Top 8 Rides for Toddlers at the Magic Kingdom
When traveling to Disney World with toddlers, let’s face it, it can be overwhelming. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is home to a ton of options for your littlest travelers, and deciding which rides fit your toddler can be tough. I have been to the Magic Kingdom with a 9-month old, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds and have outlined the top 8 rides for toddlers at the Magic Kingdom so you know what rides not to miss!
#8. Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
This colorful ride has everything your toddler is looking for: comfy seating in a shell, colorful characters, entertaining music, and little scare factor. Plus, after the ride you can go directly to Ariel’s Grotto to meet Ariel herself. I would recommend a Fast pass for both if you have a huge Little Mermaid fan.
#7 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
There is nothing better than climbing into a honey pot to start your journey to the Hundred Acre Woods. This ride bounces, floats, and lifts through the story books. It will keep your little one entertained, and pointing out all their favorite characters. One of the best things is that the wait in line has many activities to keep your little one occupied.
#6 Tomorrowland Speedway/Jungle Cruise
Listing two, that’s cheating, right? Hear me out!
Children under 2 head to the Jungle Cruise, easy cruise through the Jungle pointing out animals, while the adults are entertained by the boat Captain’s commentary.
Over 2 head to Tomorrowland Speedway. I have never heard my sons laugh so hard as when they were driving me around the track. That’s right a 2-year old takes the wheel of the car and you control the gas and brakes. Since the car is on a track they can swerve to their hearts desire and taking Mom and Dad for a spin will be remembered for years to come.
I highly recommend fast passes to both, although you should be able to get the fast passes day of.
#5 Mad Tea Party
A ride for the littlest and the oldest travelers in your party. You can spin the wheel as fast or as slow as your little one would like. It is also a great photo opportunity for all your family fitted into a tea cup. Hearing my boys argue about who made Mommy dizzier was a highlight!
No fast pass needed, usually under a 20-min wait.
#4 It’s A Small World
Going to the Magic Kingdom and not going to It’s a Small World is like having a birthday party without blowing out the candles. It’s a classic Disney ride for the whole family. A slow-moving boat takes you through lands around the world while singing the familiar song. There are so many colors, animals, items from the ceiling to the water that your little ones will love taking a relaxing ride around the world. A great ride for toddlers at the Magic Kingdom with shorter wait times means no need to use a Fast Pass here.
#3 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
This ride is a must in my house, and a ride that is talked about for many months after. A 2-person ship takes you into Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger program where you will fight off Zurg. Each person gets a laser gun, easy to use for the little ones and they can spin your ship around and around. Although the adults will try to get the highest score, your little one will love spinning you and shooting at the targets with their own sound effects of course! Fast Pass recommended, wait times are usually above 45 mins.
#2 Peter Pan’s Flight
I’ll be honest, I never understood why this ride always had high wait times, until I had kids. You board a 2-person boat and away you go, flying into the London night and off to Neverland! There is no scare factor to this ride as it is all colorful fun. There are so many objects to point out to your little one, and it is a very smooth ride even for infants. There is a special Disney Magic to this ride that will not disappoint your toddler.
Fast Pass highly recommended as this ride is usually an hour wait time.
And #1 Dumbo the Flying Elephant
There is nothing more classic than Dumbo. The Magic Kingdom has improved this ride by adding a circus play area for your little one that is a ride within a ride. You enter the line and when you get to the check-in station they give you a pager. Your children can go play in the indoor/air conditioned circus play area until your pager goes off. After that it is a short wait until you take flight on Dumbo. Kids of all ages will love that they can control whether you go higher or lower, and flying over Fantasyland makes Dumbo a perfect ride for your toddler. A plus is after you get off the ride they added a stationary Dumbo so you can take your little one’s picture on Dumbo!
Fast pass not needed as the Circus play area is a great break.
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