magic kingdom rides

Magic Kingdom is the ride park at Walt Disney World. There are so many rides that this post is actually broken up into 3 pages! The majority of the rides at Magic Kingdom are suitable for all ages, even babies. Yes, really. Check out my opinion on babies at Disney here. The few rides that do have a minimum height requirement all offer Rider Switch, an awesome feature that allows guests with small children take turns riding an attraction without having to wait double time in lines. Awesome. That is seriously awesome!

Read on for a quick synopsis of all the rides offered in the Magic Kingdom:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Main Street Vehicles (slow ride): any height
    • Disney rates the Main Street Vehicles for “all ages”. Please note that the Main Street Vehicles do not run all day long! They are only out running early in the day. There are four vehicles you can choose from (or you can take turns riding them all!): fire engine, horse-drawn carriage, jitney, or omnibus. Each trip is one way from Town Square to Cinderella’s Castle, or from Cinderella’s Castle to Town Square. Also note that you do not have to pay any extra fee to ride!
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
  • Walt Disney Railroad (slow ride): any height
    • Disney rates the WDW Railroad for “all ages”. All aboard one of 4 trains (each an authentic restored train that was built between 1916 and 1928) for this 20-minute, 1.5 mile ride around the entire Magic Kingdom. There are 3 stops where you can board or disembark your train: Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland. This is a perfect ride for any train enthusiast… but it is loud when the whistle blows!
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; handheld captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older

Tomorrowland

  • Astro Orbiter (slow ride): any height
    • Disney rates Astro Orbiter for “all ages”. Disney also calls it a slow, spinning ride… I’m gonna have to admit, I think Disney is off on this one. I did not know it was an all ages/any height ride, but even if I had known I don’t think I would let my baby on it. Take an elevator up to the roof above the Lunching Pad and climb into your 2-person spaceship. When you blast off your spaceship will orbit the platform as you control whether the ship rises higher or not. You’ll be able to look out over all of Tomorrowland from this high vantage.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
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  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Buzz Lightyear for “all ages” and I agree. Buzz Lightyear is a slow ride that can be smooth or have jerky spins – but you control the spinning within your car. This is a game ride, where you use your ‘space cannon’ to defeat Zurg and his robots. The littlest ones won’t be able to shoot (you can only see Little J’s arm in the picture below) but they can still have fun on the ridePlease note, if the competitive spirit runs high in your family this can almost be as bad as a game of Monopoly… check out Michael’s intense game face.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older 
  • Space Mountain (thrill ride): 44 inch minimum height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Space Mountain for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. This is an indoor roller coaster in the dark. Mostly in the dark. Once you board your rocket-shaped vehicle you will climb the 180-foot high mountain then zip off into the dark vacuum of space. The only light will come from meteors, comets, and shooting stars that you shoot past. Space Mountain is iconic and a fan favorite, but… actually I really can’t stand it. For some reason I always wind up with a sore neck and a headache, so I just quite riding it altogether.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Space Mountain spacemountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (slow ride): 32 inch minimum height to ride; 54 inch minimum height to ‘drive’
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Tomorrowland Speedway for “all ages”. Make your way to the racing pit and get inside a race car. Strap in and take off! The racetrack is just under a half mile long, with iconic scenes from the motoring world as well as WDW attractions (drive past Space Mountain!). This is actually a gas powered vehicle with working gas pedal and wheel, but the cars are also on a guard rail so you can’t drive all over the place… or cut someone off!
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
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  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (slow ride): any height
    • Disney rates the TTA PeopleMover for “all ages”. This is an elevated, slow, smooth ride through Tomorrowland. It is a continuous ride so there really isn’t ever a backed up line for it, and it is under a cover which makes it nice for those times when you just want to sit down outside of direct sunlight and relax for a bit. For those of you who Pokémon Go! at Disney, it is also slow enough to clock kilometers for hatching eggs (wink, wink).
    • Accessibility: must be ambulatory; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older ttapeoplemover
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (slow ride / stage show): any height
    • Disney rates Carousel of Progress for “all ages” and I agree. Disney also classifies it as a slow ride, and while technically it is correct, I wouldn’t call it a ride at all. It’s a show, and your seats happen to move… so slowly you really don’t even feel it. You enter an auditorium and take your seat in front of a stage where you watch one performance, then the seating area rotates so you go to the next stage. This is a highly undervalued attraction but I recommend you check it out. It is amazing.
    • Accessibility: may remain in wheelchair/ECV; audio description is available; video captioning is available; handheld captioning is available; assistive listening is available

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