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Want to know more about the best rides at Magic Kingdom for adults? Though we love bringing the family along, a Disney trip is every bit as much fun when it’s adults only! Don’t tell the kids, but these are some for our favorite attractions to ride when we leave them with Grandma and Grandpa!
If you’ve never taken an adults only trip to Disney, you’ve been missing out. While there’s no doubt that Walt Disney World is a magical place for children, it’s just as much fun for the grownups.
I love all the Disney parks but the Magic Kingdom just happens to be the perfect place for a romantic getaway with that someone special! I mean, it’s all about the fairy tale, right?
It’s also a really great destination for a girl’s trip!
Not only is it a completely different experience when you leave the kids behind, it’s a whole lot easier too. You don’t have to think about the height requirements for rides, pushing strollers though busy crowds or mid-day meltdowns.
The only difference is that you may not want to ride all the of the same rides. For example, I probably won’t be riding Dumbo if I don’t have anyone with me who’s under the age of 10. I’m just sayin’
However, one of the best things about Magic Kingdom is that there ARE so many awesome rides for adults. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a roller coaster fanatic or prefer more relaxing rides where you can just sit back and enjoy the experience.
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Best Rides At Magic Kingdom For Adults
Space Mountain is the perfect Disney coaster for those who love thrill rides. With an outer space theme, this classic ride has been a favorite since 1975, and with good reason.
Housed in a giant dome and complete with space-themed music, this ride through outer space is full of exciting twists, turns, and sudden drops from start to finish. To add to the excitement, all of this happens in the dark, so you never know exactly what’s coming next!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is perfect for those who aren’t hard-core thrill seekers but still want a fun roller coaster experience. This family-friendly roller coaster is based on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie, featuring all your favorite characters, songs, and scenes from the movie.
Even the line is entertaining, with fun interactive experiences as you wait. Create fun patterns with gemstones (or see who can come up with the seven dwarfs names the fastest!).
The cars on this indoor-outdoor roller coaster simulates the experience of being in a mine cart, complete with tipping and swaying from side to side as it races along the track.
This is one of the top rides in the park so you can expect a pretty long wait. I recommend getting to the park early and hitting this one first thing.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
An abandoned mine shaft is the setting for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It’s easy to see why this classic roller coaster has been Magic Kingdom favorite for more than 40 years.
Like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, this coaster runs both indoors and outdoors. You’ll take a wild and twisty ride through a Wild West ghost town as you explore a cursed mine shaft and zoom through the surrounding canyons.
It’s also another great place for a photo opp. If you have the Disney PhotoPass, look for a Disney photographer near the exit.
When you need cool off from the Florida heat, you’ll want to head to Splash Mountain. This fun log flume ride takes riders through a southern bayou with a host of animal characters including Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox…for now.
However, Disney has announced that they’ll soon be re-theming this attraction with an all new Princess And The Frog theme. This is pretty exciting if you love the Disney princesses as much as we do!
This water ride starts out calm and serene, slowly building to a thrilling steep drop near the end. Be warned that you will probably get wet on this ride no matter where you sit. However, if you choose a seat in the back, your chances of getting completely soaked are slightly less. I’m not making any promises though, so it never hurts to bring along a disposable poncho!
Location: Liberty Square
No theme park would be complete with a spooky haunted house. Disney’s Haunted Mansion is one of the best – and most famous – in the world. Located in Liberty Square, a Ghost Host guides you through this creepy haunted estate complete with a seance room, a ghostly graveyard, and other scary surprises.
Those who are brave enough to enter will travel through this dark ride in special cars known as ‘Doom Buggies,’. Be warned though…phantom hitchhikers have been known to tag along on the tour.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom. The lines can be a little long but we think this ride is worth the wait.
Riders enter a Spanish fort to board their boats, then set sail for a 17th century Caribbean adventure. There are plenty of pirate adventures along the way and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even see Captain Jack Sparrow himself!
We never visit Disney without hitting up this attraction! It’s definitely one of our favorites, with or without the kids.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
If you have a competitive streak, you’ll love Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This attraction, part ride and part video game, is based on the popular Toy Story character.
This ride takes you on a cool space voyage, where you’ll board a star cruiser to help Buzz save the universe. Riders use joysticks to spin their cruiser 360 degrees, taking aim at an enemy robot army.
The fun of this ride is competing against each other to get the high score. I have yet to win against my hubby but I’m determined to take him down one of these days!
It’s A Small World
A classic Disney Ride and definitely one of the most famous, It’s a Small World is a must for Magic Kingdom visitors.
This musical boat tour takes you through all seven continents, with adorable dolls representing children from around the world. Just be warned, the ride’s iconic signature song will be stuck in your head long after the ride is over.
It’s a Small World is an experience that both young children and adults can enjoy. It’s always a fun one for me, whether I’m with the kids or not.
Climb on board Disney’s Jungle Cruise attraction for low key riverboat tour through the lush forests and waterfalls of the Amazon and the African Congo.
What makes this ride so much fun is the Disney cast member that serves as your skipper and tour guide. As they point out sights along the way, their commentary is peppered with some of the corniest jokes you’ve ever heard.
But the jokes are so bad, they’re good, and I dare you not to crack a smile. It’s seriously the best part of the ride!
While the silliness is my favorite part, you’ll also spot all kinds of animatronic jungle animals on the tour. Look for hippos, monkeys, elephants and more!
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is an elevated tram ride that gives visitors a relaxing ten-minute tour of Tomorrowland. This narrated tour takes riders behind the scenes of several popular rides, including Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Whether you’re a first time Magic Kingdom visitor or a regular, you should give the Tomorrowland People Mover a try if you’ve never experienced it. It’s a great way to rest your feet and chill while getting a unique view of some of the park’s attractions from a different perspective.
TRON Lightcycle Run (Coming Soon)
Currently under construction, this exciting roller coaster is based on the popular sci-fi films. Riders hop aboard individual lightcycles (similar to motorcycles) and reach speeds of close to 60 miles per hour.
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the lightcycles at a Disney event awhile back. I have a feeling that riding one of these along a roller coaster track is going to be pretty dang cool!
It’ll be the fastest of any Disney coaster and I for one can’t wait to ride it! No word yet on when it’ll be ready but rumor has it they’re doing test runs now. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Tips And Tricks
While these rides are perfect for adults, they are also some of the most popular in the park. They usually have long lines but if you download the Disney app, you can check wait times to determine the best time to ride. I haven’t tried the Disney Genie+ yet but that’s another option.
Where To Stay
My favorite Disney property of all time is Animal Kingdom Lodge, though we were so on-the-go for that trip that I never had time to take pictures for a post. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely worth the splurge if you can swing it!
Walt Disney World truly is a magical place for visitors of all ages and these rides are a great way to experience the magic for yourself. So next time, drop the kids off with the grandparents and have your own grown up Disney adventure instead.
Do you agree with the Disney rides on this list? What are some of your own favorites?