Chip threw down the gauntlet the other day, challenging one of us to write a series of stories on what the one ride at a park you would absolutely have to ride, and why.  So, for this post, I’m going to focus on my must ride for the Magic Kingdom.

There are so many choices to choose from, it really is a difficult decision to make.  Some of my favorite rides are located at the Magic Kingdom, largely because there are such a huge variety of different rides to enjoy.  You’ve got the classic nature of Peter Pan’s Flight and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; you’ve got the timeless thrills of The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean; and you’ve got the thrill rides of Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
For me, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is my absolute MUST ride.  There is so much to enjoy about this roller coaster.  For us, the queue moves pretty quickly, so it is easy to get in several rides in a day.  Also, the ride is incredible no matter where you sit, although it is better if you sit in the back of the train.

Another aspect of this ride that makes it a must ride is the fact that the ride is entirely different when you ride it at night.  In fact, I would say that if you only had one time to ride BTMR, I would highly suggest that you ride it at night!  There is an entirely different element to the ride when you experience it at night.  The turns feel faster; the different scenes seem more distinct.  One thing you have to try and do when you ride at night is look for the saloon as you pass through town.  If you see it, look on the second floor for the dancing girls dancing in the windows!  You have to be looking for it, because it will pass quickly.

With so many choices at the Magic Kingdom, it is really hard to choose just one ride to be my must ride.  For now, it is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; however, who knows when that might change.  The beauty of the Magic Kingdom is that you can tailor your trip towards many different types of experiences; today I am into the thrill rides, but tomorrow, who knows – maybe I’ll be more interested in “it’s a small world“!

Next time I’m going to be telling you what my must ride is for Epcot — the answer may surprise you!



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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!


5 Responses to “Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom: The one ride I MUST ride.”

  1. Splash Mountain at night, great view of the castle on the outside, higher up part of the ride. The Haunted Mansion during the MIckey's Not So Scary Halloween party!

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