I visited Disney World in August, and visited every open attraction at the park.
I loved rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Haunted Mansion, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
I was less impressed by the Enchanted Tiki Room and Magic Carpets of Aladdin, among others.
I visited Disney World in August and visited every open attraction at the theme park. Here’s how I’d rank them from worst to best.
I ranked each attraction based on how fun I thought they were, and the amount of time each took during my vacation. I also considered each attraction’s relevancy, whether both kids and adults can enjoy it, and my past memories of visiting the theme park when I was younger.
The only attraction I’ve never had a chance to visit — and therefore didn’t include in this ranking — was the Enchanted Tales with Belle show. It’s been closed since the start of the pandemic and won’t reopen until 2022.
29. Tomorrowland Speedway
This racetrack ride is one of the few attractions that’s been at Magic Kingdom since its opening day in 1971. But aside from that history, there isn’t much about this attraction that screams Disney World, in my opinion.
The ride is noisy, smells of gas, and takes up so much space that could be better used for something else. That’s not to mention that the cars only reach a speed of approximately seven miles per hour — which I thought was slow even as a child.
28. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a fine children’s ride aside from one glaring factor: Dumbo the Flying Elephant already exists at Magic Kingdom. The “Aladdin” version simply swaps the elephant cars for magic carpets and adds golden camels that spit water in your direction.
At the end of the day, there’s no reason why Magic Kingdom would need two of the same ride, especially when “Aladdin” is a classic film that deserves a better spotlight in the theme park.
27. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
It’s a well-known fact among Disney fans that Walt Disney first became inspired to create a theme park while watching his children ride a merry-go-round. That being said, it’s perfectly fitting that the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel has sat at the heart of Disney’s Florida destination since opening day.
Still, it’s just a standard carousel, and I wouldn’t recommend taking much time out of your vacation to ride it.
26. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Another one of Magic Kingdom’s original attractions, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a 15-minute long show featuring animatronic birds.
There are some positives to the attraction — mainly it being a pretty spot with tropical decor, good music, and air conditioning. Unfortunately, I still find the show to be a bit boring, and not worth watching unless you’re in it for the nostalgia.
24. Country Bear Jamboree
Despite visiting Disney World numerous times as a child, I only attended the Country Bear Jamboree once back then. I found myself dozing off during the show, and was admittedly a bit scared of the bears.
I do appreciate the attraction more as an adult, and I think it fits Frontierland perfectly. Still, the show lasts nearly 20 minutes, and I’d much rather spend that time doing something else.
21. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
If I had to sit through one of my least-favorite shows at Magic Kingdom, it’d probably be this one. Some of the jokes are funny, and little kids seem to love it.
Still, I can’t say I’m a fan of the 10-minute-long attraction. I find it a little cheesy, and it’s really only enjoyable if the entire audience participates, which doesn’t always happen.
25. Astro Orbiter
The Astro Orbiter isn’t a bad ride, in my opinion. Of course, it’s not too different from Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, but it is faster and built on top of another ride to give you great views of Magic Kingdom.
Unfortunately, there’s often a long wait to board the rockets, and I don’t love heights, so I tend to skip it altogether.
23. Swiss Family Tree House
I have really fond memories of running through the Swiss Family Treehouse with my sister when we were kids. We loved darting through the trees, looking into the scenes set up throughout the treehouse, and feeling completely immersed in the story of “Swiss Family Robinson.”
I still enjoy the spot, but I recognize now that it takes a lot of energy to walk across the attraction — energy that’s typically gone by the time I reach Adventureland.
22. Tom Sawyer Island
I feel the same about Tom Sawyer Island as I do the Swiss Family Treehouse. I loved visiting as a child, and I still find it fun today. The log raft to the attraction is a really unique experience, and the “island” makes you feel as if you’ve really journeyed to a Mark Twain-era hideout.
Still, there isn’t a ton to do aside from walking once you’ve arrived, so I don’t go out of my way to visit.
20. The Barnstormer
There are few things as thrilling as getting to ride a roller coaster for the first time as a child. I remember being young at Disney World and being so excited to finally ride a fast attraction — in my case, The Barnstormer.
As an adult, I can’t say this coaster is as exciting. The ride lasts under two minutes, and it’s not the most comfortable for tall passengers. Still, I remember how much I loved it as a kid, and for that, I still hold it pretty high.
19. The Hall of Presidents
I can see why many people would want to skip The Hall of Presidents. The 25-minute-long film is a bit slow, and it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to think about history or politics at the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”
Still, I think the show is worth watching at least once, and the animatronics are pretty impressive.
18. Liberty Square Riverboat
I wouldn’t say the Liberty Square Riverboat is essential to a Disney World vacation. Still, I really love this attraction.
It’s relaxing and scenic, in my opinion, lasting about 17 minutes across the waters of Frontierland. You get to see classic Disney rides like Splash Mountain in the distance, and listen to fun anecdotes from a narrator speaking as Mark Twain.
17. It’s a Small World
To be entirely honest, I think It’s a Small World is a bit too long. The ride runs more than 10 minutes, and listening to the high-pitched, namesake song on a loop for that long is a bit irritating.
Still, the ride is a classic with a unifying message, and it wouldn’t be a Disney World vacation without riding it at least once.
16. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
This ride has a great concept: You have to shoot lasers throughout space — as if you’re inside a video game — to defeat Buzz Lightyear’s enemy Zurg.
Unfortunately, the technology has become outdated over the years, and the laser guns aren’t very comfortable to use. Still, it’s a solid ride, and with a renovation, it could be great.
15. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
As a huge “Little Mermaid” fan, I was a little disappointed when this ride first debuted. But over time, I’ve really grown to enjoy it.
It’s the perfect spot for young princess fans to see a classic character in action, and adults can enjoy everything from the relaxing atmosphere to the festive music.
14. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
There’s a reason you see Dumbo the Flying Elephant on just about every Disney World commercial and brochure. It’s a staple of the theme park, and has been since October 1, 1971.
Of course, it’s best for young children, but it’s also enjoyable at any age.
13. Mad Tea Party
What I said about Dumbo the Flying Elephant applies to the Mad Tea Party as well.
However, I’d argue that the latter is just a little bit more fun — that is, if you can handle spinning around quickly in circles.
12. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
In my opinion, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is everything you want in a theme-park show.
There’s adorable animation, funny scenes, fan-favorite Disney songs, and special effects that make the show unlike others you might have seen before.
11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The storybook-themed ride is one that toddlers are sure to love. But even at 25 years old, I enjoyed every minute of it.
You sit inside a giant Hunny Pot, travel through the Hundred-Acre Wood, and see all of the beloved A.A. Milne characters.
10. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Some people might find Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress slow and outdated — and they’re not wrong. The show runs more than 20 minutes long, and its final scene — which is meant to show contemporary life — is a bit behind today’s technology.
Still, the attraction is special, in my opinion. Walt Disney worked on the show himself, and the ride’s theme song — “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” — leaves all parkgoers with a hopeful feeling at the end of each showing.
9. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
If you’re a casual theme-park fan, you probably won’t rush to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. But as a lifelong Disney-goer, I can assure you that it’s one of the best spots in Magic Kingdom.
Not only is the PeopleMover a relaxing ride that provides you some shady respite on hot and rainy days, but it also serves as the perfect spot to see Magic Kingdom from a new perspective.
And the best part is that there’s rarely ever a wait to get on the ride.
8. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the most thrilling rides at Magic Kingdom. Not only does the roller coaster shoot through a “diamond mine” at a quick speed, but the actual cars sway back and forth as well.
There is typically a long wait for this one, so in my opinion, it’s worth rushing to the attraction first thing when the park opens.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
What’s not to love about Pirates of the Caribbean? When you’re on the ride, you feel as if you’ve truly been transported to another time and place.
Some scenes are eerie, while others will immediately get you singing and dancing to “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” making the entire attraction a standout from start to finish.
5. Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a really short ride designed for little kids. You hop onto a tiny pirate ship and fly over scenes from the 1953 movie.
But whenever I’m at Disney World, I can’t leave without riding it. The attraction is unlike any other at the park, with beautiful sets, vibrant colors, and a queue that keeps you entertained no matter how long you have to wait in line.
6. Jungle Cruise
The boat ride is, in my opinion, the perfect place to experience the magic of Disney employees. After all, it’s the skippers who really make this ride funny and enjoyable.
4. Splash Mountain
Tons of theme parks have log-flume rides, but Splash Mountain is the ultimate one out there. There are thrilling drops, unexpected sprays of water, and sweet scenes that tie everything together.
In my opinion, Splash Mountain will only get better once it’s transformed into a “Princess and the Frog”-themed ride.
3. Space Mountain
If you’re looking for a thrill at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain is where you’ll find it. The high-speed coaster takes you through “space,” with neon lights surrounding you and galactic sounds whizzing by you.
2. Haunted Mansion
I’ve been on the Haunted Mansion ride countless times in my life, and I’ve never once gotten tired of it. The preshow is captivating, the ride is both eerie and whimsical, and the Disney employees who guide you through can be genuinely creepy.
There’s truly no other ride like it at Disney World, in my opinion.
1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
I love Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for a few reasons. On one hand, it’s nostalgic and reminds me of the Disney trip during my childhood where my dad, sister, and I rode it 11 times in a row.
But even as an adult, I truly think it’s one of the most fun spots in Disney World. The coaster is fast and gripping, with twists and drops that take you by surprise no matter how many times you ride it.
The theming is also excellent, in my opinion, and captures both the spirit of Frontierland and Magic Kingdom as a whole.
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