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Best Age for Magic Kingdom?

Best Age for Magic Kingdom?

Are you wondering what the best age for Magic Kingdom is? The Magic Kingdom is one of the four main parks at Disney World and is most akin to the traditional Disney experience.  In my humble opinion each of the found Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot) all have their own pros and cons when it comes to the best age to go. While I don’t personally think there is a worst age to go to the Magic Kingdom  I do think that there are certainly ages that will appreciate and enjoy things more than others. In this article we will examine the pros and cons of Magic Kingdom for each different age range to decide definitively what is the best age to go to Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom with a baby 

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Disney Stroller Hacks / Hacks for Disney Strollers

Is Magic Kingdom with a baby with a good idea? Now the idea of taking any baby to a theme park can be challenging to new parents. But what about the Magic Kingdom specifically?

Now in my opinion the Magic Kingdom might be one of the best theme parks around for babies due to the theming. However can you do many rides at Magic Kingdom with babies?

Out of all of the parks at Disney World there are more rides that babies can go on in this park than in the other Disney World parks. The rides that babies can go on at Magic Kingdom are those that do not have a height restriction.

However I will also add that some of the dark rides may be scary to a baby. For this reason we will only recommend the ones that I gentle and not too scary for little ones in this se ton. 

The rides that I would say are baby friendly at Magic Kingdom include:
 
It’s a Small World
 
The Classic Disney ride that is perhaps the best first ride for babies as it is so gentle. 
 
Peter Pan’s Flight
 
Another great ride with babies, as long as they aren’t scared of the dark. Just be warned that this ride gets huge standby queues so we recommend trying to get a Genie + ticket for this ride if you want to ride this with little ones. 
 
Dumbo
 
A classic ride that goes up and down, that is great with babies. An added bonus to this ride is there is a Magic Kingdom playground in the queue. 
 
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
 
A very gentle ride that never has that long of a queue. 
 
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
 
The classic spinning teacup ride. 
 
Jungle Cruise
 
The Jungle Cruise is one of the classic Disney rides in the park. This is a relatively gentle ride where you board a board to see a range of animatronic animals and head some of the best dad jokes around. 
 
Just as a word of warning however you may want to try and sit near the back of the boat on this ride as towards the end the skipper will fire a couple of gun shots and the noise may scare some children.
 
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
 
Another Adventureland ride that is totally suitable for small children. This ride is similar to Dumbo as the ride goes up and down but with the added addition of a forward and backward motion. 
 
To name but a few. Babies are also permitted to ride:
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – however the noise and darkness may be scary to some children 
  • Haunted Mansion – again the theming could scare babies. 

It is worth mentioning that if you are traveling to the Magic Kingdom with a baby but you have others in your party who would like to ride some of the bigger rides they will be able to use the ride swap function at the park.

However as any Disney fan will tell you there is SO much more to Disney World than just the rides. At Magic there are some great shows, the parade and of course the character meet and greets and character dining that are all enjoyable with babies. 

The shows such as the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Country Bears Jamboree always delight babies and toddlers at Disney World. Also there is a huge range of character meet and greets that you can do with babies. Although babies may not know who each characters are you will get some great photos. 

Also it is worth noting that the Magic Kingdom like the other Disney World parks has many facilities for babies which make it easy to change and take baby for a nap etc.

So overall is the Magic Kingdom good with babies?  Although I wouldn’t say that Magic Kingdom with a baby isn’t a bad idea I wouldn’t say that this is the best age to go to Magic Kingdom. If this is a once in a lifetime trip or you want to get everything done that Magic Kingdom has on offer, then visiting Magic Kingdom with a baby may not be right for you.

However having said that doing Magic Kingdom with a baby is doable and enjoyable and great to do if this isn’t going to be a once in a lifetime trip.

One of my favorite things about visiting with a baby is that you can travel in off peak times when the kids are still in school and you can start making some amazing Disney memories while at Magic Kingdom.  

If you are planning on visiting Magic Kingdom with a baby, why not check out our other Disney World baby posts such as our best Disney stroller hacks and best double strollers for Disney World. 

For those that do decide to go to Magic Kingdom with a baby check out this dedicated post.

Magic Kingdom with a toddler – is this the best age to go to Magic  Kingdom

Disney World Toddler Packing List / What to Pack for Disney World with toddlers

Disney World Toddler Packing List / What to Pack for Disney World with toddlers

I absolutely love visiting Disney World with a toddler. In fact toddler is one of my favourite ages to go to Disney World. But what about the Magic Kingdom? Is Magic Kingdom good with a toddler?

There are more rides that toddlers can go on at Magic Kingdom as opposed to when you go with a baby. On top of the rides that were listed above toddlers could also go on and enjoy:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • Haunted Mansion

providing they aren’t scared of darkness and the theming. And taller toddlers who meet the height restrictions can also ride:

  • Tomorrowland Speedway – 32 inches
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic – toddlers are more like to enjoy this instead of babies as they will be able to put on and hopefully keep on the 3D goggles. 

For a complete guide to the best Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers check out this post. 

But on top of the rides, one of the best things about visiting Magic Kingdom with a toddler is that there are lots of meet and greets that toddlers will enjoy and recognise. 

Some of the meet and greets you can do at the Magic Kingdom are:

  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Princess (Cinderella and friend and Tiana and Rapunzel)
  • Belle
  • Merida

amongst others. As toddlers will get so much about of the character meet and greets I think it makes it one of the best ages to go to Magic Kingdom. 

Note: If you want some ideas for better Disney character interactions check out our post on questions to ask Disney Princesses or questions to ask Disney characters.

However the downsides of visiting Epcot with a toddler is that you may still have to work around nap times and packing snacks to take to Disney World. For a full guide on what to pack for Disney World with toddlers check out this post. 

Note: if you are thinking about visiting any of the Disney World parks with toddlers check out the below posts:

  • Animal Kingdom with toddlers
  • Hollywood Studios with toddlers
  • Epcot with toddlers

Magic Kingdom with kids (4-10)

Belle Meet and Greet - Best age for Magic Kingdom

Best age for Magic Kingdom

Although I absolutely loved visiting the Magic Kingdom when our little ones were toddlers perhaps the best age to go to Magic Kingdom is with kids is between the ages of 4-10. The reason for this is because children at this age:

  • haven’t lost the magic that the park inspires,
  • will still love the meet and greets of which make up a huge part of the Magic Kingdom experience
  • they have stamina for long days in the park without naps or strollers
  • they can watch all of the shows and evening entertainment and
  • there will be very few rides that they can not go on due to height restrictions.

In my opinion visiting Magic Kingdom with kids between the ages of 4 – 10 may be the best age to go to Magic Kingdom.

For our full guide on Visiting Magic Kingdom with kids check out this post. 

Magic Kingdom with teenagers

The Magic Kingdom with teenagers is certainly possible and still enjoyable to do but there are some limitations to visiting this park with teenagers

Teenagers, generally speaking will have lost some of the magic and won’t enjoy the meet and greets as much as those in the younger age brackets. However on the plus side, they will be able to literally ride everything.

The only downside for teenagers visiting the Magic Kingdom is that they aren’t lots of thrill rides in the park. Perhaps the only rides in Magic Kingdom that you can categorise as thrill rides is Space Mountain.

Therefore due to the lack of thrill rides and the likely disinterest in meet and greets, I would say that teenagers aren’t the best age to go to Magic Kingdom.

For our full guide on visiting the Magic Kingdom with teenagers check out this post. 

Magic Kingdom for adults

Magic Kingdom has a lot to offer for adults in the Disney spirit. If you love rides, character meet and greets and character dining then Magic Kingdom has everything you will need. 

Also, as adults you will be able to take advantage of the extra long Magic Kingdom hours i.e. being able to get there for rope drop and stay until the park closes and seeing the fireworks. 

If you want the best value for money then adults can really take advantage of the hours and get lots done.

Overall What is the Best Age to Go to Magic Kingdom

So what is the best age to go to the Magic Kingdom? Overall I think there is no bad age to go to the Magic Kingdom as it has something on offer for everyone.

However out of all the ages my choice for what is the best age to go to Magic Kingdom is either for kids between 4-10 and toddlers who will enjoy the meet and greets and Disney magic most.

FAQS About the best age for Magic Kingdom

In my opinion Magic Kingdom is absolutely worth it for toddlers and is in fact one of my favorite ages to go to Magic Kingdom. There are a surprising number of rides for toddlers to go on at Magic Kingdom and toddlers will fully experience the magic of Disney World and enjoy doing all of the meet and greets. 

Magic Kingdom is absolutely good for a 4 year old. Other than Space Mountain, there are very few rides that a 4 year old won’t be able to do at Magic Kingdom and they will believe in the magic enough to make it truly magical. 

A 5 year old at the Magic Kingdom can do most things at Magic Kingdom. There are very few rides at Magic Kingdom that will have a height restriction 5 year olds can’t meet, and they will still enjoy the meet and greets and parades. 

5 year old is actually a perfect age for visiting the Magic Kingdom. 

Have you been to the Magic Kingdom? What is the best age to go to the Magic Kingdom in your opinion?