Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a lot bigger than many people think. Since most park guests won’t be able to visit every single attraction during their trip, an important thing to know before going to Disney World is which Magic Kingdom attractions are actually worth waiting in line for. Keep reading to find out what stops at the Magic Kingdom are essential!
Fantasyland: The Mad Tea Party
The Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland is easily one of the best attractions in the Magic Kingdom. Suitable for children and adults, the spinning teacups are a quintessential part of the Disney experience, even if Alice in Wonderland was never your favorite fairytale. The ride allows you to spin your own teacup, giving you control over just how nauseating the experience is.
It might be overwhelming for those who suffer from motion sickness or have sensitive stomachs, but otherwise, this is a Magic Kingdom attraction that no one should miss out on! Be prepared for long lines if you don’t head to this ride early in the morning since it’s one of the park’s most popular attractions.
Adventureland: Pirates Of The Caribbean
The Pirates of the Caribbean is now a world-famous franchise and it all started with a ride. You can find this attraction in Adventureland, and even though there are normally long lines, you’ll get to wait in an underground cavern that will make you feel like you’ve really been transported back in time to the Golden Age of piracy.
The boat ride begins with a dark plunge before you’re launched in the middle of a cannonball fight. You’ll also spot several familiar faces and scenes from the movies, including Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa. You might get a little wet, but that’s part of the fun!
Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland is the ideal rollercoaster for people who aren’t game for the stomach-flipping rides but are still seeking a bit of a thrill. Available to anyone over 40”, the ride lasts for four minutes and will take riders through a mining track full of peaks and dips.
Although the ride itself is fun, the real appeal of this attraction is the fantastic attention to detail that immerses park guests in another world from the second they line up. You’ll smell sulfur and notice mining equipment and other details, including the skeleton of a dinosaur. The line can be lengthy but it’s worth the wait.
Main Street U.S.A.: Cinderella Castle
It’s pretty much blasphemy to visit the Magic Kingdom and not stop by the Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. Marking the entrance to Fantasyland, the castle is the most photographed building in the entire theme park.
After getting plenty of photos at the front of the castle, walkthrough and see details like the Disney family coat of arms and the murals telling the story of Cinderella. There is a secret suite somewhere within the castle that is offered to VIPs or as a highly sought-after prize. The Castle is also the central focus of the Happily Ever After fireworks show which takes place every night.
Tomorrowland: Space Mountain
Since its inception in 1975, Space Mountain has remained one of the Magic Kingdom’s most iconic ride. It’s a simple rollercoaster without any upsidedown loops but stands out due to its astronomical theming. Be prepared for pitch blackness, whooshing asteroids, and thousands of shining stars. Because of long lines, many park guests choose to use a FastPass+ to get on the ride as quickly as possible.
If you’re scared of rollercoasters, a less-intense alternative in Tomorrowland is the low-key Tomorrowland Speedway. Fun for all ages, this ride is considerably less thrilling than Space Mountain but is hugely popular among families.