The 10 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for 2023 (Walt Disney World)

The Magic Kingdom is the world’s most visited theme park and is the crown jewel of The Walt Disney World Resort.  The park is host to more than 20-million visitors each year and features six individually themed lands.   

There are more than 50 rides and attractions in the Magic Kingdom ranging from kids rides to thrill rides, character meet and greets, shows and experiences.  There are rides suitable for every age group and pretty much all are themed around a Disney movie, show or character.

While every guest has different favorites but after dozens of visits to the Walt Disney World Resort, following is our “Top 10” list of favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

Top 10 Best Rides at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for 2023

  1. Tomorrowland PeopleMover
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Peter Pan’s Flight
  5. Splash Mountain
  6. The Haunted Mansion
  7. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  8. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  9. Big Thunder Mountain
  10. Space Mountain

There are a number of rides that did not make the “Top 10” cut but we still enjoy and barring significantly long wait times, try to always hit when visiting the park.  These include “it’s a small world” and the Astro Orbiter.  However, part of the basis for our rankings was the individual rides average wait times as well as how difficult get a reservation using the Disney Genie+ Lightning Lanes.

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10. Tomorrowland PeopleMover

There is not a single visit to the Magic Kingdom that goes by without a stop to ride The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.  Perfect to take a break from the crowds, the PeopleMover is a relaxing 10-minute ride in a four-person ride vehicle above the Tomorrowland section of the park where you will pass through Buzz Lightyear’s Space Range Spin ride, Space Mountain and Mickey’s Star Traders gift show.  It also offers a fairly good view of all the construction activity for the new Tron: Lightcycle attraction that is anticipated to open soon.

Check out of on-ride point-of-view video of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

Ride wait times on the Tomorrowland PeopleMover are usually less than 20 minutes but you can get pretty much board right away on most days.

9. Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is a ride where the guests and their guide take a journey along the waters of the Amazon River, Nile River and Mekong River on a classic steam boat.  The entire trip last about 10-minutes and you will go about avoiding not only elephants, gorillas and other jungle animals but also headhunters.  What really makes the trip are the guides which are some of the funniest cast members across all of Walt Disney World.

And before you ask, a boat on the Jungle Cruise did sink and made the news on a worldwide basis – but it does not change our opinion of this classic Disney ride.  There are a number of photos and videos all across the internet so just Google it to find out more.

And as you also may have heard, Disney Imagineers have make some changes to the original version Jungle Cruise.  But what hasn’t changes is the lions eating the zebra.

Wait times for the Jungle Cruise can get lengthy ranging up to 60 minutes on a typical summer day but a Disney Genie+ Lightning Lake Entrance is available.

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8. Pirates of the Caribbean

“Dead men tell not tales” on the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride.  Themed after another classic Disney movie, this dark ride (completely indoors) will take you on a journey through the Caribbean avoiding a number of pirates as they seek out treasure and loot. 

Keep you eyes open for Captain Jack Sparrow as he just might pop up a few times.

Wait times for Pirates of the Caribbean can also get very lengthy. We have seen wait times around 60 minutes on a typical summer day but a Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available.

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7. Peter Pan’s Flight

Another classic ride based on the 1953 story, Peter Pan’s Flight will take you on a journey from London to Never Land where you will fight Captain Hook (don’t forget to avoid the ticking crocodile).  

During your adventure you will meet Wendy, Michael and John as well as Peter Pan himself – flying above Neverland.  This fully indoor ride takes about three-minutes and is suitable for all guests ages.

Wait times can get lengthy and exceed 45 minutes on a typical day.  If the wait time is less than 20 minutes, we recommended getting in line.  Otherwise, a Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available.

6. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is perfect for those hot Florida days as you will get definitely get wet on the five-story drop at the end of the ride.   You will ride in a “log flume” with Br’er Rabbit where you will visit with more than 100 Audio-Animatronics.

In addition the five-story drop there are three dips to Splash Mountain may not be for the faint of heart (and is limited to guests 40 inches and taller).

A Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available for and ride wait times range can easily exceed 60 minutes, especially on a hot summer day.  If a Lightning Lanes are not available for the day of your visit, try to get to Splash Mountain early to avoid the crowds.

5. The Haunted Mansion

Board your Doom Buggy for one of the most fun and “scary” times of your life.  The Haunted Mansion is a fully indoor “dark rid” that takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.  You will see Madame Leota’s seance room and a number of other ghosts and ghouls throughout this timeless Disney classic. 

The Haunted Mansion has one of the best queues of any attraction in the Magic Kingdom.  You will take a stroll through a graveyard and experience a leaky tomb, musical crypt as well as other amazing haunts.

Since this is a very popular ride, wait times range can easily exceed 60 minutes, especially during busy periods like summertime and holidays. A Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available.

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4. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Fight the evil Zurg and become a Junior Space Ranger on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.  You board the two-person ride vehicle and file your laser cannon at Zurg’s robot army targets that are marked by a “Z”.  The better you shot the more points you get so do your best and try to become a Space Ranger.

The Space Ranger spin is one of the most fun rides throughout the perfect and is considered to be perfect to all ages.  Wait times at this attraction can easily exceed 30 to 45 minutes on a typical day and a Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available.

3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the newest rides at the Magic Kingdom and based on wait times, one of the most popular (if not the most popular) attractions in the entire park.  In this family-friendly roller coaster you will board your mine train and go on a easy but thrilling rides into the mine itself.  Keep your eyes open for Snow White herself at the end of the ride.

Check out of on-ride point-of-view video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Wait times can get very lengthy and we have seen wait times as long as 180 minutes (three hours) so an Individual Lighting Lane Entrance reservation might just be the best way to ride this attraction.  Otherwise, get to the Magic Kingdom at rope drop (opening) and literally run to this attraction.

2. Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain is our favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom and a “must do” when visiting the park.  After boarding an 1800’s era railroad car you will go for a three-minute wild ride through canyons, mountains and tunnels.

Check out of on-ride point-of-view video of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Wait times for are always typically fairly high and can exceed 60 minutes on the average summer day.  A Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is available or guests can get to this ride first thing in the morning.

1. Space Mountain

Space Mountain is the original Disney thrill ride and our top ride at the Magic Kingdom and is limited to guests 44 inches and taller.  In this amazing indoor roller coaster ride you will blast off on a rocket ship to outer space flying past stars, planets and meteors.

Originally opened back in 1975, Space Mountain is still one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom to this day.  Although not as smooth as the latest modern day roller coasters, it was refurbished / updated in 2009 and still give quite an exhilarating ride.

Wait times for Space Mountain are always lengthy but an Individual Lightning Lane Entrance is available.

Coming Soon: TRON Lightcycle Power Run

Currently under construction at the Magic Kingdom is TRON Lightcycle Power Run.  This attraction will be a roller coaster that, of course, will be themed to the cyber-fi world from TRON.

Originally intended to open in 2021 for the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World, constriction on this attraction has been delayed.  As of January 2022 the building structure has been completed and the track canopy appears to be getting close.  However, based on rumors we are hearing, it is highly possible that Tron may not open during 2022.

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 Where Should We Stay When Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort?

The Walt Disney World Resort has a number of great on-site hotels and each and every one of them have their own benefits, characteristics and price points.

There are multiple “categories” of hotels which are as follows:

  • Deluxe Resort Hotels
  • Deluxe Resort Villas
  • Moderate Resort Hotels
  • Disney’s Campgrounds
  • Value Resort Hotels

Deluxe resort hotels include the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  These resort hotels are all located adjacent to a Walt Disney World theme park (Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and offer easy access to that park as well as superior amenities and accommodations. 

In addition Disney’s hotels and resorts, there are a number of other hotel options including the hotels in the Disney Springs Resort Area and those within the Bonnet Creek Resort.

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