The Magic Kingdom is the first theme park that opened at Disney World in 1971. It is the most “Disney” of all the theme parks and showcases the characters your children know and love. Like everything else in Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom is continually growing and changing. Please visit the official Walt Disney World website to verify that your favorite attractions will be available during your visit.
Disney World Magic Kingdom Touring Tips
The younger your kids, the more time you will want to spend in the Magic Kingdom. Numerous rides are appropriate for children of all ages including babies. Plan to spend at least two days in in the park to enjoy (most) everything the Magic Kingdom has to offer.
Magic Kingdom at Opening Tips
These are our touring tips if you are in the Magic Kingdom when it opens.
And when I say “in the Magic Kingdom when it opens,” I mean that you have already gone through security, you have used your ticket to enter the park, and you are standing in front of the castle watching the welcome show. If you enter the park any later than that, these tips won’t work.
- Do all the rides in Fantasyland except for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Start with Peter Pan followed by Enchanted Tales with Belle or Winnie the Pooh. You can enjoy the remaining attractions in any order.
- Head straight to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I only suggest this plan if you are one of the first people to enter the park. The line fills extremely fast and can be 30+ minutes long only minutes after the park opens. After Seven Dwarfs, do Peter Pan if the line is 30 minutes or less. Otherwise, head to Winnie the Pooh or Enchanted Tales with Belle before the rest of the Fantasyland rides.
- Ride one of the thrill rides. Either go to Tomorrowland and ride Space Mountain then Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin OR go to Frontierland and ride Splash Mountain followed by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Tips
Most of the Magic Kingdom attractions have a FastPass+. However, a lot have manageable lines so you can save your FastPass+ for attractions with longer lines.
Unless you ride them as soon as the park opens, wait times could easily be 90+ minutes long until the park closes:
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
These attractions also routinely have wait times close to one hour:
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Space Mountain
We also recommend scheduling a FastPass+ for any must-do character greetings.
Magic Kingdom Attractions
Magic Kingdom is broken into six sections – Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.
Take a cruise through the jungle, fly on a magic carpet, or sing along with pirates in the Caribbean. Adventure is out there in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial
Kids will love this street show with Captain Jack and his pirate pal. A few select kids will have the opportunity to participate in the show, and at the end, most will have the chance to pledge their oath to Captain Jack.
A Disney MUST DO! Board a boat and take a jungle cruise with the funniest Cast Members at Disney World. Ride during the day and again after dark for completely different experiences.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Inspired by Aladdin, step aboard a magic carpet and take a ride in the skies above Adventureland<.
Pirates of the Caribbean
You will want to ride Pirates several times to take in all the details. The lines move quickly, so this is a great ride for passing the time while waiting to use a FastPass+. A nice bonus is that it is air conditioned. The animatronic Johnny Depp/ Jack Sparrow will make Mom wish she could take him home!
A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas
Located between Adventureland and Frontierland, pick up one of five different treasure maps and head off on a pirate adventure. Work together with your family to solve the clues and find the treasure. A Pirate’s Adventure is a great activity to do when the attraction lines are long.
Swiss Family Robinson Tree House
Climb the treehouse home of the Robinson family. Take advantage of the height for a view of Magic Kingdom<.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
The Enchanted Tike Room is an animatronic bird show that is a nice place to rest and cool down on a hot day. The music is catchy, and you might find yourself singing it for the rest of the day
Disney World Fantasyland
Fantasyland is a child’s paradise. Younger children would be content to hang out here all day, and older children will enjoy it too. (Even if they are forced to go on the “kiddie” rides.)
The Barnstormer Featuring The Great Goofini
Climb aboard a stunt plane and take a ride in an air show. This “kiddie” coaster is very short and a good way to introduce children to roller coasters.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘n Soak Station
This circus themed splash area could give you relief on a hot summer day. Or it could get you so soaked that you have to return to your resort to change clothes, so plan accordingly.
Dumbo and Storybook Circus
Soar in the sky on Dumbo on this class Disney attraction. The Storybook Circus interactive queue will keep everyone occupied while you wait for your turn to ride.
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Groups of about 45 at a time enter Belle’s cottage to enjoy the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Every child (and a few adults) who wants to volunteer will get a chance to reenact the tale along with Belle. After the story ends, each child will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Belle. A PhotoPass photographer is there to capture the moment.
Visit Merida for a “play and greet” experience While waiting to meet Merida, the kids can get archery lessons and participate in other activities.
“it’s a small world”
“it’s a small world” is my favorite ride. It was originally designed for the 1964 World’s Fair and then moved to Disneyland when the Fair was over. The Disney World version is just as adorable, and the theme song is guaranteed to give you a tune wedgie. Even if the line looks long, this ride loads very quickly.
Mad Tea Party
Climb into a teacup and spin in circles until you are as mad as the Mad Hatter. You control the speed of your spin, but be careful about riding right after you eat.
This excellent 4D show may have Mickey in the name, but it stars Donald Duck We suggest watching this show multiple times. The theater holds hundreds of people. Even if the line looks long, you shouldn’t have to wait longer than the length of one short show.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Climb aboard a ship and sail through scenes from Peter Pan. Unless you visit first thing in the morning, you will want to get a FastPass+ for this ride. Unlike other rides, this one will stay busy all the way until closing.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow
Under the big top, you can meet Disney characters in their circus costumes — The Amazing Donaldo, The Great Goofini, Minnie Magnifique, and Madame Daisy Fortuna
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
This classic carousel ride is especially beautiful to ride at night. The house with a golden ribbon on its tail is rumored to be Cinderella’s.
Princess Fairytale Hall
All your favorite princesses have been gathered into one place to greet and take pictures with their guests. There are two different lines, so you will need to stand in line twice to meet everyone.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this roller coaster has mine carts that sway back and forth as you venture into the jewel mines.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
After wandering through an interactive queue, you will board a clamshell that takes you through Ariel’s adventures under the sea. Plan to ride early in the morning or late at night to avoid lines. Alternatively, you can schedule a FastPass+.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Climb aboard a honey pot and join Winnie the Pooh and his friends on their amazing adventures. The interactive queue is loads of fun. Take time to stop and play with everything rather than rushing to get in the queue.
The wild, wild west meets Disney in Frontierland.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder< is a runaway train roller coaster, but with an interactive queue. Ride first thing in the morning or consider scheduling a FastPass+. The minimum height requirement is 40".
Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bear Jamboree is a cheesy animatronic musical show but a Disney must-do. It is inside and air conditioned, which is a bonus.
Splash Mountain is so much more than a traditional log ride. You will travel through the animatronic story of Brer Rabbit and all his friends. Be prepared to get very wet and to sing Zip-a-dee-doo-dah for the rest of the day. You must be 40″ tall to ride, and the big drop is easily visible from the outside, so you know what to expect. There is a small shaded play area located near the queue where toddlers and preschoolers can play while waiting for their older siblings. Plan to ride first thing in the morning, later at night, or schedule a FastPass+.
Tom Sawyer Island
Tom Sawyer Island is a big playground area where the kids can run around and burn up energy. Unfortunately, it is VERY HOT so you could end up just wearing your kids out rather than calming them down. I would skip unless you run out of things to do or you are visiting during cool weather.
Liberty Square is themed after the America’s colonial era.
Hall of Presidents
Hall of Presidents is a long animatronic attraction showcasing all the presidents from Washington to Trump. It will probably bore your kids to tears unless they have an interest in the subject. However, you get to sit down in the air conditioning, which is a plus in the summer.
Haunted Mansion is a Disney must-do that you will want ride again and again so you can see the little details. It can be scary for younger children. Just keep a firm hold on them during the pre-show and give them the option to hide their heads in your lap if the moving portion is too scary. The FastPass+ line skips the fun, interactive queue, so plan to ride at least once in the standby line. Touch and push everything you can in the queue. You never know what might happen.
Great Moments in History with The Muppets
Here ye, here ye, gather next to the Hall of Presidents to hear Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo retell Great Moments in History such as the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Special appearance by Sam the American Eagle.
Liberty Square Riverboat
The riverboat is a fun diversion as long as it is not a hot sunny day. There is no shade on the upper deck so be sure to wear sunscreen
Disney World Main Street USA
Main Street USA serves as the gateway to the Magic Kingdom. Stores and snack shops fill the turn-of-the-century storefronts. If you have a chance, linger and take in all the little details.
Casey’s Corner Pianist
Grab a hotdog and enjoy the music while Disney performers tickle the ivory. Don’t forget to request your favorite tune and sing along!
The Dapper Dans
Disney’s own barber shop quartet entertains guests up and down Main Street.
Each evening a marching band plays while the color guard lowers the American flag and presents it to a Veteran visiting the park.
Let the Magic Begin
Start your day at The Magic Kingdom with a stage show on the Castle stage where Mickey Mouse welcomes you to the park.
Main Street Vehicles
Most people are in such a rush to the attractions that they don’t even realize that there are vehicles on Main Street. One-way service is available down Main Street in a variety of classic vehicles including a horse-drawn trolley, a firetruck, and a two-story omnibus.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive role-playing game that takes you through the park to help Merlin solve clues and save the Magic Kingdom from villains. We like to play Sorcerers during busy times when lines are too long. You can pick up your initial pack of cards, and learn how to play, at the firehouse on Main Street.
Town Square Theater
Meet Mickey or Tinkerbell for autographs and pictures by the PhotoPass photographers. There is a separate line for each character.
Walt Disney Railroad
The railroad stops on Main Street USA, Frontierland, and the Storybook Circus part of Fantasyland. Not only is it a handy way to get around the park, but it also has narrated entertainment. The train is also nice to ride when you are tired and need to sit down for a while.
HINT: You can get a pack of cards each day for each admission ticket. Even if you don’t play the game, they make a great FREE souvenir.
Look forward toward the future in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
Each evening your family can dance along with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible at the Rockettower Plaza.
Spin high above Tomorrowland in a rocket. The lines for this ride move very slowly. Astro Orbitor is not a good attraction for people with motion sickness.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Help Buzz defeat Zurg by spinning your ride vehicle and shooting lasers at targets. Buzz Lightyear is a family favorite. My son rode thirteen times on his first trip to Magic Kingdom.
Carousel of Progress
Created for the 1964 World’s Fair, the rotating theater takes you through time to show you technological advancement. It is air conditioned which is a welcome respite on a hot day. It is also a good way to pass the time while waiting to use a FastPass+.
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
VERY FUNNY! Lots of people enter at once, so your wait is usually just the time it takes for the next show to start. Because of audience participation, the show is different each time.
Plan to ride either immediately after park opening, or schedule a FastPass+. The 44″ height minimum will keep the little kids from this ride, and the big ones should only ride if they like roller coasters. If you are unsure, take a spin on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority where you will get a sneak peek.
I suggest going on this ride only if the lines are less than 20 minutes long. Most of the waiting line is in the sun and can be scorching during the summer. It is also very noisy. Guests 54″ or taller can drive their own vehicle.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
The ride gives you a tour of Tomorrowland and lets you preview many of the attraction. There is not much to this ride, but it is a good way to relax and rest your feet for a few minutes while waiting to use a FastPass+. The breeze can be cooling on a hot day.
Magic Kingdom Stage Shows, Parades, and Fireworks
Festival of Fantasy Parade
WOW! This parade is incredible and should not be missed! Consider scheduling a FastPass+ to view the spot from a reserved viewing area.
Happily Ever After Show
Fireworks appear behind Cinderella Castle< in this narrated show. Be sure to keep an eye out for Tinkerbell as she flies out from the top of the castle.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
Mickey and his friends sing and dance in this show, which appears several times daily on the Castle Forecourt Stage.
Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play it!
You are encouraged to get up and dance along with your favorite Disney characters as they move down Main Street and gather in front of Cinderella Castle<.
Once Upon a Time
The castle is transformed into a giant screen displaying scenes from Disney films along with music and fireworks.
Magic Kingdom Streetmosphere
“Streetmosphere” is the name Disney gives to their roaming street performers.
Citizens of Main Street
You never know who you might meet in the middle of Main Street USA. You may spot the fire chief, the mayor, or a suffragette.
Royal Majesty Makers
In Fantasyland, learn lessons in royal ettiquette, get lessons in “horse” riding or learn from ambassadors of Cinderella’s Court swordsmanship
Magic Kingdom Characters Meet & Greets
Disney character appearances change more often than anything else at Disney World. When you enter the Magic Kingdom, pick up a Times Guide to find out which characters will be appearing that day.
Characters that ONLY appear in Magic Kingdom
- Ariel as a Mermaid – Fantasyland in Ariel’s Grotto near Under the Sea
- Elena of Avalor – Fantasyland at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Gaston – Fantasyland by Gaston’s Tavern
- Merida – Behind the castle at Fairytale Garden
- Peter Pan – Fantasyland
- Rapunzel – Fantasyland at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Talking Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
- Tigger – Fantasyland near Winnie the Pooh
Other Character Greetings in Magic Kingdom
- Adventureland – Jasmine, Alladin
- Fantasyland – Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Tremaine Sisters, Winnie the Pooh
- Frontierland – Chip, Dale, Country Bear Characters, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit
- Main Street – Mary Poppins, Pluto, Snow White, Stitch, Tinker Bell
- Tomorrowland – Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone
Magic Kingdom Dining
Dining at Disney is an attraction itself. Take time to savor a fun, delicious meal or enjoy an iconic Disney snack.
Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurants
Reservations for Magic Kingdom table service restaurants fill quickly. Your best chance for a walk-up table is at Diamond Horseshoe and Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen.
Be Our Guest
Dine at the Beast’s castle for all meals. Breakfast and Lunch require reservations, but you order at a kiosk and find a table. Dinner is traditional table service. Be Our Guest isn’t a character meal, but you may be able to get a picture with The Beast after dinner. Dinner reservations book quickly, so make sure and make your Advance Dining Reservation at exactly 180 days before your trip. Be Our Guest is located in Fantasyland near Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cindy’s is the one-stop Disney character dining destination to see Disney Princesses. You never know which princesses may be in attendance, but you can guarantee one will be Cinderella. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the most sought-after dining experience in Disney World. To secure a reservation, we recommend calling Disney Dining at the exact time that your 180-day dining reservation window opens. Cinderella’s Royal Table is located in the castle with the entrance on the backside in Fantasyland.
The Crystal Palace
Dine with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet at The Crystal Palace. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are all delicious buffets with variety guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Crystal Palace is located at the castle end of Main Street USA.
The Diamond Horseshoe is open seasonally to handle dining crowds. Barbecue is on the menu, and there is no entertainment. Diamond Horseshoe is located in Liberty Square.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
Asian, South American, and African cuisine are on the menu inspired by the Jungle Cruise attraction. The restaurant is located in Adventureland near the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.
Liberty Tree Tavern
If you like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you will love Liberty Tree Tavern. Lunch is plated meals, but the scrumptious dinner is family style. Liberty Tree Tavern is located in Liberty Square.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Lady and the Tramp inspire Tony’s Town Square Italian restaurant located near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom next to the Town Square Theater.
The Plaza Restaurant
This little restaurant is almost hidden at the castle end of Main Street USA. The casual American cuisine is good, but uninspired.
Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants
It may be called “quick” service, but to avoid long lines eat earlier or later than the regular meal times.
Casey’s, located at the castle end of Main Street USA, serves hotdogs and corndogs. Grab your food and eat outdoors while listening to the piano player.
Columbia Harbour House
Seafood is on the menu of Colombia Harbour House in Liberty Square near Fantasyland.
Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe
If you have picky eaters, Cosmic Rays is the quick service restaurant for you family. Multiple bays sell a variety of foods from sandwiches, burgers, to salads. Cosmic Rays has entrances in Fantasyland near the Tea Cups as well as in Tomorrowland across from Tomorrowland Speedway.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
This Old West saloon in Frontierland serves Mexican food and burgers. The large dining room has ample seating even during busy meal times. It is also home to the Secret Disney Nachos.
Pinocchio Village Haus
Located in the heart of Fantasyland, Pinocchio specializes in flatbread. Grab a seat by the window and wave to “it’s a small world” passengers as they embark on their cruise.
Magic Kingdom Snacks
Snack spots are scattered all over the park, but here is where you can find iconic Disney World snacks.
Vanilla ice cream and orange sherbert swirl together for this yummy, cool treat. You can find Citrus Swirls at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland near the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. The adorable Orange Bird is the citrus swirl mascot
You haven’t truly experienced Disney World unless you have tried a Dole Whip. Pineapple and soft-serve vanilla ice cream come together for the iconic Disney snack. You can find Dole Whips at Aloha Isle next to The Enchanted Tiki Room.
Disney has a fascination with enormous turkey legs. Grab one for a snack, or make it a full meal. You can find turkey legs at Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland across from Pirate of the Caribbean
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