In this post, we discuss the best rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom. Really, this post is more broad and covers pretty much all the activities offered for toddlers at Magic Kingdom, so we really recommend you read the entire thing rather than just the top ten list. None of the rides or attractions on this page have height requirements. We close with a discussion of using FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom with a small child.
None of the commentary on this page has to do with how we personally feel about the overall quality of the rides—keep any comments focused on whether attractions are suitable for toddlers. We have a ranking of all the rides at Disney World if you’d like to see our personal assessments.
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Top Ten Rides for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom
As discussed in our Walt Disney World height requirements post, there are 17 rides at Magic Kingdom without height requirements. That’s more than the other three parks combined (11).
We’ll discuss the top ten rides for toddlers before discussing the remaining seven rides and then the other activities for toddlers at Magic Kingdom.
Here are the top ten rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom:
Peter Pan’s Flight
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Astro Orbiter (Tie #4)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Tie #4)
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Tie #4)
Pirates of the Caribbean
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
“it’s a small world”
You can read more about all the rides at Magic Kingdom in our Magic Kingdom attractions guide. But we’ll offer a bit of discussion of the options for toddlers in the rest of this post.
1. Peter Pan’s Flight
While we think the ride is somewhat overrated, there’s no doubt that Peter Pan’s Flight is the most popular ride for small children at Magic Kingdom and that it is a very good, unique ride.
Unlike the other dark rides on this list, Peter Pan’s Flight has the added quirk of putting you in a “flying” ship, high above the storyline. While this doesn’t make much of a difference to adults, it can make all the difference to kids.
2. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a fun dark ride that offers a touch more effects than older dark rides. We think it’s got a bit more creative spirit than Journey of the Little Mermaid, but these are pretty equal attractions.
3. Under The Sea ~ Journey Of The Little Mermaid
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is a prototypical dark ride. Kids get to sit in a shell and be taken through the story of The Little Mermaid.
T4. Astro Orbiter, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin
There’s really no reason to quibble over where we rank the three aerial carousels of Magic Kingdom. Each is sure to have fans in kids who love some aspect of one more than the others.
In our opinion, Astro Orbiter has the best views and the added treat of being extra high. Dumbo is a classic with decent views. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin doesn’t offer as appealing views, but Aladdin obviously has a good number of fans.
7. Pirates Of The Caribbean
Obviously kids with an affinity for pirates will enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean. Jack Sparrow makes several appearances, and kids who are fans fo the films will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to “spot” Jack.
Kids might find trouble appreciating many of the scenes, though, as the juxtaposition of the whimsical pirates in the burning town might be a little lost on them. There are some good visuals in there, and the sets themselves are more impressive than the other dark rides, but they lack the animated character many kids prefer.
There are some particularly dark parts at the beginning and some mildly loud explosions at the beginning as well.
8. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Like Jungle Cruise (next on the list) Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin suffers in comparison to a counterpart in another park—Toy Story Midway Mania! Most toddlers won’t get satisfaction out of the game aspect of it, as its difficult even for adults to distinguish their red laser dot from the dozens of other ones in the room.
But even if they don’t love the game aspect, the ride still offers vibrant visuals and some cool features like a giant toy robot and animatronic Zurg(s).
9. Jungle Cruise
25 years ago Jungle Cruise would have ranked higher on this list. Now, with Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom offerings kids the experience of seeing actual animals, Jungle Cruise is a bit outdated. Plus toddlers won’t get any of the jokes.
That said, we’re talking about Magic Kingdom, not Animal Kingdom, and this is a good change to see some animatronic animals at work. There’s one fake gunshot during the course of the ride (you’ll be told to cover your ears beforehand).
10. “it’s a small world”
Some kids will definitely love “it’s a small world.” They’ll love the song and be impressed by the wide variety of vibrantly designed sets and singing dolls. But the ride has the same problems for kids as it does for adults—the song is maddening and the ride is long.
Other Rides for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom
Honestly—someone could probably list the next seven rides as their top seven for toddlers at Magic Kingdom and we wouldn’t really quibble with it. The truth is simply that if you’re picking the top ten you’ll leave seven good rides behind.
To clarify, Haunted Mansion is not a traditional haunted house where you walk through rooms encountering spooky characters. It’s a dark ride (like Journey of The Little Mermaid or The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) through a house that is home to 999 “happy haunts.”
Haunted Mansion isn’t really scary, at least not to adults. It’s more fun, whimsical, or quirky. Of course, that might be a little lost on kids, who will more experience the spooky voices, dark rooms, and ghostly animatronics. That doesn’t make it bad for kids, but it’s definitely a step in a different direction than the traditional Disney dark rides.
Main Street Vehicles
The Main Street Vehicles are a set of vehicles that drive people up and down Main Street USA in the morning hours. There’s not much to say here. Adults tend to love them for something like a nostalgia factor (we love them), but kids may be underwhelmed.
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney World Railroad is a train attraction that takes trips around the Magic Kingdom, stopping at Main Street USA, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. There are some sets throughout the ride, and it’s a cool chance to ride on a train pulled by a real steam locomotive.
(As of July 2019, the Walt Disney World railroad is under refurbishment for an undisclosed time during the construction of the TRON coaster.)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
This is another ride that we’re in love with but that kids often shake their heads at. PeopleMover is an outdoor/indoor tour through Tomorrowland in an omnimover vehicle. There’s no story or great effects.
Mad Tea Party
We close this section with two universally recognized attractions. Mad Tea Party is a spinning teacup ride, like pretty much every spinning ride ever built.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is the carousel at Magic Kingdom. There’s not really much to say about it beyond that kids who like carousels will probably like this one.
Liberty Square Riverboat
The Liberty Square Riverboat is a leisurely ride on a steamship around the Rivers of America. As long as it’s not too crowded it’s a good chance to give your child a chance to walk around the boat a bit and for you to point out some of the views.
Other Attractions for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom
Here are the remaining attractions we think families with toddlers might consider. We leave off a few—like Carousel of Progress—that we really enjoy but that aren’t particularly appealing for toddlers. We recommend you consider making them sit through these regardless. And don’t forget that by using rider swap you can still visit attractions even if your toddler isn’t tall enough to ride.
While we generally treat characters separately from attractions, it seems important to highlight that Magic Kingdom is a great place to meet characters. There are several character greetings on FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom, and you can use the My Disney Experience app to find out where other characters will be greeting around the park.
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Enchanted Tales With Belle is a character greeting with a bit of a twist. Rather than just meeting and greeting Belle, participants will put on a small performance of the Beauty and the Beast for Belle.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic is an indoor 3D animated show featuring popular characters and songs from Disney movies like Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.
Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bear Jamboree is a tough one. Firstly, we love it. We know many people who love it. We think the jokes are hilarious. Some parents will definitely find the jokes inappropriate for some kids. It’s still a Disney attraction, but if lines like “all the boys that turn me on turn me down” aren’t your cup of tea, you might skip the Jamboree.
All that said, it’s really just about the singing bears. Toddlers especially aren’t likely to catch onto the brand of humor, and they’ll hopefully get a kick of out singing bears.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an indoor show where Mike Wazowski headlines a stand-up show by characters from the Monsters, Inc. universe. The jokes tend to be very accessible, and this is one kids tend to really enjoy.
Tom Sawyer Island
Tom Sawyer Island is an explorable island reachable by raft from Frontierland. Kids can run around the island at their leisure (always supervised, of course).
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
The tiki room is an indoor audio animatronic show featuring singing birds (and a few other singing things). Unlike Country Bear Jamboree there’s not much of jokes that may or may not go over kids heads—they should just be entertained by the singing animatronics.
Other Activities for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom
There are plenty of other activities you can do with toddlers at Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace both have character dining, which is your chance to enjoy a meal while encountering characters (reservations required).
The Festival of Fantasy Parade occurs once a day in the afternoon. The Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party also occurs multiple times a day. Check the times guide or “Entertainment” section of the My Disney Experience app to learn about some of the less popular pieces of entertainment.
Kids will also enjoy seeing Disney characters take the stage in Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire on the castle stage. And of course you can catch the nightly showings of Happily Ever After and Once Upon a Time. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is more toward older kids, but toddlers might enjoy some of the effects.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, for ages 3 to 12, and The Pirates League, for ages 3+, offer the opportunity for guests to receive a makeover into either a princess (at BBB) or a pirate (at TPL). These are paid activities and reservations are required.
BOOKING FASTPASS+ WITH TODDLERS AT Magic KINGDOM
Keep in mind that these rankings only apply if you’re not planning on using rider switch for adults to ride the rides with height requirements. If you are planning to rider swap, then we still recommend the adults stick to our regular FastPass+ plan (links above).
Here are the top five Magic Kingdom attractions we’d consider using FastPass+ on when traveling with a small child:
Peter Pan’s Flight
Meet Mickey and Minnie at Town Square Theater
Any Other Character Greetings
If you secure Peter Pan’s Flight, you can start your morning as calmly as possible with your pick of other rides for small children. If you don’t get that one, you’ll want to start your morning there.
The next three tend to carry the highest waits among the remaining rides for small children. Additionally, you’ll probably prefer to start your day in Fantasyland, surrounded by rides without height requirements, so grabbing FastPass+ on the other side of the park makes sense.
What are your favorite activities for a toddler at Magic Kingdom?
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