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Magic Kingdom®: Fun for All Ages

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One of the reasons why Walt Disney World® has been a family favorite for decades is that it offers something for everyone, no matter their age.

But if you’ve never visited, chances are you won’t know which attractions will be fun and/or appropriate for your children. That means that you could potentially waste precious time waiting in line for a ride that won’t be engaging to your children or might be a little too much for the less adrenaline driven.

To help you make the most of your valuable vacation minutes, check out the following guide that divides some of the key attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom® by age.

Six and Under

Following are four of the best attractions for the very young children in your family. Remember, though, that each child is different, and so an attraction that might be fun for one might not be a favorite of another.  Each of these rides can be found in Fantasyland®.

  • Peter Pan’s Flight® — On this ride, a flying pirate ship will take you over London and to Never-Never Land to see what Peter Pan, his pals and enemies are up to. This ride now features an air-conditioned queue with features designed to keep everyone entertained while they wait.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant® — Little ones will enjoy this gentle ride aboard a flying elephant. Plus, the covered queue features a fun play area and interactive touches to keep even your youngest family members happy while they wait for their turn to board their pachyderm.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh® — Explore the whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh aboard a hunny pot. This ride also features an interactive waiting area.
  • It’s a Small World®— With its cute singing dolls and its bright, happy colors, this iconic ride is perfect for little children. In fact, don’t be surprised if you end up riding this one several times during your visit.

Ages 7 to 10

This age group is ready for some of the park’s rides with slightly “scarier” characters — think ghosts and pirates.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean® (Adventureland®) — Because the Pirates of the Caribbean includes a small drop down a waterfall and glimpses of pirate “behavior” it ventures beyond Disney cartoon fun, this very fun ride is best suited for ages seven and up.
  • Haunted Mansion® (Liberty Square) — Although this ride is fairly tame, it does take youngsters on an adventure filled with ghostly apparitions. So while some younger children may be fine with this slow moving attraction, the Haunted Mansion is probably best suited for this age group and above.
Ready to move out of the ``kiddie`` rides, but maybe not to the biggest coasters? Read on

Ages 11 to 14

Ah, tweens. They want to do what the teens are doing, but may not be quite ready for full-out roller coasters. For this age group, look for:

  • Big Thunder Mountain® (Frontierland®) — This fast coaster takes you through Tumbleweed, an old gold mining town, and boasts some semi-scary effects, such as falling rocks. It does not have any inversions or extremely big drops. For a faster ride, opt for a seat on one of the cars in the back.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train® (Fantasyland®) — Because this ride has no inversions, loops or very steep drops, this is a great introductory roller coaster for elementary school kids.

Ages 15 to 20

This age group is ready for it all, including Walt Disney World’s fastest and most exciting rides.

  • Space Mountain® (Tomorrowland®) — Darkness makes this roller coaster ride thrilling — and for some — quite scary. You have to be at least 44 inches high if you want to experience Space Mountain.
  • Splash Mountain® (Frontierland®) — If you enjoy thrilling log flume rides, you’ll love Splash Mountain, which features a five-story drop down a waterfall. You have to be at least 40 inches tall to enjoy this ride.


In addition to exciting rides, the Magic Kingdom® does boast one activity that only adults can enjoy — and that’s a nice glass of wine or a beer during lunch or dinner at Be Our Guest, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

The Other Parks

Of course, Walt Disney World® is more than just the Magic Kingdom®. Critter lovers of all ages will enjoy visiting the Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, and the Disney’s Hollywood Studios® offers an excellent selection of shows and fun attractions. And although Epcot® has earned a reputation over the years as being more adult-oriented, there are a number of attractions in this park designed specifically to keep your young-uns entertained.

And, finally, the most important thing to remember is to be flexible and to leave plenty of time for resting in your schedule, especially if your Walt Disney World® adventure will be occurring during the hot summer months and/or you’ll be traveling with wee ones. The Magic Kingdom®, for example, is spread out over 142 acres. Lots of walking coupled with Florida’s heat and humidity can even tax adults quickly. So don’t be surprised if your kiddies run out of steam earlier than you expect.