The Best Rides for Toddlers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

If you already read our previous posts on Disney World, you know that we took our son to Magic Kingdom back in December. The best part about Magic Kingdom with a toddler is that there are so many rides that don’t have a height requirement, making it the perfect Disney theme park regardless of how old or how tall your child is. Based on our own experiences (both recent and past) along with input from family and friends, we pulled together a list of the best rides for toddlers in Magic Kingdom in each of the section of the park.

Note: The rides are listed in the order that we did them on our recent trip on a Friday in early December, and wait times are based on our experiences on that day. For frame of reference, we started with Tomorrowland, spent most of our time in Fantasyland, took a nap break in Liberty Square and ended the day with Adventureland. The order seemed to work perfectly with our FastPass+ allocations, and I definitely recommend getting to the park early so you can experience the opening ceremony and take advantage of shorter lines before the crowds fill in.

Rides for Toddlers in Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is great for any space obsessed kiddos. Our son was loving Buzz Lightyear at the moment thanks to the little character on Dadda’s Apple watch, so this was our first ride and stop after the opening ceremony:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Range Spin
    • Why toddlers love it: They can push the red button to “shoot” the little aliens and helping to spin our car back and forth
    • Wait time: At 9:00am we only had a short 5 minute wait.

Additional toddler friendly rides in Tomorrowland include:

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (slow moving cars that kids over 32″ can ride in with an adult)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Walt Disney’s Carrousel of Progress

Rides for Toddlers in Fantasyland

You could really spend your entire day at Fantasyland with a toddler given that all the rides are geared toward that age group. Our son wasn’t tall enough to do a few rides, but we got really lucky with the lines during our visit and fit a lot into our few hours in Fantasyland. Our favorite Fantasyland rides on this past trip included:

  • Mad Tea Party
    • Why toddlers love it: They can spin the teacups around with adult assistance, and there’s a mouse in the middle for them to watch pop up throughout the ride. Tip: Look out for Alice in Wonderland; she made an appearance at the ride when we were there.
    • Wait time: At around 9:30am the wait was less than 5 minutes, and this is one ride that tends to have shorter lines any time of day.
  • Dumbo the Elephant
    • Why toddlers love it: They can push the lever to make Dumbo fly up and down.
    • Wait time: With the addition of a second ride the lines don’t get as long, and we waited for 5 minutes around 9:45am. Tip: Consider waiting for a little line for this one (about 20 minutes) if you can. There’s a great play area under the circus tent and a unique queuing system that allows your kids to play while they’re waiting for their turn. 
  • Ariel’s Journey Under the Sea
    • Why toddlers love it: There are so many colorful fish to look at as you’re riding in a clam shell under the sea. Watch out for Ursula if your kids scare easily.
    • Wait time: About 10 minutes at 10:30am. Go early for this ride since the line can get long later in the day and it’s a boring one!
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Why toddlers love it: They get to sit in a Honey Pot to journey through Hundred Acre Wood on a windy day. Our son hadn’t been introduced to Winnie the Pooh prior to our trip, but it’s a favorite of many little kids.
    • Wait time: We used a FastPass+ here around 11:00am and were glad we did since the line was about 35 minutes at this time. If you do wait in line, however, it’s interactive with fun things to do along the way.
  • Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
    • Why toddlers love it: There are so many different types and sizes of horses to pick from, including carriages for those who want to skip the horse altogether. Tip: If you want a photo op, be sure to pick the first horse you see on the outside; they fill up first!
    • Wait time: 5-10 minutes. The line is pretty short throughout the day.
  • It’s a Small World
    • Why toddlers love it: It’s slower and there’s so much to look at. This one was definitely our son’s favorite.
    • Wait time: 5 minutes with a FastPass+ around 12:15pm. It has a boring line that can get pretty long, so a FastPass is recommended unless you go early in the morning.

Other toddler favorites in Fantasyland include:

  • The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train (38″)*
  • Peter Pan’s Flight*
  • Mickey’s Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Barnstormer (35″)
  • Stop at Casey Jr’s Splash Zone to cool off on a hot day

*Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train & Peter Pan’s flight tend to have the longest lines and fill up first with FastPass allocations. We booked our rides on FastPass+ 29 days prior to our trip and these rides were not available at that time.

Note: We also stopped at Pete’s Silly Slideshow to see Goofy and Donald Duck around 10am. Daisy and Minnie are also there, so it’s a great place to take the whole family and there are shorter lines if you go earlier in the morning. We also ate lunch at Pinnochio’s Village Haus around 11:30am.

Rides for Toddlers in Adventureland

Aside from Fantasyland, Adventureland has a lot of great rides and shows for even the littlest kids. Our favorites included:

  • Jungle Cruise
    • Why toddlers love it: There are so many simulated, life size animals to look at while the boat takes you along the river. Tip: If you happen to be there around the holidays, this ride transforms to the “Jingle Cruise” and is completely decked out.
    • Wait time: We used a FastPass+ for this one after reading reviews that the lines are long almost any time of day. The line was at about 90 minutes when we went at 4pm so we were definitely glad we did!
  • The Tiki Room
    • Why toddlers love it: The show is completely interactive with music and singing birds and flowers the entire time.
    • Wait time: There was no wait when we went at 3:45pm, and this one typically stays short throughout the day.
  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
    • Why toddlers love it: It’s techchnically not a ride, but they can climb up the ramps with several great views and things to look at along the way. This is one that’s often overlooked but it’s a great change of pace from the normal waiting and sitting for rides.
    • Wait time: There’s typically no line with this one but it can get a little backed up depending on how slowly people make their way through the treehouse.
  • Pirate’s of the Caribbean
    • Why toddlers love it: They get to board a pirate ship and follow their adventures along the way. We didn’t get to it on this trip, but it was a favorite of mine and my siblings as little kids, so I felt the need to include it! It gets a little dark at spots but still a good choice for toddlers unless they’re easily scared.
    • Wait time: This one tends to get long lines so consider using a FastPass if it’s high on your list and you can’t get over there early in the morning.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is another great ride for toddlers in Adventureland. It’s very similar to Dumbo and we were short on time by the time we got to Adventureland, so we skipped it this last time.

Rides for Toddlers in Liberty Square

We stopped here for a nap break in the in a quiet ironically called the “Sleepy Hollow” cafe. We didn’t do any rides in Liberty Square on this last trip, but two for toddlers include:

  • Haunted Mansion (surprisingly not as scary as you’d think)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (you can take this to Tom Sawyer island if you’re looking for somewhere slightly less crowded for the kids to run around)

Rides for Toddlers in Frontierland

Frontierland has the least amount of rides for toddlers so we totally skipped over it on this last trip due to time constraints, but here are some toddler friendly rides:

  • Walt Disney World Railroad (you can also board the train at Fantasyland and Main Street)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (a long running show that’s great for kids of all ages)
  • Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are great for kids over 40″

And of course, don’t forget to check out the character meet and greet experiences throughout the parks if your child has any “must-see” characters.

While we had an amazing time with our son at 19-months old, I’m definitely looking forward to visiting again when he’s just a bit taller to ride more rides and a little older to share the excitement with us. This first visit for him was more about taking in the new experiences and I can only imagine it’ll keep getting better.

Please share if you have any favorite shows or rides for toddlers that we haven’t mentioned!

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