One of the million things we love about Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom specifically is that so many rides are ones that we can ride as a whole family. We’ve been able to enjoy rides together since our first trip when the kids were preschoolers. I love being able to watch the fun my kids have as they ride and the joy on their faces but it’s even more special when I’m right there with them experiencing it too. I’ve put together this list of our favorite Magic Kingdom rides for the whole family to help you plan your trip to the happiest place on earth.
Magic Kingdom Rides for the Whole Family
Mad Tea Party
This classic ride is located in Fantasyland. It is FastPass+ eligible and riders can be any height. You won’t want to be late to this very important date as you become part of the tea party in these whimsical cups that spin round and round. The spinning part was not a favorite of my husband’s but you can see by the look on my son’s face it was a hit with him. “Spin ’round and ’round in a giant pastel teacup during a madcap music-filled adventure.” This ride is handicap accessible but riders must transfer from their wheel chair. Sensory things to be aware of might be the spinning or the music.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
This fun and colorful Magic Kingdom ride is located in Adventureland. This ride is FastPass+ eligible and riders can be any height. Riders board a magic carpet and “fly high over Agrabah around a giant genie lamp.” It’s “a whole new world” (See what I did there?) as the carpet flies up and down and around the genie lamp. Wheelchair riders must transfer here as while. Sensory things to be on the lookout are the heights and dips.
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
This beautiful carousel is located in Fantasyland almost directly next to Cinderella Castle. This ride is not FastPass+ eligible but the line usually is not very long and it moves quickly. Riders can be any height. “Spin around, up and down to joyous music atop a regal steed at this classic attraction inspired by Disney’s Cinderella.” Wheelchair riders will need to transfer. This ride is very sensory friendly but it does play music. I don’t care how many times we’ve been to the Magic Kingdom, the carousel never gets old and the kids and I always make a point to ride.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant
This ride is located in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland. This ride is my favorite Magic Kingdom ride for the whole family. Dumbo is adorable and it brings back so many memories of watching it as a kid and flying in the air with Dumbo is just plain fun. This ride is FastPass+ eligible and riders can be any height. “Soar high in the sky on a whimsical flight over Storybook Circus aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant.” Wheelchair riders must transfer. There is some height to the ride but riders can control dips to some degree. Tip: Ride it again at night. The colors are beautiful and it gives a whole new perspective of the park at night.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Have fun with your favorite silly old bear with this sweet ride located in Fantasyland. This ride is FastPass+ eligible and riders can be any height. “Travel through Hundred Acre Wood in an oversized Hunny Pot and immerse yourself in the stories of Winnie the Pooh.” This ride like some of Disney’s older rides involves riding in a car through scenes, in this case Winnie the Pooh. I loved seeing the story come to life and it’s a fun easy ride especially on a hot day. Wheelchair riders must transfer. Other sensory things to consider are the music (As you can see my son is holding his ears.) and the ride does go through the dark. Another thing to be aware of is that this ride does come out in a gift shop. 🙂
“It’s a Small World”
Even if you’ve never been to Walt Disney World you probably know the ride and the song (which let’s face it can get stuck in your ears). This ride is in Fantasyland and is FastPass+ eligible. Riders can be any height. “Embark on a whimsical boat ride past a jubilant confection of singing children from around the globe.” This is one of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom so book your FastPass+ early. Sensory issues to be aware of are the same as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: the ride goes into the dark and there is music throughout.
Not goodbye yet….other Magic Kingdom rides that we enjoyed and are open to all riders are The PeopleMover, The Astro Orbiter, The Jungle Cruise, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
Kids are never too young to enjoy Magic Kingdom rides. You just have to find the right ones. And the young at heart shouldn’t sit on the sidelines. Book some of these rides and enjoy the magic as a family!
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