Monday Poll & Giveaway: What’s your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction for small children?

Vote for you favorite attraction, then comment on this post to be entered to win a copy of our podcast guest Lisa Battista’s book, Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2012).

Entering is easy – comment on this post, sharing your best tip/advice/experience/memory of traveling to Walt Disney World either as a small child or with a small child. Only one entry per person will be counted (but you’re free to comment as frequently as you wish). The winner will be chosen by random number drawing, generated by, after this poll closes at 11:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Thank you to Lisa Battista of Beyond the Attractions for providing the giveaway prize.

Monday Poll: What's your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction for small children?

  • Dumbo (33%, 10 Votes)
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (23%, 7 Votes)
  • Tom Sawyer Island (17%, 5 Votes)
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Mickey's Philharmagic (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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11 thoughts to “Monday Poll & Giveaway: What’s your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction for small children?”

  1. My vote went to Philharmagic as my girls really enjoyed this during our last visit! Nothing like a 4D experience to make you smile and laugh! And thanks to Lisa for providing the prize for this contest! I imagine, if I don’t win, I’ll be picking up a copy anyway! It’s a perfect subject for my family with two pre-schoolers.

  2. I gave my vote to Buzz Lightyear, but in actuality, I think DS liked It’s a Small World best of all the MK attractions. When it comes to my favorite rides with him, it all comes down to what catches his attention and makes him smile and have fun. I’d say that Toy Story was number 1 overall, but IASW was the winner in MK. Buzz got my vote just because there was a lot to see, which kept his attention, and he had fun spinning us.

  3. I voted for the Railroad. My kids LOVE this “Ride”. It is a blast to ride with them on it and to watch how thier heads spin around trying to find all the hidden creatures and people in the forests.

  4. I’m going with Tom Sawyer Island, just as the non-obvious choice. It doesn’t get a lot of press, but my kids have had a blast exploring it.

  5. I voted for the Railroad because my kids loved it, but in reality, they loved it’s a small world a lot more. The music, the dancing, the gentle boat ride – it’s mesmerizing for the little ones!

  6. I voted for Tom Sawyer Island, mostly because Jonathan can get absorbed there for an hour or more. All of the other options are over after a few minutes. And I think it’s uniquely attractive to the little ones. Mikaela, who is nine, already has no interest in Tom Sawyer Island.

    And sorry for leaving IASW off the list of choices, but I didn’t want to be responsible for sticking that earworm in people’s heads!
    (Note: I am not eligible to win the prize – and I’ve already bought the book – so this comment won’t be included when the drawing is held).

  7. I choose Dumbo for the nice one on one time witht the little one where they get to direct the hieght of the ride. Plus the sight if the Castle was fun for my little ones. My next choice was Mickey’s Philharmagic strictly for the fact that it is so fun to watch the kids try to grab the items that are floating right in front of them. However all are great experiences.

  8. I would have picked the Tea Cups, as my girls like Alice. But, Dumbo is a great way to fly around Magic Kingdom.

  9. I, too, chose Tom Sawyer. I’ve never been there, personally, but I would imagine it would be the ideal place for young children. I don’t think there’s much, if at all, of a line, nor do they have to sit for an extended period of time.

  10. I picked Buzz Lightyear, but honestly my kids’ favorite ride is probably Peter Pan. It’s something that they love riding over and over. Oddly enough, my kids also loved Pirates of the Caribbean. The initial spooky scenes aside, they love the song and love the scenes.

  11. I picked the railroad, but like my Forzen neighbor to the north said this was only second to IASW.

    The railroad was great for our girls to enjoy the ride and explore all of the scenes around the park with the added benefit of having the youngest fall asleep on my lap for half of the trip.

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