Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is the Park that embodies the magic of Walt Disney World itself. The Park that is always our first, and last, stop. The home of Mickey Mouse. Known as the most magical place on Earth, the Magic Kingdom brings Characters to life and let’s you ‘live the Fairytale’.
Disney World’s Magic Kingdom comprises six lands: Main Street U.S.A.; Tomorrowland; Adventureland; Liberty Square; Frontierland and Fantasyland.
Main Street U.S.A.
Passing underneath the railroad as you enter Magic Kingdom, you’ll commence your adventure with a stroll down 1900 Main Street U.S.A. Beginning with Town Square, and lined on each side with shops and restaurants, you’re propelled towards the iconic Cinderella’s Castle.
Main Street U.S.A. is a treat for the senses; look out for hidden gems by the Disney Imagineers on the second storey windows. Take in the scents of the sweet shop and bakery. Browse the merchandise in the Emporium and wonder at the colourful bunches of balloons. Meanwhile, listen to the Main Street Philharmonic marching band, or request your favourite song from the Casey’s Corner Pianist.
Top Tip: in the City Hall foyer (located in the left as you enter the Park) you’ll find Guest Relations. Pop in here for extra guide maps; dining reservations; lost and found and general assistance!
If you’re travelling with a baby, head towards the Castle. Between Casey’s Corner and Crystal Palace (also in the left) you’ll find the Baby Care Centre. The First Aid station is right next door too.
Reaching Central Plaza and the base of Cinderella’s Castle, you’re at the gateway to the remaining five lands. Before you head off to explore, be sure to make time to enjoy the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show. Also, remember to head back to the Castle in the evening for the nighttime spectacular firework show ‘Happily Ever After’.
For extra sparkle: to dine in the Castle itself, consider booking an ADR for Cinderella’s Royal Castle. There, you’ll be joined by Cinderella and other princesses as you dine like Royalty.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow in this futuristic land. Home to Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, this land represents Walt Disney’s vision for the future.
We’d recommend the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover for a ten minute recharge. This elevated tram takes you on a narrated backstage tour of some of the main attractions in the land.
This land also features the much loved Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, which has been running in the Magic Kingdom since 1975.
Home to the fairy tales and heart of the Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland is where all our childhood dreams become a reality. Alongside Cinderella’s Castle, you’ll also find the Beast’s Castle here. Little ones will love the meet and greets on Ariel’s Grotto and Story Time with Belle.
Top Tips: Be Our Guest Restaurant located at the foot of. East’s Castle is a popular table service restaurant for dinner. However, you can try the grey stuff for a fraction of the price by visiting for lunch, during which the restaurant is a quick service dining venue. This is one quick service dining venue that accept reservations. Bookings for quick service lunch, and breakfast, are recommended and can be made at the 180 day mark with your other ADR’s.
In Fantasyland you’ll find an array of rides; join Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Dumbo and Mickey for magical rides enjoyed by the whole family. You’ll also find the thrilling Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train here, along with must do classic ‘It’s a Small World’.
For extra sparkle: if you’d like your little Prince or Knight to get the royal treatment, then book into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Located in Fantasyland right behind Cinderella’s Castle, this paid for extra will see children aged between 3 – 12 transformed into a Knight or Princess.
You’ll hear the excited screams from one (or both!) of Frontierland’s two mountains as you stroll into the American Old West. Home to both Big Thunder and Splash Mountain, Frontierland is the first stop for many a thrill seeking guest.
For a break from the hustle and bustle, board a piloted log raft here to Tom Sawyer’s Island where you’ll find a fort to explore some shady spots rest weary legs.
Finally, no visit to Frontierland’s would be complete without enjoying the Country Bear Jamboree!
Entering the colonial era of America, Liberty Square is perhaps the most sparse of the six lands, but absolutely worth a visit all the same. Board the Liberty Belle paddlewheel boat for a relaxing tour of the Rivers of America, or indulge in some Christmas Shopping in Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
For a break from the heat and a rousing historical delight head to the Hall of Presidents. Here you can ‘meet’ all 44 Presidents of the United States in a 25 minute theatre show.
Did you know? It took an act of Congress to approve the installation of the Presidential Seal of the United States onto the carpet in the Hall of Presidents. Rumour has it that there are only three of these in the World – one being in the Oval Office!
No visit to Liberty Square would be complete without experiencing the iconic Haunted Mansion…if you dare!
Encounter Jack Sparrow as your adventure continues in Adventureland. This jungle themed land takes you far from civilisation on a journey into the tropics. Here you’ll find the popular Pirates of the Caribbean Ride and the humour filled Jungle Cruise.
For extra sparkle: visit The Pirates League. Located in Adventureland near The Pirates of the Caribbean, this paid for extra will see guests aged 3 and up transformed into a pirate, empress or mermaid.
Take time to peek inside the Swiss Family Treehouse, and have a break from the heat in the Enchanted Tiki Room. Don’t forget to stop at Aloha Isle for a cooling DOLE Whip!
With the thrilling Mountains, magical Peter Pan’s Flight and classics like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress there really is something for everyone at Magic Kingdom.
For ideas of rides to suit your travel party, check out our Must Do Rides for Little Ones, Families, and Thrill Seekers.
Character Meet ‘n’ Greets
From Dining with Cinderella to meeting the main Mouse, Magic Kingdom is the perfect place to fill your autograph book.
Magic Kingdom has two character dining locations; Crystal Palace where you’ll meet Winnie the Pooh and friends and Cinderella’s Royal Table.
You can also meet characters at designated meet and greet spots; Mickey and Tinkerbell can be found at Town Square Theatre. Meanwhile, Fantasyland is home to Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel and many more famous friends. Finally, don’t forget to stop in Tomorrowland to meet Buzz, and Adventureland for Aladdin.
Top tip: FastPasses are available for many of these meet and greets!
Shows and Parades
On the Castle Stage you’ll find Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair featuring some of Mickey’s closest pals and a royal guest or two as well. With lively dancing and music, this show will appeal to Mickey fans of all ages.
For more fun with Mickey, boogie down Main Street with him and Minnie as the are led towards Cinderella’s Castle with colourful floats and joyous music for a street party like no other!
The daily Festival of Fantasy Parade is also a must see. Check the parade route and arrive early to stake out your spot for the best views. Then, watch, wave and cheer as your favourite Disney friends stroll, dance and ride past you on state of the art floats. This musical, theatrical, parade Is a tribute to the tales of Fantasyland and is a truly captivating display. Just beware of the fire breathing dragon which may frighten younger guests!
Finally, round off your day with not one but two night time shows! Firstly, experience the unforgettable ‘Happily Ever After’. Against the backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle, watch as the sky is lit with fireworks and projections adorn the Castle. Later, enjoy a bedtime story like no other with the projection show ‘Once Upon a Time.’
Top tip: check the My Disney Experience App, online, or the Times Guide (available in the Park) for full details and performance times.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a perfect first stop on your Disney holiday. Immerse yourself in magic as you take in its eclectic mix of lands before ending your day with its nighttime spectacular. Dreams really do come true in this enchanting Park!