22 Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers, Ranked

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About five, I think, is the right age for kids to get the full Walt Disney World vacation experience. It’s young enough to believe in the magic but old enough to be a bit of a trooper. Plus, they’re old enough to remember some of the experiences. 

What scientific research did I base this on? Just my own experience. My grandparents took me to Disney for the first time when I was five. It was the Fantasyland stuff that got me hooked. 

Our oldest, Sofia, got to go twice when she was five. Her first trip was for her fifth birthday and then we went back the next summer before she turned six. 

But when JP came along, it didn’t make sense for us to wait until he was “old enough”. Therefore, he had two trips to Disney by the time he was three and his little sister Ainsley was just turning one.

In the process we discovered something. If you have some patience and plan for rest and breaks, Disney World – especially the Magic Kingdom – is a lot of fun with a little one to experience the magic and wonder through their eyes. 


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Are there rides in the Magic Kingdom that are not toddler friendly? 

Sure. Most of the roller coasters like Space Mountain, TRON, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are not for little ones.

Tiana’s Bayou ride – formerly Splash Mountain – would also fall into this category. 

Is Magic Kingdom the most toddler-friendly park? 

It absolutely is by a wide margin. Even the entrance, walking down Main Street to the big castle, is toddler friendly in that they can have a great view even from a stroller. 

EPCOT and Animal Kingdom each have a few things for toddlers to do with rides like Finding Nemo and Na’vi River Journey in Pandora. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a lot of toddler-friendly characters, like in Toy Story Land.

But all three of the other parks combined don’t have as much for toddlers as the Magic Kingdom which has a lot of attractions for young riders. 

Read Also: Is Animal Kingdom Good for Toddlers? 8 Best Attractions From a Mom

What rides can a toddler do at Magic Kingdom?

There are plenty of great attractions in Magic Kingdom that are toddler friendly. 

However, sometimes when we’re talking about toddlers, the definitions can be vague. Do we mean 1, 2 or 3-year-olds? With the caveat that all kids are different and develop at their own rate, for these purposes, we’re really focusing on 1 and 2-year-olds. 

Read Also: Is EPCOT Good for Toddlers: What Does the Park Have for Toddlers?

What are the best rides you can do with toddlers at the Magic Kingdom?

Let’s break them down. Here are some of the best Disney World rides for toddlers in the Magic Kingdom:

entrance to monsters inc laugh factory
Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory can be found in Tomorrowland (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

22. Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory

Is this ranking so low because I once was picked on by Mike Wazowski for wearing a shirt with a unique pattern?

No. I’m just not sure your toddler’s going to get the jokes. However, I suppose if they’re big enough Monsters, Inc. fans, that won’t matter too much.

The Barnstormer Magic Kingdom
Most toddlers will be too small to ride this somewhat intense kiddie coaster (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

21. The Barnstormer

Riders must be 35 inches tall to ride this surprisingly intense kiddie roller coaster. And that rules out most toddlers.

I will say that my kids – who have been slow to embrace thrill rides – all loved this one at a young age even though it’s a zippy little coaster. 

the haunted mansion at disney
The Haunted Mansion at Disney World may be too intense for toddlers (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

20. Haunted Mansion

This ride has an entranceway with a stretching room and creepy voices and all that. So, if they’re not old enough to understand the concept of ghosts and stuff, this one might be a skip.

In fact, I let the older kids peer pressure my younger one onto this ride and regretted it for the rest of the trip. 

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Cars Magic Kingdom
Some toddlers will enjoy The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

19. Pirates of the Caribbean

I’d consider this one toddler adjacent. There is a small drop and some cannon fire. Two of my little ones loved it. Another? Not so much. 

There is no height requirement, but of course, those aged 7 and under require riding with an adult.

Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney World
Your little one will likely enjoy Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

18. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Like the Toy Story Mania! ride in Hollywood Studios, your toddler will probably not compete much on the game side of this ride.

But they can mash the trigger and check out all the hyper-florescent, black-light awesomeness. There is no height requirement for the ride.

Mad Tea Party Ride Magic Kingdom
Keep the cup spinning to a reasonable level for the toddlers on The Mad Tea Party ride (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

17. The Mad Tea Party

Positives? There’s no minimum height requirement. You can control the rate of spin with the steering wheel thing. Also, this ride has low wait times.

The negatives? Someone can go rogue and spin the teacups at a non-toddler-friendly rate. Also, the ride could really use an upgrade with Alice in Wonderland theming. 

Jungle Cruise Entrance Magic Kingdom
The Jungle Cruise boat ride is enjoyable for the toddlers (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

16. The Jungle Cruise

Toddlers will like the boat ride and the vignettes. However, they will not get the dad jokes from the captain.

Country Bear Jamboree Magic Kingdom
The toddlers will most certainly enjoy the Country Bear Jamboree (photo by James Overholt.HeyOrlando.com)

15. Country Bear Jamboree

I have a complicated relationship with this relic of a bygone time. On that trip back in 1979 when I was five, my mom and my aunt Amy drove me from Indiana to Orlando to meet up with my grandparents.

Apparently, I was super into the Ballad of Davy Crockett and sang it over and over and over and over again on the way down. I was pumped. 

One of the first things we did was go to the Country Bear Jamboree where they broke into a rendition of the Ballad of Davy Crockett and I was pumped again.

However, when I returned as an adult, the show’s Southern stereotypes rubbed me the wrong way and on subsequent vacations, we skipped it.

On our latest trip, however, I decided to give it another try and while there were some cringe-worthy moments, I found it more charming than I’d remembered. 

So, is it the best Magic Kingdom animatronic show? Nope. Is it worth going to? Maybe. Will your toddler enjoy it? Almost certainly.

Astro Orbiter Ride Disney World
Astro Orbitor is a fun ride for your little ones (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

14. Astro Orbiter

This is a fun little ride located high over Tomorrowland. There is no height requirement for the ride.

Liberty Square Riverboat Magic Kingdom
The riverboat ride is sure to please the youngsters (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

13. Liberty Square Riverboat

Kids like big machines. This paddle-wheel riverboat is a fascinating ride for your youngsters. 

peoplemover ride at disney
The PeopleMover is a chance to relax a bit on a warm day (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

12. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

The PeopleMover is a pleasant ride with good views. It’s a nice chance to do something while resting. Also, you get a nice breeze up there as you tool around. 

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Toddlers can “drive” with an adult passenger or ride up front on the Tomorrowland Speedway (photo by John Gullion/HeyOrlando.com)

11. Tomorrowland Speedway

Obviously, toddlers can’t drive. But guests who are at least 32 inches tall may drive their own cars if they are accompanied by someone who is at least 54 inches tall.

However, little ones can ride up front and they LOVE that. 

Aladdins Magic Carpet Ride Magic Kingdom
Magic Carpets is great for the littlest riders (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

10. Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Basically, this is an Adventureland version of the Dumbo ride.

The Carpets are fun. It could use some more theming. There is no height requirement.

peter pan flight entrance with wait time sign that says 95 minutes
Fly over London to Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

9. Peter Pan’s Flight

Flying over London to Neverland, this black light spectacle is short for the comparatively long wait times. It’s a good option for a Lightning Lane through Disney Genie+ if your heart is set on riding.

I do wonder right now how much kids are into Peter Pan. Disney Junior tried to get the younger generation hooked with “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”, but that didn’t really take off and several live-action versions – Disney or otherwise – have floundered.

However, there’s something new coming on Disney+ maybe that will potentially raise Peter’s Q-rating.

The Enchanted Tiki Room Entrance Magic Kingdom
Sing along with tropical birds in the Enchanted Tiki Room (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

8. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Not all the toddler-friendly attractions in the Magic Kingdom are rides.

This is a Disney classic that serves as a reminder of what Disney World was like at its birth, and it’s still entertaining today.

Prince Charming Carousel Ride
The carousel is perfect for a child’s first ride (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

7. Prince Charming Regal Carousel

It’s the ultimate flat ride. It’s perfect for a toddler to have something to do. And, it’s perfect for pictures of a baby’s first Disney ride. It’s simply just perfect. 

Several kids pose with Tigger at Magic Kingdom
The kids always look forward to meeting the characters such as Tigger at the Disney parks (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

6. Character meet and greets

I know I ranked this sixth, but our favorite thing to do with little ones is to take them to meet their favorites, like Anna, Elsa, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

When he was tiny, my son JP was so excited to meet Minnie Mouse, he squirmed out of my arms and ran up and joined the family ahead of us so he could meet her faster. We were mortified, but they laughed it off. 

Anyway, they have a picture of their family of five and my little curly-headed son meeting Minnie.

Inside a railcar Walt Disney World Railroad
If you get the chance, take the kiddos aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

5. Walt Disney World Railroad

This ride has been a family curse. There was nothing my son loved more when he was little than trains. Loved them.

But out of all the times he’s been to Disney, the Railroad has been functional only once. My recommendation? If it’s running, get on that thing before it’s too late. 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride Magic Kingdom
Dumbo is a favorite ride for little Disney riders (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

One of the best moves Disney made was relocating this classic and doubling up on ride capacity.

The little play area in the queue was another great idea. However, watch your toddlers closely because the slightly bigger kids can turn feral in there.

Under the Sea Disney Magic Kingdom
The queue for this colorful ride moves quickly and it is also out of the hot sun (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

3. Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

This is another major hit for brand recognition. The queue moves quickly, keeping wait times down. Plus, you’re out of the sun. It’s a toddler trifecta.

Add in the fact that it’s bright and colorful with a lot of music and you’ve got yourself a memorable toddler ride experience. 

Magic Kingdom's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo Entrance
Winnie the Pooh is still going strong at the Magic Kingdom (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

This ride has big ups for brand recognition. Some of the Fantasyland characters have lost a little cachet over the years – pour one out for Mr. Toad – but Winnie the Pooh, his honey pot and the Hundred Acre Wood crew are still going strong. 

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This classic ride is a must for the youngest family members (photo by John Gullion/HeyOrlando.com)

1. It’s a Small World

This is a classic – the absolute GOAT of Magic Kingdom rides for little ones.

The earworm song. The air conditioning. And the dozens of little animatronic animals and kids and bright colors. It’s toddler heaven.

Does your toddler have a favorite Magic Kingdom ride? Let us know in the comments!

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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