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  • On Feb 14, 2024
    Alison from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, We have just one day at Magic Kingdom coming up. 6 adults/3 kids aged 3~6 yrs. To prevent meltdowns in long lines what rides should we target for the kids, any ride we should get to first thing? How about for adults? What rides would be good for all

    Hey Alison, and welcome to planDisney. Sounds like you are going to have a grand adventure with your family at the “Most Magical Place on Earth.” Magic Kingdom Park is my favorite destination and I could spend days upon days there riding attractions, eating delicious treats, and admiring all that the Imagineers put together.
    With six adults and three kids ages six and under, there are a large variety of attractions that everyone can enjoy. Fortunately, those will fall into this list of attractions by height at Magic Kingdom Park. You can always go to the Walt Disney World Resort website and filter attractions by height and thrill level as well. My recommended attractions for everyone are Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway (kids love race cars), Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.
    Older and taller thrill seekers should do TRON Lightcycle / Run, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. My youngest at age three really enjoyed the Hauntin’ Mountain (his name for the Haunted Mansion). Please note that TRON Lightcycle / Run is only available by Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane purchase.

    Frequent visitors to Magic Kingdom Park have different strategies on which attractions to enjoy first. Since you have young ones my recommendation is to head to Fantasyland first and get on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan‘s Flight. During the day you will see these attraction lines get very long and you will have already gotten them out of the way so you can ride other ones. Next, I would head to Adventureland for Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. This will take a couple hours and after that the group might want to break up as there are plenty of experiences that an older crowd can enjoy. Little ones can head to Storybook Circus on the Walt Disney World Railroad from the Frontierland Station. Once there, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Barnstormer are sure to delight.

    Be sure to look at Wait Times on the My Disney Experience App and if you have it in your budget, sign up for Disney Genie+ Service. With a group your size that should help reduce the amount of time waiting in lines as it allows you to pre-select ride times for select attractions. 

    If ever one wants to stay together the whole day then Rider Switch will be very helpful.

    While visiting Disney Theme Parks, I try to wait the least amount of time in lines and that includes dining. If you have not already made advanced dining reservations do not fret, there is usually same day walk up availability that you can reserve on the app. There is also Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering which saves my family tons of time because we can have our food prepared before we arrive at the restaurant.
    Alison, I hope this advice helps you enjoy the most enchanted visit with Mickey and the rest of the Fab Five. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions.
    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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