Disney’s Magic Kingdom 101

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s first and most iconic park. Opening its doors on October 1, 1971, the park quickly became a popular vacation destination. Here you will find the rich history and distinct magic of Disney in every corner. This park is usually what immediately comes to mind for most guests when thinking of the Walt Disney World resort. With the beautiful Cinderella Castle serving as the park’s focal point, it offers guests entry into six fantastical lands.

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Main Street U.S.A.

This area is the entrance to the park and greets guests with a throwback to an idyllic recreation of small-town America inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood home of Marceline Missouri. Shops and restaurants are the majority of what you’ll find here. This street leads to the main “hub” area of the park where the rest of the lands can all be accessed.

Adventureland Magic Kingdom

Adventureland

This is where the spirit of exploration comes to life. With attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Cruise, and the Swiss Family Treehouse, the land is themed to fictional tropical jungles and unexplored territories.

Rapunzel's Tower Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is dedicated to fairytale adventures and classic Disney stories. Guests can enjoy attractions like “It’s a Small World” and Dumbo’s Flying Elephants as well as dine in the Beast’s castle at the popular Be Our Guest restaurant.

Tomorrowland Entrance

Tomorrowland

This futuristic land is where guests can explore the hopes and dreams of the future. The land is a shining and bright imagining of what might be in store for our next generations. Attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain are among the exciting standouts in the “future that never was”.

Fontierland Magic Kingdom

Frontierland

Frontierland is an area that evokes the tall tales and rugged lifestyle of the American Old West. This land is most well known for Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain but also contains classic fan favorites like The Country Bear Jamboree.

Liberty Square Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square

Liberty Square takes guests back to the early years of American history and colonial times. Although it’s one of the smaller lands, Great Moments in History with The Muppets and The Haunted Mansion make the area worth visiting.

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Parades and Fireworks

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is the Magic Kingdom’s current daily procession and has a heavy focus on one of the most recent additions to the park, New Fantasyland. The parade happens every afternoon (weather permitting) and features floats and characters from many Fantasyland favorites like Tangled, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo and the fire-spitting Maleficent Dragon. The line-up is rounded out by classic Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie as well. 

Happily Ever After Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After Fireworks is the nightly castle show and fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom. This dazzling show premiered in 2017 and features state-of-the-art castle projections coordinated with lasers, fireworks and classic songs from your favorite Disney films. The show celebrates the fairy tale happy ending we all search for in our lives. Guests wanting to enhance their fireworks experience can purchase tickets to one of the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Parties that happen before or after the show. These parties not only give guests a dedicated viewing area for the show, but also an extensive dessert buffet to enjoy.

Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party

The Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party is one of Walt Disney World’s most lively celebrations and happens at various times throughout the day. Recently retooled from the Move It, Shake It, Dance and Play It! Street Party, the new iteration focuses on the ongoing celebration of Mickey’s 90th birthday. Featuring classic characters and fun new versions of timeless Disney songs, the party is a big hit with families.

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