controlling the spacecraft with a lever that moves it up and down.
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What are your favorite Walt Disney World rides at the Magic Kingdom for toddlers and preschoolers under 48 inches?
Annabelle Y Loewy says
What are the recommended rides/attractions to use fast pass on at epcot, mk, and animal kingdom if we are traveling with a 9 month old?
Cindy Richards says
This post has a list of the best rides at Disney World for babies: https://shebuystravel.com/walt-disney-world/disney-world-with-a-baby-travelingmom/ Use your FastPasses for those!
Such a nice article!
We plan to do a 1 Day Park Hopper between for parks. We have a 4 year old daughter and 10 and 13 boys. Any suggestions
Hi. I have a 3.5 year old and a little one of 16 months. Will these be suitable for the Baby also? As we don’t get tickets for the baby, do they just let them on with parents?
Also which of these are worth using fast passes for?
Sarah Gilliland, Twins SheBuysTravel says
Hi Andrew! Thanks for your comment! I hope your family’s trip is a blast! A child without tickets may go on any ride accompanied by a parent, even if the child doesn’t have a FastPass (no tickets=no way to get a FastPass). I would highly recommend a baby wearing device if you have one! Secondly, the most popular ride out of the ones listed is Peter Pan’s Flight. DEFINITELY get a FastPass for it. The other most popular rides are Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tomorrowland Speedway. Because you are limited to 3, it will be a personal preference which other two you choose to get FastPasses for. Hope this answer is helpful to you!
Thank you for this! We’re going in February with our 5 & 2 year old & I’ve been worried about what the youngest could ride because it’s been awhile since I’ve been (2000). Very helpful and looking forward to our trip.