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Rides You Could Skip in Magic Kingdom

We love Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World because there are so many rides, attractions, shows, and experiences to have throughout the Park.  The issue is that there are so many you can’t always fit them all in during your vacation.

As you think about that, we have some rides that you could skip when in Magic Kingdom.  It isn’t that these experiences are bad, we just think that if you have to make some choices these are ones that you can skip and still have a magical experience.

Magic Carpets Aladdin
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The two rides we are going to start with are very similar.  The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland, as well as the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland, are both classic spinners like Dumbo.

If you are looking for a quick ride, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin can provide just that as most people walk right past as they head to Jungle Cruise or Pirates of the Caribbean. The spitting camels can bring some excitement on a warm day, but otherwise, it is just your basic spinner.

Astro Orbiter is located up high above the PeopleMover, this ride flies high above Tomorrowland giving Guests amazing views. As this one can take a while to load, you have to take an elevator up and down to access the ride vehicles, and we recommend skipping it if you don’t have extra time. Even though the views are amazing, the investment of time might not be worth it.

_goofy barnstormer
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Located back in Storybook Circus, this rollercoaster is perfect for little ones but not for grown adults. The shortest roller coaster ride in Walt Disney World, Barnstormer takes Guests in one big circle before heading back. With that in mind, the small seats do not fit adults very quickly and are extremely hard and uncomfortable. It can be not easy to get in and out of the plane seat. Unless you have little ones that are wanting to try out a coaster for the first time, we recommend skipping this one to save you some embarrassment that might come with riding it.

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

Even though this is a classic attraction in Magic Kingdom, the Mad Tea party is one that we often skip.  Since it is a basic spinning ride, it can cause a lot of motion sickness.  If you have issues with spinning, you will definitely want to skip this one.

It is a great ride for the whole family if everyone can handle the spinning, but otherwise, you might walk on by.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Hidden in Adventureland, the Swiss Family Treehouse is one that people often walk right by, and we don’t blame them. The treehouse is impressive and shows how they could live and function, but as you have to climb up and down, it can be a lot on already tired legs.

The views from the top of the 6-story-high treehouse are beautiful as you can see 360-degrees around Adventureland and the Magic Kingdom, but you have to determine if it is worth the effort and time. If you are looking for something to fill time, this can be a fine stop; however, we wouldn’t make it a must-do.

its a small world
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“it’s a small world”

Don’t be upset about this one.  We know it is a classic and we do love it, but you will either love it or hate it.

The ride itself is longer (almost 15 minutes), and the loading can also take a while. With not a lot to look at while waiting, this queue can feel like it takes forever. Many also think that this ride needs to see some updates.

Comparing it to the same ride in Disneyland, it needs some love. If we have time for a longer attraction, we would be heading to Splash Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean instead of a Small World.

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Peter Pan’s Flight

This is another one that might surprise everyone.  his is a classic attraction and one that many Guests rush to in the morning to ride. We agree that it is a fantastic ride that flies you over Neverland but we aren’t sure the time invested in waiting is worth the extremely short ride experience.

The queue has been updated, making it fun and interactive, but the ride itself might need some upgrading. We love seeing Peter Pan, Tink, Wendy, and the Lost Boys; however, they could use some love for the animatronics and scenes from the movie. If you have limited time, we would suggest skipping the long wait and experiencing other attractions in the Park.

seven dwarfs mine train
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This might be one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom, but it is one we look at skipping during some of our Magic Kingdom days.

The wait for this ride is always extremely long and it does often have technical issues.  Even though we find it super fun, it is also short.   Because of this, we don’t always feel like the time invested in line is worth it.

We often choose to head to other rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, or Splash Mountain.  All fun and exciting with typically shorter waits and longer experiences.

We would love to experience everything in Magic Kingdom each visit, but that just isn’t possible.  Because of how much there is to offer in Magic Kingdom, experience has to be left out.  These are some of the rides that we choose to skip.  They aren’t bad, but just either not our favorite or not worth the wait in our opinions.

Do you have rides that you always skip in Magic Kingdom?

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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