Walt Disney World is always growing and changing, but there are some rides that are considered pure classics. Take a peek at our list of Magic Kingdom’s Classic Attractions! Of course, we are a little biased!
Magic Kingdom’s Classic Attractions
While it’s always great to ride the newest rides when at the parks, there is just something truly magical about riding those Classics, some of which Walt Disney himself had a hand in designing. These rides have stood the test of time and are still some of the very best that Disney World has to offer!
Space Mountain/Splash Mountain/Big Thunder
If you are a thrill-seeker, you absolutely take a ride, or 5, on the Magic Kingdom’s three Mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain. No matter how many times I ride these, they are still thrilling, terrifying, and like the very first ride all over again. When planning those Fastpasses, be sure that at least one of them hits these rides.
Space Mountain can be the most difficult to get with no wait, so I typically recommend a Fastpass for it if possible. We normally ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder first thing upon entering the park so that we can avoid long lines and crazy wait times later in the day. The queues for all three rides are engaging and fun, however, so a wait in line definitely isn’t the worst way to spend your time!
Pirates of the Caribbean
A true Disney classic and one of the last rides that Walt Disney himself had his hand in, Pirates of the Caribbean is truly a classic Disney World experience. Although the ride has undergone multiple upgrades over the years, including the addition of movie franchise characters Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, it still retains so much of the spirit and charm of the original ride! A slow ride with some surprises, this ride is great for all of the members of your family. It was one that I wanted to ride over and over on my first trip to Disneyland when I was 7 and still love to ride it again and again as an adult on our trips to Walt Disney World!
Peter Pan’s Flight
Who hasn’t dreamed of being able to fly and go to Neverland just like Peter Pan and Tinkerbell? Peter Pan’s flight is a ride that keeps really long wait times posted and for good reason. There is nothing quite like hopping in the Jolly Roger and following the steps of Peter Pan and the Darling children on their journey to battle pirates, save Princess Tigerlily, and meet the Lost Boys! This ride has withstood the test of time and also features a really cool interactive ride queue. If you are lucky you can witness Tinkerbell making a little bit of mischief!
The Jungle Cruise
Now, the Jungle Cruise may not be for you if you’re not a fan of puns and dad jokes. In my family, we love both of those things. The Jungle Cruise skippers ensure that each ride through the world’s major rivers in South America, Africa, and Asia is never the same ride twice! Each Skipper brings their own twist to guiding you through the ride and they keep the laughs coming. We always make riding this ride more than once a priority on our Magic Kingdom visits.
The Haunted Mansion
Full disclosure: The Haunted Mansion happens to be my favorite ride at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, so I may be a little bit biased! This ride hits number one because from the time I was small, I was amazed at the Stretching Room, the Haunted Ballroom and those Hitchhiking Ghosts! The ride has changed some since I was a child, but even after all these years, there is so much Disney Magic at the Haunted Mansion. We ride and re-ride this one simply because there is always something that you didn’t spot the first ride. We love to try to catch new details every single time. The interactive queue is fun and makes the wait times seem like they fly by. My kids, probably due to my own love for the ride, love The Haunted Mansion too! Everyone looks forward to it every single trip to the Magic Kingdom!
Magic Kingdom’s Classic Attractions Runners-Up:
- It’s not a ride, but the Enchanted Tiki Room is an amazing attraction that we enjoy visit after visit. With animatronics that have stood the test of time, the room literally comes to life before your eyes! A great, cool place to sit and rest on those sweltering Summer days, it’s still worth a visit in any weather!
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant is possibly the most iconic ride available at the Magic Kingdom. How many commercials have we seen that feature this ride? How many of us know people who have ridden it? Dumbo is the kind of ride that should be ridden during the day and then later at night so that you can experience the different views it has to offer. Both are amazing and the more you ride this one, the more you love it!
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