Best Three Rides at the Magic Kingdom with Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

Once again this week, my friend Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess and I are squaring off on a topic.  This week we are looking at the three best rides at the Magic Kingdom!  Without a doubt, my favorite three rides are the following:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

By far my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean.  It is one of those rides that quite often doesn’t have a really long wait time, it has an amazing queue, and it has one of the best ride themes of any of the Disney attractions.  I like this ride enough that I have written about it many times since I started the blog.  It was the subject of a Magical Blogorail Red post, a Magical Blogorail Black post,  one of our 30 things to do at Walt Disney World, and one of my top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World (although, for some reason, I had it listed at #8, which just goes to show that my opinions about what my favorites are change quite often!)  But you get the picture, I hope; Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the best attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  Other then the Haunted Mansion, what other attraction at Disney had movies made because of it?  (I’m sure there are plenty, please help me out and tell me them in the comments.  Thanks!)

The Magic Kingdom is home to Tomorrowland, where you can find Space Mountain!

Space Mountain is a ride that I didn’t use to like all that much, but I gave it another try this past summer, and I was hooked once again!  I rode Space Mountain twice, once late during Extra Magic Hours, with Cindy, Kerry, Shane, Stephanie, and Kyle, and I thought it was absolutely insane how ramped up it felt like they had it.  It was so cool!  Kerry was screaming her head off, by the way, but that’s a story for another day!

Then, on the last day before checkout, I was able to ride Space Mountain again, with Kerry again, and Monica also.  This was the first time that Monica had ever ridden Space Mountain, and it was of course Kerry’s second time, and for this trip, they actually took us on an even faster journey!  When we were going around and around and around the curves, it felt like we were going to go flying off the track!  When we saw our picture from the camera that the ride takes, I had to take a picture of it with my iPhone to save.

From left to right, Kerry, Monica, Mike

When we got off and looked back at Space Mountain, I could almost imagine it looked something like this (well, maybe not!)

Prior to recapturing the Space Mountain Magic, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was my favorite coaster at the Magic Kingdom.  It is still an incredibly cool coaster, and one that I enjoy riding several times during our trips, but Space Mountain became my favorite coaster at the Magic Kingdom.  Still, I really enjoy riding BTMRR, especially at night, and can’t wait until the next time I get to ride it again!  To finish us off, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite photos from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Enjoy!

Remember, though, that this post isn’t just about my three favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom!  Now it’s time to take a look at Amanda’s three favorite attractions over at her site, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!  Take a look, and tell her which three are your favorite — hers or mine!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

The Lands of the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is an incredible place to visit.  From a theme park perspective, it is almost like having seven parks all rolled into one.  The reason for this is because of all of the different “Lands” that you can visit.  They include the following:

Over the next several posts, I will take a look at each of these lands, outlining the things that my family has enjoyed from each place, and also taking a look at some of the things we haven’t done that we would like to explore.  Stick with “My Dreams of Disney” for some information you can take with you the next time you visit Disney!

My first Disney trip

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This picture is from 2006, the next time that my Mom would visit the Magic Kingdom!

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first went to Walt Disney World.  My Grandma and Grandpa had retired the previous year, and moved to Florida, so the following summer my Mom and sister and I went down to visit them.  In the course of that trip, Grandma and Grandpa took us on a trip to Walt Disney World.

I don’t have any pictures of the trip, but I do have memories.  I remember that at that time Disney World consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian resort.  We didn’t stay on property, and we had to decide which rides we wanted to enjoy because the park had tickets for the individual rides.  The more popular rides took more tickets than the less popular ones.

I remember that I wouldn’t ride Space Mountain.  Robin (my sister) tried really hard to get me to go, but I was chicken.

Remember when the Theater on Main Street showed silent Mickey Mouse cartoons?

So many things have changed at Walt Disney World, but regardless of that, so much of the Magic Kingdom has remained the same.

Despite the changes, the predominate things that make Walt Disney World special remain.  The Magic began for me with the moment we would get into the car to make the trip to Disney.  The closer we got to the park, the more the excitement would build, and when we saw the “Walt Disney World Sign”, I was about ready to bust with excitement.

The excitement continued to build as we passed the parking attendants, got out of the car, and memorized where we parked (we were usually in Grumpy or Happy).

Then, as you ride the tram to the the Transportation and Ticketing Center, reality continues to fade into the background as you are magically transported to the world of Walt Disney.

For us, as we rode on the Monorail to the park entrance, seeing the famous Magic Kingdom landmarks approach always started a discussion on what ride we would ride first.  The answers always varied, but for me, and that first visit, I didn’t care which ride I rode first.

For me, the experience of it all is what was really special to me.  I didn’t care which rides I rode, that first trip I was all about where it all begins — Main Street, U.S.A.  Seeing the train station, experiencing the buildings around the circle, and then taking in all of the shops, that is, in many ways, what it is all about.

Even now, after years of visiting Walt Disney World, to me, nothing is as special as the feeling I get when I enter Main Street, U.S.A. and take it all in.