Best Rides for Adults at the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom has the most rides and attractions of any Walt Disney World theme park. The majority of the 20+ attractions are great for all ages, but there’s some rides adults will enjoy more than others.

Below is a list of the rides adults usually enjoy the most at the Magic Kingdom. Who says the park is just for kids?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of our favorite rides in Walt Disney World. The “wildest ride in the wilderness” is a fun roller coaster that can be found in Frontierland. There aren’t any huge drops or upside down segments, but the tight turns and theming make this a ride you’ll want to repeat.

The ride’s usually efficient capacity (when both loading areas are running) keeps waits relatively low, which is an added bonus. Try riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night for a bit of extra excitement.

Space Mountain

Space Mountain at night at the Magic Kingdom

A roller coaster in the dark. That’s all you really need to know about this legendary attraction. Guests speed around in the dark with no idea how the track will twist and drop next.

While this ride has one of the highest thrill factors in the Magic Kingdom, we almost didn’t include it because it can do a number on the ol’ back. You will get jostled around on this ride and it might leave you feeling sore. The joys of being an adult.

Haunted Mansion

Why did we pick the Haunted Mansion in our list? Because it’s a classic and it’s awesome, that’s why! The Haunted Mansion is a slow, spooky dark ride that takes guests through a Haunted House. There’s some elements that may be too spooky for young guests, but adults should love the attention to detail and fun effects.

The Haunted Mansion is almost always a hit for adult guests.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is another Disney classic. This boat ride features a small drop, tons of animatronics and great theming. Guests sail past a navel battle, pirate raids and even Captain Jack Sparrow himself. It’s pure pirate mayhem.

The ride also lasts just under nine minutes (not counting backups), which is a good length compared to other Magic Kingdom attractions.

Honorable Mention – Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is known for its iconic five-story drop. The ride also has a few smaller drops, a bunch of animatronics and a ride length checking in around 11 minutes. Splash Mountain has a ton of positives going for it.

But, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get wet. It’s no fun trekking around the Magic Kingdom with wet shoes or clothes.

Honorable Mention – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Not every ride has to be thrilling. Sometimes a quiet, peaceful ride can hit the spot – especially for adults traveling with kids. That’s where the PeopleMover stands out above the rest. It’s a 10-minute journey around Tomorrowland that takes guests around – and even through – attractions. It’s incredibly relaxing and it’s one of our favorite rides in Walt Disney World.


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