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Ranking the Magic Kingdom rides – Final Results

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This is part 7 in our ongoing series. Previous parts include:

IntroRide LengthWait Times – Length vs WaitThrillingness Disneyness

Well, what started out as a simple question I asked myself has finally been answered.  The results of what ride in the Magic Kingdom is the best when factoring in your time, the thrills, and the classic “Disneyness” are in.  I was more than surprised by the top scores.  But, that is why I did this to have an analytical look at the facts not base it on my own opinion.  If I could magically teleport to Orlando and ride 3 attractions it would be the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  But I had to ride the top 3 scorers I would not get to ride any of my 3 favorites.

The final rankings are listed in order below.  But, here a quick recap of our results based on actual times and large surveys.

Astro Orbiter 14 25 7 24
Barnstormer 15 29 6 27
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 26 19 2 15
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 23 18 16 26
Carousel of Progress ³ 6 13 29 14
Country Bear Jamboree ³ 3 4 25 19
Dumbo the Flying Elephant 21 26 9 1
Enchanted Tiki Room ³ 5 10 24 12
Haunted Mansion 22 15 11 3
it’s a small world 16 8 26 2
Jungle Cruise 25 12 14 8
Mad Tea Party 10 27 15 6
Magic Carpets of Aladdin 13 28 10 20
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 18 20 19 16
Mickey’s PhilharMagic 9 5 18 22
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor 11 6 21 25
Peter Pan’s Flight 27 21 13 5
Pirates of the Caribbean 19 14 8 4
Prince Charming’s Royal Carrousel 8 24 20 17
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 28 22 3 18
Space Mountain 29 23 1 7
Splash Mountain 24 7 4 10
Swiss Family Treehouse * 1 3 28 28
The Hall of Presidents ³ 7 11 27 11
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway 20 17 12 21
TTA Peoplemover * 2 9 22 9
Under the Sea … Little Mermaid 17 16 23 23
Walt Disney Railroad ² 4 1 17 13

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Here are the results in order from best to worst factoring in all the above criteria and the winner is….

Walt Disney Railroad!

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Here are the final rankings.

Rank Ride
1 Walt Disney Railroad
2 TTA Peoplemover
3 Pirates of the Caribbean
4 Splash Mountain
5 Country Bear Jamboree
6 Enchanted Tiki Room
7 Haunted Mansion
8 it’s a small world
9 Mickey’s PhilharMagic
10 The Hall of Presidents
11 Dumbo the Flying Elephant
12 Mad Tea Party
13 Jungle Cruise
14 Space Mountain
15 Swiss Family Treehouse
16 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
17 Carousel of Progress
18 Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
19 Peter Pan’s Flight
20 Prince Charming’s Royal Carrousel
21 Astro Orbiter
22 Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
23 Magic Carpets of Aladdin
24 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
25 Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
26 Barnstormer
27 Under the Sea … Little Mermaid
28 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

I don’t think I would have predicted that but I think Walt would like that it was number 1.  It makes sense when you look at the categories.  It has a long ride length when you do a full lap.  You never really wait on it very long to ride it. While not the most thrilling it more so than say it’s a small world or the Enchanted Tiki Room.  It is a fairly classic Disney ride.  Certain categories like wait time really killed the more popular rides like the coasters.  But that is why I created all 4 categories to create was the all around best ride.

I hope you enjoyed this little experiment and maybe it will help you decide what to ride on your next visit to the Magic Kingdom.

 

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The Imagine Ears features the DIY projects, adventures, and thoughts of a father and daughter who use a shared love of all things Disney to create memories together through encouraging her interests in architecture, design, Imagineering, while exploring history and science.

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