Magic Kingdom: The Ultimate Guide

statue of walt disney and mickey mouse in front of cinderella castle in magic kingdom

This is the ultimate guide to the Magic Kingdom. Everything that you need to know about this magical piece of the Disney-sphere is included!

Magic Kingdom in Florida is based on the Disneyland park in Anaheim and dedicated to fairytales and Disney characters. However, it is larger than Disneyland. It is the most visited theme park in the world for 12 consecutive years and the most visited park in North America in almost 2 decades! WOW. It’s iconic Cinderella Castle is inspired by the 1950 film.

Magic Kingdom is built like a wheel with the castle in the middle. The spokes come out from there; Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Every land has of course a different theme and different rides to fit the themes!

There is a lot to do in Magic Kingdom, but it can definitely be done in a day, unless you have small kids…then maybe not…

Main Street, USA

This is a street directly out of the 1900’s with it’s Victorian style buildings housing shops and and food stops. It’s resembles something right out of Disney’s own childhood in small town America. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and The Plaza Restaurant are also here and are the only table service restaurants in this land. Casey’s Corner is located at the end of the street and sells traditional American ballpark fare and specialty hot dogs. This is also a stop for the Walt Disney Railroad which is a total must-do if you have time!

Adventureland

This area is themed to resemble the deep jungles of the world. There is also a portion that resembles a Caribbean town square and part that is similar to an Arabian Village. Adventureland is home to attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

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Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

This is also where you’ll find the Dole Whip and Citrus Swirl, at Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace, respectfully. Honestly, we didn’t get a chance to try the Citrus Swirl, but the Dole Whip is to die for!

Frontierland

Modeled after the American old west, Frontierland is home to cowboys, indians, pioneers, saloons and gold rushes. Here is where you will find Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree and Tom Sawyer Island, as well as another stop on the Walt Disney Railroad!

mother and daughter standing in front of big thunder mountain railroad

You’ll also find great eating here including the Diamond Horseshoe and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe. Additionally, the daily parades usually begin here and are usually less crowded viewing here than watching it in front of Cinderella Castle.

Liberty Square

This land is inspired by colonial America and contains replicas of the Liberty Bell and the Liberty Tree. Keeping with the colonial theme, it houses the Hall of Presidents, an animatronic show highlighting each of the presidents in our country’s history.

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Also housed here is the Haunted Mansion, where you can join 999 happy haunts as they always have room for one more! Plenty of shops and a few restaurants such as Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern, both which accept advanced dining reservations!

Fantasyland

In 2014, this area underwent a large renovation and expansion. It’s now twice the size that it use to be! There are a TON of rides, shops and restaurants in this area! There’s so many in fact that the area had to be split into 3 sections!

Enchanted Forest

  • Ariel’s Grotto- Meeting Ariel in her mermaid form
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid- Clam-mobile travel ride through the Little Mermaid story and music
ariel from ride in magic kingdom
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train– The newest coaster in Magic Kingdom (as of now, and we thought it was way overrated tbh)
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Getting ready to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!
  • Mad Tea Party – classic ride with spinning tea cups
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Castle Courtyard

  • Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare
  • It’s a Small World -classic boat ride through different nations
  • Merida ‘Meet & Greet’ at Fairytale Garden
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight -Nostalgic ride in a flying ship through the Peter Pan story
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel- Large carousel with beautiful hand-painted animals
  • Princess Fairytale Hall- Meet & Greet with many different princesses including Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella & Elena.

Storybook Circus

  • The Barnstormer
  • Casey Jr, Splash ‘N’ Soak Station- a water splash pad for kids
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Walt Disney World Railroad stop

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland was designed to show Walt Disney’s own version of the future. However, it seems more like something out of a sci-fi movie now. Don’t miss the best ride here, Space Mountain! Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a dark ride, similar to Toy Story without the 3-D effect. Don’t count out the slower, less flashy rides either!

Carousel of Progress and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover are rides that should not be missed either. The TRON Lightcycle from Shanghai Disneyland will be replicated and brought to Tomorrowland in time for the 50th anniversary of Disney World in 2021.

There are so many great dining options in Magic Kingdom. Not only is there a variety of restaurants to visit, there is something for every palette and price range.

Table Service

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table– $$$$
    • Very expensive, but you do get several princess meet and greets (they rotate who is greeting)
  • Be Our Guest – $$$
    • The breakfast here is superb. My Croque Madame did not disappoint, but I cannot say the same for the ‘Feast a la Gaston’. It is anything but a “feast”, especially for the price. For dinner you are able to meet Beast in a room to the side. Most sought after restaurant reservation in Magic Kingdom, so make sure you check at least 180 days in advance!
  • Crystal Palace– $$
    • The only place in Magic Kingdom where you can dine with Pooh and friends! Crystal Palace is a buffet setting.

All of these options will allow you to book up to 180 days in advance and allow you to book for early morning breakfasts! (That means you are able to get pictures like the ones below!)

Either way, you need a strategy for touring the parks and where to eat before you are in the ‘Most Magical Place On Earth’!

Strategy

I know it seems overwhelming, but Magic Kingdom is easily conquered if you have a plan going in! This FastPass strategy will help you plan your day (or days). We got through it in a day, but we were literally there from 7am-12am (early morning breakfast until end of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party).

But, if you have littler ones who don’t have that kind of stamina, it can easily be split right down the middle and do half and half on two days!

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Have you been to Magic Kingdom recently? What’s your favorite ride? Let me know in the comments!

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