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The Top Kid-Friendly Rides at Magic Kingdom!

Luiz Alberto H.

Created: Jan 03, 2024

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2024

The Top Kid-Friendly Rides at Magic Kingdom!

Oh, wow, I imagine this will be a long guide, and you probably already know why. We are talking about the Magic Kingdom, folks. The place where dreams come true, the original Happiest Place on Earth, the theme park with over forty attractions, most of which are perfect for kids of all ages. Want to have a good time here with your little ones? Sure, there is a lot to see, and this is also a perfect place to just take a stroll and enjoy beautiful areas like Cinderella’s Castle, Fantasyland and more. There is so much to see that you are probably going to need two whole days to check everything that Magic Kingdom has to offer.

Do you want to go on an awesome indoor roller coaster? Magic Kingdom has your back. How about a classic carrousel? You got it. Dark rides, family coasters, boat rides? Yep, Magic Kingdom has it all. This is the perfect place for families with toddlers and kids all the way to ten years old. Sure, teenagers above twelve years old will also enjoy it, especially Space Mountain and Tron Lightcycle Run, but younglings will have the time of their lives in classic attractions inspired by The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Pirates of the Caribbean and much more.

Disney Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle statue - Copia.webp

Magic Kingdom is also the perfect place for character meet & greets. Epcot might be a little bit better if you want to find princesses like Cinderella and Belle, but Magic Kingdom is where you want to say hi to iconic characters in their traditional costumes, from Mickey to Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. In Magic Kingdom you can also enjoy a daily parade for you and your whole family, where majestic floats will be moving around showing characters from various Disney properties, from Peter Pan to Mickey Mouse, even with nods to the great Steamboat Willie cartoon.

Make sure to also check your park map and see which shows are available on the day of your visit. You should definitely stay here to watch the fireworks show at night, where the sky is covered by an explosion of colors with Cinderella’s Castle in the background. Yeah, that’s one way to create memories that will follow your family forever.

Here's a pro tip, by the way: get Disney Genie+ if you are visiting Magic Kingdom with your younglings. Every ride aimed at kids - from dark rides like Peter Pan's Flight to Pirates of the Caribbean - let's you use the service, and you will be saving a lot of time with this Fast Pass option.

In this guide, we will show every attraction mostly aimed at kids in Magic Kingdom, or that kids at least can have an awesome time. It’s a lot, trust me. We will also offer specific details if a ride is scary, if it features drops and anything else that you should now. You can also check height requirements in our list below.

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Of course, it can be really hard to pick an exact age range which is adequate for each offering, but we tried our best. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if your kid will love a specific ride or not. Are your children still very young, but have the height requirement to go on a specific attraction? Talk to them and see if they want to go!

Well, are you ready? Let’s check some of the best, most fun kid-friendly rides at Magic Kingdom. First, let’s list all of them based on age ranges, and then we are going to talk about them in detail.

Rides that are good for every Age range

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • It’s a Small World

Good for Ages 2+

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • The Barnstormer (35” / 89cm)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Good for Ages 4+

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40” / 102cm)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38” / 97cm)

Good for Ages 6+

  • Space Mountain (44” / 112cm)

Ride Height Requirements

No Height Requirement

  • Astro Orbiter 
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress 
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

32″ (82 cm) or more

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

35″ (89 cm) or more

  • The Barnstormer

38″ (97 cm) or more

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Space Mountain

48″ (122 cm) or more

  • TRON Lightcycle Run

In-Depth Overview

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Details: Good for all ages, flying carousel. 

Disney magic Kingdom Aladdin entrance.webp

A perfect ride for families with toddlers or small children that just want to have a good time. Magic Kingdom has a lot of rides similar to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Astro Orbiter. You board a vehicle that looks like a magic carpet from the movie, with two guests in the front and two in the back. Then it’s time to fly over the beautiful city of Agrabah for 90 seconds, as your carpet slowly spins in circles. This is a flying carousel, which is meant to be a cozy, relaxing time for parents and their children to bond, smile and just have a good time.

Is there something new or incredibly innovative about the Magic Carpets of Aladdin? Nope. But it’s not trying to reinvent the wheel. This is just a very traditional theme park ride, which makes perfect sense in Magic Kingdom. Kids over ten years old might get a little bit bored here, but toddlers have a great time as they can see the world from above. Oh, don’t get scared, the ride moves slowly and it’s never too far away from the ground.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Details: Good for all ages, flying carousel.

Are you more of a fan of Dumbo than Aladdin and flying rockets? You might prefer this flying carousel, then, which features our favorite giant-elephant-with-big-ears in the world. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is one of the oldest attractions in all Magic Kingdom, and probably the most iconic flying carousel in the entire park. This ride debuted back in 1971, before a relocation happened in 2012, but it kept all its charm that managed to make families smile for decades.

Just as it happens with Astro Orbiter and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, this is a family ride for parents with young kids. Kids that are ten years old and older probably won’t enjoy this as much, but, even then, the ride duration clocks in at only 90 seconds, so you won’t be wasting a lot of time. Oh, there is also a small joystick in each vehicle, which you can use to raise or lower your very own Dumbo.

Astro Orbiter

Details: Good for all ages, flying carousel.

Disney Magic Kingdom Astro Orbiter.webp

Astro Orbiter is one of the many flying carousels in Magic Kingdom, a perfect ride for the whole family located in Tomorrowland, just a few steps away from Space Mountain. This is the kind of ride that parents love to take their toddlers and young children, as you board a rocket and then it’s time to spin around for 90 seconds. This is the same amount of time as The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Those flying carousels are very similar, so you can pick which design you like the best. Are you a fan of A Whole New World? Go with Aladdin. Do you prefer a classic Disney cartoon? Pick Dumbo. Are you a fan of spaceships and exploring the universe? Astro Orbiter is your choice. Or, you know, go to all three and have fun with your little kids.

As it’s the case with most flying carousels, toddlers and kids up to eight years old are the ones that enjoy this type of attraction the most. Still, you only spend 90 seconds here, which isn’t a crazy amount of time to make you think you’re wasting your precious theme park hours. The good news? Flying carousels usually have low queue times, so don’t expect to spend more than ten to twenty minutes in line. 

Details: Good for all ages, carousel.

Disney Magic Kingdom Prince Charming Carousel.webp

So, you want to visit one of the most classic carousels in the whole world? This is it. This is a carousel in Magic Kingdom that dates back from 1971, based on Cinderella, where you can ride magnificent white stallions and snap some of the prettiest pictures ever. This is the ultimate traditional theme park attraction, alongside ferris wheels and roller coasters. Now you can join Prince Charming and enjoy a cozy time alongside royalty, and your little ones are welcome to the party.

This is one of the few carousels in the world where you can sit down, relax and enjoy Disney music while slowly spinning around. The ride itself takes two whole minutes, which is actually more than flying carousels like The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Astro Orbiter. This is the perfect place to bring your kids and take pictures. Or, you know, young adults that are bringing their date to enjoy a romantic moment.

Jungle Cruise

Details: Good for all ages, boat ride, ride takes 8 minutes.

Disney Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise entrance.webp

One of Walt Disney World’s oldest attractions, Jungle Cruise opened way back in 1971, and it’s still incredibly popular up to this day. There was even a movie released not that long ago, with The Rock and Emily Blunt! This is a long, 8 minute boat ride which takes families on a cruise across iconic rivers from all over the world, like the Amazon and the Congo River. During your trip, you will see animatronics of animals like gorillas, hippos and more. Yep, no real animals here.

It’s a fun ride that has existed for decades, and a good option for families to sit down and relax. Every boat is conducted by a park operator that acts as a skipper, and they do a good job talking about all the animals we see and also sharing a few easter eggs and secrets. Young kids particularly like this ride, since it does feel like they are exploring a mysterious jungle, aboard a real boat with animals of all kinds surrounding them. Older kids (10yo+) might get a little bored, but this is still a good ride to come at least once if you have younglings in your party.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Details: Good for all ages, boat ride, ride takes 8:30 minutes.

Disney Magic Kingdom Pirates of the Caribbean.webp

Magic Kingdom is home to some of the most classic rides of all time, and here is the one that launched a multi-billion movie franchise featuring everyone’s favorite pirate, (captain) Jack Sparrow! This is a boat ride where you travel through dark tunnels, explore the depths of a dungeon and can even watch as two pirate ships fire their cannons and battle each other. It’s a fun ride that takes almost nine minutes, and surely one you have to go if you are visiting Magic Kingdom.

This is a great ride to come and just enjoy the visuals. The animatronics of all the pirates are very well made, even if some of them might be a little scary to young children. Maybe some of the cannonball effects might also scare your little ones, so keep that in mind. Still, there is nothing here that can be considered thrilling: no sudden drops, no sudden movements and you are not shaken around. This is just a chill boat ride for the fans of pirates out there, and you even get to see a special animatronic of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Haunted Mansion

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride, might be a little bit scary.

Haunted mansions are a classic when it comes to theme parks. Magic Kingdom already has so many flying carousels, a traditional carousel and boat rides, so of course they would have a haunted mansion! Which is just called that. Haunted Mansion. Simple and effective! This is, in fact, the only haunted mansion in all Disney and Universal parks in Florida, which is surprising when you stop to think about it. It’s a fun, seven minute ride through a crazy house filled with ghosts that are there mostly to bring a smile to your face instead of scare you.

Most ghosts here have a rather cartoonish look and all of them look friendly. There isn’t anything actually trying to be super scary, like you would find in Hollywood Studios’ Tower of Terror. Still, young kids might get a little bit anxious, since there are ghostly projections and visual effects that look very real, from ghost-dancers to poltergeists that love to play the piano. There is even a very fun section where your vehicle moves in front of a mirror, and the reflection shows guests inside the vehicle with a ghost traveler between them catching a ride.

The queue can also be a tiny bit scary, with walls appearing to move and old paintings, sofas and chairs adorning the pre-show living room.

There is also something that usually guests don’t care about, but it’s important to point out. There is a small allusion to suicide right after the pre-show ends, as the narrator - a ghost butler of some sort -  invites guests to find a “way out” the room, or find “another way”, something like that. It’s then that a hanging body appears on the ceiling. That’s pretty dark, huh? Still, most people don’t even notice this, and most kids won't even understand what's happening. Still, it’s important to inform this brief event, especially to families and kids that might suffer from PTSD and don’t feel comfortable with that.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride, long queues.

Disney Magic Kingdom Peter Pan Flight 2.webp

This is one of the most popular dark rides in all Magic Kingdom, where you board a vehicle and get suspended in the air. Then it’s time to fly around scenarios inspired by the classic Peter Pan movie, from the Big Ben in England all the way to Neverland. You will also see characters like Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Wendy and more. There is even a scene featuring Hook’s ship, where the one handed captain faces Peter Pan in a swordfight.

There isn’t much more different from Peter Pan’s Flight and other classic Disney dark rides. Young kids might enjoy the fact that you are suspended in the air and can watch scenes from above as you fly next to the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell. You are not that far away from the ground, honestly, but for young children it’s a new and fun experience.

The worst thing about Peter Pan’s Flight that has become a meme at this point? Queue times. It’s very, very common that Peter Pan shows 70 min queue times almost any time of the day. It’s not like people really, really love this ride to come back over and over, it’s just that it doesn’t have a very efficient ride system. Since queue times are usually long, make sure to bring snacks, water and some way to keep your children entertained. You can, however, try to dodge this problem by acquiring Disney Genie+.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride.

Disney Magic Kingdom Winnie Pooh queue.webp

A traditional dark ride that your whole family can enjoy! There isn’t much to say about Winnie the Pooh, other than it’s a good time for the younglings in your family. You board a vehicle which resembles a big honey pot, and then you get to see characters like Tigger, Pooh and Piglet. If something like Peter Pan’s Flight is mostly about animatronics, Winnie the Pooh features a small mix of visual effects, projections and audio animatronics as well, which makes the ride look more modern. it indeed is, since it opened in 1999 and received a few updates since then.

This is a very colorful ride, which sometimes reminds me of the Dr. Seuss dark ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Toddlers usually enjoy their time here, since there are so many visual effects and so much happening at once in a real feast for the eyes. It’s important to point out that Pooh features an interactive queue, which is very much appreciated for couples and their young children. You can find walls covered in “digital honey” where you can try and write your name with the tip of your finger, and there are even oversized (fake) veggies for your kids to squeeze and play with. Definitely a good idea to have a queue that can entertain the little ones until it’s time to board the vehicle.

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride.

A classic Disney attraction that has existed since 1989, and a great choice for all the fans of the redhead Disney princess. This is another dark ride in Magic Kingdom, similar to Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. You embark on a small vehicle and then you traverse through multiple areas inspired by The Little Mermaid, all while you listen to characters singing fan favorites like Under the Sea and Part of your World.

Toddlers and small children usually love this place. I mean, how could you not? This is a colorful ride which uses several animatronics and visual effects to make it look like you are living in the ocean alongside Sebastian and Ursula. You even get to see that beautiful crab dancing and singing next to several fishes and corals. Yes, Ursula appears in all her animatronic glory, and can be a little scary to some children, but she is only there for a few seconds until we are back to Ariel and the prince.

This is a great option for kids that want something calm and chill and, overall, might be better than both the Pooh ride and Peter Pan. The queue times aren’t as long as Peter Pan’s Flight, so you will stay in line for about 20 minutes or so, and you get to listen to some Disney classics, which are lacking in the Pooh dark ride.

It’s a Small World

Details: Good for all ages, boat ride, ride lasts around 10 minutes.

Disney Magic Kingdom Small World vehicle.webp

Alongside Space Mountain and the now retired Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World is an absolute classic. Classic. Yeah, a word that is often used when it comes to Magic Kingdom. This is one of the oldest rides in Disney World, dating back to 1971. If in Peter Pan and Journey of the Little Mermaid you will listen non-stop to classic Disney songs and see iconic characters, It’s a Small World is all about celebrating cultures all over our planet, with dolls singing and dancing during the 10 minute ride.

Yeah, this is a long boat ride. Your boat traverses through every continent as dolls sing “It’s a Small World after all” over and over again in different languages and dialects. This is a very good ride to bring young children and toddlers, since the dolls are charming and have a lot of personality. Older kids might think it’s a little bit boring, but they should come here at least once. I mean, you can’t go to Magic Kingdom and not visit this absolute landmark of theme parks.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Details: Good for ages 2+, “race car” track, must ride with an adult.

Disney Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland Speedway - Copia.webp

This is one of the most original attractions in Magic Kingdom, and something that young children really love. You enter a car for two passengers and make a full lap around Mickey Mouse’s official race track! Don’t worry, this isn’t exactly a go-kart where your children can crash or get hurt. First of all, cars can only reach a top speed of 7 mph. There is also the fact that every vehicle is attached to the ground by some sort of metallic arm. You can move the wheel and twitch your car left and right, but you are not able to change lanes or anything like that. I mean, can you imagine the amount of accidents (and lawsuits) if this was like a go-kart where people could just drive at their own leisure?

Each car has two seats, and there is a single pedal that is used to accelerate your vehicle. If you let go of it, the car breaks automatically, so it’s not complicated at all to just start driving. You need to be at least 32” AND have an adult with you to go on this ride, so it’s a good one for a parent and a single child. Only older children or adults can drive alone, since you need to be at least 54” for that.

There’s a good chance that the adult in the party will be the one that accelerates the car, since it’s pretty common that the child isn’t tall enough to reach the pedal. The pedal is located in the front-middle section of the vehicle, so it doesn’t matter if you decide to take the left or right seat. Let your child decide where they want to sit and have fun! This is also a fun attraction if you want to get a closer look at Tron Lightcycle Run, since the track gets you close to the roller coaster tracks. You should also come here at night, since the queue times tend to be lower and you can see Tron filled with a spectacle of lights.

The Barnstormer

Details: Good for ages 2+, junior roller coaster.

Disney Magic Kingdom barnstormer.webp

Welcome to a very chill ride that has a very good chance of being your kids first ever roller coaster! The Barnstormer is a ride inspired by Goofy, a small roller coaster aimed at kids that doesn’t feature any loops, huge drops or anything that could give you a headache. It’s mostly a testing ground to see if your children will love roller coasters in the future, and then jump to something like Hollywood Studios’ Slinky Dog Dash later on. In fact, after testing the ground with The Barnstormer, you can take your children to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, both of them also located in Magic Kingdom!

The Barnstormer only takes 53 seconds from the moment your train leaves the station to the end of the ride, the highest drop is around 30 ft and it reaches a maximum speed of 25mph. Tron Lightcycle Run, in comparison, reaches 59 mph at the start. So, yeah, The Barnstormer isn’t scary. It is a fun ride, though, especially for toddlers and small children from two to five years old. They have a blast here, since it’s actually not very easy to find roller coasters for the younglings out there.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Details: Good for ages 2+, 3D theater, movie lasts 12 minutes.

This is a fan favorite when it comes to 3D theaters in Walt Disney World. Much like Hollywood Studios’ Muppets 3D Vision and It’s Tough to Be a Bug in Animal Kingdom, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a 3D movie made for the entire family. Instead of Flik, Gonzo and Kermit, however, you will follow Donald Duck in his (mis)adventures after he steals Mickey’s sorcerer hat from Fantasia and ends up traveling to different universes, all of them based on Disney’s movies and properties.

There isn’t any age restriction for PhilharMagic, so you can bring anyone you wish. Just make sure your children are okay using 3D glasses and can stay seated for about twelve minutes. If they are fine with that, they will surely have a lot of fun. Donald is as charismatic (and angry) as ever, and ends up visiting Simba from The Lion King, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and even Jasmine and Aladdin. Each time Donald goes to another world a new song starts playing, which is a nice touch, especially for our kids that love to listen to Disney songs like “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “A Whole New World”.

There isn’t anything here that could be considered scary, like it happens in It’s Tough to be a Bug when Black Widows appear hanging from the ceiling. This is just a very colorful, fun 3D theater and certainly one of the best ones in Walt Disney World.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

Details: Good for ages 4+, interactive shooting gallery dark ride.

Disney Magic Kingdom Space Mountain entrance - Copia.webp

Interactive shooting gallery dark ride. That’s a pretty long name, huh? Well, that’s just a complex way to say that Space Ranger Spin is a ride where you board a small vehicle, grab a plastic gun and hit targets to try and get the highest score possible. It’s a shooting gallery in the same vein as Universal Studios’ Men in Black: Alien Attack and also Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios. The difference is that you don’t wear 3D glasses here and your vehicle actually moves around a track as you aim and shoot at animatronics, while in Toy Story Mania you always stop in front a virtual screen to hit targets that are all created digitally.

Kids usually love this ride, since it plays very much like a video game. Almost all animatronics here have small symbols that serve as the targets that you should be aiming for, from batteries that pop up in the background to evil robots that appear around you. Most animatronics are very colorful and made to resemble Zurg and his army of baddies.

The most fun thing here is that you can actually spin your vehicle in circles! Even though your train will always be moving forward, you can control a lever and spin your car in circles if you desire, which might be helpful to hit a target that is now past your car.

Our guide says that Space Ranger Spin is great for kids 4 yo+ but, honestly, you can bring anyone here. Sure, kids that are a little bit older will have more fun shooting targets and understanding the game, but everyone can come aboard just to look at all the animatronics or play with the lever and mess around with your vehicle as you spin around.

This attraction usually gets crowded in the morning and early afternoon, especially since it’s located near Space Mountain and a lot of guests head to Tomorrowland as soon as the park opens. Queue times are usually around 40 min in the morning, but get lower (around 20 min or so) after 2pm.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Details: good for ages 4+, family roller coaster.

Disney Magic Kingdom Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 1 - Copia.webp

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is another junior roller coaster in Magic Kingdom, and the next step in thrilling adventures after you take your kids to The Barnstormer. The main drop height is 39 ft and Seven Dwarves reaches a speed of 34 mph, against The Barnstormer’s 25 mph. As you can see, this is an upgrade for our younglings, and a great, fun ride that opened back in 2014. Yep, this roller coaster isn’t even that old, considering that a lot of attractions in Magic Kingdom are from 1971!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fan favorite and incredibly popular, which explains why queue times can easily reach 120 min during any time of the day. It’s also not included with Disney Genie+, so you need to get an individual Lightning Lane for it if you want access to the special line.

Is it worth it? Sure, if you are planning on coming here once and your kids are big fans of Snow White. There is nothing mind blowing about Seven Dwarfs Mine train, and Hollywood Studios’ Slinky Dog Dash is overall a better family coaster, but this doesn’t mean that this isn’t a fun ride.

You won’t find any loops, inversions, sharp turns or crazy g-forces that might give you a headache. This roller coaster is all about short drops and a few mild turns, but nothing that could be called extreme. This is also a long roller coaster that takes about 3 minutes for a full run, but there is an explanation for that: there are some parts where Seven Dwarfs Mine Train acts more like a dark ride, as your train explores dark mines and you can see the dwarves working and singing. There is even a small section where you can spot Snow White dancing and throwing a party with her little friends! Cool.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Details: Good for ages 4+, family roller coaster.

Disney Magic Kingdom Big Thunder.webp

Hey, another iconic roller coaster in Magic Kingdom! This is also another very good option for families that want to bring their young kids to experience the thrills of a roller coaster. In fact, I’d say that Big Thunder is very similar to Seven Dwarfs Mine train, from the featured drops and turns to the overall track layout. I don’t even understand why you need to be slightly taller to ride Big Thunder in comparison to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Wait, maybe I know! Big Thunder reaches a top speed of 35 mph, which is one more than the ride based on Snow White, whew. But wait, the main drop is actually a little bit less intense than what you find at Seven Dwarfs, at around 28 ft. Huh, weird.
Jokes aside, there is a reason that might explain why you need to be a little bit taller to ride this mine cart. Big Thunder is simply an older ride, which means that it’s also more bumpy and less comfortable than Seven Dwarfs. You will be bouncing in every turn during this loud yet classic attraction, which might be too much for some young children.

The good news? Queue times are usually way shorter here than what you’d find at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It's not uncommon to face a 20-40 minute queue for Big Thunder during the afternoon, while you’d probably need to wait 120 min just to ride Seven Dwarfs. Oh, you can also make use of Disney Genie+, while Seven Dwarfs only allows for individual Lightning Lanes.

Space Mountain

Details: Good for ages 6+, family roller coaster, in the dark, sudden short drops.

Disney Magic Kingdom Space Mountain entrance.webp

Space Mountain is certainly a fan favorite, and one of the best roller coasters in Magic Kingdom. You should bring your kids here just to experience an iconic ride, but definitely keep some things in mind. First, this ride is entirely in the dark. Space Mountain doesn’t feature any huge drops or even sharp turns, but the fact that you can’t see makes your brain trick you into thinking things are faster and more intense than usual. There are a few short drops, especially near the end, with a drop height of around 26 ft, which catches guests by surprise.

Also keep in mind that vehicles are made to look like small rockets, with guests being seated one in front of the other. What I mean by saying this is that your children won’t have anyone next to them to talk to or even hold their hands in case they get too anxious or scared. It might be a good idea for parents to sit behind the little ones, which makes it possible to at least talk to them and say that everything is fine.

Other than that, this ride is a blast. On the thrilling scale, I’d definitely put it one step above Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder, mostly because Space Mountain is set in the dark and this might be something new and unusual for our children.

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