Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom Rides

This is our guide to the rides and attractions of Magic Kingdom—the flagship theme park at Walt Disney World resort. This post briefly lists the best rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom before providing a quick overview of each attraction, land-by-land.

If you're looking for FastPass+ information, we have a separate post covering our Walt Disney World FastPass+ strategy and a post dedicated to FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom. We also have a one-day Magic Kingdom itinerary and trip reports that show how we spend full days at Magic Kingdom.

Finally, you’ll also want to check out our Magic Kingdom rope drop strategy—which is referenced frequently in this post. If you have access to Extra Magic Hours, we cover morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom as well.

Best Rides at Magic Kingdom

Let’s start with a necessary point. There’s a pretty good argument that every ride at Magic Kingdom is a must-ride. Call it nostalgia. Call it “Magic.” Every ride has something.

I’m not going to tell you to stay off PeopleMover because it’s boring or to avoid Space Mountain because if you don’t have back problems it might give you some (kidding, mostly). There’s no denying that Magic Kingdom is a titan of a theme park. If you can find a way to experience everything, do it. 

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We have a list ranking all the rides at Walt Disney World, and it’s a pretty thoroughly thought out list. If you’re looking for rhyme and reason about how we feel about rides, check that. This post is for people who want to get a sense of the park. So we’ll just lay out the list. Here is a somewhat subjective, somewhat objective list of the top ten rides at Magic Kingdom:

  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  2. Haunted Mansion

  3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  4. Splash Mountain

  5. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  6. Space Mountain

  7. Jungle Cruise

  8. Pirates of the Caribbean

  9. Main Street Vehicles

  10. Peter Pan’s Flight

The Complete Magic Kingdom Rides Guide

This rides guide is meant to provide you with an overview of all the rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom. Each gets at least a short description and our personal thoughts. Some get longer descriptions. We include height requirements here, but we also have a longer, more comprehensive post on height requirements at Walt Disney World. We also have a post covering the Best Rides for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom, if that’s what you really need.

Currently, the guide doesn't include shows or character greetings, except for Enchanted Tales With Belle. It does include both traditional rides (like roller coasters) and non-ride attractions (like animatronic stage shows).

For most of the rides we give some tips for fitting it into your busy Magic Kingdom schedule. Many of these will be “same-day” FastPass+ reservations—that is, rides that we plan to grab a FastPass+ for once we’ve used our initial three for the day. These tips are all written with average crowds in mind—worse crowds mean longer waits and less FastPass+ availability.

Finally, we’ve also got a Walt Disney World ride construction and event calendar if you’d like to see some of the attractions coming to Magic Kingdom and the rest of the resort.

Main Street U.S.A.

All visits to Magic Kingdom start on Main Street, U.S.A. Besides being the thematic entryway to the rest of the park, the land is mostly a place for shopping and snacking. However, there are two rides on Main Street, U.S.A. as well.

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Main Street Vehicles

Height: Any
Type: Slow

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The Main Street Vehicles are almost a “hidden” attraction at Magic Kingdom. They don’t run all day, and on the absolute busiest days they might not run at all. The ride consists of a quick trip down Main Street, U.S.A. in an open-air, old-timey vehicle. You can catch the vehicles at either end of Main Street.

Riding It: The Main Street Vehicles usually stop running in the mid-morning around 10AM or 11AM, when you probably should still be hopping on other rides before lines get long. We love the Main Street Vehicles, but it can be hard for us to remember to fit them in during our busy morning.

Our key tip for these—sometimes they run before the park opens. Guests are always let onto Main Street before the park officially opens, and oftentimes the vehicles will run during this time.

Walt Disney World Railroad

Height: Any
Type: Slow / Outdoor

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Walt Disney World Railroad actually has three stops—Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland. The railroad encircles the park, giving you unique views of some of your favorite attractions and lands. There are also some small scenes unique to the attraction itself, but nothing amazing. The loop takes about 20 minutes.

Riding It: Walt Disney World Railroad is a great way to kick back and relax. Unfortunately, it can get decent waits midday and it isn’t always worth those waits. As of 2019, the ride is temporarily closed due to ongoing construction in the park.


Tomorrowland is located on the east side of the park and is the first land you’ll encounter if you go counterclockwise (i.e. right) after walking down Main Street, U.S.A. We typically target the major Tomorrowland rides with FastPass+, preferring to spend our mornings on the other side of the park.

Astro Orbiter

Height: Any
Type: Aerial Carousel

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This Dumbo-style ride (i.e. “aerial carousel”) sits on top of The Lunching Pad and PeopleMover. While the elevated position and rotating design provide for some pretty good views, the ride isn’t much better than Dumbo or Magic Carpets, and the wait can get very outsized.

Riding It: Typically we ride Astro Orbiter very early—if we’re doing a Tomorrowland Rope Drop—very late, or not at all. Even early and late, it can take a lot of time and the queue is somewhat deceptive because you need to take an elevator to reach a waiting area, and only after a few minutes up there will you actually be on the ride.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Height: Any
Type: Dark Ride / Shooting Game

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A somewhat surprising staple of Disney castle parks worldwide, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin is a shooter style dark ride where you and a partner ride through a battle between Buzz and the Evil Emperor Zurg, shooting your laser at targets throughout the ride.

We find this to be one of the more fun rides in Magic Kingdom. If you know the right targets to hit, it’s pretty easy to score 999,999 and become a “Galactic Hero.” If you do hit that score, be sure to take a picture and talk to a Cast Member at the gift shop. They’ll usually give you a sticker and a Magical Moment certificate.

Riding It: Space Ranger Spin is a pretty quick ride. It can be a part of a Tomorrowland rope drop or a morning Extra Magic Hour visit. You can also usually grab a same day FastPass+.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Height: Any
Type: Interactive Stage Show

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Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an interactive show where audience members become a part of a comedy show put on by the Monsters. While we typically skip it, this can be a good way to pass a few minutes, and it definitely can be enjoyed by all ages.

Space Mountain

Height: 44in / 113cm
Type: Roller Coaster (Indoor, Dark)

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The Disneyland version is better, but there’s no denying that Space Mountain is a staple of every Magic Kingdom experience. Disney’s indoor space coaster is a fun, surprising ride through the dark.

Much of what sets the ride apart isn’t actually a direct part of the experience. The building’s unique architecture was conceived to allow for the coaster to have space to operate indoors. The ride is actually quite compact, something that you'll quickly notice if you’re not distracted by the general thrill of the ride.

Problems? While it’s fun, there’s really no story. As Disney moves toward more interactive queues, we’ve actually found this to be a downgrade to the Space Mountain queue, which previously had a sort of beautifully eerie “alone in space” feel to it. And the ride is also just an incredibly jerky experience.

Overlays for special events sometimes happen. For example, in 2018 the ride received an overlay as part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The ride took place in near pitch black with a rock music soundtrack replacing the traditional music.

We have a list ranking the roller coasters of Walt Disney World, if you’d like to see how Space Mountain stacks up.

Riding It: Space Mountain is worth an advance FastPass+ reservation and it one of our recommended three FastPass+ picks. If you don’t get a FastPass+ for Space Mountain, it should be a part of your rope drop or Extra Magic Hour strategy.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Height: 32in / 81cm
Type: Go Kart

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Tomorrowland Speedway is the rare ride in Disney parks that is unequivocally more fun for kids than adults. The ride is a simple go-kart type ride around a course in Tomorrowland.

The course doesn’t provide any really notable views that would make it worth it for adults. While kids will enjoy getting a chance to drive, most adults will be unimpressed and probably more concerned with the nauseating fumes. If your kids have to ride the go karts at every amusement park they visit, Tomorrowland Speedway fits the bill.

Riding It: If we don’t visit this as part of a Tomorrowland rope drop, we’ll usually count on getting a same-day FastPass+. It’s rare that we find midday waits to be worth it.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Height: Any
Type: Slow / Outdoor

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PeopleMover is a classic and our personal favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. But not everyone will enjoy it. It’s a slow, elevated ride through Tomorrowland in four-person, open-air carts.

While it has some cool “behind the scenes” moments where you ride through other rides in Tomorrowland, it’s mostly just a chance to relax for a few minutes and enjoy some views you can’t get anywhere else.

Riding It: The PeopleMover queue is a good meter for Magic Kingdom crowds. If the wait is longer than 10 minutes, the park is crowded. Longer than 20 minutes and the park is very crowded. Either way, it’s likely to be one of the shorter waits you encounter midday, so plan on it then.

Alternatively—or additionally—you can ride it at night. We find it to be a better experience at night, and if you’re really just burning time the Cast Members may let you stay on the ride for multiple loops.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Height: Any
Type: Indoor Animatronic Stage Show

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Carousel of Progress is billed as being the stage show with the most performances in the history of American Theater, having debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. The attraction is a rotating theater that takes you through four scenes about technological progress and the American family. The 21-minute show begins in the decade of the 1900s and concludes around modern times.

Honestly, Carousel of Progress can be a bit boring. People fall asleep, and we don’t blame them (seriously—it’s 100 degrees outside, they’ve been walking around for 6+ hours, it’s understandable). Personally, we get a kick out of some of the humor (both intentional and unintentional, surely).

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The ride does have a huge nostalgia factor, as it is home to the great Disney parks classic tune “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and is widely known to be one of Walt’s favorite attractions.

Watching It: The show starts every five minutes and almost never has a wait beyond that. If you find yourself in the middle of the day feeling like you’ve made good progress, take a second to enjoy the classic.


Fantasyland is located on the north side of the park. Most of its rides are open during morning Extra Magic Hours. An afternoon of same-day FastPass+ in Fantasyland is a staple of our visits to Magic Kingdom, so most of our recommendations will count on that. That said, if you have small children or you have to ride certain Fantasyland rides, you might prioritize them earlier in the day.

The Barnstormer

Height: 35in / 89cm
Type: Kiddie Coaster

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The Barnstormer is a kiddie coaster located in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland. The ride isn't anything spectacular, but it has a height requirement that makes it a little more accessible than some of the other thrill rides in the park. We always rely on same-day FastPass+ for it.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Height: Any
Type: Aerial Carousel

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant is such a classic that many writers (including us) refer to all “aerial carousel” rides at “Dumbo rides.”  Due to its popularity, the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction has two (nearly) identical carousels. On the attraction, guests hop into their Dumbo vehicles, which rotate around a center point while they move the vehicles up and down.

Riding It: Of the three aerial carousel rides, Dumbo is the most classic and, owing to its higher capacity, will typically have the shortest waits. That said, it’s also usually easy to grab a same-day FastPass+ for it, and that’s our preferred way of riding it.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Height: Any
Type: Interactive / Character Meet

Enchanted Tales with Belle is a different sort of character interaction. Rather than the traditional meet and greet with autographs and a simple photo, guests on Enchanted Tales will get to reenact parts of Beauty and the Beast for Belle. Kids and adults alike will be asked to participate, so be prepared!

Experiencing It: Enchanted Tales is a middle-demand ride. It rarely has sustained, high waits, but you may need to catch it just at the end of the morning or in the evening hours if you want to walk right in. Same-day FastPass+ is rare but not impossible.

“it’s a small world”

Height: Any
Type: Slow / Indoor Boat

This indoor boat ride is based on the 1964 World's Fair New York Walt Disney classic. Over 15 minutes, you’ll ride past about 300 animatronic figures from different countries, all singing the “it’s a small world” tune in their native language.

It’s a good, classic ride, though one that certainly could make a person go a little mad. The ride is cute, but nothing about it is really awe-inspiring. For the most part, it’s nice to ride it for the sake of nostalgia .

Riding It: We usually rely on same-day FastPass+ for this one. Otherwise, on busier days you may have to wait until the evening hours. It isn’t worth a morning visit because it’s too long a ride.

Mad Tea Party

Height: Any
Type: Spinning

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Mad Tea Party, a.k.a. “the teacups” is spinning ride. Guests sit in a teacup on a large platform. The platform itself rotates and guests can control (mostly) the rotation of their individual teacups. While those with average stomachs should be able to survive a minimal amount of rotating, it only takes one adventurous spirit in your party to send the teacup on a dizzying course.

Riding It: Mad Tea Party will have among the shortest waits and best FastPass+ availability throughout the day. We usually just do a same-day FastPass+ for it.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Height: Any
Type: Dark Ride

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride in Fantasyland, with a more conventional ride design than Peter Pan's Flight, the other popular dark ride in Fantasyland. The ride takes you through a Winnie the Pooh storyline that occurs during a storm.

The actual story is a bit bizarre, but it leads to some fun scenery. The Imagineering is much better than the plain Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and the Fastpass+ availability is among the best in the park.

Riding It: This is another one of our Fantasyland same-day FastPass+ rides. We very rarely wait in the standby line.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Height: Any
Type: 3D Show

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 3D show with songs from Disney classics set to a story of a magical orchestra gone awry.

Watching It: If the waits are tolerable or you get a good same-day FastPass+, use this one to beat the heat in the middle of the day. Otherwise, its waits will drop in late afternoon, and it can be a good place to pass time waiting for other waits to drop.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Height: Any
Type: Dark Ride

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Peter Pan’s Flight is the subject of much love, much confusion, a little ire, and even a conspiracy theory. As the most popular of the Fantasyland dark rides, Peter Pan is a major attraction for families with small children. It’s also a fun one because, unlike most dark rides, you “take flight” in your vehicle on this ride, seeing the scenes of Peter Pan from above.

It’s a good ride, but it’s absolutely bonkers how long the line gets. There’s no doubt that planning for families with young children will often focus first on Peter Pan’s Flight.

Riding It: FastPass+ and rope drop are really the only two options here. Though the queue is noted as one of the better ones at Magic Kingdom, the midday wait, which can hover around two hours some days, just isn’t worth it. Better to convince the kid that Winnie the Pooh is the dark ride to set their heart on.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Height: Any
Type: Carousel

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This is a carousel. It is not unlike any other carousel. You can ride it pretty much any time of the day with short wait. We often save it for the end of the day when it’s guaranteed to be a walk-on.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Height: 38in / 97cm
Type: Roller Coaster

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It’s not the most intense of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters, but Mine Train is the smoothest and (probably) the most fun. The ride has some dark ride elements using clever Imagineering and modern animatronics. It’s a straightforward ride that kids and adults will love, making it the most popular ride in the park and the cornerstone of most Magic Kingdom planning.

Riding It: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train usually maintains the longest line throughout the day, so consider heading there at rope drop if you’re unable to get a FastPass+ slot in advance. If your family is torn between starting the day at Mine Train or Peter Pan, go with Mine Train. You’ll have a slightly easier time finding Fastpass+ spots for Peter Pan day-of.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Height: Any
Type: Slow / Dark / Indoor

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Under the Sea is probably the worst ride in Fantasyland (though we still get a kick out of it). It’s as standard as dark rides come—a ride in a shell through the story of the Little Mermaid.

Riding It: Unless there’s a real love of the Little Mermaid in your household, this is totally a “filler” ride. Grab a Fastpass+ slot the day of or hop on it with a short wait.

Liberty Square

Liberty Square is a small land nestled between Frontierland and Fantasyland.

The Hall of Presidents

Height: Any
Type: Animatronic Stage Show

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The Hall of Presidents is a 25-minute film and animatronic stage show about the presidency. The stage houses animatronics of each president, and the show culminates in the current president reciting the oath of office. Like the other animatronic stage shows, this is typically a good option for beating the midday heat.

Haunted Mansion

Height: Any
Type: Dark Ride

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I consider Haunted Mansion to be one of the best Disney rides in the world. The ride is brilliant, through and through.

Will everyone think that the first time through? Definitely not. Is it always worth at least one visit each trip? Definitely. Fit for all ages, hop into your “Doom Buggy” and check out the haunted house occupied by 999 happy haunts—will you be #1000?

Riding It: Fastpass+ is usually an option day-of. Otherwise, visit it at rope drop when the park opens after you’ve checked off Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise. The Haunted Mansion queue has become part of the story and is one of the better waits in Walt Disney World. We’d hop in it with a 30-minute or even 40-minute wait.


Frontierland is on the west side of the park, nestled behind/between Liberty Square and Adventureland. We typically start our day in Frontierland and Adventureland because the waits tend to be short while it’s hard to get FastPass+ for these rides later in the day.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Height: 40in / 102cm
Type: Roller Coaster

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an outdoor roller-coaster ride themed as a rail trip through a mine in the American Southwest. It’s one of Disney’s better roller coasters, with fun theming and thrills. It's also one of the most popular rides in the park.

Unlike neighboring Splash Mountain, Big Thunder fits snugly into the Frontierland theming, reflecting American enterprise in the 19th and early 20th century. While the Disneyland version benefits from a recent rebuild, the Magic Kingdom ride isn't too uncomfortable. We make sure to visit it at least once a trip.

Riding It: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is our preferred first ride of the day if we have our ideal FastPass+ lineup. Otherwise, we still usually visit it in the first two or three rides of the day. As long as you’re arriving early, it usually won’t be the best use of an advance FastPass+ because it tends to keep relatively short morning lines.

Country Bear Jamboree

Height: Any
Type: Indoor Animatronic Stage Show

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Country Bear Jamboree is an indoor animatronic performance, much like Enchanted Tiki Room or The Hall of Presidents. This stage show consists of bears singing country music. Much like the other animatronic performances, some people love them, some people can't stand them, and some people pay them a visit just for nostalgia (or to escape the heat).

Splash Mountain

Height: 40in / 102cm
Type: Dark / Log and Water Ride (Large Drop)

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Splash Mountain (or “the water one where people take the pictures,” as one friend put it) is a combination dark ride and log drop ride based on the tales of Song of the South, a Disney film you never heard of because it’s racist.

As we wrote in our Top Disney Rides In The World post, Splash Mountain would be a great dark ride even without the drop at the end. With the drop, it’s one of our favorite rides in Disney World. The ride really has it all—charm, story, a catchy tune, a decent queue, and a big payoff at the end.

Riding It: Splash Mountain’s crowds are heavily weather-dependent. On an ideal day its part of our Frontierland rope drop, but if we can’t get there very early it’s typically a good choice for one of your three advance FastPass+ reservations (grab an afternoon slot). Without FastPass+, don’t delay Splash Mountain too long, as the afternoon heat will draw lots of guests to it.

Tom Sawyer Island

Height: Any
Type: Exploration

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While neither Disney nor we would ever endorse leaving your child unattended in their park, there’s no doubting that Tom Sawyer Island is a place many families visit in the middle of the day to let the kids be a little more free. The island is only accessible from the rest of the park by raft, and it is designed as a place for kids to explore, with caverns, bridges, and a few hidden gems.

Visiting It: If you’re on any sort of schedule, skip Tom Sawyer Island. Were it accessible by bridge, we’d definitely recommend at least passing through it. The rafts create a real challenge though. You have to account for an additional 10-20 minutes of waiting and raft time some days. If you wind up on the island at peak time, lines to exit can be even longer.


Adventureland is located on the west side of the park, south of and parallel to Frontierland. We typically start our day in Frontierland and Adventureland because the waits tend to be short while it’s hard to get FastPass+ for these rides later in the day.

Jungle Cruise

Height: Any
Type: Slow / Outdoor Boat

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Jungle Cruise is an outdoor boat ride through jungle scenes from around the world, complete with a skipper with a clever sense of humor. While it's sort of a “hit or miss”, it is a hit 95% of the time.

Jungle Cruise is a must-ride. While all Disney rides have their cult followings, Jungle Cruise has a fandom and following that dates back to the opening of Disneyland and which has expanded far beyond the ride itself. Some of the best Disney bars, restaurants, hotels, and rides around the world share a connection to Jungle Cruise

Riding It: While in the past we had good luck finding same-day FastPass+, we’ve since changed our tune on Jungle Cruise. This isn’t so much about availability, but rather that some days the FastPass+ wait can get over 30 minutes. Nowadays, we recommend slipping Jungle Cruise in right at the end of Magic Kingdom rope drop.

Bonus: During the holiday season, the ride transforms into the Jingle Cruise. This ride overlay isn’t just during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party—you can experience it all holiday-season long.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Height: Any
Type: Aerial Carousel

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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a Dumbo-style ride (“aerial carousel”). It's really only worth a ride if the other two similar rides, Dumbo and Astro Orbiter, have longer waits. Same day FastPass+ is also usually pretty easy to come by.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Height: Any
Type: Dark Ride / Indoor Boat

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Though much shorter than the Disneyland original, Pirates of the Caribbean is still a classic. The ride is fun, exciting, and a bit gimmicky (although at this point most fans will probably be confused about which elements inspired the film and which were inspired by the film).

There are a couple small drops in there (you may get a little wet), but for the most part it’s a typical boat ride through the dark, taking you past different scenes of pirate life in the Caribbean.

Riding It: We rarely count on getting a same day FastPass+, but they’re often available. Usually we visit Pirates toward the end of our “rope drop” period between 10AM and 11AM.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Height: Any
Type: Exploration

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Swiss Family Treehouse is a walkthrough attraction through a treehouse based on the 1960 film, Swiss Family Robinson. It isn’t Imagineering at its most amazing, but there are some cool parts to the house.

Visiting It: It almost never has a wait and you can walk through it in about ten minutes. Just stick it into the middle of your day somewhere. Usually we visit it after we’ve grabbed an upcoming Fastpass+ for something in Adventureland or Frontierland.

If you get there and there’s a wait, skip it for now. Not only is it not worth waiting for, but if its so busy as to have a wait the entire experience gets claustrophobic.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Height: Any
Type: Indoor Animatronic Show

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The Enchanted Tiki Room was the first Disney attraction to feature audio animatronics. The 15-minute show features a series of tiki-themed performances by audio animatronic birds. While the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions of the show have both gone through a number of versions and refurbishments, they’re both now largely faithful to the original show.

Watching It: Of the animatronic shows at Magic Kingdom, this is the one we visit most often. Mind its oft-limited hours, but otherwise just plan to walk in to beat the heat or when you need to pass some time.

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