If you are planning a Walt Disney World vacation and have younger kids, you may be wondering what the best rides at Magic Kingdom for children under 6 years old are. It’s something we’ve asked ourselves when planning our trips too when the kids were little!
Just because your child may not like roller coasters, or be tall enough for some rides, doesn’t mean there aren’t many rides for them to enjoy. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite rides for the younger kids (or those who don’t want anything too fast etc) that we think you’ll love at Magic Kingdom. And this post won’t even cover all of the experiences you can do at Magic Kingdom too (like meet and greets, Philarmagic and more!) However, this list will help you plan your busy day with children under 6. And the reality is that these rides are not only loved by younger guests, but by people of all ages.
So what are the rides we think all kids under 6 years old will love? Here’s our list to help with your planning:
This is of course a classic Walt Disney World ride; It’s a Small World has been welcoming families of all ages for many decades and it’s a must for any full Disney World vacation experience. The song along is full of nostalgia and whimsy and you’ll likely have it in your head all day after, but it’s still worth it. The small boats take your family on a cruise through the entire world and every time we go, it seems like we catch something new that we missed the time before!
This is a ride that is on our list for the best use of FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom, so mark it down when you are ready to book your fast passes! The line up without the FP+ can be quite long, and our guess is because not only is it fun to see all of our favourite Peter Pan characters, but the ride through the skies is exciting and interesting for kids of all ages. The ride is dark, but it’s all to set the stage for the scenes from the Peter Pan movie that are bright and exciting. Keep an eye out for Tick Tock Crock!
Located in Tomorrowland, this ride does exactly as described – it moves people! It’s an emission-free transportation system (it lasts about 10 minutes) taking guests around Tomorrowland. This relaxing ride is the perfect way to get off your feet and enjoy some peace for a few minutes before you hustle to your next adventure!
In Adventureland, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin await. The ride is a merry-go-round style ride that lifts passengers in their four-seater car in the air, around and around. The fun part is, the kids can use the lever in the back of the seat to decide if they want to go up or down!
(Tip! This ride is located right near the Dole Whip location for Magic Kingdom)
This ride is similar to the Magic Carpets of Aladdin – it goes around and levers let you move up or down. But it’s based on the Dumbo movie (of course) with circus music along the way. Plus, before you even get on the ride, you have the chance to play while you wait. By getting a pager to hold your place in line and your kids can play in the big-top tent play area instead of waiting in line! Little ones will love this!
If your kids are ready to go under the sea, you’ll want to get in line for the Journey of the Little Mermaid. Based on the popular movie, you’ll love the mini movie throw backs, and the animatronic characters as your moving car takes you on a leisurely ride while revisiting the beloved tale (or tail?)
There was one year when we were visiting that the railroad was closed the entire week during our visit and we were so sad because we love it so much. Then, on our final night, as we were about to leave Magic Kingdom, it reopened and we finished the trip with a train ride. It was amazing because it truly is one of our ‘must-do’ things when at Disney. And it’s a pleasant trip for younger visitors.
It’s hard to miss the train station when you first get to Magic Kingdom and go through the park entry. It’s the iconic view that so many of us have when thinking about our first steps into the Park. Located at Main Street, USA, the railroad travels all the way around the Park. But what’s great is that you can get on or off at any of the stops – Frontierland, Fantastyland, or Main Street. During the ride, there is narration talking about the different Park areas along with some interesting tidbits! You’ll definitely want to catch the train during your visit. All Aboard!