Top 10 Rides in Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean
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We previously told you about our bottom 12 rides in Magic Kingdom, but now we are looking at the top 10 rides in the same Park. These attractions are all must-do rides each and every time we visit.

We hope this breakdown will help you to determine if these will be rides that you need to experience during your Walt Disney World vacation.

10.  Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin- Tomorrowland

Coming in at number 10 is Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland. You will fire your laser along with Buzz Lightyear as you work together to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg.

If your family is competitive, this is a fun game for everyone.  See who can rack up the highest score as you aim at the glowing Z targets throughout the ride.

Make sure you use the joystick to spin a full 360 degrees so you don’t miss a thing.

Get ready to battle one another in this fun video game style ride.

9.  Peter Pan’s Flight- Fantasyland

It might be surprising to see Peter Pan’s Flight at the bottom of our top 10 list, but this is where we think this ride fits.

We love flying high above iconic scenes from the beloved Disney film right alongside Peter Pan, Tinker Belle, Wendy, Michael, and John.

Being able to see Never Land, Pirate’s Cove and Mermaid Lagoon while flying is a magical experience.

The issue with this ride is that the Wait Time can be extremely long and the actual ride is very short.  This can be frustrating and somewhat of a letdown.

We do think that Guests should experience this ride during a first visit, but plan ahead by getting to it early or using Genie+ to avoid long lines.

8.  “It’s a Small World”- Fantasyland

A popular opening day attraction, “it’s a small world”, is a classic Walt Disney World attraction.

Created for the New York World’s Fair, “it’s a small world” focuses on world peace as Guests cruise along the Seven Seaways Waterway during a 10-minute journey through all 7 continents.

Guests can enjoy watching as the many audio-animatronic figures come together in harmony to show that it truly is a small world after all.

This is a slow loading ride and lines can get long in the middle of the day, so plan ahead.

7.  Seven Dwarfs Mine Train- Fantasyland

A fun family coaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the most popular ride in the Magic Kingdom.  Wait Times for this ride are long starting right at the beginning of the day and remain high all day long.

Guests can enjoy racing through the diamond mine on this fun roller coaster that takes them to see the seven dwarfs at work.

This is a good family coaster that has some small thrills but nothing too scary for little ones.

Although we love this ride, because of the long lines that last all day this ride doesn’t make our top five in the Magic Kingdom.

6.  Space Mountain- Tomorrowland

For a big thrill, try Space Mountain over in Tomorrowland.  Here Guests blast off in a rocket and travel into space.

Guests fly past shooting stars and celestial satellites all in the dark as gravity pulls you around.

Thrill seekers will love this ride as it is a high-speed, indoor roller coaster; however, those who aren’t fans of being tossed around might want to sit this out.

Keep a watch on the wait times for Space Mountain.  Even though it can have long waits, you can often catch lower waits in the morning or at night.

5.  Jungle Cruise- Adventureland

Get ready for a real adventure as you board your boat for a tour of the exotic rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America on the Jungle Cruise.

This river cruise takes Guests through a variety of rivers where they can see all sorts of wildlife and excitement from the local areas.

The real winner on this boat ride, though, is the skipper.  The great dad jokes are what makes this ride so much fun and extremely popular.

Jungle Cruise is a slow loader so if it is one that you want to experience, which we think you should when visiting Magic Kingdom, you will want to ride it early on in the day.

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4.  Splash Mountain- Frontierland

Get ready to head down into the briar patch with Br’er Bear, Br’er Fox and Br’er Rabbit on Splash Mountain.

This water attraction is a longer ride (almost 13 minutes) that takes Guests on an adventure through the story of Br’er Rabbit.

Ending with a five-story drop, Splash Mountain continues to be one of the most popular rides in Walt Disney World.

If you want to join Br’er Rabbit and friends on this adventure, try to head there in the morning or evening so you can avoid long lines in the heat.

3.  Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- Frontierland

Also located in Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; “the wildest ride in the wilderness”.

This fun high energy coaster takes Guests through the wild west on a thrill adventure as they zoom by deserted towns, travel through mines, and more.

This is a fun coaster that will have everyone laughing.  As with Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sees Wait Times rise throughout the day.

Get there early so you can avoid long lines.

2.  Haunted Mansion- Liberty Square

The 999 happy haunts will greet you as you enter one of the most iconic rides in Magic Kingdom and that is the Haunted Mansion.

Guests are taken by a Ghost Host on a private tour through the haunted estate that is filled with ghosts, ghouls, and supernatural excitement.

We absolutely love the Haunted Mansion and feel that it is a must-do on each and every trip to the Magic Kingdom.

Keep an eye on Wait Times as they will build throughout the day.  Disney Genie+ is a great option for Haunted Mansion as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean

1. Pirates of the Caribbean- Adventureland

Finally, our top ride in Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean.  This beloved Disney attraction brings everything that makes Disney magic together into one amazing ride.

From the outstanding storytelling and music to a slight thrill of a drop, this boat ride is one that brings excitement and joy every time we ride. Sing along with the pirates and be on the lookout for Captain Jack Sparrow.

Those are our top ten rides in Magic Kingdom, the ones that we seek out each and every vacation. Do you agree with our list?  We hope it at least helps you determine what rides you want to ride during your next Magic Kingdom vacation.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.