Walt Disney World | Magic Kingdom - Ride Guide and Spoilers

Magic Kingdom is my favourite place to visit when we are staying at Walt Disney World. There is so much to see and do. On our recent trip we found little J went on almost everything which I hadn't expected as I thought he still may be too small for some of the rides but he wasn't, he was tall (and brave) enough. I thought I would share a ride and spoiler guide to the attractions at Magic kingdom so you will know what to expect on your next visit.

Tomorrowland
Buzz Lightyear's Space Range Spin

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride which seats 2. Both riders get a gun with a laser which you aim at Z's throughout the ride. Shoot the Z's to score points.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Gun is stuck in place and hard to use. Little ones may find it difficult to press the trigger as its on the back of the gun so you need to use your thumb! Make sure you spin your ship round to face the targets to make it easier to hit the further away, higher value targets. If you manage to get maximum points you will be given a special sticker to mark your achievement!

Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Astro Obiter

Type of Ride - Flying rocket ride. Sit inside your rocket with your legs either side. Younger ones can sit in-between your legs

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Once it is your turn to ride you get an elevator up to the rockets which are situated on an upper platform. Once the ride starts your rockets will go even higher in to the air.  You can control your height with a lever which is fun for the younger riders. Lovely views of Tomorrowland and the Castle,  especially if riding at night.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Space Mountain

Type of Ride - High Speed Rollercoaster in the dark. You sit in a rocket with your legs either side. Each rocket seats 6 people however you are in your own capsule.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You are fastened in with a lap bar so that always means no loop the loops. Safe for younger riders who aren't afraid of the dark. Space simulation noises throughout so does feel realistic! If you are tall avoid the front row as there is very little space for long legs. Seems to break down quite a lot so check the app for closures.

Min Height - 44"/112cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes


Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Type of Ride - Slow moving train ride which takes you on a tour of Tomorrowland, and through some of the attractions. Comfortably seats 4.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be dark at times. Queue seems to always be busy however it does move quickly.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No


Tomorrowland Speedway

Type of Ride - Drive your own car around the large track.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Steering can be done by younger riders, although they might not be able to reach the control pedals. Luckily pedals are available on both sides of the car. Cars are petrol so can be quite smelly at times as there are a lot on the track. Queue tends to move quickly. Currently closed at the moment and has been for quite a while. Couldn't see any refurbishment underway on the actual ride however there is a Tron ride being built close by.

Min Height - 32"/81cm and 54"/137cm to ride alone.
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Fantasyland

Mad Tea Party

Type of Ride - Classic cup and saucers ride. Comfortably seats two adults and two children.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Spin the wheel in the centre of the cup to make you saucer spin you round faster. If you have a larger party make sure you ask for two cups as you move to the front of the queue as you will be squeezed into one otherwise.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Type of Ride - Fly around on Dumbo The Flying Elephant. Use the lever to make Dumbo go higher or lower.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - There are two Dumbo rides which helps reduce queue waiting times. There is an indoor play area midway through the queue. It's huge inside with an area for 2-3 year olds and 4-8 year olds. You don't have to go on the ride to go in the Dumbo play area you can just leave via the exit after the kids have finished.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


The Barnstormer

Type of Ride - A junior rollercoaster. Seats 2 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The queue for this ride can reach up to 90 minutes at time. The actual ride lasts less than 40 seconds. On the plus side you can usually access a Fast Pass throughout the day. The perfect 'entry level' roller coaster for children is what makes this such a popular choice. Make sure you hold onto your cap if you have one as you speed round the track!

Min Height - 35"/89cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


It's A Small World 

Type of Ride - A large boat ride through different countries around the world.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Each boat can seat approx 20 people, the queue is constantly moving. Once you have been on the ride I can guarantee you will have the 'It's a Small World' song playing in your head for the rest of the day. If you have any loose change the children can throw them into the water, there is a large coin collection which has been there for some time.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


Peter Pan's Flight

Type of Ride - Fly high over the rooftops of London in your very own pirate ship to Neverland. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Extremely popular. There is always a large queue time. Sometimes 2 hours plus. Fast pass is available but is usually booked up. Can be dark in places with UV and good use of LED lighting to give the ride some special effects.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


 Under The Sea - Journey Of The Little Mermaid

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride. Hop on board your own shell for a journey under the sea. Each shell sits two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - make sure you join the right queue as you can meet Ariel right next door. Lots of music and characters will have you singing along. The ride tells the story from beginning to end. Don't forget to look up as you start to move down under the sea.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

 The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride through the Hundred Acre Wood. Each honey pot sits 4 comfortably. Two in the front, two in the back.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Visit lots of characters along the way while your honey pot bounces like tigger and sways side to side as it gets caught on a blustery day.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Seven Dwarves Mine Train

Type of Ride - Child friendly rollercoaster. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be fast and steep in places however slows quickly as you enter the mines where you see the dwarves at work. Queue times are crazy, can reach over 200 minutes at times. Fast passes for this ride are booked months in advance. Remember to smile as if you scan your magic band you get a nice video and stills from your ride. This was Little J's favourite ride in the entire park so be prepared to ride more than once!

Min Height - 38"/97cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes and a video too.

Prince Charming Regal Carousel 

Type of Ride - An old fashioned carousel ride with views of the castle and fantasyland.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The carousel can accommodate a lot of riders so queue will move quickly.  You can ride on the same horse as your little one, just put them on first, fasten the seatbelt around them and climb on behind as the bigger horses have room for two.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Liberty Square


Haunted Mansion

Type of Ride - A spine tingling tour of the dark, haunted estate. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be large queues at times but keep checking for a fast pass as one will usually become available later on in the evening.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Frontierland


Splash Mountain

Type of Ride - Long Flume ride based on The Song Of The South. Each flume seats upto 8 people comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You can queue separately for the front row however this will increase your queuing time by a little.  The ride is quite long with lots of ups and downs both inside and out. The main drop is quite steep and the force of the splash when you reach the bottom may be too much for little ones. If you are not riding there is a small sheltered play area just by the exit. If you are riding expect to get wet, lots of fun especially on a hot day.

Min Height - 40"/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Type of Ride - Runaway mine train type rollercoaster. Each cart seats two comfortably. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Queue times vary dramatically depending on the time of day. Towards park closure the queue time can be as little as 5 minutes and riding in the dark has the added bonus of seeing the fireworks if you time it right. You can sit three in a cart if you have a little one who is wanting to sit between two adults to feel safe.

Min Height - 40'/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise

Type of Ride - Journey though the exotic rivers on board a boat with your own tour guide.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The Magic Kingdoms most iconic ride which means it can be extremely busy at times. Don't expect the same experience as you get in Animal Kingdom though as the animals on this cruise aren't real!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Pirates Of The Caribbean 

Type of Ride - Embark on a voyage to a time when Pirates ruled the seas. Each boat seats approx 20 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Your boat takes you through a pirate adventure taking place at night. Can be dark and loud at times. Queue not usually very long. There is shop at the end of the ride that sells all your pirate merchandise which can't be found in many of the larger stores.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin 

Type of Ride - Hop aboard your own flying carpet for views from above Adventureland. Each carpet seats 4 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The two people in the front can control the carpet to go higher or lower and the two in the back can tip the carpet frontwards and backwards. Watch out for the camel.. he spits!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

For more ride guides, hints and tips and spoilers visit our other Walt Disney World posts.

Michelle

19 comments

  1. We are really hoping to make it to Disney World in the next year or two. These are great tips and hints for the rides.

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  2. What a fantastic post! So much detail! We'll be there in November, can't wait!!

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  3. This is great you have put so many hints and tips together to help people get the most out of their visit, and work their way round anything that is awkward or be prepared for it!

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  4. Oh what fab tips here! I am trying to sort a trip here next year, its just so much to organise and prices to sort and money o save...I so want to go!!!

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  5. Great article for anyone taking a family or large group to Disney. You definitely put some time and thought into this.

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  6. I've never been to a Disney resort but Magic Kingdom looks like so much fun. You're never too old for the cups and saucers either!

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  7. Mellissa Williams10 May 2019 at 13:16

    This is such a great guide. It will be so helpful for families visiting the Magic Kingdom who are feeling a little overwhelmed.

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  8. This is a great ost for anyone visiting Disney, it looks like you all had a great time x

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  9. I hadn't realised that there were so many rides here that are the same as in Disneyland Paris! This is really good to know. Have you been to both?

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  10. Oh wow brings back memories. I actually go married here many many years ago, so great to see this xx

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  11. These rides all look pretty timid, which means they would be right up my street! One day we'll get there! Mich x

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  12. I really want to make it to Disney world next year, after visiting Disneyland Paris I want to visit all.

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  13. I can’t wait to go here in the future! It’s been a dream of mine for ages! :)

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  14. My daughter would love the Winnie the Pooh ride as she has a pooh bear themed room. Space mountain was my favourite ride when I went to Disney land Paris and it sounds very similar

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  15. These rides look amazing! I never thought there would be so much to go on regardless of your child’s height. My little one is short so that’s always a problem!

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  16. Oh splash mountain looks so much fun!! Great guide and I so want to visit here!!

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  17. looks wonderful I have never been so its lovely to see @bella97p

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  18. A MAGICAL world of adventure - hope to experience it soon

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  19. Wow great family fun to be had here

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Thanks for your comments. I love reading them :)