Parks Rides

5 rides not to be missed at Magic Kingdom

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World you will want to know the best rides to visit and when to visit them, and whether to use that precious FastPass+ reservation. We’ve compiled a list of our 5 top rides in Magic Kingdom to help get you started…

#1 Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Brown to Bronze VII: Buzz Lightyear to Star Command!

A great ride for all the family! Help Buzz Lightyear prevent Evil Emperor Zurg from stealing batteries from helpless toys to power his new weapon of destruction. Following a mission briefing from Buzz Lightyear, you will be launched into Buzz’s world where you can fire your invisible laser at targets to score points and compete with friends or family for the highest scores!

Height Restriction: None
FastPass+: Yes
Location: Tomorrowland

#2 Splash Mountain

SplashMountain

This is a great ride to cool you down while you’re in the parks. Sing along to Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah as you follow a happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit on the adventure of a lifetime. But all is not as it seems as Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit. A ride that includes more than 900,000 gallons of water, 3 dips and a 5-story waterfall you are definitely going to get wet. If you’re in the back, it could be just a splash, but in the front you’re going to get soaked!

Height Restriction: 40in (102cm) or taller
FastPass+: Yes
Location: Frontierland

#3 Seven Dwarves Mine Train

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The newest ride at Magic Kingdom opened in Summer 2014, and has quickly become a really popular ride. Join the dwarves in their rendition of Hi-Ho as you follow them to work in the diamond filled mines. This is a smooth rollercoaster ride with small drops and hairpin turns. FastPass+ is highly recommended for this ride as queues can be very long.

Height Restriction: 38in (97cm) or taller
FastPass+:  Yes
Location: Fantasyland

#4 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain

Hang on to your hats as your hurled into the darkness of a tunnel amid bedrock and desert cactus. The ride swoops you around sharp turns and dips and drops you into canyons and caves while your aboard the the speeding train. A good ride for all the family and one that proves popular among many guests, however, it is a rollercoaster ride and some bits can be bumpy!

Height Restriction: 40in (102cm) or taller
FastPass+: Yes
Location: Frontierland

#5 It’s a Small World

It's a Small World

The attraction that most people will know about before they even visit Disney, as it features THE song of the same title, but be warned, the song plays throughout the ride and will get stuck in your head all day! Climb aboard the boat from the dock and let the children of the world take you on a slow 10-minute musical boat tour along the Seven Seaways Waterway.

Height Restriction: None
FastPass+: Yes
Location: Fantasyland

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EDITORS NOTE: This post was originally published in March 2015 and has been updated for accuracy recently.

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