With a little research and planning, Walt Disney World vacations can be incredible family adventures. If taking young children for the first time, parents can easily become overwhelmed with all of the choices that have to be made. Our Traveling Mom family recently returned from a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. We scoped out the 11 best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers under 48 inches that are sure to put a smile on the face of everyone it the family.

11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers includethe Mad Tea Party ride.

Kids under 48″ love attractions where they can be “in charge” of the ride, such as the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom at  Walt Disney World. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s most iconic park. From opening day in 1971 to the present, it has become “the” park to visit, especially if you have young children in your traveling party. Easily the most popular park, Magic Kingdom is also the busiest park for families looking to add a little pixie dust to their vacation. We’ve gathered together the best of the best for toddlers under 48 inches.

11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers and Preschoolers Under 48 inches

TravelingMom Tip: Start your journey by traveling around the Magic Kingdom left to right. Avoid the crowds that tend to move right to left, and you’ll already be starting your day on the right foot!

1. Jungle Cruise

Don't miss the the Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon

Don’t miss the the Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins TravelingMom

The Jungle Cruise, located in Adventureland, is a fun, nostalgic ride through the animatronic jungles of Asia, Africa, and the Amazon.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic ride that is slow moving, perfect for toddler and preschoolers!

Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic ride that is slow moving, perfect for toddler and preschoolers! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

After disembarking the Jungle Cruise, head next door to the classic favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean. This indoor boat ride is calm but does have a few dark moments at the beginning that could cause little ones some anxiety. Soon enough, you’ll hear that familiar refrain and all fears will be forgotten as you sail away with Jack Sparrow and his crew.

3. It’s a Small World

Toddlers love to sing along at It's A Small World ride at Magic Kingdom

Toddlers love to sing along at It’s A Small World ride at Magic Kingdom. Photo Credit: Angela Fowler

Next, you’ll want to head to Fantasyland and check out It’s a Small World. Another classic ride that families can enjoy together. Yes, the song can get old, but the bright colors and teachable moments never do.

4. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's flight, 1 of 11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers

The little ones are drawn into the story of Peter Pan as they walk through the queue line which is the Darling’s home. Dee Dean, Serendipity TMOM

Peter Pan’s Flight is popular for many reasons. The relatively new queue is fun and interactive, and the ride itself is a calm “flight” through the well-known story of Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and the gang from Neverland. TravelingMom Tip: This ride would be a great utilization of one of your FastPass+ reservations, and for sure, one you want to put on your list as best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers.

5. Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid

At the Magic Kingdom, toddlers enjoy an indoors ride watching the story of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s life unfold

At the Magic Kingdom, toddlers enjoy an indoors ride watching the story of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s life unfold. Photo Credit: Angela Fowler

Continue you on your counterclockwise path around the Magic Kingdom and you’ll land on Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. This ride is similar to Peter Pan’s Flight as it is a dark, indoor ride through the story of Ariel’s life depicted in The Little Mermaid animated film. The music is undoubtedly the best part of the ride, so have fun singing along (you know you want to!).

6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Winne Pooh is 1 of 11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers

Preschoolers love the Winnie the Pooh ride. Not only is it a fun ride, but it also has an interactive queue to entertain children while they wait in line. Photo by Multidimensional TravelingMom, Kristi Mehes.

A sometimes overlooked ride, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a colorful jaunt through the world of Christopher Robin and his friends. Don’t miss the queue on this one! Even now, I have great difficulty dragging my girls away from all of the fun they have with the games and interactive aspect of the queue. If the wait is less than 30 minutes, don’t bother using a Fast Pass.

7. Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party is a whirlwind of fun for parents and kids alike!

Mad Tea Party is a whirlwind of fun for parents and kids alike! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

Add a little more nostalgia to your day with a trip around the teapot in the Mad Tea Party. Sometimes called the “Teacups” or the “Alice in Wonderland ride,” this attraction is situated between the Tomorrowland Speedway and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Waits are usually not long, so save your Fast Passes for another ride.

8. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus includes a fun area for kids, and a chance to take a photo with Dumbo

Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus includes a fun area for kids, and a chance to take a photo with Dumbo. Photo Credit: Angela Fowler

Slow your spinning down a bit and enjoy Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus. This attraction is another example of “waiting is half the fun” because of the indoor playground in the queue. It might be difficult to tear the kids away from all the fun to actually ride the ride, so take those moment to recharge those parent batteries!

9. Tomorrowland Speedway

Disney kids under 48

Disney kids under 48″ can “drive” on the Tomorrowland Speedway with an adult over 54″ on board with them. Great fun for families! Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

My girls have always loved the Tomorrowland Speedway. Although a height requirement to drive solo, little ones who are 32 inches high can drive with someone over 54 inches high in the passenger seat. The thrill on your little one’s face will be priceless as they race their fellow competitors around the track. Don’t worry, though, as the speed limit of seven miles per hour won’t put anyone in harm’s way!

10. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. 1 of 11 best Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is one of the rides that preschool children enjoy riding. To infinity and beyond! Photo by Multidimensional TravelingMom, Kristi Mehes.

Whether or not little ones understand the “game” of this ride is irrelevant. If they are a Toy Story fan, the fun of battling the evil Emperor Zurg with the help of Buzz Lightyear will thoroughly entertain. Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the end, and include a photo of one of your best rides in Magic Kingdom for toddlers!

11. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is a nice, relaxing ride through the skies of Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is a nice, relaxing ride through the skies of Tomorrowland. Photo Credit: Sarah Gilliland, Twins Traveling Mom

Finally, when everyone needs a moment to rest and recover together, hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. This ride takes you high in the sky over Tomorrowland and includes great views of the Magic Kingdom as well as inside views of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The ride is very calm, and the slight breeze is often a welcome respite from the hot Florida sun.

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Posted by Dee Dean on Friday, April 28, 2017

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The following Traveling Mom’s assigned to “Team Dumbo” collaborated on this article (left to right), Front Row: Denedriane (Dee) Dean, Serendipity TravelingMom; ; Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom; ; Tim Jones, Traveling Dad. Back Row: , ; and .

These Traveling Moms and Traveling Dad had a mission to discover the best rides for Toddlers in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

These Traveling Moms and Traveling Dad had a mission to discover the best rides for Toddlers in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Photo credit: Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom

What is your favorite Walt Disney World rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers and preschoolers under 48 inches? Please share with us in the comments below.

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