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When most people think of Disney World, they immediately think of the Magic Kingdom. It is, by far, the most iconic park in the whole resort. While the Magic Kingdom has the most attractions, it is impossible to do everything in one day. So, to help you make the most of your time in the park, here is a list of the 10 best things to do in the Magic Kingdom!
1. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
First up on this list of the 10 best things to do in the Magic Kingdom is Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This innovative ride puts you in the middle of a video game! It is a fun ride that the whole family will love, especially if you’re competitive.
You ride two people per spaceship. Each person has their own laser gun to shoot Zurg’s targets while an on-board scoreboard keeps track of your score.
You and your kids will want to ride this one again and again. I recommend riding Buzz during the day and them coming back late at night to ride it again when the lines are much shorter.
You will find it in Tomorrowland.
2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The second ride on my list of the best things to do in the Magic Kingdom is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is located in Fantasyland.
This is the most unique roller coaster you will find for two reasons anywhere in Disney World. First, it combines a roller coaster with dark ride scenes. Second, Disney created one-of-a-kind cars which rock back and forth during the ride.
These two things add an unexpected element of fun to what would otherwise be a simple kiddie coaster. The height requirement is 38 inches, so most children will be able to ride it.
While this is not an extreme coaster that will please thrill junkies, it does contain plenty of thrills for most families.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is very popular, so you will want to ride it first thing in the morning or use Genie+. This is another ride that is awesome to ride late at night too!
3. Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a cute little dark ride in Fantasyland. It is an oldie, but a goodie. In fact, this is one of the most classic rides in Fantasyland.
Board a pirate ship sprinkled with pixie dust and get a unique glimpse into Peter’s world as you fly over Neverland.
The entire family will enjoy this ride. You will even love the queue for this one because it takes you through the Darling house, including the bedrooms of Wendy and her brothers.
This is a very popular ride, so ride as early in the day as possible to minimize your wait time.
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Up next on this list of the best things to do in the Magic Kingdom is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is Disney’s version of a runaway mine train. It is more thrilling than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but it is not as extreme as some of the other coasters at Disney World.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is better than other runaway mine train rides you may have experienced because of all the details. During your “wildest ride in the wilderness,” you will see dinosaur bones, goats, a population sign, and an old man in a bathtub among other things.
For a totally different experience, ride this one at night. After dark, you can see a party going on through the windows of one of the little buildings that you pass.
You will find it in Frontierland. Children must be at least 40″ tall to ride this one.
Dumbo is the most iconic ride in all of Disney World. Everyone must take a ride on the famous flying elephant at least once!
Dumbo is in Storybook Circus at the back of Fantasyland. When the ride was moved to Storybook Circus, Disney added a second spinner, which doubled the capacity of the popular ride.
Disney also added a circus tent and a “queueless” wait system during the expansion. The queue takes you inside the circus tent where you can choose to wait in line or to play in the circus tent.
If you choose to play, a cast member will give you a pager similar to that used in restaurants. When it is your turn to ride, your pager will go off and you can then join the ride.
Since this ride is the number one must-do for most small children, this is a great way to wait for kids and parents alike! Parents can rest on benches while the kids play. Plus, the tent is air-conditioned! What can be better than that!
6. Festival of Fantasy Parade
The afternoon parade in the Magic Kingdom is Festival of Fantasy. This is a phenomenal parade! Words can’t do it justice.
Even my husband was impressed by this parade, and he isn’t a fan of parades.
The floats are huge and incredibly detailed. The highlight of the parade is the fire-breathing dragon!
I highly recommend taking time out to see this parade. You can usually find good places to watch in Frontierland.
7. Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion is a dark ride in Liberty Square. It is another classic ride that is a favorite of many die-hard Disney World fans.
You will never experience another tour through an old mansion like this. This is one of my favorite rides!
Despite its name, it is not that scary. It is filled with ghosts though. The preshow is the scariest part of the entire ride, due to the suspenseful nature of the narration.
There is no height requirement, so everyone in your group will be able to ride.
8. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
The Peoplemover is very underrated by first time Disney World visitors. Take the escalator up to the load platform for some wonderful views of Tomorrowland while resting your feet on the most relaxing ride in the Magic Kingdom.
It is one of the best ways to take a break from the crowds. It is also a great ride to do while your little ones are napping.
The track will take you inside some other Tomorrowland attractions for a sneak peek.
There is almost never a line for this ride. This is one that everyone in the family will enjoy.
9. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an animated, family friendly, and interactive comedy club with Mike Wazowski as the MC. This is one of the most unique shows you will ever see in a theme park.
During the preshow, you can submit your own jokes which may be included in the show. Every show is different, as much of it revolves around audience participation.
Many of the jokes are corny, which will appeal to kids of all ages. Plus, it’s air conditioned!
You will find this gem of a show in Tomorrowland.
10. Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise is a boat ride for the whole family. While you float through the famous rivers of the world and experience different animals and humorous scenes, your boat captain will keep you entertained with one corny joke after another.
The Jungle Cruise is another classic Disney World ride that die hard fans love.
This is a fun ride anytime of day, but it takes on a whole different vibe after dark. I suggest riding it during both day and night.
There is so much to do in the Magic Kingdom that it’s impossible to do it all in one day. This list of the best things to do in the Magic Kingdom will help you maximize your time so you can experience the best of what the park has to offer.