When I think about Magic Kingdom, the first thing that comes to mind are normal kiddie rides.
But thankfully, there are still a handful of thrilling and immersive rides that adults will truly love.
Even though most rides at Magic Kingdom have a multigenerational appeal, there are still a handful of rides that are perfect for adults.
Below, I’ll share my list of the best rides at Magic Kingdom that are perfect for grown ups, along with some helpful tips and recommendations to ensure that you make the most of your time and money at the park.
But before we get started, here’s a quick ranking of the best Magic Kingdom rides for adults, followed by some in-depth details about each attraction.
- TRON Lightcycle Run
- Space Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Mad Tea Party
- Pirates of the Caribbean
Ranking the Best Magic Kingdom Rides for Adults
Without accounting for nostalgia, here are the best Magic Kingdom rides for grown ups:
1. TRON Lightcycle Run
TRON is the biggest and baddest adult ride at Magic Kingdom thanks to its immersive, adrenaline packed nature that includes sharp twists, turns and sudden drops. Not to mention it has one of the most fun and exhilarating launches that MUST be experience at night.
The TRON coaster features a sleek motorcycle-style ride vehicle that gives you a sense of the high speed actin and cutting edge technology. Although the launch is only 59 miles per hour, it sure feels a lot quicker.
The only negatives I have with this ride is it’s very short duration of 1 minute and a pretty uncomfortable seating position.
All things considered, this is by far the best ride at Magic Kingdom that’s also worth an Individual Lightning Lane purchase.
2. Space Mountain
Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure at Space Mountain, where adults can experience the thrill of intergalactic space travel like never before.
Space Mountain is a medium-speed roller coaster that takes you on a thrilling journey through the cosmos. As you board your sleek spacecraft, the anticipation builds, and you find yourself surrounded by futuristic lights and sounds that create an atmosphere of excitement.
The ride shoots you into the darkness of space, and the sensation of speed and acceleration will leave you breathless. Whizzing through twists, turns, and drops, you’ll feel the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the starlit track, surrounded by the vastness of the universe.
The darkness adds an element of surprise, making every twist and turn a thrilling adventure. The immersive sound effects and flashing lights enhance the experience, creating a sense of being amidst a thrilling space mission.
As you race through the cosmos, you’ll catch glimpses of shooting stars and celestial wonders, adding to the enchantment of the ride. The exhilaration and sensory stimulation make Space Mountain a favorite among adults seeking a thrilling and unforgettable experience. It’s a classic ride that can’t be missed.
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain is a wild and exciting roller coaster set in the heart of a scenic desert landscape. Hop aboard a runaway mine train and hold on tight as you embark on a thrilling journey through twists, turns, and unexpected drops.
As the train chugs up steep hills and races down thrilling slopes, you’ll feel the rush of adrenaline and the wind in your hair. The authentic theming, complete with old mine shafts, creaking tracks, and stunning rock formations, immerses you in the rugged spirit of the Wild West.
The excitement builds as you zoom past iconic sights like towering cacti and abandoned mine carts, adding to the immersive experience. The perfectly timed dips and turns keep you on the edge of your seat, creating a thrilling sensation that will make your heart race.
Big Thunder Mountain is an exhilarating ride that combines the nostalgia of classic roller coasters with the enchantment of a Wild West adventure. It’s a chance for adults to let go, embrace the thrill of the ride, and experience the joy of a carefree journey through a whimsical frontier.
Just make sure to request the last row for even more fun!
4. Mad Tea Party
The Mad Tea Party is a beloved attraction that adults can enjoy to let their inner child shine and embrace the joy of spinning tea cups.
The Mad Tea Party invites you to join a whimsical tea party hosted by none other than the Mad Hatter himself. As you approach the colorful teacup ride, you’ll be greeted by a vibrant display of oversized teapots, whimsical decorations, and a lively soundtrack that sets the mood for a delightful adventure.
Once aboard your spinning teacup, the fun begins. Take hold of the wheel in the center of your teacup and get ready to twirl and whirl at your own pace. With each twist and turn, you’ll feel the exhilarating sensation of spinning, but fear not, you have complete control over the speed and intensity of your whirlwind tea party.
As you spin, you’ll be surrounded by an enchanting scene filled with whimsical details and charming characters from Alice in Wonderland. The vibrant colors, playful music, and cheerful atmosphere will transport you to a magical tea party like no other.
Whether you choose to spin gently or embrace the excitement of a faster whirl, the Mad Tea Party is a lighthearted experience that allows adults to let go of their worries and simply enjoy the moment. It’s a chance to relish in the pure delight of laughter, spinning, and the feeling of freedom that comes with embracing your inner child.
It’s also a mild thrill ride that doesn’t have height requirements.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean
As you step into the dimly lit queue, you’re transported to a bygone era of pirates, treasures, and high-seas exploits. The anticipation builds as you board your boat and set sail into a world of pirate lore.
As your boat glides through the dark, mysterious waters, you’ll be surrounded by a captivating atmosphere of hidden caves, moonlit shores, and bustling pirate towns. The attention to detail is remarkable, from the flickering torches to the sound of distant sea shanties, transporting you to a time when pirates ruled the Caribbean.
Prepare to be enthralled as you encounter a cast of animatronic pirates engaging in their mischievous escapades. From rowdy taverns to epic battles between pirate ships, every scene unfolds before your eyes, immersing you in the swashbuckling action and the humorously unpredictable world of pirates.
The iconic song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” fills the air, creating a memorable soundtrack to your adventure. The catchy tune and spirited chorus will have you humming along, adding to the infectious charm of the experience.
Be on the lookout for hidden treasures and humorous details tucked away in each scene. From playful animals to witty vignettes, there’s always something new to discover, ensuring that every ride on Pirates of the Caribbean is a unique and engaging experience.
Honorable Mentions: Tomorrowland PeopleMover and Splash Mountain
I can literally go to Magic Kingdom and only ride the Tomorrowland PeopleMover and be completely content. There’s just something about this ride that’s so peaceful, scenic, and relaxing. If your feet are starting to kill you or if you want to do something that usually won’t have a massive wait time, the PeopleMover is always the way to go.
Lastly, although Splash Mountain is undergoing a re-theming into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, there’s a high chance that the new version will be just as fun and exciting. But until then, I can’t include it on this list until it officially reopen.
Adult-friendly rides at the other parks: