What Are The Best Rides At Magic Kingdom For Young Children?


Whenever you visit the Magic Kingdom in Florida with your family you always want to make sure they have a good time. If you have kids between 8 – 12 years old they’ll most likely be able to go on almost any ride without worry. 5 – 7 year olds they’ll be able to go on fewer rides but still be able to have a good time. 2 – 4 year olds however may have a more difficult time due to either the intensity of the ride itself or the theming.

Very young children may find Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean too scary and they might find rides like Splash Mountain too intense. So here is a list of the best rides for small children based on personal experience as having been a young child and taking young kids to parks later in life.

It’s A Small World

This ride is smooth sailing all around with plenty of eye candy and an iconic sound that will have you and your kids singing along. You also get to see glimpses of various cultures and different parts of the world. Just keep and eye on your kids and make sure they don’t try to leave the boat.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

A wonderful little visit to see Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre wood as your see Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Too, Kanga, Tigger, Owl and Gopher as you experience scenes from the first Pooh film. Plenty of atmosphere and fun music that will keep the children entertained. 

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Travel under the sea and see the wonderful world of The Little Mermaid. The ride is similar to The Haunted Mansion as it is continuously moving but it lacks the frightful imagery and replaces them with fun songs. Any fan of the iconic Disney Princess will get a kick out of this one.

– Prince Charming Regal Carousel 

Do your little ones like riding horses? Then this is the perfect ride for them. Simply select your steed and venture off to a fairy tale experience as you go up and down and know what its like to ride a horse. If you or your children have weak stomachs this may not be the best option for you.

Mad Tea Party

The fun of going around in circles with the characters of Alice in Wonderland is definitely something your little dreamer will enjoy. Not only that but you can spin your cup faster as you move the center wheel. Though if you or your children have a weak stomach or get dizzy easily it is recommended to just sit tight and enjoy the ride as it is without that extra spin.

Jungle Cruise

Take your kids on a grand expedition as you see a large assortment of animatronic animals as you slowly drift down a river. Kids will also get a laugh from the various puns and jokes from the boat’s skipper. Though please do keep an eye on your children and make sure they stay seated.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Venture off to Neverland with everyone’s favorite Lost Boy Peter along with Wendy, John and Michael. Meet mermaids, Indians, pirates and see vast landscapes like an areal view of London and the different environments of Neverland. Though if your children are afraid of heights this adventure may not be right for them.

Carousel of Progress

Want a nice quiet ride that doubles as a show for your kids? Well here’s a wonderful little attraction that takes you through the history of the 20th century and our evolution of technology that also has plenty of fun laughs and charming family moments. Make sure that your children are seated during this experience. 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant/The Magic Carpets of Aladdin/Astro Orbiter

These three attractions are all nearly identical so you will get the same experience with all three. Choose to fly with the iconic flying elephant in Fantasyland, soar through the skies on a Magic Carpet through Adventureland or blast off into space in Tomorrowland. If your children are afraid go heights these may not be the right rides for them.

Hopefully the next time you visit Magic Kingdom in Florida this list of rides will come in handy if your little adventurer may be too small to make certain journeys at this time.

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