11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers Under 48 inches

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The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s most iconic park. From opening day in 1971 to the present, it has become “the” park to visit, especially with young children. Easily the most popular park, Magic Kingdom is also the busiest park for families looking to add a little pixie dust to their vacation. These are our picks for the best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers and preschoolers.

11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers includethe Mad Tea Party ride.
Kids under 48″ love attractions where they can be “in charge” of the ride, such as the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom at  Walt Disney World. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

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11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers and Preschoolers

TravelingMom Tip: Start your journey by traveling around the Magic Kingdom left to right. Avoid the crowds that tend to move right to left, and you’ll already be starting your day on the right foot!

1. Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, is a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon.

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Don't miss the the Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon
Don’t miss the Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins TravelingMom

Toddlers and preschoolers will especially enjoy “the 8th wonder of the world,” the backside of water!

2. Pirates of the Caribbean

After disembarking the Jungle Cruise, head next door to the classic favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean. This indoor boat ride is calm but does have a few dark moments at the beginning that could cause little ones some anxiety.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic ride that is slow moving, perfect for toddler and preschoolers!
Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic ride that is slow-moving, perfect for toddler and preschoolers! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

Soon enough, you’ll hear that familiar refrain and all fears will be forgotten as you sail away with Jack Sparrow and his crew.

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3. It’s a Small World

Next, you’ll want to head to Fantasyland and check out It’s a Small World.

One of the best rides for toddlers is definitely It's A Small World.
It’s A Small World is a nostalgia favorite for kids and parents alike! Photo: Sarah Gilliland, Twins TravelingMom

Another classic ride that families can enjoy together. Yes, the song can get old, but the bright colors and teachable moments never do.

4. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is popular for many reasons. The relatively new queue is fun and interactive, and the ride itself is a calm “flight” through the well-known story of Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and the gang from Neverland.

Peter Pan's flight, 1 of 11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers
The little ones are drawn into the story of Peter Pan as they walk through the queue line which is the Darling’s home. Dee Dean, Serendipity TMOM

TravelingMom Tip: This ride would be a great time to use one of your FastPass+ reservations, and for sure, one you want to put on your list of best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers.

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5. Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid

Continue on your counterclockwise path around the Magic Kingdom and you’ll land on Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.

At the Magic Kingdom, toddlers enjoy an indoors ride watching the story of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s life unfold
At the Magic Kingdom, toddlers enjoy an indoors ride watching the story of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s life unfold. Photo Credit: Angela Fowler

Like Peter Pan’s Flight, this is a dark, indoor ride. It depicts Ariel’s life in The Little Mermaid animated film. The music is undoubtedly the best part of the ride, so have fun singing along — you know you want to!

6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

A sometimes overlooked ride, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a colorful jaunt through the world of Christopher Robin and his friends.

Winne Pooh is 1 of 11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers
Preschoolers love the Winnie the Pooh ride. Not only is it a fun ride, but it also has an interactive queue to entertain children while they wait in line. Photo by Multidimensional TravelingMom, Kristi Mehes.

Don’t miss the queue on this one! Even now, I have great difficulty dragging my girls away from all of the fun they have with the games and interactive aspect of the queue. If the wait is less than 30 minutes, don’t bother using a FastPass.

Read more: 8 fun ways to entertain toddlers while waiting in line at Disney!

7. Mad Tea Party

Add a little more nostalgia to your day with a trip around the teapot in the Mad Tea Party.

Mad Tea Party is a whirlwind of fun for parents and kids alike!
Mad Tea Party is a whirlwind of fun for parents and kids alike! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

Sometimes called the “Teacups” or the “Alice in Wonderland ride,” this attraction is situated between the Tomorrowland Speedway and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Waits are usually not long, so save your Fast Passes for another ride.

8. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Slow your spinning down a bit and enjoy Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus. This attraction is another example of “waiting is half the fun” because of the indoor playground in the queue.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus includes a fun area for kids, and a chance to take a photo with Dumbo
Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus includes a fun area for kids, and a chance to take a photo with Dumbo. Photo Credit: Angela Fowler

It might be difficult to tear the kids away from all the fun to actually ride the ride, so take those moment to recharge those parent batteries!

9. Tomorrowland Speedway

My girls have always loved the Tomorrowland Speedway. Although there is a height requirement to drive solo, little ones who are 32 inches high can drive with someone over 54 inches high in the passenger seat.

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Disney kids under 48″ can “drive” on the Tomorrowland Speedway with an adult over 54″ on board with them. Great fun for families! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

The thrill on your little ones’ faces will be priceless as they race their fellow competitors around the track. Don’t worry, though, the speed limit is seven miles per hour. It won’t put anyone in harm’s way!

10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Whether or not little ones understand the “game” of this ride is irrelevant.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. 1 of 11 best Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is one of the rides that preschool children enjoy riding. To infinity and beyond! Photo by Multidimensional TravelingMom, Kristi Mehes.

Kids who are Toy Story fans will be entertained by the fun of battling the evil Emperor Zurg with the help of Buzz Lightyear. Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the end, and include a photo of one of your best rides in Magic Kingdom for toddlers!

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11. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

Finally, when everyone needs a moment to rest and recover together, hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is a nice, relaxing ride through the skies of Tomorrowland.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is a nice, relaxing ride through the skies of Tomorrowland. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

This ride takes you high in the sky over Tomorrowland and includes great views of the Magic Kingdom as well as inside views of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The ride is very calm, and the slight breeze is often a welcome respite from the hot Florida sun.

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The following Traveling Moms assigned to “Team Dumbo” collaborated on this article (left to right), Front Row: Denedriane (Dee) Dean, Serendipity TravelingMom; ; Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom; ; Tim Jones, Traveling Dad. Back Row: , ; and .

These Traveling Moms and Traveling Dad had a mission to discover the best rides for Toddlers in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.
These Traveling Moms and Traveling Dad had a mission to discover the best rides for Toddlers in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Photo credit: Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom

What is your favorite Walt Disney World rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers and preschoolers under 48 inches? Please share with us in the comments below!

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About The Author

Sarah Gilliland is a mom to fraternal twin girls, lover of road trips big and small, and a passionate SEC football fan (War Eagle!). Although her father’s military service took her all over the world as a child, Sarah’s family now calls Birmingham, Alabama home. Sarah happily shares the ups and downs of her parenting journey at Sarah in the Suburbs, and she co-authors a Disney fan blog with two wonderful friends called The Mouse and the Monorail. When she’s not writing or traveling, Sarah is digging deep into a good book, binging on Netflix, or planning other people’s vacations.

Replies to “11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers Under 48 inches”

  1. Thank you for this! We’re going in February with our 5 & 2 year old & I’ve been worried about what the youngest could ride because it’s been awhile since I’ve been (2000). Very helpful and looking forward to our trip.

  2. Hi. I have a 3.5 year old and a little one of 16 months. Will these be suitable for the Baby also? As we don’t get tickets for the baby, do they just let them on with parents?

    Also which of these are worth using fast passes for?

    1. Hi Andrew! Thanks for your comment! I hope your family’s trip is a blast! A child without tickets may go on any ride accompanied by a parent, even if the child doesn’t have a FastPass (no tickets=no way to get a FastPass). I would highly recommend a baby wearing device if you have one! Secondly, the most popular ride out of the ones listed is Peter Pan’s Flight. DEFINITELY get a FastPass for it. The other most popular rides are Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tomorrowland Speedway. Because you are limited to 3, it will be a personal preference which other two you choose to get FastPasses for. Hope this answer is helpful to you!

  3. We plan to do a 1 Day Park Hopper between for parks. We have a 4 year old daughter and 10 and 13 boys. Any suggestions

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