Magic Kingdom’s Best Rides
Best can be a subjective term, depending on one’s preferences. For some, the best thing about going to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom are all of the delicious treats, like the famous Dole Whip, while for others, the best thing is seeing all the characters, like Cinderella. But when it comes to visiting the Magic Kingdom, almost everyone agrees that the absolute best thing is the rides, whether you prefer something more easy going like It’s a Small World or more exciting like Space Mountain. But that’s the great thing about Disney. There’s something for everyone. FantasyWorld, one of the leading Kissimmee Florida resorts, also aims to have something to please everyone, so book your reservations!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a classic, and thanks to being relocated away from the castle and doubled, the wait times aren’t as long as they used to be, making it more accessible. This is one of those rides that just about every visitor has been on, and it’s still worth a ride. Plus, with added lighting, it’s taken on new appeal in the evening, as well.
Another classic that everyone should experience at least once is It’s a Small World. It’s worth the earworm! Plus, it’s ideal for little kids that may not be up for some of the more adventurous rides. Parents often split up, taking the younger ones to Small World, while the older kids head to another nearby, more thrilling ride. Then you can meet up afterword. Just try to find comparable lines.
Space Mountain is one of those rides that is better for slightly older children and those who like a rush and a thrill. This outerspace roller coaster does tend to have long lines, so it may be worth using the FastPass+ or try to go early in the morning or late in the evening. This is a good mid-range coaster; just thrilling enough for those who enjoy a bit of a wild ride, but not so intense that it will really scare riders, though you know yourself and your children best.
A similar, but more brightly lit thrill ride is Big Thunder Mountain. This runaway mine train roller coaster takes you on a crazy ride through the landscape of the Old West. You’ll definitely get whipped about so hang on during this “wildest ride in the wilderness”. This is another where it’s best to go first thing in the morning or late in the evening, but may not be worth using a FastPass+
Splash Mountain is fun, just thrilling enough, and is a nice refresher from the Florida heat. Audio and animatronics tell a story as you glide along on this log flume ride. The only real screamer moment is the drop, and depending on how hot it is outside, you might welcome it, stomach drop and all!
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the newest rides, but it’s gentle enough for those who aren’t sure yet about heights and it’s fairly smooth with fun themes and animatronics. This is one where you probably want to use the FastPass+ due to its popularity.
If you’re looking to get out of the sun, head for the Haunted Mansion ride. Fortunately for little ones, the ghosts here are all quite friendly, but it is a dark ride, so keep that in mind for particularly young or sensitive children. This is one that is good to visit almost any time and can be a cooling break.
Finally, one of the consistently popular rides is Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s had a few updates over the years, especially since the film franchise, but remains a fun boat ride full of swashbuckling and humor that is generally low-key enough to be OK for most ages, outside of the occasional gunshot sound. You’ll likely need a FastPass+ for this popular ride.
These are some of the consistently most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom, though there are plenty of others that may appeal to your own personal tastes and nostalgia. If you’re there during the particularly warm weather, try to schedule things like the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover and Mickey’s PhilharMagic for a break from the midday heat and as a nice rest for your feet. Plus, you can really cool off when you get back to your vacation villa at FantasyWorld, which has its own water park with pools, slides, and so much more. If you’re planning a Magic Kingdom visit, be sure to stay at FantasyWorld, one of the best Kissimmee Florida resorts!
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