10 Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

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Updated 1/14/2022

The best part about Magic Kingdom with a toddler is that there are so many rides that don’t have a height requirement. That makes it the perfect Disney theme park regardless of how old or how tall your child is. Based on our many experiences visiting Disney World with toddlers of all ages, we put together a list of the best Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers.

Our list of toddler rides at Magic Kingdom is grouped by each “land” at Magic Kingdom. We started with Fantasyland, since most of our favorite toddler rides are located there.

Best Rides for Toddlers in Magic Kingdom Toddling Traveler

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1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 

The Seven Dwarf’s roller coaster is Magic Kingdom’s newest ride and it’s our favorite on this list of best rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom.  This rollercoaster ride takes you on a fast moving train ride through the mines. It includes a fun section where you can see all of the Seven Dwarf’s mining, and it ends with a scene with Snow White in the Seven Dwarfs’ cottage at the end. It’s a very smooth rollercoaster (and not super long) making it a great first roller coaster for toddlers. 

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: 38 inches

Pro Tip: Seven Dwarfs is one of two Magic Kingdom rides that you can purchase a Lightning Lane pass for individually. If your kiddos aren’t tall enough for Space Mountain, we recommend rope dropping this ride at Magic Kingdom or purchasing the individual Lightning Lane pass to avoid the super long line. 

2. Mad Tea Party  

Mad Tea Party is based off of Alice in Wonderland, and it’s a fun spinning ride. It’s a great first ride for toddlers since there’s zero scare factor, and they can help spin the cups as fast or slow as they want. The lines at Mad Tea Party are also very short throughout the day so it’s a great ride to do more than once! 

In the past, Alice used to join guests on the teacups periodically. We’re looking forward to when that comes back!

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

3. Dumbo the Elephant  

The Dumbo ride is a classic Disney ride that you can’t skip when visiting Magic Kingdom with toddlers. Toddlers will love pushing the levers to go up and down during the ride. It’s another Magic Kingdom ride with short lines since there are two separate dumbo rides available. 

When there is a line at Dumbo, they have a fun play area under the big top that kids will love to climb, slide and run around. (As of January 2022, the Dumbo play area is still closed.)

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

Note: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride in Adventureland is VERY similar to Dumbo but with a different theme. It didn’t make our 10 top rides at Magic Kingdom but it’s quickly becoming a favorite of our older toddler!

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4. Ariel’s Journey Under the Sea  

To ride through Ariel’s Journey Under the Sea, you jump into a purple clam to see the story come to life. The entire ride tells a shortened version of the Little Mermaid movie. It’s filled with all of the movie’s characters, brightly colored sea creatures and all of the best songs throughout the way. Aside from Ursula, the ride has very little scare factor. The lines at the Ariel ride are short after park opening but can get long later in the day. 

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh  

As another one of the best toddler rides in Magic Kingdom, the Winnie the Pooh ride in Magic Kingdom takes you on a journey through Hundred Acre Wood in a honey pot. It’s a fun introduction to Winnie the Pooh, and it includes all of the characters along with pages from a book that tell the story of Winnie the Pooh along the way. 

The line for Winnie the Pooh can get long as the day goes by, so we typically recommend using Lightning Lane if you have it. If not, the line has some fun, interactive features to keep the kids entertained while they wait!

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None
Winnie the Pooh Ride Magic Kingdom with Toddlers

6. It’s a Small World  

This is another classic Disney Ride that shouldn’t be missed, especially on a first visit to Magic Kingdom!  The Small World ride was recently redone with updated characters and countries, and it’s full of different sights and colors everywhere you look. While it may be a little boring to some adults, it’s definitely one of the best Magic Kingdom rides for babies and toddlers of any age. Our younger toddler loves searching for the animals and our older toddler likes to figure out the different countries along the way. It’s a Small World is also known for the catchy, repetitive song throughout the entire ride. 

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None
Its a Small World Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers

7. Peter Pan’s Flight  

The Peter Pan ride at Magic Kingdom is a must do for many families visiting the park. In fact, it’s one of the original rides that was open at Magic Kingdom’s debut in 1971. The ride takes you on a ship through London and Neverland to tell the story of Peter Pan.  While the Peter Pan line tends to be very long at any point throughout the day, there’s an interactive queue with games to keep the kids entertained. It’s not a scary ride but it’s dark the entire time- something to be mindful of if you have toddlers afraid of the dark!

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

Pro Tip: Purchase Genie+ and book a Lightning Lane for Peter Pan’s Flight to skip the line. You can also head straight to this ride when the park opens to try to avoid the long line.

Peter Pan's Flight Genie+ Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

8. Jungle Cruise 

This water ride takes you on a boat adventure through the Jungle, where you encounter tons of animals along the way.  The biggest draw to Jungle Cruise is the corny jokes the cast members tell as they take you on the animal adventure. Toddlers will love looking for different animals along the way. The ride and line was also recently updated to incorporate the Jungle Cruise Movie. 

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

If you’re in Disney at Christmas, the Jungle Cruise also transforms to the “Jingle Cruise” for the holidays.

Disney Jungle Cruise Christmas

9. Pirates of the Caribbean 

This fun boat ride takes you through the water on an adventure through the Caribbean searching for the Pirate’s treasure. Toddlers will love looking out for Captain Jack Sparrow as well as the dog carrying the keys.  While Pirates of the Caribbean made our list of top rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom, it can be a little scary for some toddlers. There’s a small drop at the very beginning and it’s pretty dark throughout the ride. 

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None

10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Located in Tomorrowland, the Buzz Lightyear ride at Magic Kingdom is fun for any space or Toy Story loving kids. At the beginning of the ride, you board a spaceship and follow Buzz Lightyear along as he battles the Evil Emperor Zurg.  Toddlers will love getting to shoot at the aliens and Zurg and also lifting the lever to move the spaceship up and down.  The brightly colored neon characters and backdrop are also fun to watch along the way. 

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Minimum Height Requirement: None
Buzz Lightyear Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

Given the rides and shows, there’s no doubt that Magic Kingdom is the best Disney theme park for toddlers. Please share if you have any favorite shows or rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers that we haven’t mentioned!

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