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Bottom 10 Rides in Magic Kingdom

We previously looked at the top 10 rides in Magic Kingdom, so we wanted to take time to look at what we consider the bottom 10 rides in Magic Kingdom.  This doesn’t mean that these rides are awful or should be skipped, we just think those top 10 rides should be a priority when visiting Walt Disney World.

Take a look at our list and see if you agree with what rides found their way on it when it comes to Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom.

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin- Tomorrowland

Almost making it off the list is Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.  This competitive ride allows Guests to score points by shooting at targets throughout different fun scenes featuring the aliens and evil Zurg from Toy Story.

The issue with this ride is that we find it extremely difficult to figure out exactly where we are aiming, leaving us shooting randomly and hoping we are gaining points.  Even though it is a continuous mover, the attraction has long waits making us tend to skip this one when in Magic Kingdom. Side note: We do prefer Toy Story Mania over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when it comes to competition games in Walt Disney World.

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant- Storybook Circus

This is the original spinner ride in Magic Kingdom and even though it is a must-do for many Walt Disney World Guests, for us it doesn’t make the top ten list but finds itself on the bottom of the list.

Having two different ride setups makes it a little easier to ride, but we prefer some of the rides that offer more thrills in the park.  If you are visiting for the first time, we do suggest taking a spin as it is a Walt Disney World tradition.

Carousel of Progress- Tomorrowland

This revolving theater takes Guests through four different generations of progress as each of the four scenes is a new time period where we learn about how technology has advanced overtime.

This revolving theater was presented at the New York World’s Fair from 1964 to 1965 and the classic song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” by the Sherman brothers.

This is a great option when you are wanting to get out of the weather, but we don’t feel like it is a must-do on a perfect Magic Kingdom day.  We find ourselves stopping by every once in a while if we have already hit up some of the top rides.

Mad Tea Party- Fantasyland

An iconic ride in Magic Kingdom, most Guests are aware of Mad Tea Party where Guests spin around in their own tea cups.

The reason this ride doesn’t make our top 10 list is because of the spinning aspect.  Guests are able to control the spin; however, we still find it one that has our tummies not feeling so well.

You can typically find lower wait times here, so if you want to take a spin, check it out after riding some of the top Magic Kingdom rides.

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Barnstormer- Storybook Circus

Goofy will perform his world-famous stunt show, and Guests will join in this epic experience.

The Barnstormer is a kid-friendly roller coaster that is super fun for little ones.

The ride itself is less than a minute, making it an excellent option for easing little ones into roller coasters; however, we think that there are better coaster options in the Disney Park which is why it is ranked lower.

If your little ones are big enough, consider looking at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or even Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as better attraction options.

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Liberty Square Riverboat- Liberty Square

You can hear the Liberty Square Riverboat throughout Magic Kingdom as it travels around Tom Sawyer Island and gives Guests amazing views of the island and Frontierland.

This 17-minute trip on the authentic steam-powered wheeler takes a lot of time out of your Magic Kingdom day and without seats, it can be a lot when you are tired.

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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel- Fantasyland

Guests can climb aboard one of the beautiful wood-carved horses for a smooth ride around on the classic carousel in Magic Kingdom.

This ride doesn’t rank super high for us even with the historical story behind it because we can ride similar rides at zoos and other theme parks.

As an opening day attraction, it is amazing but we still don’t feel like it is a must-do while visiting Magic Kingdom.  If you can catch it without much of a wait, little ones do love it.

Astro Orbiter- Tomorrowland

Astro Orbiter is another spinner like Dumbo, but it is located high up in Tomorrowland.  The reason this is low on our list is because of how long it takes to get to the rockets.

Guests have to ride an elevator to the loading area and this can be a long, slow process.

The rides from high up are amazing, but we don’t think the long waits are worth it.

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Magic Carpet of Aladdin- Adventureland

A classic spinner, Guests fly like Aladdin and Jasmine on a carpet where they can control both the height and tilt of the carpet.

The spitting camel does make it a little more exciting, but overall this ride is a basic spinner and not one we have to do when in Magic Kingdom.

If we do want to experience a spinner, we would head to the OG of Dumbo the Flying Elephant but usually we are skipping both to hit up other rides.

Bonus tip: we feel the same about TriceraTop Spin over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Tomorrowland Speedway- Tomorrowland

Little ones will love taking the wheel behind these cars for the chance to drive around Tomorrowland.

The combination of heat from the track, smell from the cars and long waits make us skip this ride almost every visit to Walt Disney World.

We feel like there are better attractions in Magic Kingdom that are more enjoyable and less frustrating than this one.

As you enjoy the Magic Kingdom Park, see if we are correct on our options of these specific Theme Park rides. How will they compare to our favorite Disney Park rides such as Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise?

More Magic Kingdom tips can be found HERE!





Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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